The concept of “retro” is pretty wonderful;
it means “reminiscent of things past.” Isn’t that appropriate. CR
In Camille Roskelley’s “Simply Retro” you are treated to 11 traditional blocks done with a modern twist. Using Fat Quarters, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and Layer Cakes or simply using your own stash, you can create amazing, fairly simple quilts.
Instead of the difficult Y-seams and sometimes frustrating foundation piecing, Camille shows you how to use simple half-square triangles (HST’s as she refers to them), And a few other simple tricks to make blocks that only look complicated.
The book starts off with a basic run through of different types of bundles so even the beginners in the group will be on the same page. Then it’s off to the projects. Each starting with a small bit of her inspiration on top ofa close up of the finished quilt. I especially like the one about her great grandmother Ruby and her bright red hair which works perfectly in the “Retro” quilt. You will get the fabric breakdown along with the cutting list followed by little hints to speed things along. An illustrated piecing chart helps guide you in the right order making each block a breeze.
My favorites are”Framed” and “Fresh” and I can’t wait to get started.
The book wraps up with a refresher on quilting basics such as setting up your machine for the perfect 1/4″ seam and different types of quilt techniques. All in all a really nice book for advanced quilters looking to use up some of their stash or the novice learning the basics.