Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: Shape Workshop for Quilters by the Fat Quarterly Team

With a love for all things patchwork and quilting it's no surprise that I love my collection of books on this subject matter. I love browsing through books and magazines for design and color inspiration. My most recent book addition is Shape Workshop for Quilters by the Fat Quarterly Team: Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher and John Adams.

Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters: 60 Blocks + a Dozen Quilts and Projects!

The Shape Workshop for Quilters is divided into six chapters each with a focus on a shape:  Squares and Rectangles, Circles, Triangles, Stars, Polygons and Diamonds.

1.  Wonky Star Nine-Patch by Brioni Greenberg
2.  Floating Triangles by Katy Jones
3.  Satellite Placemats by Brioni Greenberg
4.  Tickety Tock Clock by Tash Bruecher

Each chapter features 10 specific shape blocks and two projects (one small project and one large project), which is a great way to explore, practise, and build on shapes in both traditional and contemporary ways.

1.  Saw Blade Quilt by Brioni Greenberg 
 2.   Starry Hanging Storage by Brioni Greenberg

I thought it might be fun to try out one of the blocks, this the Quarter Twist Block by Tacha Bruecher in the Chapter featuring the circle shape. (There are of course many easier, simpler block options, however I felt the need to challenge myself with a more difficult block).

and here is my version of the Quarter Twist Block:

The templates to machine piece this block are included in the back of the book.  The templates required enlarging, which was no problem, and enlarged to the exact size to create this 12.5 inch block.  Rather than make plastic templates I simply used the photocopied paper templates to trace (with rotary cutter) the fabric shapes.  Can you picture the impact/design created by addition of many more blocks?

Mosaic of the Quarter Twist Block
The instructions were clear and concise and I encountered no difficulty constructing this tricky block. 

I am looking forward to spending more time with this book!

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  1. Wow this book looks incredible! x

  2. This looks like a must have book. The block you made is great and the overall pattern created is stunning. Can't wait to see what quilt you come up.

  3. Thank you for the review, this book looks like it's one to have in my collection.

  4. This looks like an interesting read - I really love your interpretation of the block!

  5. Thanks Rita, this looks like a great book. I shall be sure to add it to my ever-growing collection of sewing & quilting books!! Love your quilt block, too:)

  6. I am putting this book on my Amazon wish list. Thanks for the review!

  7. I ordered the book last week, and am totally in love. Isn't it great?

  8. Wow! I would like to make that clock for my studio. Your block came out really nice, too. The fabrics you chose have a nice ornamental impact. Have a super day!

  9. Its a great book isn't it? I'm waiting on mine being delivered but have looked at Katy's preview copy ;)

  10. I must order this and try and get it signed at the FQ Retreat - it just looks great. I love your block!

  11. The book looks rather interesting! I haven't made many blocks, just follow my own way with designs!
    Your block looks so cool, I like the way you put it into a mosaic to show the quilt possibility =D

  12. I love your review.It`s very nice!

  13. I love your version of the QuarterTwist block! Thanks for the book review :-)

  14. Awesome choice of fabrics for this block. You never fail to inspire.

  15. I'll be keeping an eye out for this!


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