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Twenty to Make: One-Patch Quilts

Twenty to Make

By (author) Carolyn Forster
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Search Press Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Published: 18th May 2017
Dimensions: w 136mm h 211mm d 2mm
Weight: 130g
ISBN-10: 1782213767
ISBN-13: 9781782213765
Barcode No: 9781782213765
Carolyn Forster, who is an expert quilter, provides the inspiration for making these simple quilts, using a range of lovely fabrics. A one patch quilt is essentially a patchwork quilt made from a single repeating shape. This is the simplest type of quilt you can make, but with carefully chosen coordinating patterns and colours, the results can be stunning. The book contains 20 projects, each using a different-shaped patch; for example, there is a rectangle, a hexagon, a square, a triangle, a diamond, a clam shape, an apple core shape and so on. The quilts range from those based on a random selection of plain and patterned fabrics, to those that use just two or three different-coloured plain fabrics stitched together to form an interesting geometric design. On each project page there is a template for the basic shape, reproduced at actual size, and some basic instructions for arranging the shapes and stitching them together, showing some different ways of making a design using colour and pattern. Instructions at the start of the book explain how to enlarge the template if you want to make a larger quilt, and some basic quilting techniques, plus some guidance on how many shapes are needed to make a particular size of quilt. This book is a fabulous source of ideas and inspiration for simple patchwork quilt designs that are quick and satisfying to make, while also being beautiful.

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One-Patch Quilts is Part of Search Press's bestselling 20 to Make Series which gives you bargain priced project packed books at just GBP4.99 a book. The books are smaller than most their other books, this one being 48 pages but you do still get full size templates included as well as step by step diagrams.

The concept behind this book is quilt designs that only use a single block, tessellating shapes, making the cutting out and piecing quick and easy. There is a certain amount of sewing knowledge assumed with only a couple of pages of techniques at the back of the book. The focus is on making the quilt top itself, if you don't know how to baste, quilt and bind you'll need another book for those instructions.

The projects themselves introduce you to the shape being used in the block, tell you how to piece it and then give a couple ideas of layouts for the finished quilt. There's a photo of one of the quilts next to the instructions so you can see how it would look. The instructions are minimal, but to be honest if you've made a quilt before you won't need more. As the series name suggests you will find 20 different quilt designs in the book.

The shapes progress from easy designs such as squares, half square triangles etc at the start of the book to more complicated designs like jewels, hexagons and apple cores (the latter 2 using English Paper Piecing) towards the end of the book. You can see the full table of contents here.

I think this book is best aimed at those who have already made a quilt before but who are looking for ideas of other quilts to make. These quick and easy designs would make great scrap busters and will most likely encourage you to try sewing with shapes you haven't used before. Personally I am keen to try the braid design (pictured below) and 45 degree diamonds (at the top of the page). * The Sewing Directory *