12 Striking Projects, 9 Skill-Building Techniques. Sew a slice of life with 12 traditional quilts that prove to be more than just patterns, but storytellers. Each quilt is inspired by life events that everyone can appreciate. Bold blocks shimmer in their use of color, value, and repetition for handsome quilts with personality to boot. Repeated blocks will stretch your skills beyond the basics, inviting you to perfect techniques such as strip piecing, half-square triangles, working with templates, paper piecing, machine applique, and sewing set-in seams and curves in a way that's easy to understand. 80 pages, color, 8.5x11in, by Devon Lavigne, Published by Kansas City Star Quilts (C&T Publishing).