Fat Quarterly, it arrived early this week, and I keep picking it up and picking it up.
Disclaimer: I have not been asked to review this book. I was not given a free copy. I am not being compensated in any way for writing about this book.
The strength of the book is in the design. It is divided into a half-dozen chapters, each featuring blocks and projects around a particular shape: squares/rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons, and diamonds. Here's what is cool: Each chapter's graphics are done in a different color. And the fabrics used in that chapter match the graphics. For example, the triangles chapter is a kind of poison green, and the fabrics used in the blocks for that chapter are a variety of poison greens. I love this attention to detail.
The instructions for the blocks are clear and understandable. The blocks themselves (60 of them) vary in difficulty and familiarity. Some are apparently original creations by the authors. Many, however, are old familiar blocks: For example Owl in the Corner is simply the old Pussy in the Corner made from fabric featuring owls. And their Star Within a Star is our old favorite, Rising Star. All of the blocks are 12" finished.
Each chapter features a couple of projects, with yardage provided and very clear directions (at least they appear to be clear -- I haven't really tried following them yet). And the projects are nice, crisp looking and contemporary. In fact, all of the fabrics used in the book are contemporary. And gorgeous. There are templates in the back for projects that need them, and quilting basics instructions also in the back. And the covers of the book are made with folded-in placemarkers.
There's one quilt that I'm very, very eager to make. It is called Fast Forward/Rewind and is too new for any images to be googleable. So I suppose you must wait until I make it and photograph it. Or you could buy the book -- it is fairly priced at $14.48 through Amazon. It isn't mostly new things, but it is some new things and many old things considered in a new way. I'm happy that I bought it.