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"Triangle Tricks" Book Review posted: 1/13/2005
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
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Title: Triangle Tricks: One Easy Unit, Dozens Of Gorgeous Quilts
Author: Introduction by Sally Schneider
Publisher: Martingale & Company
Pages: 80
Suggested Retail Price: $22.95
ISBN #: 1-56477-467-8

Review: By Dori Hawks

With a technique that Sally Schneider got an inspiration for while skiing with her friend Mary (forever now called Mary’s Triangles), Laurie Bevan expanded and calculated the sizes for cutting Mary’s Triangles Blocks from 2” – 12 “. “The enthusiasm over this easy technique quickly spread through the Martingale & Company offices, and soon everyone was making quilts using this technique.

Mary’s Triangles uses familiar blocks, but does using this short cut technique. The blocks have triangles, but “you don’t actually cut and sew triangles! There is no fussing with matching points, sewing on cut bias edges that can stretch, or keeping your fingers crossed that all your blocks will turn out the same size.”

There are some very clear, but simple instructions for making the blocks, even optional methods of doing some of the steps. The book includes a wonderful chart calculated by Laurie so you can use this method to make small to large blocks. The section on options in using this technique for some other classic blocks was exciting! It gets my brain rumbling and ideas flowing.

Ten projects are highlighted in this book with notes and options (and “Triangle Tricks”) from each of the quilt makers. And then if that is not enough for you, there is a gallery of quilts showing eleven more variations and some notes on the inspirations to make these quilts. This technique can be carried over to many other quilt blocks for simplifying their construction.

Triangle Tricks is must have book for your personal or guild library. How about using this book and its techniques for your next guild retreat and see what variations everyone comes up with?

Look for this book at your favorite quilt shop!

Martingale & Company: That Patchwork Place
20205 144th Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

©2004 Dori Hawks

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