As you flip through quilting books, deciding which quilt you
want to make, does your first impression of the complexity of the quilt help
you decide? That would be me. I want easy, so I’m often thrown by the fallacy
of my initial reaction:
Hmmm, that one looks too hard.
What I need to do is to take a closer look at the smaller components of the
quilt, which are often blocks.
So that’s what I’ve done in my assessment of some of the thirteen quilts in the new book Use Your Yardage!
All the quilts in this collection are by popular quilt
designers. Many of these quilts are composed of blocks. (Others are composed of
large cut pieces of fabric with added shapes, in which the quilting can shine.
But that’s another story. …)
I think I can handle sewing rectangles or thinner strips together.
Blocks from quilts by Amy Walsh (left) and Kim Schaefer (right)
What about blocks that are not square? Sure, why not!
Blocks from quilts by Cherri House (left) and
Amy Walsh (
Then alternating color squares and half-square triangles? Easily
possible, with the complete instructions, illustrations, and photos in this
Blocks from quilts by
Amanda Murphy (
Camille Roskelley (
Diagonal plaid, circles, flower petals? A bit more
challenging, but there’s still a simplicity in these three-color designs.
(Plus, there’s a pattern for the flowers!)
Blocks from quilts by team Natalia Bonner
and Kathleen Whiting (left and right)
Now that I’ve learned so many of these quilts are actually
quite easy, I’m still debating which quilt I’m going to make first. Check out
for all the choices in this delightful collection of
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