City Quilts: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired By Urban Views

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Discover Endless Design Possibilities in Everything from Parks to Parking Lots!

• Create city-inspired quilts by piecing together simple geometric shapes
• Beginner-friendly project designs are inspired by modern urban architecture and landscapes
• Learn how to achieve dramatic looks with more effective use of color, value, and placement
• Work with traditional blocks like Flying Geese and Log Cabin in a new way

Turn your love of urban cityscapes into beautiful quilts. In this ...

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Overview

Discover Endless Design Possibilities in Everything from Parks to Parking Lots!

• Create city-inspired quilts by piecing together simple geometric shapes
• Beginner-friendly project designs are inspired by modern urban architecture and landscapes
• Learn how to achieve dramatic looks with more effective use of color, value, and placement
• Work with traditional blocks like Flying Geese and Log Cabin in a new way

Turn your love of urban cityscapes into beautiful quilts. In this book, you'll discover the secrets of minimalist design-how to find beauty in the basic elements of your environment. These projects deliver exciting, vivid results with solid color fabrics.

City Quilts was named one of the Best Books of 2010 in the Fiber Crafts Category by Library Journal, and is a finalist in the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Awards.

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Editorial Reviews

Quilting Arts
"Inspired by her admiration for historical quilts, Cherri House presents a fresh combination of traditional and contemporary quilt making in this collection of patterns for what she refers to as glorified utility quilts. After browsing through the images in the book, you will never view an urban scene in the same way. House has a brilliant eye for pulling basic patterns from everyday city sight - the sides of buildings, airport runways, tires, and even barcodes - and transforming them into fabric. She translates these sights into simple, geometric quilts whose patterns are achieved through the repetition of basic shapes and straightforward construction techniques, often sewn together in horizontal rows. While House's easy-to-follow instructions make it possible for quilters to re-create her patterns exactly, she also encourages individuals to interpret the designs loosely and use them as jumping-off points for their own unique work. Whichever approach you take, House's patterns will train you eye to discern the underlying quilt patterns in the most unexpected of places."
Library Journal
This fine volume of stylish, modern quilt patterns that are accessible to beginners yet intriguing for experienced quilters is another entry from C&T's new Stash imprint. House (co-owner, Cherry House Quilts) describes her designs as a contemporary version of utility quilts, but they certainly look like modern art. The patterns contain bold, graphic designs, and the use of solid-colored fabrics is especially forgiving for beginners. While the basics of cutting, piecing, quilting, and finishing are described, some familiarity with quilting is assumed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571208477
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/16/2010
  • Pages: 111
  • Sales rank: 811,614
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cherri House is a quilt designer and co-owner of the Cherry House Quilts design company.
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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Spectacular Contemporary Quilts

    If you can sew straight seams on your sewing machine, are familiar with using a rotary cutter and mat, and desire to make contemporary utility quilts, then this book is for you. Cherri House, author of City Quilts, breaks down quilting design into basic grid pattern formats using mainly squares and rectangles. She uses Houston, Texas as her muse for urban views and city design layout. From the patterns and colors she sees in this cityscape, she creates 12 simplified geometric quilts. All of the quilts feature all-solid colored 100% Kona cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, which add to the graphic impact of the whole quilt. And by using these fabrics, Cherri instructs you on basic color knowledge, building a foundation and appreciation for color value and contrast. She uses a range of basic graph paper and colored pencils to specialized quilting software as her tools for encouraging her readers to play with color schemes and design layout. Cherri also supplies information on basic quilt construction, special quilting tips, and personal inspiration to complete this great beginner level book. Once you've read City Quilts, and tried its dramatic patterns, you'll see endless possibilities for your own contemporary quilt creations.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

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    An Excellent Addition To Your Quilt Books Library!

    "City Quilts" by Cherrie House is new book hot off the presses at C&T Publishing. Since I love quilts that are both simple and make use of solid color fabrics I knew from the beginning that this book would hold interest for me. Having grown up in New York City the photos in the book were quite evocative for me. I think that Ms. House did a remarkable job of designing simple but dramatic quilts reminiscent of every day city living images. Although I love using solid colors I think that the quilts in this book also lend themselves equally well to using prints.

    The beginning of the book includes a well done section on the basics - I like everything about this book and am looking forward to beginning one of the patterns. Also included is an excellent section on color choices, a bit of theory and tips on developing your ability to "see" patterns in everyday sights. I have collected quite a quilt library over the years and so there are not that many new books that come out that I truly want to spend the money on to add to my ever expanding collection - but this one is a good bet for your permanent collection! I don't think it will disappoint!

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    Great Quilt Design Book!

    I love this book! Cherri House has a wonderful design sense and explains her process well. Her patterns are simple but very effective and the colors just sing! I've never quilted with solid fabrics before but now I'm itching to go out and create a whole new stash -- and to start paying more attention to the designs in my own city.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Finding inspiration

    A very unique quilt book that makes you look at the Big City in a whole new light. I love this book. It is very easy to follow and is a great book for getting inspiration for new quilt designs. All the quilts are done with solid fabrics and does a great job explaining how to look at things and develop designs from all around you.
    This book is a great addition to anyone's quilt library.

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