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Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters [Paperback]

Brioni Greenberg , Tacha Bruecher & John Q. Adams Katy Jones
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Book Description

27 Jun 2012
The authors of Fat Quarterly, the wildly popular ezine on quilting, share the secrets of their quilting success in a collection of 60 quilt blocks and 12 quilts and projects, with a helpful introduction and coverage of basic techniques. Each chapter offers 10 colourful quilt blocks, instructions for a full-size quilt and a smaller project, plus all the necessary templates. Both a trusted guide and an inspirational workshop, this is a perfect resource for all quilters, especially members of traditional and online quilting bees.

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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 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,151 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
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful resource 8 May 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift for a Quilter 10 May 2012
By Nicola
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly sloppy 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.

- 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.

- 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Guide for Quilters 13 May 2012
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent techniques 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written guide for modern quilters 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous inspiration tool 8 May 2012
By Mrs W
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful very informative.
Lovely book good information clear pictures easy to follow. A beginner to Patchwork would find it useful. Fast delivery Always perfect books. 5 Star *****
Published 3 months ago by J. Durber
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Very easy to follow with some tips, a lots of colourful ideas. Very clear projects exposed. Good quality, goog buy
Published 5 months ago by anna Maria Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my daughter at her request.

The book is beautifully presented, well written and my daughter loves it. Job done !
Published 6 months ago by June Selves
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
just what I need to use up my stash of fat quarters with some really good ideas and pictures
thank you
Published 13 months ago by Joy Thornby
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
throughly enjoyed this book, lent it to a friend and cannot wait to get it back, lots of blocks to try.
Published 13 months ago by stitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book !
Every quilter should have this book even if it's just ideas on colour. Ideas are well explained and beautifully photographed. Worth every penny.
Published 14 months ago by Robynpeter
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful modern sampler book
Lots of great ideas for bright and modern blocks, all designed to finish the same size, so really useful if you want to mix and match designs for a sampler quilt. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mrs.j.b.woodhall
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly proof read - not straight forward
I have recently got into patchwork although I have over 30 years experience of sewing. I wanted inspiration for some designs to create with some fat quarter packs I had bought and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by TheShopaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Workshop for Quilters
Despatched quckly. This was a present from a Wish List which I would recommend everyone to encourage from friends and families. Can't go wrong.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. S. A. G. Threapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars fat quarterly shape workshopfor quilters
The book is very useful, I lloved it!!!!!
I hope that in the future I'll be buying more from you.
Published 18 months ago by Renata Spedding
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