Urban and Amish; Classic Quilts and Modern Updates is written by Myra Harder.
Myra takes Amish quilts and shows you how to make them and than also offers a different, more modern approach to making the same kinds of blocks for each Amish block. For example, she starts with the traditional “Pineapple” Block in traditional Amish colors.
Then she offers its more modern counterpart in large scale prints and lighter colored backgrounds to give it a totally new look.
“Lone Star” as the Amish quilt…
And “Urban Ohio” as its modern counterpart…
“Trip Around the World” as the Amish quilt…
And, “Trip to New York” as its modern counterpart. “Trip Around the World” is made by cutting strips and sewing them back together. “Trip to New York” is made the same way (with strips), but in this quilt you see a more “urban” and modern quilt.
All in all, I found this to be a very interesting book and enjoyed it very much. It is well thought out and the instructions are clear-cut and easy to follow. I think if you look into this book, it will spark your creativity in surprising ways. To find out more about this book, go to Martingale’s website here.
This book review is for all of those quilters who collect Fat Quarters and other Pre-Cuts. “Take 5 Fat Quarters” is written by Kathy Brown. Gather up your scraps and get ready to “roll” your rotary cutters.
The above quilt on the book cover is a larger quilt using 2 sets of 5 fat quarters plus background fabric, so don’t be afraid that all the quilts in this book are small. Also included in this book are detailed instructions on quilt making for the newer quilter, so this would be a good book for a newbie or a gift to a newbie quilter.
This next quilt would make a great starter quilt for a newbie, but I’m not a newbie quilter and I love it for its simplicity and cheerful colors.
Here’s a table runner that looks like it has log cabin blocks, but the author shows you a time-saving short-cut for creating this look.
Another simple design…
But, I think this next one is my favorite. Given the name of the quilt pattern (T-Ball), I believe it’s supposed to look like T-shirts but my imagination says it also looks like kimonos. Either way, it’s cute.
The patterns in this book use 5 fat quarters for quick and easy quilts, but many of them can also be made with Jelly Roll strips, so it’s a pretty handy book to have. You can find out more about this book at Martingale’s website.