Blocks from Quilts from Sweet Jane
I see a lot of quilts in my job. I have edited, compiled, designed for, and published quilt books for 22 years. That adds up to thousands of books. I couldn’t begin to guess how many quilts that amounts to, but I can tell you it’s a lot. These days, I see quite a few quilt patterns for Jelly Rolls, loads of quilt patterns for charm squares, and dozens of fat-quarter quilts. But I also see patterns for traditional appliqué, for complex pieced quilts, and for interesting new techniques. Do they all still get me excited? You bet they do. I never tire of seeing new designs (and new designers!) as well as new interpretations of traditional designs.
Today, I’m pleased to introduce one of our newest designer authors, Sue Pfau, and her book, Quilts from Sweet Jane. When I saw the quilts for this book, I was immediately drawn to the light colors, white fabric, and simple designs. And I love the idea of using just one precut bundle plus a background fabric. What could be easier? These are perfect quilting designs for beginners, but you certainly don’t have to be a beginner to love them!
I had a weekend quilt retreat coming up and decided to make one of these charming quilts. There was just one problem: I’m on a self-imposed fabric budget—which in my case means no new purchases until I use up a hefty chunk of my stash—and there is no white fabric in my cupboard. It’s just not part of my fabric vocabulary. So, does that mean I can’t make one of Sue’s quilts right now? Heck no! One look at these wonderfully simple designs and you can clearly see how versatile they are.
I picked out the pattern above, a Layer Cake, and some tan background fabric I already owned, and I was ready to go on retreat. Six or seven hours of sewing later, my top was finished. I think a pieced binding made from leftover strips will finish the outside edge nicely, don’t you?
My friend Karen Burns was also on this retreat and got inspired to stitch up one of these designs herself. She chose this pattern:
Karen’s fabrics were soft and light like the original, but she wanted a larger quilt. So instead of the 20 or so 10″ squares called for in the pattern, Karen used an entire Layer Cake of 40 squares, easily doubling the size of her quilt.
Didn’t I say the patterns were versatile?
So let’s see: charming patterns designed for Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and charm squares; ideal projects for retreats, gifts, and charity quilts; versatile designs; and a great value. What’s not to like?
When it comes to easy quilts, what precuts, blocks, or techniques do you rely on? Share your “simple” story in the comments
and you could win a copy of the Quilts from Sweet Jane eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.
If you purchase Sue’s new book today, you can instantly download the eBook for free.
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Christine, who writes:
“I’ve just starting collecting charm packs and am finding them so useful. Last week I quickly whipped together a table runner in no time at all!”
Christine, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!