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Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Bigger blocks are better says author Camille Roskelley usually 1

    Bigger blocks are better says author Camille Roskelley usually 12” X 12” but she has one that is a 30” square single block as a baby quilt.  She uses larger, more modern prints but all the patterns would look great in 1930’s or 19th century reproductions or almost any prints you can find in the quilt shop. 
    Additionally, Camille defines current Moda Fabrics’ terms for fabric pre-cuts such as charm squares, layer cakes, and jelly rolls for those of us not aware of their distinction and uses.  Doesn’t that make you hungry?  Then you have fat quarters.  (Lame humor, sorry!)
    Traditional blocks used in her quilts include the Churn Dash, album block, Pinwheels, Jacob’s Ladder, and an Eight Pointed Star, but with more lively, modern fabric.  There are several quilts that have blocks that showcase big prints such as in “Sweet Life” or “Framed”.  Or if you prefer, you can build easy houses for “Dwell”, using her clever, easy way to add the chimney on the roof.
    Near the back of the book contains a large section on Quilting Basics for the beginner, including hand or machine quilting methods so “quilt as desired” is not so intimidating.
    Her designs are great for the young and the not so young quilters alike.  Although I’m more of an intermediate level quilter, I found several patterns that caught my interest.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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