By the Bundle by Emma Jean Jansen
By the Bundle by Emma Jean Jansen

No one can resist a stack of beautifully coordinated fabrics neatly folded into a bundle and tied with a bow. Quilters are left with just a taste of many fabrics, but often donʼt have enough to sew an entire quilt. Author Emma Jean Jansen inspires quilters to "untie the bow" from their pre-cut fat quarters to create stunning, modern quilts in By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork with 12 Fat-Quarter Friendly Quilts 

Emma, a fabric designer, owned a fabric shop in the goldfields region of Victoria, Australia and has been in the patchwork and quilting industry for more than 13 years. In By the Bundle she shares how quilters who love their pre-cut bundles can use these 18 x 22" cuts of fabric (called "fat quarters") in irresistible quilts, whether the fabrics are from a single fabric collection or a complementary combination of many fabric lines.

All quilters are drawn to fat quarters and most have cupboards full, in a rainbow of colors and designs. By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork starts each project with the exact number of fat quarters needed to complete the quilt and the amount of background fabric needed to supplement those pre-cuts. Even though Emma designed each quilt with the pre-cut fabrics in mind, this doesnʼt mean the quilts are alike! Some quilts use quick piecing methods with rectangles, squares, and triangles, and some quilts have updated twists on well-loved blocks elements. But there are also unique opportunities for curved piecing, raw edge appliqué and foundation paper piecing.

The 12 quilts in By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork range from projects for beginners to more complex designs and are organized according to complexity. Emma shares her love for traditional piecing with modern fabrics and design. Quilters looking for a quick-sew quilt can use 24 fat quarters for the 9-Patch quick-pieced "Boxes and Crosses" quilt. Quilters wanting a more in-depth challenge can round up 18 fat quarters for the lovely "Starburst" foundation-pieced quilt.

Photographed on location in Australia, By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork takes quilters on a visual journey. Readers will be drawn in by the quilts and the photography, but will love the book for its details. Each project includes detailed step-bystep instructions and color-coded graphics and all templates are provided. Under Emmaʼs guidance, quilters will also learn how to finish their projects for a professional appearance.

When itʼs time to untie that bow on that beautiful stack of precuts, By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork with 12 Fat-Quarter Friendly Quilts unveils the perfect blend of modern quilts for all skill levels. Quilters will be excited to dive into each modern quilt design and will rush to show off their fat-quarter-friendly masterpieces.

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