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Squares and Triangles: 13 Fun Patterns For Innovating And Renovating

Squares and Triangles: 13 Fun Patterns For Innovating And Renovating

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Squares and Triangles: 13 Fun Patterns For Innovating And Renovating

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Jan 27, 2015


          Once again, expert quilt designer Elsie Campbell presents a book of quilt patterns that are one part innovation, one part thrift, and a whole lot of fun! Squares and Triangles, the second in Campbell's "Scrap Quilt Book Series," offers 13 basic but boldly sophisticated patterns. If you're a beginner, you'll want the book for its clear instructions and easy piecing steps. If you're more experienced, you'll love the versatility and nearly innumerable number of design possibilities shown here.           Making the book a must-have are "Elsie's Top Tips for Squares and Triangle Quilts," complete with full-color diagrams. Says Campbell, "My favorite part of quiltmaking is playing with color and value so that I give a contemporary twist to traditional blocks and patterns." She does it herewith 13 quilts shown in full-color photography, along with easy-to-follow instructions, patterns, and diagrams for making each one. For beginning and intermediate quilters.
Jan 27, 2015

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Elsie Campbell began exhibiting her quilts nationally in 1992 and has won numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, she won Best Machine Workmanship awards at several national-level shows. Earlier awards include: first place in the traditional category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas; Best of Show at Quilt America! in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Mary Krickbaum Award for Best Hand Quilting at the National Quilting Association Show; and the American Quilter’s Society Excellence in Hand Workmanship Purchase Award. Elsie lives in Ponca City, Oklahoma, with her husband of thirty-eight years, Kenneth.

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Squares and Triangles - Elsie M. Campbell

Copyright © 2014 by Elsie M. Campbell

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available on file.

Photo credits: front cover; quilts on back cover; title page; pages 20, 24, 28,34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 56, 60, 66, 70, and 74 by Charles Studio. All other photos by Kenneth L. Campbell

Illustrations and diagrams by Cynthia Vierthaler

Design by Cliff Snyder

Print ISBN:  978-1-56148-722-6

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-68099-010-2

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Table of Contents


Tips for Making Squares and Triangles Quilts


Big Sister

Little Sister

Bright Patches

Plaid Patches

Kitty’s Sew Easy Quilt


Good Morning, Merry Sunshine


Love My Stash

Bachelor’s Bow Ties

Prairie Flower

Eggplant and Tomatoes

Ode to Jo

Pinwheel Panache



About the Author


The first quilt block that my mother taught me to make was a Four-Patch—just four small squares of fabric, two light and two dark, stitched together to form a block. I was pre-school at the time.

Mother entertained my younger sister, Linda, and me by teaching us to use a pencil to trace around a cardboard square cut from an empty Cornflakes box onto scraps of fabric. She showed us how to place the cardboard square next to the first square we traced, so as not to waste fabric. Then we learned to use scissors to cut exactly on the lines we had drawn.

My father added an electric motor to a treadle sewing machine to make it easier and quicker for Mother to sew. When Linda and I wanted to play at sewing, Mother would disengage the electric motor and replace the treadle’s leather drive strap so that the machine was ready for treadle use, and we were allowed to sew. However, our little legs were not long enough to operate the treadle properly. We soon discovered that one of us could turn the sewing machine’s drive wheel while the other put the fabric pieces under the needle to stitch them together. We took turns operating the machine and sewing. Of course, we were soon bored with this, but we managed to stitch a bunch of Four-Patch blocks together over a period of time.

Years later, Mother discovered all those long-forgotten Four-Patch blocks in a closet. By adding framing strips and large alternate squares, she turned those pieces into two queen-sized quilts for our Christmas gifts. My husband and I still sleep under my quilt in the winter. It is a little like getting a warm hug from Mom with all the memories stitched into that quilt. There are a few pieces from my favorite sailor dress. There are bits from the little summer tops we wore and fabric left from the matching pinafores and blouses that Mom made for us. Even scraps of Daddy’s pajamas are in that quilt.

Making quilts has been an important part of my life for a very long time. I have learned to make intricate, precision-pieced, and appliquéed works of art that have won multiple awards in national competitions. But after spending many years perfecting my craft, I have come to understand that traditional, easy-to-stitch blocks, like Nine-Patch and half-square triangle units, are very versatile. Though straightforward and simple, these blocks present many design possibilities. Using two or more of these blocks in combination exponentially increases the number of design options from which one can choose.

I like to think of these many variations as Sister Quilts, an idea which came from my mother. She had three daughters, each unique in appearance and personality. Although my sisters and I do not look much alike, she would say, But you are cut from the same cloth. Even though we don’t appear to be closely related, we share common DNA. So it is with the diverse quilts patterned in this book. Like the simple building blocks of our shared genetic material, the quilt blocks given here are constructed from the same simple pieces—squares and half-square triangle units.

To begin, these simple units can be combined in two ways: the Four-Patch and Nine-Patch. Take, for example, the traditional

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