I’d made a couple of quilts from Judy Sisneros’ 9-Patch Pizzazz and quilted a dozen more on my longarm machine….delightful assemblages with subjects as varied as herds of horses, Southern gardens, or even Winnie the Pooh characters. Judy’s Rectangle Pizzazz then introduced some soft curves.
So I’d anticipated Circle Pizzazz for months, and I am loving its many choices now that I have the book.
I printed her design layouts in black & white and colored them in, keeping in mind the fabrics I plan to use: lots of dotted fabrics that I’ve amassed, hoping to emphasize the circles in the Winding Path design for a lap quilt I’m making.
The icons in the book about which fabrics to choose in a Winding Path block or in the more intricate Circle Pizzazz block make the difference between some simply nice curvy lines and the more discernible arc designs you can get with her techniques. She gives many more hints throughout the book and even for experienced quilters there are useful gems. I loved the one on how to wrangle an uncooperative block to lie flat, as well as clues on stitching circles and curves to make the process easy.
I love to use my leftovers for second quilts whenever I make something, so her Planned-Overs, making use of some of the extra pieces you’ll have, were fun. She has a whole section devoted to that…(hmmmm I wonder if Judy’s workroom is pristine because she seems to use every scrap of fabric!)
Oh, even though the patterns for making your templates are in the book, I found that Judy has a set of all the pieces, in sturdy, clear acrylic for sale on her website.
To win a copy of Circle Pizzazz leave a comment on this post telling us if have sewn quilts with curved seams before! The winner will be selected at random on August 2, emailed, and added as an update to this post. International winners will receive the e-book version. Good Luck!
8/2/13 UPDATE: Lisa is our winner – Congratulations!