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Wow!! Martingale has such a great offer this week. Even beats my lowest price for this book, Supersize 'Em Quilts. Take a look and see all the quilts inside. Click this link to see the deal:
Left: 16″ x 16″ Album blocks from Supersize ’Em!
What’s the best way to make a quilt fast? There are lots of options. Sewing big squares of contrasting fabrics together to make a quilt top is a good go-to idea. But if you’re looking for the complexity, depth, and beauty that pieced blocks provide, there’s one little trick that many quilters rely on for big impact: quilt patterns with LARGE blocks!
With the big-block quilt patterns we’re featuring in four fun books today (all at 40% off), you’ll discover:
Ready to dive into some big-block quilt patterns? Your stash, your rotary cutter, and your precious time awaits!
- A reason to cut into your large-scale prints
- A way to turn a single block into a finished quilt
- An excuse to pare down your fabric choices (how about just 3, 4, or 5?)
- An idea for featuring a beloved theme in great, big blocks
Got Big Prints? Spotlight ’Em in Big BlocksFrom Debby Kratovil, author of Supersize ’Em!
Big blocks are a great way to finish a quilt in less time. The pieces in each block are larger, which makes it come together quicker and easier, and just a few blocks make a good-sized wall hanging. Add sashing and borders, and you’ve got a bed-sized quilt in no time. Some may think it’s just a lazy way to get a quilt finished, but who can argue with being able to accomplish more in less time?
While saving time is a great advantage, perhaps an even bigger asset to making big blocks is that the larger pieces are a great way to showcase big, bold prints that you don’t want to cut up into itsy-bitsy pieces. With inspiration from the projects in this book, you can pull out your large-scale prints and slice into them without fear!
Big-block examples fromSupersize ’Em!
Are there any rules to working with big blocks and big prints? Not really. One thing that I do recommend is to abandon fussy cutting. Occasionally, it’s fun to highlight a specific motif, but for the most part, just cut the fabric, even if a huge flower is dissected. “Surprise cutting,” as I like to call it, is whimsical, free-form, and fun. Other than that, follow the same guidelines as you would when making any other type of quilt: make sure your ¼" seam allowances are as perfect as possible; measure twice, cut once; cut and sew a sample block before cutting out the pieces for an entire quilt; and don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you get stuck. And remember, it’s not a race, it’s a hobby—have fun!
See all 22 quilt projects in Supersize ’Em!.