Patchwork Sassaman Style

Jane Sassaman is an accomplished quilter. Her name first stuck to my radar in 2000 when her quilt, Willow, was named one of the top 100 Quilts of the Century. That’s no small accomplishment, and it is only one of her many awards and accomplishments. So, when I was asked to review her new book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, and be part of the blog tour, I jumped at the chance.

I read the book front to back, intrigued by her use of large symmetrical prints. The drama in her quilts appears as if intricately pieced. Not so—just the creative cutting of large prints.

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To show you the Sassaman Style Concept, I followed her early chapter where she stresses, Let the fabric do the work! 

Entertaining results!

I enjoy reading other author’s writings and instructions. When I read Jane’s description of her fussy-cutting technique of symmetrical fabric prints, yielding Entertaining Results, I knew that this was a cutting technique to try, and then share.

  • Start with a symmetrical fabric print.

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  • Choose which shape to fussy-cut. I chose a half-square triangle, using one of the templates from the Trace ’n Create Quilt Template—Lone Star Collection.
  • Then, decide what motifs to include in the fussy-cutting. Being that the templates are somewhat transparent, I could see through the template and decide where to cut.
    Patchwork sassaman style
  • Cut a crosswise strip of fabric. (The needed width is printed on the template.) Begin tracing alongside the template.

Patchwork sassaman style

  • Advance the template and trace an identical half-square triangle.

Patchwork sassaman style

  • Rotate the template and align on the same fabric motifs. Trace again. You’ll need four identical triangles to create one larger block area.

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  • Use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat. Cut along the chalk lines.

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  • Arrange the fussy-cut blocks. You can see why Jane uses the phrase, Entertaining Results.

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  • Jane’s quilt from the book, Rowdy Barn Raising, features 20 half-square triangles cut by using the technique listed above. This technique is only a sampling of many Entertaining Ideas!

Patchwork Sassaman Style

Get to Know Jane!

I had the opportunity to ask Jane a few questions. Entertaining answers!

Jane Sassaman

Q.  Your quilt designs are extremely dramatic. What’s the key to success?

A. That’s a BIG question. These days I make appliquéd art quilts with solid fabrics and pieced quilts from my Free Spirit fabrics. Even though they are very different techniques they relate to each other via subject matter, color palette, and yes, DRAMA. Drama comes from contrast… contrast in shape, color, scale, etc. I have aways been attracted to the contrast created by graphic shapes interacting with each other.

Q. What’s your favorite color palette?

A. That’s a nice way to phrase the question. Often people ask what is your favorite color, which is impossible to answer because colors work together. I love yellow and red together. I usually work in contrasting colors. If there is purple in a quilt or fabric, for example, it’s almost guaranteed that yellow or orange and green will be there, too. But, I need a regular fix of red, so it is a favorite.

Q. What’s one tip/technique that you wish every quilter knew?

A. Patience! I am always amazed how impatient sewers can be. This seems to be an oxymoron. To me, the point of stitching is for enjoyment. It’s not a race. It’s a meditative process between you and your materials.

Q.  If you were not a quilter, author, and designer, what other occupation would you choose?

A. A librarian! I am a book fiend, especially art and picture books. I like doing design research.

Q. What fabric best describes you?

A. I’d say my favorite fabric, so far, is the Teasel and Lace design from the Prairie Gothic line. It combines so many elements that speak my language… the subject, the formality, and its gentle subversiveness.

Blog Tour Stops

Best for last—I wouldn’t go that far, but I am the last of the impressive quilting blogger line-up. Check out the other reviews of Patchwork Sassaman Style.

7/2   Laura Wasilowski

7/3      Jessica Sloan

7/5      Judy CoatesPerez

7/6      Jane Sassaman

7/7      Linda Teufel

7/8      Gloria Hansen

7/9      Melissa Peda

7/10   Susan B Knapp

7/11   Jacquie Gering

7/12   Weeks Ringle

7/13   SewCalGal

7/14   Jessic Kovach

7/15   Pam Matthews

7/16   Frieda Anderson

7/17   Pat Sloan

7/18   Jan Krentz

7/19   Anita Grossman Solomon

7/20   Lyric Kinard

7/21   The Quilt Show

7/22   Jane La Fazio

7/23   Free Spirit

7/24   Nancy Zieman

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