Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Review ...

... (please note that I was given an e-copy of this book to review)

There may not have been much quilting going on around here lately, but that doesn't mean I can't read about it, so, when I was offered a free copy of this book to read and then write an unbiased review, I leapt at the chance.

Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts the Squareagonals Way, by Sandi Blackwell

I have been aware in a vague sort of way of Squareagonals before, but never really known much about it. Well, it turns out to be really simple. You make blocks for a quilt, lay them out and sew them together, make two cuts across your quilt top, rearrange them and sew together again, and hey presto, you have a quilt that is set on the diagonal, with no worrying about setting triangles or silly maths or anything.  There are six designs in the book but each one shows an additional two layouts, so in fact there are eighteen quilts you could make. The instructions for the blocks are all well-written and a relative newcomer will be able to make most of them. The only stumbling block might be finding the courage to take the plunge and making those scary cuts at the end. I think it'd be well worth it though for the great looking design you could end up with. It's certainly a technique I intend to have a go at as soon as I get the time to get back to quilting.


  1. I hadn't heard of this concept. If you cut them and turn them around, wouldn't you be putting the bias edges on the outside? Is the border put on it afterward to keep it stable?

  2. Sounds interesting! It would take great courage to cut into the quilt, though. I may have to try it on a small scale and see how I like it! Thanks for the review.

  3. Thanks for the review Sue. I noted down a book on this ages ago (not that particular book), but never thought much more about it. Must look into this now. Take care.

  4. Interesting, I have not heard of this but it is interesting and looks fun, thanks!! Have a fantastic New Year!


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