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Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks

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Camille Roskelley, best-selling author of Simplify with Camille Roskelley, puts a brand new spin on traditional-block quilting. By exploring modern print combinations and employing innovative techniques such as supersizing blocks, Roskelley offers a fresh interpretation of classic blocks in 12 achievable projects. Simple enough for beginners, all of the projects are easy to piece using precuts, yardage, and scrap fabrics. And, as always, Roskelley’s fail-proof instructions and expert knowledge will guide and ...
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Overview

Camille Roskelley, best-selling author of Simplify with Camille Roskelley, puts a brand new spin on traditional-block quilting. By exploring modern print combinations and employing innovative techniques such as supersizing blocks, Roskelley offers a fresh interpretation of classic blocks in 12 achievable projects. Simple enough for beginners, all of the projects are easy to piece using precuts, yardage, and scrap fabrics. And, as always, Roskelley’s fail-proof instructions and expert knowledge will guide and inspire every step of the way.

• Master a variety of simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese for a bold, sophisticated style
• Classic-block quilting gets a modern makeover with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors, and secondary patterns created with color placement
• Bridge the traditional and modern with quilts that have timeless appeal

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Editorial Reviews

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In Camille's words, this book starts with the idea of taking traditional blocks, updating them, upscaling them and giving them a twist. You'll love the way Camille has simplified the piecing to maximize chain piecing and minimize Y-seams.
--Australian Quilters Companion; July 2013

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley offers quilters new ideas on traditional quilting, exploring modern print combinations and showing how to use precuts, yardage and scraps to supersize blocks or create alternative block arrangements. From using simple half-square triangles to creating big sizes and unique pattern combinations, this is a fine collection of ideas for any who would do something different with traditional quilting approaches as a background.
--The Needlecraft Shelf; 9/6/13

Camille Roskelley's new book Simply Retro is filled with fun quilts made from classic blocks. All 11 projects are perfect for use with precuts, scraps, or yardage. Beautifully photographed with clear directions, this book is sure to become your new favorite!
--McCall's Quick Quilts; October/November 2013

If you have been wanting to try your hand at sewing one of the very popular “modern” type of quilt but you do not know where to begin or you are not even sure this style is for you? This book might just be the answer you are looking for. Camille Roskelley very cleverly bridges the traditional with the modern. She combines different color combinations and simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese to create a bold sophisti- cated style. Classic block quilting takes on a new look with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors and secondary patterns created by color placement. Camille uses Pre cut Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Fat Quarters mixed with fabric from your stash to create her quilts. You will find a great description of all the precut fabrics packets, good basic quilting instructions and wonderful photos that will inspire you along the way.
--The Applique Society Newsletter; August 2013

July 2013 Australian Quilters Companion

In Camille's words, this book starts with the idea of taking traditional blocks, updating them, upscaling them and giving them a twist. You'll love the way Camille has simplified the piecing to maximize chain piecing and minimize Y-seams.
9/6/13 The Needlecraft Shelf
Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley offers quilters new ideas on traditional quilting, exploring modern print combinations and showing how to use precuts, yardage and scraps to supersize blocks or create alternative block arrangements. From using simple half-square triangles to creating big sizes and unique pattern combinations, this is a fine collection of ideas for any who would do something different with traditional quilting approaches as a background.
October/November 2013 McCall's Quick Quilts
Camille Roskelley's new book Simply Retro is filled with fun quilts made from classic blocks. All 11 projects are perfect for use with precuts, scraps, or yardage. Beautifully photographed with clear directions, this book is sure to become your new favorite!
August 2013 The Applique Society Newsletter
If you have been wanting to try your hand at sewing one of the very popular “modern” type of quilt but you do not know where to begin or you are not even sure this style is for you? This book might just be the answer you are looking for. Camille Roskelley very cleverly bridges the traditional with the modern. She combines different color combinations and simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese to create a bold sophisticated style. Classic block quilting takes on a new look with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors and secondary patterns created by color placement. Camille uses Precut Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Fat Quarters mixed with fabric from your stash to create her quilts. You will find a great description of all the precut fabrics packets, good basic quilting instructions and wonderful photos that will inspire you along the way.
Library Journal
In her second book, fabric and quilt designer Roskelley (Simplify with Camille Roskelley) returns to her area of expertise—traditional-style quilts with modern flair. The collection includes 11 designs in a variety of sizes, from wall hangings to baby quilts to a queen-size bedspread, most sewn in the aqua, red, green, and white palette that has become the author's trademark. Once again, she focuses on time-saving precut fabrics, although directions are provided for quilters cutting from yardage. VERDICT Roskelley's designs are popular among the online quilting community, and her designs are contemporary enough to appeal to modern quilters yet classic enough to appeal to traditionalists. Purchase accordingly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607056843
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 262,725
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in a home brimming with creativity and quilts, it was only natural that Camille Roskelley started designing her own quilts and fabrics. She launched her pattern making business, Thimble Blossoms, in 2007. Visit her popular blog, Simplify, at camilleroskelley.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Word about Fabric
Projects
Swell
Retro
Sidebar: Easy HSTs
Baby Love
Small Block Quilt * Large Block Quilt
Vintage
Sidebar: Making it Fit
Dapper
Main Dapper Quilt
• Dapper Variation
Sidebar: Easy Flying Geese
Playground
Dwell
Adorn
Sweet Life
Framed
Fresh
Sidebar: Wrap-up
Quiltmaking Basics
Tools & Cutting
• Piecing
• Borders
• Batting & Backing
• Quilting
• Binding
About the Author
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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    This book is Eye Candy! The pictures are bright and bold and ma

    This book is Eye Candy! The pictures are bright and bold and make you want to drop everything to start every quilt in it. I have browsed through a hundred times and read through this book at least twice and I only received it on Saturday. I just can't get enough of the pictures.

    The patterns are fresh and bright and she gives you exactly what she claims, "fresh quilts from classic blocks". One of her baby quilts is one large classic block (don't want to reveal too much here). The scale of the block, along with the quilting, give a modern feel. And I can only imagine how quickly that one block will go together.

    My absolute "must. start. now. " quilt is "Dwell". Simple little houses with a few surprises thrown in. Her instructions are clear and to the point and doesn't require multiple re-reads to figure out what needs to be done. She gives measurements at multiple points along the way, making it easy to individualize it.

    This book gets a FIVE STAR rating!

    Definitely a keeper for your quilting library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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