Sunday, 21 April 2019

Quilts with an Angle Blog Hop- Book Review and Giveaway

When my friend Sheila Christensen told me that she was writing a book, I was very excited and I was even more honoured when she asked if I would take part in the Blog Hop for Quilts with an Angle.

Sheila's patterns all utilise traditional piecing and a 60 degree grid. Traditionally pieced equilateral triangles, parallelograms, hexagons, diamonds, trapezoids and jewel shapes are the building blocks of her quilts.  I may seem like an unlikely fit for this blog hop as the quilts that I share tend to stick to foundation paper piecing, but I love the opportunity to branch out and try new things. Life gets boring when you stick with the same old things every day and I relish the chance to stretch myself and learn new skills.

Unfortunately, the timing of the blog hop has not been ideal for me. I am on strict instructions from my family to take it easy (after an operation last month). While they may not letting me use my sewing machine until next week I'm not going to let them stop me from sharing about this book.

I must admit that before reading this book, I hadn't considered how to efficiently cut shapes with 60 degree angles.  I'm pretty sure that I would have fuddled my way to some pretty average results. Luckily, Sheila has done a great job of simplifying every step of the process. She shows how to cut all the shapes using strips of fabric and either 60 degree triangle rulers or straight rulers. This means that you can accurately and efficiently cut multiple shapes in a relatively short period of time. 


In the Introduction of the book, Sheila discusses scant seam allowances, sewing 60 degree seams, trimming corners, chain piecing, pressing seams and many more of the basic skills that are important to have in your skill set when embarking on these patterns.

I love the way that Sheila has chosen to present her patterns. The body of the book is divided into eight lessons. The first six lessons each teach a basic shape- triangle, trapezoid, 60 degree diamond, 60 degree parallelogram, hexagon and 60 degree jewel. 

Each lesson starts by teaching the basics of the shape. Here there is a discussion of how the sizes are defined. The system that Sheila has developed is clear, logical and remains consistent between the different shapes. There are also clear pictures showing how to cut the shapes using a variety of different rulers and a reference table is given for those wanting to alter the size of building blocks used in the given patterns. Those of you who are petrified by the idea of doing lots of maths can relax. Sheila breaks the method down into easy manageable chunks.

Sheila then builds on this by teaching a quilt block using the shape. I am particularly in love with the Stack the Dishes block from the 60 degree diamond lesson. I am pretty sure that this is top of my list of patterns to try! Here is an example of the block.



To finish each lesson, Sheila presents two quilt patterns which use the block. By so doing, Sheila highlights the versatility of the 60 degree grid as blocks can be used in a straight setting or in a kaleidoscope setting.

Misty Morning is the first quilt pattern for the Stack The Dishes block. Here the blocks are placed in a straight setting and sashing has been used to separate the individual blocks. I love the elegance of the pattern.

Shadow Flower uses exactly the same basic block, but this time they have been set in a kaleidoscope setting with no sashing. Just look at the beauty of this quilt! I love it!
Lesson seven of the book covers 60 degree strip pieced quilts. Three different quilts are included in this chapter.

The designer in me finds the final lesson to be the most exciting one. In it, Sheila encourages people to branch out and start designing their own quilts using 60 degree triangle blocks. My brain is already ticking over some ideas to play with!

After reading this book, I feel confident that I could tackle a quilt which is designed using a 60 degree grid. The book is filled with beautiful patterns which offer a refreshing alternative to the usual to squares and half square triangles. Amazingly, I don't feel intimidated by the idea of doing lots of maths, because Sheila has done such a great job of stripping the technique back to basics.

If you are curious to hear more about Quilts with Angles, check out the other stops in the blog hop. Each stop offers the chance to win an ebook.


April 16th C&T www.ctpub.com/blog

April 17th Wendy Welsh  wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com

April 18th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

April 19th Angie Wilson www.gnomeangel.com

April 20th Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com

April 21st Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog

April 22nd Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com

April 23rd Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com

April 24th Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

April 25th Sheila Christensen www.mysteryquilter.com

*** Giveaway Closed***
Congratulations to Bec, the winner of the ebook.

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The winner has 3 days to get in touch with me and claim their prize. A new winner will be chosen if the initial winner doesn't make contact.

