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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabulously Fast Quilts