Quilt Book Review: Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson

Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson
Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson

Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson
Blog: twolittlebanshees.com
Published by That Patchwork Place, Martingale
Review: 5 Fat Quarters (5 being best)
Style: Modern
79 pages
ISBN 978-1-60468-733-0

 

I love Kate’s cover quilt. First, it’s modern which I like, and then a closer look revealed that I had some of those fabrics in my stash of fabrics at home.

The popularity of Strip Quilts are here to stay.
The popularity of Strip Quilts are here to stay.

The popularity of 2 1/2″-wide rolls of fabric strips is here to stay. They are a great time-saver and who doesn’t like that?

So, let’s open the book.

Kate starts her Introduction with something all of us quilters agree on…a home can never have too many quilts. And, don’t ever think you will ever run out of ideas because inspiration is all around us, all the time, and it pleasantly surprises us every time.

The contents include 16 modern quilt projects.
The contents include 16 modern quilt projects.

Next, she continues with the Contents. Sixteen full-size quilt patterns are highlighted and all of them are done from 2 1/2″-wide strips. Each pattern includes information on: Materials, Cutting, Making the Blocks, Quilt Assembly, and Finishing the Quilt.

The step-by-step illustrations and the easy-to-read instructions are a sure bet for a very nice afternoon of sewing your pieces together.

 

The FYI Note at the beginning of each project is fun to read. Her variety of tips and ideas are excellent…use solids and prints together, use big blocks and simple designs, contrasting fabric is key, designs evolve, and this is a biggie…don’t overthink!

I like that all of the projects are made in a block format. It’s an enjoyable way of making a quilt. Once you’re ready to assemble the blocks, they are easy to move around on a design wall so you can create your finished look.

Kate’s final section is General Quiltmaking Instructions which is a favorite of mine. I enjoy reading about the preferred methods of how others do things. You can get some cool ideas from this section. Her tip on collecting 2 1/2″-wide strips is brilliant. When she buys a length of fabric, she always cuts off a 2 1/2″-wide strip and adds it to her collection. If you’re a fat quarter buyer, then cut 2 strips. I love that.

Yes, of course, buying a precut roll of strips is still easiest, but we’re quilters. This is just good stuff to know.

Thanks for a great book, Kate!

Until next time…enjoy your day…ttyl!
Jo Ann

 

 

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