I know. I was confused too. Kathy Brown asked me to review her new book.
Five fabrics. JUST five fabrics. In one quilt. I'm pretty much on record as stating that if five fabrics are good, fifty-five have to be better. After all, more is better, right?
I should have trusted Kathy. If she said it could be done, then it could be. Then again, maybe it only works because she designed the quits. Whatever the case, I should have known better than to doubt a Louisiana girl, they're pretty smart about these kinds of things. If you don't already know, Kathy has written several terrific quilt books - Take 5: Quilts From Just 5 Fabrics and Strip-Smart Quilts: 16 Designs from One Easy Technique. It's about what you'd expect from a smart girl from Louisiana.
All that, and she still talks to me! I know. I'm confused too.
In all seriousness ~ yeah, right, that's me... ~ I love the book.
It goes without saying that every quilt in the book could be made with scraps, fat quarters and even pre-cuts. That's the easy part. The beauty of this book, and what puts it at the head of the class (I'm sorry... I couldn't help myself.) is that they are perfectly suited for just the five fabrics. At a time when every one of us is wanting to sew up some of of our stash, these sixteen quilts will keep you busy for awhile. These quilts are the real "stash-busters" because they can be made with the kind of stash most of us actually have.
This is Rocks With the Stars. The starting point is a couple of yards of a medium-to-big "focus" print. Can I have a show of hands of who doesn't have four or five of these sorts of pieces in the fabric closet? I should probably raise both hands.
While Kathy's style is what I would probably call "updated traditional", every design works for any style of fabric. From clean and modern to country and/or primitive, reproduction to eclectic, batiks to brights, these designs will work with those fabrics.
Loves Coffee Milk. I love this quilt ~ it just might be my favorite. Have you been itching to make a quilt using all solids? Brights, neutrals, modern or pastel, you only have to worry about picking five colors! Even if you completely change the color palette and use prints, Kathy's directions and method for making this quilt will give you perfect results without having to worry about fabrics and/or colors touching.
This is Gets a Buzz Cut. I love this block. I've used this block in a scrap quilt. So how is it that Kathy used just five fabrics and made it look scrappier than mine? That's probably my favorite single thing about this book - even though all sixteen of the quilts use just five fabrics, each one of them looks like they have more fabrics than that. She's made quilts that look like scrap quilts but aren't. That's genius.
Here's what you need to do - leave a comment on this post by midnight on Wednesday, June 20th to be entered to win a copy of Kathy's book, More Take 5 Quilts. The winner will be announce on Thursday.
And don't forget you still have four other chances to win:
- Tara Lynn Darr of Sew Unique Creations. Tara posted yesterday, she also loved Kathy's book... but I'll let her tell you all about it.
- Pam Vieira-McGinnis of PamKittyMorning.
- Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobsen of Me & My Sister. (Pssst... Please go remind Barb that she's older than I am. And Mary is the same age.)
- Vanessa Christensen of V and Co. .
And that's all she wrote.
That's when she'll have wrote more.