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Dig out scraps, stash and precuts to make more than a dozen string quilt projects designed by Mary M. Hogan. Learn to make more than a dozen unique blocks using the String Piecing Technique.
This complete step-by-step guide takes quilters through every step of the string quilting process with helpful tips and suggestions throughout each chapter. The front of the book is packed with string quilt techniques followed by 14 quilt projects with clear instructions and diagrams.
- Unique patterns: The colorful, playful blocks in each quilt combined with Mary’s keen sense of style create one-of-a-kind quilt designs.
- New take on a classic technique: Surprising designs create a twist on the classic technique of string quilting. Step away from square blocks and create a myriad of different shapes, from circles to diamonds, using various materials as foundations.
- Technique included: Mary’s techniques are thoroughly explained in the front of the book with step-by-step photos and directions.
- Design elements: Informative call-outs give readers the confidence to design their own beautiful quilts.
About the author Mary M. Hogan is a former university professor who teaches and designs at the Quilting Season in Saline, MI. She uses as many fabrics as possible in each quilt and likes improvisation, rarely knowing how a quilt will turn out when she begins. Her focus is on teaching, and on making unique, beautiful and useful quilts.
Here is a small sample of some of the quilt projects in the book:
Amazon Verified Purchase, Andrea L. Anastoson, March 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars: Fabulous Addition to Library
The introductory section is the reason I bought this book. It is excellent in helping to keep string quilting fresh and successful. The variety of ways to use strings -- well illustrated by the 14 quilt projects -- sparks the imagination.
Mary Hogan manages to walk the line between two types of quilting/crafting books. On the one hand, she gives detailed instructions about how to make 14 different quilts for those folks who want something that looks just like the sample. On the other hand, she has 57 pages of general ideas, troubleshooting tips, details from quilts to illustrate options, quilting suggestions, binding suggestions (you name it) for those who like the technique, but want to take it somewhere else.
I make small art-quilt pieces and this offered me inspiration for backgrounds. The easy to comprehend directions mean I am not reinventing the wheel. This is a worthwhile addition to any library.
Generation Q Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016
Once you’ve been quilting a while you realize your fabric stash isn’t getting smaller. And whether your style is modern, traditional or contemporary, we all seek ways to use up those small bits of fabric leftover from our quilts yore.
Mary’s book helps you use up those scraps and those jelly rolls you couldn’t resist. Simple or complex, with appliqué or just plain, it’s really quite amazing how such a simple concept can look traditional or modern or contemporary. Believe us when we say Mary includes string quilt patterns for every quilter – seriously!
Ann, ConnectingThreads.com: June 2016
String Quilt Style by Mary Hogan reminds us what is great about string quilts – a quilt technique with a long history of popularity. Strings (strips) of fabric are sewn together, usually on foundations which may be removable or permanent – or even optional. Accuracy of cutting and piecing are not crucial, so even beginners can be successful from the start. Each quilt will be different depending on the fabrics, size of strips, and how they are combined. String quilts are great ways to utilize and use up one’s stash.
The author likes to make scrappy, improvisational quilts, using as many fabrics as possible and not knowing when she starts what her final design will be. First, she shares with us her ideas on color, focal point, proportion, unity and variety, line and shape, and fabric style. Next, she provides string block designs such as the fan, circle, half-square triangle, wonky triangle, isosceles triangle, diamonds with one, two, and four units, and rectangular rows or columns. For each of these block designs, there are illustrations of how they can be combined to form secondary patterns. Next, there is an amazing section on block and quilt layouts, adding sashing and borders, pieced backings, quilting hints, and binding ideas.
Wait! There’s more! After all this design element inspiration, String Quilt Style has a large section of step-by-step detailed instructions and photos showing how to construct each kind of string block. Of particular interest are the comments on fabric or color placement to achieve specific results. On top of this wealth of information are fourteen attractive and varied quilts and quilted projects incorporating the book's skills and designs. I honestly did not know so much could be accomplished with string piecing and am eager to add String Quilt Style to my quilt library and get started using up scraps from my stash!
Wisconsin Bookwatch, The Needlecraft Shelf; June 2016
With the instructional guidance provided by “String Quilt Style,” even the most novice of quilters will be able to dig out material scraps, stash and precuts to make more than a dozen string quilt projects designed by quilting expert Mary M. Hogan. “String Quilt Style” shows how to make a variety of string quilt block designs including diagonal squares, diamonds, circles, triangles, columns and fans. “String Quilt Style” is acomplete guide, taking aspiring quilters through every step of the string quilting process with helpful tips and suggestions throughout each chapter. Simply stated, “String Quilt Style” will prove to be an enduringly popular and practical addition to personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.
Mark Lapinski's Blog, May 22, 2016
Here's that book I told you about last week during my Facebook Live Chat (Sundays at 11 AM at https://www.facebook.com/melipinski).
It’s the new book by Mary Hogan, "String Quilt Style." Dig out scraps, stash and pre-cuts to make more than a dozen string quilt projects designed by Mary M. Hogan. Learn to make a variety of string quilt block designs including diagonal squares, diamonds, circles, triangles, columns and fans. This complete guide takes quilters through every step of the string quilting process with helpful tips and suggestions throughout each chapter.
I have a couple of favorites in the book: The Fan Quilt, Birds in the Woods Quilt, Uncle Ernie’s Rocker Quilt, and UFO Quilt.
But to be honest, the more I look through the book the more quilts grab my attention. String quilts are super easy and this book gives TONS of instructions and some really great results. It’s also a nice quality book. Thanks, Landauer Publishing! Grab a copy. Ask your local quilt shop to order your copy, visit your local bookstore, or if all else fails – buy a copy from Amazon.
Barbara Rhoades: May 2016
I grew up learning to use up every piece of fabric I was given. My mom thought it was just being thrifty. Now there is a name for it – String Quilts. There are 14 string projects in this book. It begins with a few paragraphs about the author which is followed by a section on tools and foundations, one on design elements, one on string designs, one on block and quilt layouts, one on finishing elements and the final one is on string piecing techniques. Whew! This book hasn’t left anything out.
The patterns begin with a full page color photo of the item. Then the finished quilt and block size is given as well as the name. A paragraph about the quilt is next following by material and cutting lists. In a framed box, the design elements are given. Every block is built on a foundation but I have never used a foundation fabric when I made mine. It just helps you not to stretch anything out of shape.
There are great graphics among the written instructions and the quilting is left up to your own creativity. I can’t wait to share this book with my charity guild as we are trying to use up the scraps from the other quilts we have made. We have been looking for a book to help give us new ideas and this book does just that.