Make dazzling scrap quilts using basic shapes like triangles, clamshells, half-hexagons, strips, and diamonds.
With simplicity as the basis for each block, Elsie explains how to make decisions about fabric color, value, and contrast. Design choices like these are what make the quilts stunningly radiant. Elsie’s designs place an emphasis on how color and value work together to create the illusion of depth and light.
The book contains comprehensive information about tools and techniques – it is unique in that it provides instructions on cutting with scissors and templates, rotary cutters and rulers, and even die cutters. Naturally, it contains guidance on both hand- and machine-piecing, too.
- 9 projects that are both basic and boldly sophisticated, with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams for making each one.
- Project range from table runners to a stunning king-size bed quilt.
- Clear how-to for three cutting techniques: using scissors and templates, rotary cutters, and die cutters.
- Fearless stitching of Y-seams and curved pieces – thanks to Elsie’s guidance.
Wisconsin Bookwatch: December 2017
Elsie M. Campbell began exhibiting her quilts nationally in 1992 and has won numerous prestigious awards. In the pages of Radiant Quilts: Stunning Quilts from Simple Shapes she offers a complete guide to making gorgeous scrap quilts using just one, two, or three simple repeated shapes. Of special note is the inclusion of: Nine projects that are both basic and boldly sophisticated; providing easy-to-follow instructions & diagrams for making each project; Instructions on making stunning scrap quilts using simple repeated shapes; A design emphasis on color and value working together to create the illusion of depth and light; Comprehensive information about tools and techniques; Clear how-to directions on three cutting techniques using scissors and templates, rotary cutters and rulers, and die cutters; Guidance on both hand-piecing and machine-piecing; and fearless stitching of Y-seams and curved pieces. Profusely and expertly illustrated throughout, Radiant Quilts will prove to be an enduringly valued addition to personal, professional, and community library quilting instructional reference collections.
Barbara Rhoades: December 2018
The first 23 pages of this book takes you through lots of good things to know before you begin to quilt. Things like value, what tools you will need, templates, rotary cutters, rules, cutting mats, die cutters, stitching Y or curved seams, design walls and binding. Whew! If you absorb all of that, you will have a great handle on the next section which is the patterns.
There are 10 different patterns of quilts and table runners. The templates are found on the last pages of the book and are full sized.
Each pattern has the requisite cutting and materials list with a color photo of the project. The written instruction includes graphics to show you how your pieces should look/go together. The final quilting is left up to your ideas.
This is a book that I would recommend for a more advanced quilter as there are curves and Y-seams in some of the patterns.