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The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    The ONE Book Every Modern Quilter Must Have

    There is a new craft movement today that is only picking up speed as it picks up a whole new generation of creative do-it-yourselfers and quilting is one of the arts that has been picked up and revitalized using new designer fabrics, techniques and even a little new technology. This movement is spreading like wildfire due to social networking websites like Flickr, Facebook and individual blogs. Why a modern quilting guide? Was there something wrong with the traditional and still very active quilting methods? As someone who sewed their first dress in 1969, and made their first quilt in 1982, then let my sewing skills atrophy for a while, let me say, this movement is just what our recession tired world needed! I "met" the author, Elizabeth Hartman by finding her blog, Oh Fransson!, online one day, probably through one of the MANY Flickr groups I belong to that are related to fabric, sewing, quilting and the like. I was drawn to the blog because it was written so concisely, yet not wordy, simple to understand, gorgeous photos of brilliant techniques and perfect craftsmanship. There are a million quilt bloggers out there but Elizabeth is able to boil down all the fluff into exactly what is needed and wanted by the modern quilter. And so her book, just as lovely, practical and wonderfully applicable to all levels of whatever you call yourself; sewist, sewer, seamstress, fabric artist or quilter! The book is so practical and makes the projects look simple and with the clear instructions and photographs and tips, they really are. Elizabeth's tone in this book is encouraging, learn from me but make it your own. The quilt patterns lend themselves to that philosophy as well. The only negatives I can think of are that for the quilter who is looking for a piecing challenge, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a new technical challenge in your quilting, again, the book is not for you. Modern quilting seems to highlight the fabrics more than the patterns, using simple yet appealing patterns. Sometimes the modern quilt is purposely wonky. This allows the colors and fabric patterns to become more important and this book really takes this to its highest level. If you have never quilted, quilted a little or quilted for years, you will take away a wealth of information and inspiration from The Practical Guide to Patchwork.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Would recommend to to those new to quilting

    Very informative. Simple, easy to follow instructions. The patterns are great for those who like a modern vintage look. I am very pleased with this purchase.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    I love this book! And also her website and blog "Oh Fransson."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    So excited!

    I just got my book in the mail (express shipping -love member perks)! I love Elizabeth's blog - Oh Fransson and I'm always reviewing it and stalking her latest handiwork. I can't wait to crack open this book and learn more from her!

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