From the simplest two-patch quilts to intricate charm quilts with thousands of individual fabric squares, the basic building block for quilters of all skill levels is the patch.
Although the basics haven't changed, new tools and techniques have made it possible to complete a quilt faster than ever before. A 45-page guidebook, "Strip Quilts in a Hurry" (No. AN4153, $10.95), contains 13 quilt projects that can each be completed in less than a week. All are designed to use the basic patch while incorporating modern techniques. Each project is accompanied by step-by-step directions, diagrams, materials lists and color keys. Color photographs, a conversion chart and information on fabrics, batts, cutting, pressing, stitching, bordering and finishing are also included.
This collection is ideal for quilters who enjoy many different designs but don't have a lot of extra time. The quilt shown here, "Cattle Crossing," is great for learning about and working with theme fabric. Other designs include "The Rose Garden," "Rail Fence" and "Prism Lights."
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