64 comments:

  1. I am always interested in learning new techniques, and am currently doing the Trendsetters Mystery Quilt with Sheila (everything is precut - so wonderful!) but I need to know more, so Quilting with Angles definitely sounds like it would give me some of the answers to the Mystery that I am so keen to discover.

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  2. Juliet, I am just checking out your site and loving it - had a quick look at your techniques, which I will have to study more closely as foundation paper piecing and I generally do not get along. But I am inspired. The great thing about this blog hop is finding new places, now I just need to find time. Thank you for the inspiration. I can see why you and Sheila are friends. :)

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  3. Ive made a few quilts using 60 degree triangles and they are fun. This book looks really interesting

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  4. I have a 60 degree ruler, but I've only used it to make the 60 degree table runners. This would be a great way to learn new things to use the ruler with. Those patterns look cool.

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  5. I just finished making a quilt with 60 degree triangles - wish I'd had this book beforehand, because I was very much just making it up as I went along!

    Hope your recovery goes well.

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  6. I think I have a 60 degree ruler, but I haven't used it yet. ( I secretly hoard quilting rulers. LOL)
    This book could give me ideas on how to use it. I see some really cute patterns. :)

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  7. I have 2 triangle rulers, one is a 60 degree. Would love to learn how to use it! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  8. I really want to do more triangle sewing and machine applique.

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  9. I want to do more with odd shape quilts. I can't wait to get this book, should be a fun one.

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  10. For me it would definitely be the use of 60 degree triangles - and I love the patterns in this book!

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  11. I have recently seen this book as well as some quilts made from it. Looks very useful. I would like to learn to do foundation paper piecing as well.

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  12. Inset curves on the sewing machine is what I would like to get proficient in. I would tend to hand appliqué them but doing them on the sewing machine would save time.

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  13. Creating my own art quilts, design techniques.

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  14. Best wishes on your recovery as you make creative plans while healing. New to me in my quilting this month is collage applique. I would like to make a group of triangle "people" in a future 60 degree project using tips in this new book.

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  15. Great book! I would like to learn how to paper piece! That is my goal for 2019!

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  16. I really love triangles but haven't tried a 60 degree.triangle quilt. This is one of the things I am determined to learn about this year. I usually design my own quilts so this book would be fantastic!!

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  17. Oh, how wonderful!!! I have just become interested in playing with diamonds and gem shapes! LOVE the Stack the Dishes and Shadow Flowers designs...wow!!

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  18. I found this fantastic book at my local library - I’d love the challenge of learning to make a quilt using the 60 degree triangle.

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  19. Thank you for this book review. I guess I will have to buy a 60 degree ruler and learn how to use it.

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  20. I've just finished a diamond quilt with difficulties . I think tips in this book should help me for the next one

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  21. I too have an unused 60 degree ruler that I'd like to dust off. Great review, thanks.

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  22. New techniques are always fun and I think I am addicted to buying specialty rulers but I have at least three or four sixty degree rulers stashed a way in my studio! This is motivating me to give it them a try! Thanks for the creative push! Glad to hear your recovery is moving along - looking forward to hearing what you are planning! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  23. I'd like to try paper piecing, but I keep putting it off since there is a quilt to finish that I'm bored with.

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  24. I love foundation paper piecing so I really enjoy your blog. What I haven't tried & would like to learn is machine applique. Thanks.

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  25. I just started EPP. Really enjoy it and the different shapes.

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  26. Must admit I haven't had to learn these types of cutting for quilts - I do mostly scrappy quilts using more traditional shapes...but its always wonderful to learn something new, especially after seeing the blocks! Thanks for the giveaway! Deb E / CA mdenders@msn.com

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  27. One day I hope to learn to quilt freehand feathers that look pretty.

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  28. This technique looks very interesting. Right now I am still trying to get better at FMQ and I hope to learn more quilting designs using the FMQ technique. All of quilting fascinates me and these 60 degree triangles are beautiful!

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  29. Thanks for the great review and the chance to win! I really want to learn to piece curves.

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  30. I’m interested in 60 degree angles. I made a mandala with Y seams and hated the process. I’d love to learn how to do it right.

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  31. I'm interested in using various rulers to build a quilt of my own. I do have a 60 degree, various dresdens. So perhaps I could tackle a mandella quilt playing with each as the mandella was built. Would be wonderful to know all the tricks with 60 degree rulers.

