--Modern Quilts Unlimited; 5/1/13
Amy and Janine love the simplicity of quilts made only from squares and rectangles. They argue that "when you make a quilt in which the piecing does not give you angst, you are free to explore many possibilities with color, different types of fabric and prints, different block sizes and layouts..." In this book of 10 projects, they encourage readers to experiment with the designs and introduce variations that will make them unique. To assist, they've provided guidelines for choosing colours and fabrics as well as close-up photographs of several blocks from each quilt, made with very different fabrics or layouts from those used in their full-scale sample quilt. Guidelines and yardages are also provided to make each quilt in a variety of sizes, which is a boon to those of us who hate tackling arithmetic. The projects would be perfect for those occasions when you need to whip up a quilt quickly, when you have some fabrics that you're dying to turn into a quilt or when your mood suits stress-free piecing.
--Australian Homespun Magazine; June 2013
Squares and rectangles are not just for beginners! You will surely agree with Amy Walsh and Janine Burke that sewing basic patterns with straight lines is just about the quickest and most satisfying way to get yourself to a finished quilt.
There are 10 quilt projects featuring batiks and solids. The instructions include yardage and cutting requirements for multiple sizes.
Enjoy stress-free piecing, easy construction while you learn how to alter patterns for completely different looks by re-sizing the blocks, trying a different setting or changing the colour palette.
--Down Under Quilts Magazine; 6/15/13
There seems to be a plethora of books in this issue all purporting to speed up your quilting so you get to the finish line in double quick time! Perhaps it is a sign of the times, that so many of us have so many ideas but too little time to fulfill them? However, this book suggests that you can go from yardage to finished quilts in a flash, but of course you still have to do the sewing! I didn't find any magic formula for production line offerings, but the designs using batiks were simple but extremely effective, proving once again that the fabric makes the quilt.
--Fabrications Quilting For You; June/July 2013
Combine batiks and solid fabrics in 10 quilt projects from Blue Underground Studios. Authors Amy Walsh and Janine Burke provide tips for tweaking the color scheme of each quilt to achieve different looks.
--Better Homes and Garden - Quilts and More; Summer 2013
I had just one thought while reading this book. These quilts would make some stunning backgrounds for an appliqué quilt. Author Amy Walsh says “when you make a quilt in which the piecing does not give you angst, you are free to explore many possibilities with color, different types of fabrics and prints, different block sizes and layouts, and so on.” The first part of the book is dedicated to choosing the right colors, fabrics and designing the block settings. There are 10 fun projects in the book that will inspire you to follow along step-by-step or just jump right in and create your own design. You will enjoy the stress-free piecing and easy construction with squares, rectangles and strips. Learn to alter a pattern by resizing the blocks, trying a different setting or changing the color palette. Quiltmaking basics are also covered toward the end of the book.
--The Applique Society Newsletter; July/August 2013
This book is appropriately titled "In Love" as there are several things I love about this book. First thing, I love the designs included, they give yardages and cutting for multiple sizes. If you recall, I work in a fabric store and I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say I want to make this quilt but I want to make it bigger (of smaller). All the information is included here to do just that! No guessing about the yardages needed for different sizes! Second, for each project they end with a "Shake it up" page of different ways to alter the design slightly, to create a different visual impact and, thereby, quadruple your options (pictures included, as well)! The entire book is, as the title suggests, all squares and rectangles, so no difficult piecing - what's not to love about that. Of course, I love batiks (who doesn't) and they lend themselves beautifully to these designs; although, the authors have also used other fabrics for some of the de signs, giving further options to the reader.
--The Canadian Quilter; Summer 2013