• A beginner book without that "beginner look!"
• It's been called the "potato chip quilt"-no one can make just one
• Use your favorite fabrics including large-scale, novelty, and panels
Talk about bang for the buck: combining a special fabric with a few easy nine-patches yields captivating quilts ranging from sassy to sophisticated. You'll get hooked on this technique! Judy provides sixteen different layouts for unlimited project potential.
Review Les Nouvelles du Patchwork - June 1, 2006
Reviewed in this foreign language publication.
Review Patchwork i Deen - March 1, 2006
Reviewed in this foreign language publication.
Review By: Gloria Balkwill, Popular Patchwork - September 1, 2006
"This book is suitable for absolute beginners: most quilts only use three or four fabrics and only squares and rectangles are used in their design but the results look much more complex than that would suggest.
I haven't believed that a quilt can be made in a day since it took me nearly a year to complete a log-cabin quilt so described! However, this book uses panels and large squares and rectangles combined with 9-patch blocks and that gives me hope that the subtitle is accurate. The choice of fabrics and design guidelines at the beginning of the book are well illustrated, simple to comprehend and can be adapted to produce quilts of any size. Many manufacturers now produce focus fabrics and panels which come with associated companion fabrics. They are ideal for these quilts and give hesitant shoppers an easy way of coming to a decision. The six projects given in the second part are for small quilts which can be used as large wall-hangings or lap quilts. Precise fabric requirements are given and cutting and piecing instructions are clear as is the information on how to complete each quilt."
Review Onpoint Patchwork & Needlecraft - April 1, 2008
"Do you have some stunning Japanese fabrics like those pictured, but don't know what to do with them? Be inspired by 9-Patch Pizzazz and create a fabulous quilt in a day. Use a combination of solid pieces, nine-patch blocks, and maybe a few rail fence blocks if desired. The author warns that these quilts are addictive, and calls them 'the potato chip' quilts."
Review Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles - March 10, 2010
"The concept behind this sweet 48-page book published by C&T Publishing begins with those large scale prints that we can't resist. We buy a piece and then realize we have nothing to do with it.
Judy features these large scale prints whether Japanese Geishas or Lions of the Serengeti or parrots or hibiscus up close and personal. Around them she sets smaller patterns in a most sedate and traditional nine-patch grid. Yet, there is nothing traditional about Judy's use of fabrics and the choices she makes in color combinations and fabric designs.
The cover features her quilt Oriental Flight. The quilt is set on point and she uses a fabric print of flying birds. She draws on the oriental black, ocher, red, and green, tying all of the prints together with a repetition of the print designs. Because she chooses to use the birds in the upper half of the quilt, it takes on the look of a landscape or portrait quilt with a definite oriental flair.
When I first saw Judy's designs and technique, I thought this 'Fast, Fun and Finished in a Day' concept melds perfectly with the charity quilts we all want to make but never seem to have enough time to do something stunning as well as practical and do it all fast! Now you can make a quilt for every member of the family, every charity, AND use up those large scale fabrics that you love, but can't figure out how to use...
Don't think Judy has simply offered one basic design. Noooo. There are several ways to feature these large scale fabrics and Judy has a few tricks and surprises up her sleeve when it comes to layouts as well as color choices. Her Flower Power quilt goes vertical and offers such an innovative mix of traditional design and fabric. And then there's the addition of applique in her Koi on Parade quilt. And I love what she does with parrots and tropical prints.....
According to Judy, "This style of quilt has been my most popular and easiest workshop. I call it the "potato chip" quilt, because you can't make just one!"
Often I look at books and think "I WISH I could quilt/sew/applique/create like that...." Then I walk away slowly not knowing how or where to begin such breath-taking and award winning quilts. That's why I'm nearly giddy over..."
Review By: Katie Wiseman, - March 31, 2010
"I was a beginner when I first picked up this book. I was strolling through the quilt books and joanns and wanted one about "patchwork" and this is what I found. I have made/sold/gifted more quilts made on the premise of this book than I can count. After making a few you will get the general idea of how they are put together and end up LOOKING for large-print fabrics. It's almost as fun to design your own 9-patch pizazz quilt as it is to cut/sew/quilt one!!!
Just get your large-scale print fabric, coordinating fabric, and 2-3 tone-on-tones and you are SET!!!!"