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Skip the Borders: Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts (That Patchwork Place) Paperback – 15 Oct 2012
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Julie Herman is a successful quilting tutor and designer, and the owner of the popular pattern company, Jaybird Quilts.
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- Beautiful photos showing the entire quilt and details for each quilt
- Clear and concise instructions
- Clear lists for cutting and fabric requirements
- Detailed graphics of how to lay out and piece the blocks together. This was the biggest selling point for me. Also, this makes it easy to make adjustments (i.e. I don't want to make a baby quilt, but a lap quilt, I can easily count the blocks in the graphics provided in the book rather than do all the math).
I'm already working on two quilts from the book. My instructor also really likes to the book. She teaches professionally at quilt centers in the city and has mentioned that students often get annoyed because you can usually only complete one beginner's project in a book. With this book, you can graduate to more complex projects, but there are many foundational techniques taught. It offers a variety of styles of quilts to learn different techniques, but appeals to the modern quilter in the selection of fabrics and colors. I plan to work my way through three or four more quilts in this book.
My own preconceptions changed when I read Herman's brief introduction. She explains why some quilt designs are better borderless candidates than others, and she concedes that some quilts are still going to look and function better with borders. She goes on to show how fabric/print choices, binding, block orientation, and block structure are key factors in effective quilts without borders.
Most of the blocks here are pretty basic and ideal for beginners and intermediate quilters: log cabin, variable star, running bricks, 4-patch, flying geese, and stacked strippy trianges. One design features applique circles using fusible web. My favorite quilt is "Raspberry Dessert", which to my eye looks like a cross between Card Trick and Courthouse Steps; the coloration is superb.
The smallest project is 39.5 inches square and the largest is 77 inches square. Each of the 15 projects are displayed with dynamic prints and lovely colorways. There are also many attractive quilting examples.
I am not done yet as I just purchased enough fabric to start another Julie Hartman quilt. Go Julie, you have made me a better quilter.