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

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

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by Elizabeth Hartman
     
 

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Quilting Basics with Modern Flair. 12 quilt projects for beginners, confident beginners, and intermediates. Explore different options for each project-make it with just two colors or scrappy, make it vintage or mod, make it soft or playful. Alternate colorways included with each project show you how swapping out fabrics can change the look of the same block. Learn how

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Quilting Basics with Modern Flair. 12 quilt projects for beginners, confident beginners, and intermediates. Explore different options for each project-make it with just two colors or scrappy, make it vintage or mod, make it soft or playful. Alternate colorways included with each project show you how swapping out fabrics can change the look of the same block. Learn how to cut, piece, appliqué, machine quilt, bind, and finish. Pick up helpful tips and tricks to stay organized and master the methods. Try a fresh, relaxed approach to making quilts with this new "go-to" book. The bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they'll be proud to call their own. Winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award

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In my opinion, the author Elizabeth Hartman hits the nail on the head when she recommends “…choosing a first project that doesn’t have a deadline attached to it (such as a baby shower or birthday”. The Practical Guide to Patchwork starts out with basics from selecting cotton fabric, elements of a quilt, common fabric cuts, and tips for planning a quilt. The section on choosing fabrics was especially helpful to me. With all the great cotton prints available in quilts shops and my stash of home decor fabrics, sometimes I struggle with selecting the “right” combination of fabrics. You’ll find a breakdown of basic supplies, piecing techniques, machine-quilting tips, as well as tips for making and attaching binding.
The book includes step-by-step instructions and diagrams for 12 modern quilt projects. Each project is made in two alternate colorways to demonstrate the impact that color choices have on each quilt design. As a new member of a modern quilt guild, I’m inspired to dig through my stash of bright fabrics and start sewing

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Quilt maker and quilting blogger Hartman introduces the basics of patchwork quilting, including color theory, tools, tips, and techniques, then follows up with a variety of patchwork projects. Each project includes full directions, as well as alternate fabric options and pattern modification ideas. Patchwork is very traditional, and Hartman's color and pattern choices make the quilts look fresh and modern rather than fussy and old-fashioned. Her occasional use of precut fabrics in the patterns makes several of the projects accessible to novices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607051626
Publisher:
C & T Publishing
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quiltmaker and designer of modern sewing and quilting patterns. Elizabeth grew up in a family whose members were always making things, and she got hooked on quilting the first time she tried it. She loves the play of color and pattern, the orderliness of the process, and - perhaps best of all - the fantastic and functional pieces that are the reward at the end.

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Practical Guide to Patchwork 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
mew5280 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! And also her website and blog "Oh Fransson."
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PinkButterfly77 More than 1 year ago
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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