Shape Workshop for Quilters :: Review & Giveaway


Posted on June 28th, by Amy in books, give away, review. 169 comments

I always love to see what my friends at Fat Quarterly are sewing up, and was happy to have a chance to review their new book!  Shape Workshop for Quilters is a great addition to your quilting library – they have included 60 block patterns, and a dozen projects that include quilts, pillows and other home decor.

With the inclusion of so many blocks, the idea is that you use this book as a jumping off point for your creativity.  Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and create something truly unique!

Each shape has been given it’s own chapter – squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Of all the chapters I think triangles is my favorite, the blocks are diverse and the projects are attainable.

I loved the quote at the beginning of the chapter “Triangles are not to be feared! Embrace them, master them, and they will soon become a favorite in your skills arsenal.” So great, because so many quilters do fear triangles, and the unknown of some projects – take a little time to master the skill and your options for patterns multiply!

Tasha’s Fast Forward/Rewind Quilt is so up my alley – I can see myself making this someday. I love the various sizes of flying geese, the variety of prints, and the crisp background! There’s also basic projects and blocks, and more advanced. There’s something for everyone to learn, and definitely be inspired by!

My friends at Lark have a copy of Shape Workshop for Quilters to giveaway! To win: leave me a comment and tell me which shape gives you the most grief - squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. I’ll leave the giveaway open through the weekend and announce a winner on Monday, July 2nd, 2012. (July? ack!)

For more reviews and chances to win, follow the tour with these friends:
7/3 A La Mode Fabric
7/6 It’s Sew Kiki!
7/10 Craft Buds!
7/12 Craft Foxes
7/16 {sew} Allegorical
7/18 Wrap-up Party at FatQuarterly!

Good luck!

Amy





169 thoughts on “Shape Workshop for Quilters :: Review & Giveaway

  1. I feel like I should be a pro at stars as I made 100+ blocks for the Oh My Stars quilt but it’s tricky to make sure that I don’t lose the points when putting blocks together. thanks for the giveaway

  2. Since I have never tried diamonds, I can deny having any trouble with them. Right now I would have to say that triangles are my nemesis.

  3. I work with triangles a lot, so you’d think most of time it would go just fine, but occasionally a bias-edge will get stretched or my points won’t quite match up the first time. When I am working with a shape that I use less often, like a diamond, I must be more focused, because that is when I have the least amount of issues. Go figure! Thanks for the chance. :)

  4. Squares which are not…square. There’s no place to hide if your seam is crooked, just rip it out and do it again.

  5. Circles! Curves fill me with fear. I’m about to try and tackle triangles, but I can’t even contemplate what a mess I’d make of a curve right now. I’m a beginner sewist, so I’ll have to work my way up to them!

  6. I only tried Diamonds once and it really didn’t work out. I ended up making wonky diamonds instead, which were pretty cool, so I guess it worked out in some ways, but I really do want to challenge myself to be able to do proper diamonds as well!

  7. Threw circles out of my life years ago, except for applique of course. Life is too short to let sewing be miserable. I know, I need an attitude adjustment.

  8. I’m laughing at myself……
    When I first saw the title of this book…I read it as Shape WORKOUT for Quilters and thout, that’s a much needed book…a fun way to exercise and workout. :)
    Upon closer inspection…I prefer the actual title!
    Polygons give my brain a workout…I tend to flip them the wrong way and end up ripping seams quite frequently.
    Love the sneak peak! Looks like a great read and wonderful boost to tackle those polygons and get creative.

  9. I am doing an HST QAL at the minute and getting those points matched up is a challenge every month, so would have to say triangles are my nemesis. Have never tried diamonds or polygons so can only imagine the trouble they would cause :)

  10. I read about this over on Diary of a Quilter and had to hop on over to see what you had to say about it too. My nemesis shape is anything curved. We just don’t get along at all. I’m sure at some point we will make piece with each other anf find a way to coexist but not right now. I’m staying far, far away from that area for a long time.

  11. Haven’t tried diamonds yet. So far, as long as I try not to rush, everything goes together pretty well.

  12. Triangles are the bane of my existence. It’s certainly not for the lack of trying. No matter what method I use, they will not cooperate and always look wonky.

