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- “This self-proclaimed quilt criminal enjoys breaking quilting rules.” — Review by Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
- Kathryn Schmidt makes fun quilts with pattern-free, template-free, and pin-free sewing. She believes every quilter can be a fearless designer with just a bit of creativity and a sense of adventure. This self-proclaimed “quilt criminal” enjoys breaking quilting rules, and encourages others to try her techniques to create unique quilts of their own. --“Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting,” July/August 2010, page 94. (Posted on 7/9/10)
- Think outside the box! — Review by The Far Quarterly magazine
- Tired of the same old quilt designs? Need some inspiration to help think outside the box? “Rule-Breaking Quilts” has exactly what you’ll need to break out of the “quilt rules blues.” Using two of Kathryn’s easy techniques, Stack-Slash-and-Move and Easy-Curvy-Sewing, you can create unique, modern quilts perfect for anyone. Kathryn’s book comes with 10 fast, fun projects using just six fat quarters. Best of all, “Rule-Breaking Quilts” are pattern-free and template-free which allows your creativity to truly soar and experience the thrill of breaking the quilt rules! -- The Fat Quarterly, page 6. (Posted on 6/8/10)
- A fun way to break free from tradition. — Review by Morna McEver Golletz
- Ever want to let loose and break the rules? Kathryn Schmidt has just the answer for you and your students who are ready to do just that. With tongue in cheek, she sets out to help you achieve great results with pattern-free, template-free and pin-free sewing. Using six fat quarters, she guides you through creating 10 abstract design wallhangings. Kathy shares her signature Stack-Slash-and-Move and Easy-Curvy Sewing technique as you work on designs titled “Disturbing the Piece” or “Probation Violation.” It’s clear Kathy had a great time putting together this book. If your students want to break from tradition, this would be a fun place to start. -- Morna McEver Golletz, “The Professional Quilter,” Spring 2010, page 25. (Posted on 6/8/10)
- “A revolutionary, different approach to quilt making.” — Review by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
- “Rule-Breaking Quilts” offers tips on how to use pattern-free, template-free and pin-free techniques and just six fat quarters to achieve superior quilt results. From ten sample quilt projects to using the author’s stack-slash-and-move sewing techniques, this provides a revolutionary, different approach to quilt making and will find a fine home in any quilter’s library. --James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review, “The Bookwatch” newsletter, April 2010. (Posted on 4/30/10)
- This book contains some of the best instructions...on free form piecing. — Review by Gloria Hansen
The theme throughout Kathryn Schmidt’s "Rule-Breaking Quilts" is escaping from the quilt police and freeing yourself to break the rules. “They tried to sentence me to a lifetime of tradition, but I ran from the rules and escaped…I’m here to help you make your way to the same type of freedom.” There are no templates or patterns, but rather instructions for a variety of “stack-slash-and move” and “easy-curvy-sewing” techniques that are explained in chapters with titles such as “cell block walls” and “major crimes.” The book comes across with a very friendly, tongue-in-check, feel that is very much geared to helping traditional quilt makers take the step toward creating with more spontaneity.
Stacking, free-form rotary cutting, and reassembly is certainly nothing new, and there have been different takes on it over the years. I have seen some stunning quilts made with this method, and in some very prestigious shows. While the quilts in the book do not intimidate the reader, the varieties of methods explained have the potential to make those showstoppers. Beginners will like that Kathy keeps it simple using 6 fabrics. Non-beginners should see the potential when thinking of using more fabrics, such as a variety of graduated color runs, accent colors, and so on, and combining techniques.
Considering the topic is “rule-breaking” quilts, I expected a more quirky layout rather than its structured, two-column one. Even so, this book contains some of the best instructions I’ve seen on free form piecing. This is a good book for any traditional quilter wanting guidance in learning to let go, or any “art quilt” maker looking for clear instruction on free form piecing. It’s also an excellent book for quilt shops to stock, especially when offering classes on the topic. --Gloria Hansen, http://www.gloriahansen.com/weblog/?p=3440
(Posted on 3/4/10)
- Kathryn Schmidt has the answer for students wanting to break free of the rules. — Review by Morna McEver Golletz, IAPQ
- Rule-Breaking Quilts — Review by Kathy Niemann
- Rule-Breaking Quilts by Kathryn Schmidt — Review by Vivian M. Benton
- Rule-Breaking Quilts — Review by Iris Frank
Her standard MO (modus operandi) consists of either a stack-slash-and-move technique or an easy-curvy-sewing technique for the resulting 10 quilts which are colorful and eye-catching. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, the book is interesting enough to make one who usually obeys all the rules and regulations of the Quilt Police to think seriously, just once, about trying the "criminal element" of quilting!!
(Posted on 2/9/10)