Today’s Books on Monday book is Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts: 11 New Projects from Open Gate by Monique Dillard. As always, the link below is an Amazon affiliate link.
Yep, these are the kinds of quilts I love to make. I marked every single one of these quilts and I’ll bet I make several of them, especially since I am in use up scraps and fat quarters mode. I remember following the blog hop when this book first came out and loving everyone’s quilts. I was thrilled when this book was part of C&T Publishing’s big spring sale. (Yes, I bought several books during that sale!)
This book begins with a section on making units specific to these quilts. Monique describes two ways of making each unit – the traditional way and a technique using her special rulers. Both kinds of directions are clear and easy to understand. (There is also a very brief set of directions at the end of the book called “How to Finish Your Quilt.” If you have never made a quilt before, you might need a few more directions than those.)
The patterns are all named for card games (all of which I have played at some point in my life, not that that matters much here). Yes, they are the kind of lots of pieces patterns I really like to make, and, yes, I marked them all.
One of the best things about this section is that each set of directions includes a chart for alternate sizes of the quilt. I love it when these are included with the directions. I frequently prefer to make a different size than the one shone – and if I can avoid the math, that works for me! The directions seem to be very clear, especially when combined with her directions for making the individual units at the beginning of the book.
I’m pretty sure that I will be making several of these!