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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (27 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702825
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The online magazine "Fat Quarterly" ("FQ") is at the foreground of the booming modern quilting movement, and this first book from the publication's editorial team is a treat for quilters of all tastes. "FQ"'s vision of modern quilting is about more than taking traditional blocks and making them wonky--it involves everything from fabric choice to design to the quilting itself. Organized by shapes, the book includes everything from simple squares and rectangles to elaborate polygons. VERDICT: The pieces range from full-size quilts to small projects to help quilters get their feet wet, and the projects are plentiful. An excellent purchase." --"Library Journal"

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Fat Quarterly is a quarterly ezine written largely by a group of four authors: John Adams lives in Cary, NC; Katy Jones and Brioni Greenberg live in West Yorkshire, England; and Natasha Bruecher lives in Berlin, Germany. While each member of the group has a personal blog, they all work to maintain a popular site and blog for their ezine, both with a vibrant online community and over 35,000 visits to their blog per month. They are each very active in the online quilt community, participate in functions of the Modern Quilt Guild and regularly attend Quilt Market/Festivals as well as other international quilting shows.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By nicole vos on 8 May 2012
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I love that this book not only has got great projects (quilts mostly) but features a lot of individual blocks as well. Some blocks are basic, some are traditional with a modern twist, there is really something for every quilter in here. Beginners will find all the basic information about quilting in this book and easy blocks to start with and gain confidence in quilting. More advanced quilters will find much inspiration in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By recognisethepattern on 30 Nov 2013
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To date, it seems like only one other reviewer has done more than just flick through "Shape Workshop for Quilters". It does indeed look inspiring, but when I dig deeper, there is lots of negative feedback to give alongside the obvious positives.

GENERAL:
- In the Welcome text, it is mentioned that the book is "an invaluable tool for anyone starting out in quilting", but I disagree. Basics such as tools and handling fabric aren't dealt with at all, but you will have to learn them elsewhere.
- Curves (Chapter 2 Circles), which are highly challenging for beginners, aren't mentioned in Quilting Basics. Useful tips how to pin curves aren't shown in any of the blocks either, even though there's plenty of unused space on the pages. A photo or diagramme would be helpful.
- In the Welcome text, stars are placed last, whereas they make chapter 4 out of 6 in the book. It would have been nice to indicate that stars aren't a basic shape the way squares, polygons, etc. are, by placing them last, as a specialty shape.

BLOCKS:
- I haven't found any text stating the block size prior to sewing it into a quilt, but it is left at "finished 12 inches" in both Welcome and Quilting Basics in the back. The size when finishing an individual block is 12.5''x12.5'' prior to piecing the blocks together into a quilt top, in case you didn't know this (seam allowance 1/4'' on all sides).
- In the descriptions, adding sizes for smaller blocks prior to assembling into final block would have been very useful throughout the book. Now you have to calculate for yourself in some cases, if you want to check that you're on track.
- Photos show numerous blocks, which have been pieced with points not matching and/or crooked seams. Not good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 10 May 2012
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A really useful book that will appeal to both beginners and more adventurous quilters. The four authors have contributed a good mix of blocks: new takes on traditional blocks and inventive modern blocks. The projects are approached in the same way. Never liked Dresden Blocks? See the clever version in the Nordic Star Quilt and you'll want to try one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2012
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This book is written by the editors of popular quilting e-zine Fat Quarterly. The colourful modern style of the magazine carries over perfectly to this book which teaches you how to incorporate different shapes into your quilt design.

The book is split into 6 chapters, each one focusing on a different shape: Squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Each chapter features 10 different blocks made up in eye-catching designer fabrics plus a project and a full size quilt using the blocks. A range of different techniques are covered in the book including appliqué, English Paper Piecing, foundation piecing and fussy cutting.

The instructions are easy to follow, and there is a section on quilting basics at the back of the book to help you. You will also find colourful photos and diagrams throughout the book and templates at the end of the book. Personally I love the use of stunning colourful fabrics throughout the book. It would be hard not to be inspired and full of ideas after reading this book.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Dec 2012
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Where to start - the book is organised by shapes and variations on each shape are then clearly explained. Each chapter then has two full sized projects using the techniques. Love this as there is plenty of scope to adapt and rescale each block according to the individual.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SewJustineSew on 26 May 2012
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This book is a must have in my opinion for anyone who quilts. The book is split into showing how to make different styles of quilt blocks and then how to use them in projects (mainly quilts). It has beginner friendly blocks through to much more advanced blocks, it's great for those quilters who want to design their own quilt and not necessarily follow a pattern.

The styling and quality of the overall book is superb, I cannot put it down!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Griffin on 15 May 2012
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Four different authors, living both in Europe and America have joined forces to present this book. The book is divided into different shape sections and the blocks of each shape are all sewn in the same colours. This makes it really easy to see how the same shapes can be combined into different blocks, both traditional and modern. The book starts with the square/ rectangle, and then as your skills or confidence grows, you could move on through the book.

Clearly well written and very inspiring. I have never before though about making a Dresden plate quilt, simply because I thought it was too fussy, but as it is shown it his book, I many well have one completed before the year is out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs W on 8 May 2012
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As expected from the Fat Quarterly team, this is a fantastic resource. Beautifully presented with clear instructions and gorgeous photos, a really inspirational book.
A must-have for the modern quilter!
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