Book Review – Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart

I want to give a quick thanks to Amy Smart and Martingale for giving me a review copy of Fabulously Fast Quilts so I can tell you all about it. First – a quick background: I got to know Amy when I used to sponsor blogs to advertise my online store (before I decided to switch hats from store owner to pattern designer).

I love Amy’s blog style, the content she shares, and her genuinely friendly manner. I finally got to meet her in person at Sewing Summit last year and appreciate how down to earth and “real” she is!

faboulously_fast_quiltsAll images courtesy of Martingale. Photography by Brent Kane.

When I found out Amy was writing a book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it because I knew it would be chock full of quilty goodness! Let me tell you – it does not disappoint!

Fabulously Fast Quilts is an easily digestible 48 page book full of 12 fresh and fun patterns, all designed by Amy. The designs are simple, yet striking, and I can honestly say I would enjoy making each one!

crossing_guardCrossing Guard, shown above is my favorite design from the book. It’s very clean looking and modern. Plus it includes one of my favorite color combinations – green and yellow! I also really like the scrappy goodness of Fast Four Patch, shown below.

fast_four_patchI love how Amy is able to add depth and dimension in a relatively low volume quilt, as shown in Floating Shoefly, below. That pop of orange really sparkles against all the scrappy neutrals, and the border treatment makes for a very effective design.

Floating ShoeflyThe number one thing I’ve been learning about what makes a successful pattern designer is being able to create effective, interesting combinations with enough contrast to really make the design pop. Amy has nailed that with her book!

Although it’s a quick read (yes, I do enjoy “reading” patterns, LOL!), there is enough introductory information in the book to get you started on making these fabulous quilts in a hurry. The book is divided up into four sections: Strip Piecing, Quick Corners, Slick Slicing, and Stack, Slice & Shuffle. Each section gives patterns for 3 different quilts showing you how to utilize each of these techniques.

Butterfly Effect, shown below, is an example of using Slick Slicing to make an exciting scrappy quilt. Just think of how you can plow through your stash with this one!

butterfly_effectThroughout the book, Amy has included tips and tricks for quicker cutting, piecing, and assembly. She’s even included size options on several of the quilts, which is always nice to have. I appreciate well-written instructions with good illustrations and this book has plenty of those, too.

So be sure to pick up your copy of Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart. You’ll be glad you did!

5 thoughts on “Book Review – Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart

  1. Jean Morton says:

    Really enjoyed reading your review of ” fabulously fast quilts” by Amy Smart. I just had to add this book to my quilt library, and now I want to make each one ! Thanks for a great review.

  2. Sandra says:

    Good review! Thank you. This book interests me big-time, since I have always loved “scrap” quilts (quotes because not all my scrap quilts are from scraps; often from fat quarters I picked up here and there just because I like them, LOL) and I’m taking part in Scrap-a-Palooza right now. Looks like some more super ideas (like the slick-slicing) to bust through my stash. I love that you read patterns! I do ALL the time…and dream…and sometimes those dreams come to fruition!

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