Sheila Christensen learned to sew clothes as a teenager and later began quilting at the local quilt shop. After a few years of taking every class she could, she ended up buying the shop. She lives in rural New Zealand where she owns Quilters' Lane. Visit her website www.mysteryquilter.com.
Get started with tools, fabrics and basics. This book teaches angles - triangles, trapezoid, diamond, parallelogram and jewel, plus strip-pieced quilts and a primer 'design your own blocks'. Each 60 Degrees shape section has great quilt patterns. The 60 Degrees shape is thoroughly explored through techniques and possibilities. Sheila has the same design philosophy as myself: one thing leads to another. Standard sizes make strips easy to rotary cut and piece. The colour section is basic with one glaring error, blue does not face yellow on the colour wheel. Basic quilting techniques include cutting, seam sewing, chain piecing. This book comes into its own when we get to the lessons. Great grids, instructions and quick reference charts, super blocks and fantastic quilts. Marks out of 10 - A plus for the quilt designs; as a designer myself I would still love to sit down and make most of these. Highly recommended as a thorough grounding in 60 Degrees shape, ease of use, inspiration for all levels and 15 wonderful quilt designs.-- Karen Platt * Amazon *