  13. Anything with set-in seams gives me grief and I also shy away from curved piecing, though hope to tackle that next year. I’ve worked with lots of triangles – my stepdaughter’s wedding quilt has over 1,200 of them and the only problem I occasionally have with them is an occasional block that gets cut too much when squaring up and then points don’t come out right. This book looks like fun!

  14. By far circles and curves give me the most grief. I steer clear of any quilts that utilize them. I would love to be able to learn how to tackle curves. This book looks like a great resource.

  15. I’m OK with with squares and rectangles and I’m getting better with triangles and the other shapes, it’s the points that get me. They just don’t match up.Agh! So I do more unpicking than I want. Obviously that book would be of mcuh value. Thanks.

  16. I have not tried circles yet because I am a little afraid of them. Does that count? Otherwise, it is those diamonds for sure!

  17. Circles make me crazy. But they’re beautiful. So, it’s a love-hate thing. :-)

  18. Circles make me crazy, but I love them. So, it’s a love-hate relationship. :-)

  19. I’m so new to quilting I’ve only made squares and Dresden plate, I think this book would help me along on this journey of quilt making.
    Tee

  20. I am really good at rectangles. But I do not do anything with points well so triangles are iffy but diamonds are avoided at all costs. I love hexagons though so I guess not all points are problematic.
    Thanks for a great review of this amazing looking book.

  21. I haven’t work with diamonds YET, but I know triangles can give me problems on occasion when they don’t line up.

  22. Its got to be circles for me atm. I just joined a Bee and our first assignment is a circles block. I am practising like mad!!!

    I would so love to win this book
    xxxx

  23. I deplore flying geese units! Its the reason my swoon quilt is in the standby pile :) I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the give away!

  24. it seems triangles give me the most grief. no matter what i do i cant seem to get them to line up correctly. im always off. hmmmm will keep working on it
    thanks for the chance to win

  25. I actually haven’t tried circles — they seem very difficult. I absolutely love triangles – they’re so visually pleasing when you get the points crisp and complete – ach! Not always easy to do! I did a quilt in all half-square triangles. I just love it and want to do other versions of that one.

  26. I love triangles, however I have never tried circles. I am scared of sewing curves and I am going to have to try them some time.

  27. I have issues with triangles. I am almost always chopping off points. Sheesh!

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway. :)

  28. I would have to say circles. Would love to get my hands on this book !! Thanks

  29. I’d like to work more with circles. I’ve done a curved block once and it wasn’t too bad but I hear circles are the shape to be afraid of. Thanks for the chance!

  30. Well it depends on the day of the week. The shapes take turns bedeviling me!

  31. I’ve never tried anything but basic shapes, but triangles give me trouble a lot of the time.

  32. Maybe circles as I have only tried once.

    Stars don’t give me grief necessarily but I wish I had more options for patterns as I really enjoy them.

    Thanks!

  33. I’m scared of circles – haven’t tried them yet. I love the organizational theme of this book — it sounds like it’s great! Thank you for the chance to win!

  34. I have always feared diamonds – those bias edges. I have not tried them yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I am pretty new to quilting. I do ok with squares and triangles but diamonds, not so much. This book looks wonderful.

  36. I haven’t tried diamonds yet but would like to…..it’s the bias that would need work on. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  37. I don’t think it would be any certain shape but more the matching of each type and getting all the points perfect in the seam so they look good.

  38. For me the hardest thing is stars with 8 points that meet at the middle. I always seem to have a big lump in the middle!

  39. Flying Geese. Hands down, they frustrate me the most. No matter how careful I am, they get wonky! I need an intervention on these babies!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. I’m ready to tackle more polygons . . . such fun shapes. Thanks for the chance.

  41. Circles – because I am too scared to even try them, so I see all the great patterns, but then chicken out because they involve curves and I have declared that I am NOT a curves girl. If I wiln the book, I promise I will try circles – deal??

  42. All I have made so far are squares and they give me problems.
    looks like a great book and one I should have.
    Thanks

  43. Pinwheels challenge me! So, if it’s a triangle or diamond, or polygon shape that makes the pinwheel . . . it’s the pinwheel center that makes me crazy!

  44. There are lots of shapes that I haven’t attempted, so for now I’ll admit that I struggle with making nice crisp HSTs.

