Fabulously Fast Quilts // Sewing Book Review


Today I’m happy to share a little about Amy Smart’s new book,  Fabulously Fast Quilts


Published by Martingale, the book’s 12 quilt patterns are organized into four categories:  Strip Piecing, Quick Corners, Slick Slicing, and Stack, Slice & Shuffle.  Some of the patterns are really fast, and some take a bit more time, but each utilizes a method (i.e. Quick Corners) that saves you time and helps you make the quilt efficiently. Each pattern includes a flat shot of the quilt and well assembled diagrams.


Amy has a great line of patterns in addition to her new book, and I love that Amy’s quilts have a really broad appeal.  I have friends who don’t read quilt blogs but read Diary of A Quilter--I think that has as much to do with her quilt patterns as it does her writing style. Amy is the real deal–kind, talented, and willing to share.  Plus, she brought me chocolate covered cinnamon bears at Sewing Summit, so I know she is the best kind of person.

modern-buzz-saw-quilt-amy-smart(1)Amy has more information about the book and the blog tour here. My favorite quilt from the book is Modern Buzz Saw–I love the movement of the pattern. I’m looking forward to making a quilt based on her fabulously fast tips.

Binding Tip_swimbikequilt

Amy asked each of us on the blog tour (all of the links are below) to share a quilting tip as part of the  tour, something fabulous or fast.  These photos are from my machine binding tutorial.

binding tip

My quilting tip is this: once you attach your binding to one side of your quilt, press it flat, away from the fabric. Then, turn it over, and press it again.  Use wonder clips (if you want) to tack down the binding, and it makes finishing the binding a snap.  I am a big fan of Clover Wonder Clips (and I need to order some of the big green jumbo ones available here: Clover 24-Piece Jumbo Wonder Clips !), and use them in bag and pouch making, as well as binding quilts.

wonder clips

Note: You can use a ruler to measure so that you press precisely the same width around the entire quilt, or you can eye ball it like I do. I find that pressing the binding makes me double check that I have caught the entire quilt top in the binding, and it helps the binding lay nice and flat, without any puckers.

Machine Bound Quilt

Fabulously Fast Quilts
Blog Tour

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order
Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
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  1. Sigi G
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your added Tip on Machine Binding. I will try this.

  2. Posted May 2, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I never thought about pressing the binding before stitching…would help bunches. Thanks!

  3. Kathleen O'Grady
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    This truly is a wonderful book from Amy! Thanks for the great tip, I will be trying that on my next quilt!

  4. Posted May 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I do this! Ironing really does help a lot. I find it makes it easier to fold over because it’s nice and straight and I don’t have to wrangle it :)

  5. Michele Timms
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    This is a great tip!!! I am going to try it on my next quilt – thank you!

  6. Lori Morton
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Love the book!!! & your Tip is grrrrreat! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    thanks you for sharing this post

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