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  32. Oh goodness there are so many I need to learn but I'm really wanting to tryout a clamshell quilt. Those curves look pretty wicked!

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  33. 60 degree triangles are so great to look at, and I've not used them since cutting them out using a cardboard template and scissors in 1981!! Using rotary tools has been my preferred method since the mid-80s so I'd eager to learn how!

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  34. Well now that I've read your glowing review, I'm eager to learn Sheila's techniques for 60 degree pieces! I've made a few triangle-based quilts before, but I don't feel like I'm very efficient at it. I'm sure I could learn a lot from this book :)

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  35. I would love to learn how to make triangles that line up better - always seem to have a "wavy top" - this book would definitely help with that issue!

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  36. I've just cut hundreds of 60 degree triangles to use in a Kaleidoscope quilt. I would really love to improve my curved piecing

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  37. Hope you are recovering quickly from your surgery. Love,love,love this book.

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  38. Great review! I’d love to learn the techniques to sewing triangles.

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  39. I'm always interested in learning more about quilting techniques, especially hexagons from Sheilas book as I've only done these EPP

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  40. One of the better book reviews I have read. I am glad you were well enough to do this review.

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  41. At the moment I have been working on improving my EPP skills using all sorts of shapes. thanks for giveaway. pjrquilter at msn dot com for reply

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  42. I’m still working on my free motion quilting. I love learning new techniques and this book certainly looks interesting. Thank you for the chance to win an ebook.

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  43. I wish I had found this book before making my first 60degree triangle quilt earlier this year! There are clearly many tips and tricks that Shelia can teach me before I make my next triangle-based quilt.I am also keen to do more work on my foundation paper piecing and have recently bought your amazing animal quilt book, I am itching to get started. 😀 Gwen

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  44. I have been quilting a long time, but I am eager to learn new ways of quilting on my new midarm machine!

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  45. I would love to learn tips for doing quilts with any shape different from a square!

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  46. I love the sound of Sheila's book and enjoyed the review you have given it. I"ve dabbled in many different techniques but usomg 60' triangles is one I've barely used...this book sounds like it needs to go on my wishlist :-) So glad you have had your operation and trust you are healing well xx

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  47. This book looks like it makes those triangles a whole lot easier, and to know Sheila is here in NZ is the icing. Hope you are doing well, obeying all instructions, no matter how hard they are, and just enjoy our autumn days.

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  48. This is stunning and sounds like an ideal book to get all the ins and outs of this piecing method.

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  49. This book gives me the inspiration to try another new chapter in my quilt making. I have angle rulers and haven’t used them. I am on a mission to try lots of new ways to branch out my quilting skills. Sorry to say paper piecing was not my favorite, but after trying a few different methods I was pleased with the results.
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  50. This is definitely a new shape that I'd love to try. I'm getting tired of squares and triangles. Thanks for the review.

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  51. I have trouble getting triangles (tails) to come out right. My seams are always off. I need to learn a better technique to line up the seams.

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  52. I would like to learn to make that Stacking Dishes block as I too love the results.

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  53. Always love trying new techniques,60 degree triangle are super for so many things. Thank you for the review of this book.

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  54. i would love to learn how to design a bargello quilt, i have a jelly roll but i am scared to waste it on something that might not come out the way i imagine

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  55. I would love to improve my actual quilting skills and learn some FMQ skills!

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  56. While I have just finished making a Sheila Christensen pattern from "Make Modern", I would really like to learn more of this 60 degree triangle technique.

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  57. This sounds like a really great book, I'd love to see how I can improve my quilting with it!

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  58. This book would be a fun way to learn how to make the 60 degree triangles.

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  59. I need to practice my curves. Ive done some, but they intimidate me. Quilts like in this book are another technique i haven't tried. Thanks!

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  60. Looks like a great book! I'd love to try that Stack the Dishes block. Please count me in for the giveaway! Thanks.

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  61. I have never used my 60 degree ruler and I've had it well over a year, maybe two. I am excited about the tips and patterns. It looks like a fantastic book!

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  62. I am currently working on my first triangle quilt and your book would be most helpful right now.

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  63. I've never made a 60 degree triangle quilt before. I would love to give that a try! I've been reading through some of the reviews and this book looks like a fantastic resource!

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  64. Thank you so much! I'm very excited to win such a cool book!

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