  45. Well, nothing gives me grief right now because I’ve avoided the things I know would drive me nuts. Circles and diamonds are high on that list. And hexagons.

  46. I’m one of those people who fears triangles. If I win this book, I vow to try triangles again and embrace them!

  47. The only diamonds I like are the ones on my fingers or on my ears. Thanks for the chance to win the book, I’d probably learn a thing or two.

  48. Triangles give me the most grief – trying to line up all those corners! I made a hexagon quilt that each hexagon was made of 6 triangles. Hated it because it was hard getting everything to line up!

  49. Any shape other than “square” or “rectangle” is pretty much out of my range right now – I figure that’s okay, I haven’t been doing this very long – but it’s time to start branching out! Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

  50. The shape I have the hardest time with would be circles. I have avoided them for quite some time. :)

  51. Some of those shapes I’ve never tried ;>), so I suppose triangles when my points don’t match. Thanks for chance to win!

  52. Circles give me grief! I’ve never really worked with diamonds, but since the edges are straight, I think I could handle them

  53. Hello! I think it is circles,if isn’t perfect it’s wonky. With practice one can make true circles though! Thanks for a neat giveaway book!

  54. Hi! That looks really wonderful book! I haven’t done any curves – would love to make but always choose something easier. Triangles I love and that page in the book looks bery inspiring! Thank you for a change to win that book!
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

  55. Circles give me the most problems of anything. I will go to great lengths NOT to sew circles.

  56. I’m terrified of curves. I know that I have to come to terms with them, so I recently bought a presser foot that’s supposed to help, but I haven’t worked up the nerve to try it yet. Triangles are probably my favourite shape.

  57. Triangles urk me to death…lol But then I haven’t worked much with circles…I really find doing those 90degree angles worse than anything though..thanks for the giveaway

  58. polygons! I find myself seam ripping these alot because they don’t line up exactly and you have to have them just the right way to lay flat.

  59. I haven’t tried a couple of these shapes yet including circles, and they recently made my short list!
    Thanks for the chance to win, and I agree about the FF/R quilt! : )

  60. Anything with triangles gives me grief..even sewing down the middle of a square to construct a triangle corner.

  61. I’d have to say that circles give the most grief. Love that fast forward/rewind quilt!

  62. Curves, yes, curves – they could drive one insane I think.

    Lovely book.

    thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  63. Triangles totally give me the most trouble, but that wouldn’t hold me back from making Fast Forward! What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. I’m probably not alone if I said circles. But really, it’s the off-set seam of triangles and polygons that get me. I always seem to need to re-sew a half dozen seams before I can get them to line up properly. And then forget the tricks when I go to do them again in another project.

  65. I’d love to say I’ve beat them all into submission, but I’ll admit, really long skinny triangles have me whipped, no question. Maybe it’s a chubby girl inferiority thing, with their model thin shapes. They’re just not right.

  66. Curves are scary!!! I’ve tackled triangles and curves and circles have to be next!!!! Super looking book!!

  67. Don’t really feel comfortable making a real circle. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. For me it’s circles that are my problem. I’ve only attempted sewing with them once but it was a disaster! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

  69. Definitely circles! I haven’t even attempted them, except for applique. I’d love to see what tricks they have in this book!

  70. So far I’m usually OK with squares, rectangles, HST and some stars. I imagine I could come to grief with circles and polygons so leave them out. With this workshop book I could expand my comfort zone to include more shapes.

  71. Don’t have much experience with diamonds or polygons but I think they would be a bit of a challenge, especially if the seam allowances aren’t accurate.

  72. Triangles of any form. I have the worst time with flying geese. I have never tried circles yet but I can see a problem with them too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. Right now they all give me grief as I’m a beginner. But I think I’d have the most difficulty with circles.

  74. Honestly, all of it gives me grief! I’ve only recently started quilting and I’m not known for my patience or perfection so it’s not been easy…..

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  75. The hardest shape for me is a circle. Applique terrifies me. I have the tools and just need to take the time to learn. I bet if I had that book, it would really help! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Diamonds! But i’ working hard on my consistent 1/4″ seam allowance and hoping that will help me match up points!

