Probably the biggest collection of strip-pieced
blocks ever assembled. Make almost any block with 45-degree angle triangles.
Written by Anita Hallock. Published by Chilton in 1989 and later distributed
by Krause Publications. Now out of print, although a few copies are
available from the author.
This is a thick book with a nice balance of step-by-step projects and ideas for designing your own quilts. Here's a summary of what's in Fast Patch: A Treasury Of Strip Quilt Projects:
Ohio Star Blocks
Chapter 4 shows how strip-pieced triangles can make Two-Color Ohio Stars. Backgrounds can be dark or light. (Another color can be added to the center square.)
Classic Ohio Stars with a third color for inner
triangles are in Chapter 5. There are six different ways the triangles
can be arranged. (Again, you can add new colors in the center.)
Sawtooth Chains and Magic Little Blocks
Christine Kamon made these quilts with blocks from the Magic Little Blocks chapter. Top: Hovering Hawks with a Sawtooth border. Bottom: Split Nine-Patch.
I also show how make Shoofly, Maple Leaf, and a Sailboat
block, among others.
Five-Patch blocks (sometimes called 25-Patch) are well
suited to Fast Patch. Besides giving specific projects, I give diagrams
for 145 blocks on four pages like this:
Examples of Five Patch blocks:
To order Fast Patch: A Treasury of Strip Quilt Projects:
This book is out of print, so you probably won't find copies in stores or at Krause, but I still have a few copies. It was published in 1989 when books were thicker and prices were lower. You get 200 pages plus 16 pages of color. List price is $21.95, but I give you a $2 discount. Send $19.95, plus $3 postage to: