Monday, March 22, 2021

March- April 2021 Book of the Month

Though it's a bit late into the month of March, I going to forge ahead with another quilt book to feature, which will carry over into April. This time, it's Stunning 3-D Quilts Simplified (affiliate link) by Ruth Ann Berry.

Stunning for sure! The quilts in this new book look so complex, but they're easy to design and sew due to isometric paper. What's isometric paper? It's a grid made of 60-degree triangles. As Ruth states in the book, who knew? 

I'll admit, that when C&T Publishing graciously sent this book, I wasn't very interested - these quilts looked way too complex. But having just designed the interlocking chains in Lucky Clover, I'm now in the right frame of mind to find the cover intriguing enough to give the book a second look. 

And boy am I surprised! I couldn't believe all 12 projects in the book use 60-degree triangles - how easy is that? With proper value placement, simple to complex 3-D designs are possible as never before - who knew?

Here's a project from the book, a simple table runner.

Thinking about this runner made of 60-degree triangles, it looks pretty straightforward, right? It certainly looks like something any quilter could make.

Keeping those 60-degree triangles in mind, let's jump ahead to a more complex design like this one, which graces the cover of Stunning 3-D Quilts Simplified.

Wow! Fascinating, isn't it? I don't know about you, but I find myself tracking the path of all of those colors every time I look at this. And it's all made with 60-degree triangles - amazing!

This is such an intriguing idea, I think I'll have a go with these triangles to make a 3-D quilt. Within a week or so, I hope to share some other exciting news which will make one of these quilts a breeze. Until then, I'll decide whether to make a project from the book or design my own. There's more to come in April!

Until then,

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I have thought of getting that book numerous times but keep passing on it - well be interested to see what you make

  2. It does look very interesting!!! 60 degree angles, eh? Interesting indeed!

  3. I just got this book and WOW. Even if I never make anything from this it is still the best pictures. If you are a modern quilter this is a great book with so many variations. Can't wait to hear more about your news. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Am I the only one who admires these patterns but finds they make me dizzy!! You have to have such patience and strength to pull those off. Well done.

  5. Susan, what an amazing book, I just put it on my Amazon wish list! Reminds me of a Sara Nephew quilt I did years ago (yet to finish!).

  6. I'm looking forward to your project and review of the book. I find these designs very intriguing. I've sworn off buying more books, but I may just have to get this one.


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