  77. What an awesome book idea! The hardest thing I’ve done so far is equilateral triangle quilts – getting those suckers to match points is an art (which I haven’t mastered!) What I’d really LIKE to do is pieced curves and circles, but haven’t quite mustered the courage yet…
    Thanks for offering such a cool giveaway!

  78. I am always having trouble with triangles and getting nice sharp consistent points. This book looks amazing!

  79. I’ve never even tried a polygon, but the skinny triangles either meeting at the center side of the block or the corner (not sure what they’re called) are the most difficult for me. Those long skinny pieces never line up well.

  80. Right now little tiny paper pieced diamonds are giving me grief, I refuse to give up!

  81. I think diamonds would be my difficult shape. Set-in seams are challenging for me, but I’m getting better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. diamonds for sure – mostly because of those Y seams. I haven’t quite mastered that skill, and tend to turn them into HSTs so i can keeping avoiding the diamonds.

  83. Triangles seem to give me the most grief! And this lovely book is on my wish list, so thanks for the opportunity! Cathy

  84. I have always loved the look of circle quilts, but I have NO idea how to make them. This book would be an awesome way to learn.

  85. Matching up points in stars gives me the most grief. Since most of my stars are made from triangles and flying geese I guess triangles would be my nemisis!

  86. Well, triangles in a way — I’m talking pyramids! Those pesky guys never come out right! I’d love some hints on mastering these.

  87. I think diamonds and triangles are the most difficult, but I really want to get better at them! This book looks awesome!

  88. I’m new to quilting so all the shapes are difficult for me :( I’d love a book to help me work it out though. Ali

  89. Triangles are my latest grief, but I am about to encounter circles. I anticipate a great battle.

  90. As a newbie, they all are a little intimidating. But, I must say, the circle looms a bit more dauntingly on the horizon for me.

  91. So far I’ve only made quilts using rectangles, squares, and triangles! So any other shape intimidates me!!

  92. I am new to the quilting world, so currently I am trying my hand at the basics! (not sure it’s going great, but I am getting there)

    Thanks for a chance at a great book!

  93. I have to be careful anytime I work with bias edges as that gives me trouble. I’m not tried curved piecing, I’m intimidated but would like to learn someday.

  94. Being new to quilting I have to say I haven’t tried most of the above, but I have done triangles and I have had trouble with them!

  95. I’m with Diann–diamonds are the toughest for me: getting the angles just right and then not stretching those bias edges.

    Thanks for being part of the giveaway fun.

  96. Foundation piecing is overcoming my triangular fear. I would love to see all the blocks but especially circles. I love them I loke the modern take especially on the traditional. Plus FQs I have!!!!

  97. This book sounds great. I’d love to design a quilt someday and this book sounds like a great tool. I think triangles are what I fear most. Those HSTs give me the most grief. Even with Thangles, seems like at least one is too small, crooked or just plain wonky! Help me! hehe.

    Thank you and Lark for a super giveaway and a chance to win a neat book.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  98. The most trouble? Stars and diamonds. This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. Diamonds give me lots of gray hair! I am sure I could learn a lot from this book. Thanks for the chance.

  100. triangles give me grief! i’m always off a little, try as i maight, to be careful. i tell myself, ‘practice, practice, practice!” love the book … thanx for the opportunity to win it.

  101. When I first picked up Maxine Rosenthal’s One-Block Wonders, I fell so completely in love with the technique that I bought and cut the fabric for six large quilts. While I still love the results and playing with the layout on my design wall, an entire quilt top made of 60 degree triangles is enough to drive anyone to install a wine fridge in the sewing room!

  102. I am still sort of a newbie so a lot intimidates me still… But I love the trend of circles and would love to tackle them…but I don’t even know where to begin!! Thanks for the chance to win and for highlighting what looks like such a great book!

  103. What a great book! I too am pretty much a newbie, so I haven’t tried a lot. Circles seem incredibly intimidating. Triangles are my favorite shape, but unless I’m doing a wonky star, I’ve had trouble with them. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :-)

  104. I haven’t done many diamonds or polygons, so those may be difficult because I haven’t tried them yet. I have a hard time keeping circles round. Then tend to become flattened.

  105. I haven’t really done any shapes beyond the basics. The one time I did half circles didn’t really go that well. So I need to expand some more. :)



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