Don Linn lives in Redding, California, with his wife and high school sweetheart, Donna. He and Donna have a grown son and daughter who also live in California. Since childhood, Don has loved to make things and to work with his hands. His first sewing projects involved automobile upholstery and making clothes for himself and his wife while in college. Don had an entire career working in various manufacturing facilities as a draftsman. It was here that he dealt with a wide array of geometric shapes while doing machine design work before returning to college. After college he worked in upper management in both the forest products industry and the precast concrete industry. During this time he drew upon his experience as a draftsman in designing machinery and doing production drawings. Don's journey in quilting began after a corporate downsizing. He started out with a longarm machine and not a clue how to operate it. Since then, he has taught himself how to machine quilt, design, and piece quilts. He is now a well-known teacher of machine quilting and piecing classes.
Design Art Deco Quilts: Mix & Match Simple Geometric Shapes (PagePerfect NOOK Book)by Don Linn
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Mix and Match Simple Shapes into Bold, Stylized Quilts. Learn to design and sew striking, stylized quilts inspired by 1930s Art Deco style. Simple geometric shapes mix and match into original, one-of-a-kind designs. Complete instructions for a sample quilt take you step by step through planning, designing, and piecing your quilt. Includes photo gallery of 11 stunning quilts created by student quilters, plus a visual history of Art Deco style and architecture. Make a bold artistic statement with your own one-of-a-kind Art Deco quilt. Mr. Quilt shows you how to create a masterpiece, from choosing the right fabrics for an authentic Art Deco look to estimating yardage, cutting fabric and planning your piecing.
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Don Linn provides a nice overview of the art deco style, with some historical information and suggestions about color and fabrics to use for quilts. I did like his technique of "building" the quilt design using paper, and his repeated admonishments to have fun playing with these designs. The construction part of the process seemed to get bogged down a bit -- I understand where he's going but it's probably a little too much math & engineering for the average quilter! There are lots of examples of art deco style quilts in the book's gallery; I found a few inspiring and some not so interesting.
This book is wonderful. The instructions on how to create your own design is easy to follow. It does take time to cut all the paper strips but it is very worthwhile to do just as Mr. Linn says. I loved my first design and could hardly wait to get on to the next. You will love this if you like to do something no one else has done.