One of my favorite quilters, Carrie Merrell, recently put the finishing touches on her latest book Half and Half Quilt and I’m so happy to share it with you today! Much like her first book, Quilty Math Workbook, this book is loaded with tips, tricks, ideas, and clearly laid out steps for quilters of all levels.
Let’s talk half and half – this book focuses on creating quilts from half square triangles (HSTs) where half the square is color and half is white. (Of course, you could always substitute another tone if you wish.) It’s 61 pages in length, and filled with helpful images and graphics to further explain each point in the book.
Here are some of my favorite things about the Half and Half Quilt book:
- The Infinite Number of Possibilities: Ok, *maybe* infinite is a *slight* stretch, but Carrie shows you how to construct 130 quilt blocks. That, my friends, is a lot of blocks to choose from!
- The Ease of Determining Fabric Needs: Each block uses exactly the same amount of fabric, making it easy to mix and match when constructing your quilt. Yep, you read that right. This means if you cut the fabric with the intent of making block #23, but decide before sewing the HSTs together that you want to make block #118, you can switch gears and know you have exactly the right amount of fabric cut for your project. Nice, right?
- The Simplicity of Sizing: Have you been wanting a new king size quilt for your bedroom? Or a small craft size for the upcoming quilt swap? No problem – with instruction for the eight most common quilt sizes (craft, crib, throw, twin, double, queen, super queen, and king), you won’t have to worry about trying to figure out sizing and fabric requirements on your own.
- The Yummy Dessert!: Sure, you’re right – it’s not the edible dessert, but with sections dedicated to working with jelly rolls and layer cakes, you’re bound to get a bit of a sweet tooth. For those who prefer the less sugary alternative, sections on working with fat quarter, fat eighth, charm square, and yardage have you covered.
- The Coloring: Adult coloring is all the rage, and the 15 coloring pages give you the opportunity to test out color patterns, palates, and designs well before you cut into your fabrics. Each coloring page is organized not only by final quilt size but – if using precuts – by the size of the precuts as well. Nice.
Overall, this book is well priced and a welcome addition to any quilting library. It’s available for instant download, which means you can either print out a copy or load it to any of your digital devices. Looking forward to seeing how your quilt turns out!
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