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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book review: Strip Savvy


All of the quilts in Kate Henderson's new book Strip Savvy are created with 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric.  What could be easier?  No matter how complex the patterns look on first glance, you'll find that that all break down into super-simple variations on the 2 1/2 inch theme!


Kate explains that the reason she favors these strips is because so many fabric companies package precut strips of the fabrics in their lines, so that gives you so many options for coloring and designing your quilts.  Don't feel that you have to use the exact colors that Kate calls for in each project...you can easily have fun with substitutions.  As with all Martingale quilting books, all the basics that you will need are covered, making this another good beginner book.  And if you're an unrepentant collector of fabrics, strip piecing might be just what you've been looking for!

The first section of the book covers the basics, followed quickly by the projects!  Strip Savvy has two main sections of projects: 7 quilts with borders and 11 quilts that are borderless.    Many of the quilts use fairly traditionally styled blocks, all composed from the strips.  My favorite is probably "Round and Round", shown below, because it reminds me of the simple log cabin quilts that I love so much.

 
Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane

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