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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571208477
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Inspired by her admiration for historical quilts, Cherri House presents a fresh combination of traditional and contemporary quilt making in this collection of patterns for what she refers to as glorified utility quilts. After browsing through the images in the book, you will never view an urban scene in the same way. House has a brilliant eye for pulling basic patterns from everyday city sight - the sides of buildings, airport runways, tires, and even barcodes - and transforming them into fabric. She translates these sights into simple, geometric quilts whose patterns are achieved through the repetition of basic shapes and straightforward construction techniques, often sewn together in horizontal rows. While House's easy-to-follow instructions make it possible for quilters to re-create her patterns exactly, she also encourages individuals to interpret the designs loosely and use them as jumping-off points for their own unique work. Whichever approach you take, House's patterns will train you eye to discern the underlying quilt patterns in the most unexpected of places."--Quilting Arts

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Cherri House is a quilt designer and co-owner of the Cherry House Quilts design company.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Veronique on 10 July 2010
Format: Paperback
this is a must if you find a certain charm with citys and their architectures,and love to express it onto fabrics,this book is a delite in it's simplicity and creativity,lots of great quilts to make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Tomlinson on 16 July 2011
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I have certainly seen better and more interesting books but it has something to offer. The colours are good, writing is interesting and perhaps I am being a little jaded in my attitude towards it but I did show it to 3 other quilters on Thursday and they all seemed to have the same attitude - ok but....... I do wish I could have seen inside the book before buying. Might have thought twice then. A book I would borrow to browse through but don't particularly want it on my bookshelf.
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By Nadine Saupe on 22 Feb. 2014
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Unfortunately, I missed my window to return this item. The book is amazing, I actually have the hardcopy, but unfortunately the images in the kindle version are extremely pixely and it is almost painful to read. I wonder how this can happen, whether the scan is just of a very low resolution. I would recommend this book but you should get the hardcopy not the kindle version and I hope amazon will fix this issue as I have had the same problem with several other kindle books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 4 year sewer VINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2010
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Great book - very different - chose it because of the cover as this quilt would be ideal for a teenager - my grandson. Look forward to making same.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
City Quilts for the Urban Quilter 29 May 2010
By Tammy Gilley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In City Quilts, one of my favorite quilt designers, Cherri House, demonstrates how basic geometric shapes and the use of boldly-colored fabrics can create the breathtakingly beautiful quilts. The patterns and textures of cityscapes, both architectural and the layout of a city itself, inspired these quilt patterns. The simple lines and shapes in these quilts coupled with the bold use of color provide a "wow" factor that is sure to delight quilters from novice to expert.

I especially loved Cherri's discussion on color, and her reference to "a quilter's palette". She gives a brief, but thoroughly informative discourse on color schemes, which serves as a springboard in one's own palette discovery or a challenge to an quilt dog to try some new color tricks.

In City Quilts, Cherri shows us how we can train our eyes to see more than what's in front of us, and to see a quilt in everything. Bravo!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Wow! You'll never dismiss the cityscape again! 12 Jun. 2010
By Laura Lake - Published on Amazon.com
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got my copy of out own Cherri House's book, "City Quilts" yesterday and it is lovely! Although it has patterns with yardage, etc, the part I found really wonderful was the in depth look at Cherri's inspiration, discussion on using solids in a painterly fashion, and the eye candy quilts. The quilts take their inspiration from urban landscapes, and I found them absolutely wonderful. I am planning on making almost every quilt in the book, albeit without the usual level of attention to the quarter inch.All of the quilts look as though they would be just as wonderful made in a liberated fashion, and all of them use solids. The directions look clear, with the caveat that I never really follow directions, so I may not be the best judge, (smile)
Worth buying for the photos alone!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
a great new quilt book! 1 Jun. 2010
By J. Waldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book! Cherri House has a wonderful design sense and explains her process well. Her patterns are simple but very effective and the colors just sing! I've never quilted with solid fabrics before but now I'm itching to go out and create a whole new stash -- and to start paying more attention to the designs in my own city.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous! 1 July 2010
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a perfect example of a creative individual who can make it "understandable" for everyone. The book is easy to follow, one can see how she arrives at her designs through great visual examples. Bravo for your use of solids. This is one beautiful book, I am so glad I purchased it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Keep it simple 19 Aug. 2010
By Happy Quilter - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't have high expectations for this book, primarily because it looks like the content would be fluffy. But, I bought it anyway and was delighted with the content. While many pattern books for quilters focus on complicated designs for the intermediate and advanced quilter. This book reminds us to keep the designs simple, let the fabric, color, and value do all the heavy lifting. The ideas are contemporary, clean and fresh. There are wonderful examples of sashing, when to use it, what size it should be to create the effect you want. There are examples of traditional blocks/quilts using today's colors with updated quilting designs (just in case you are tired of feathers!). I highly recommend this book to all quilters, regardless of expertise level.
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