Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage [NOOK Book]

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Take the Next Step in Free-Style Quilting. Learn Susan's free-hand cutting techniques that turn cast-off fabric pieces into new design discoveries. Clear, visual lessons help you let go of "the rules". Four projects go from beginner to advanced. Create beautiful, color-rich, impressionistic quilts. Save those scraps! Discover the joy and freedom of creating collage-style quilts without rules and measurements. Get hands-on instruction from an award-winning artist who believes creating with your instincts will ...
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Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage

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Overview

Take the Next Step in Free-Style Quilting. Learn Susan's free-hand cutting techniques that turn cast-off fabric pieces into new design discoveries. Clear, visual lessons help you let go of "the rules". Four projects go from beginner to advanced. Create beautiful, color-rich, impressionistic quilts. Save those scraps! Discover the joy and freedom of creating collage-style quilts without rules and measurements. Get hands-on instruction from an award-winning artist who believes creating with your instincts will produce gorgeous results every time.
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Quilting Arts
In this guide to free-spirited fabric collage, Susan Carlson begins by chronicling her struggles to achieve a less restricted approach in her work. She proceeds to share the discoveries that transformed her technique through a series of projects (each accompanied by a pattern) that increase in difficulty, gradually acclimatizing the reader to her unique method of quilt construction. The first project is a simple spiral quilt, constructed using the essential components of Carlson's approach: drawing an underlying image, selecting fabrics, and gluing them in place. More complex projects include a sun and moon portrait, a beta fish design, and a mandala quilts. Carlson's instructions go far beyond methodical, step-by-step directions as she includes anecdotes about her personal experiences, design advice, and ideas for how to make your collaged quilts unique. The artist's gallery at the end of the book, full of vibrantly colorful quilts inspired by a wide variety of subjects (from freshly caught fish to smiling pumpkins and beetles), will undoubtedly inspire you to loosen up your collage approach as well.
10/2010 Fabrications
Take the next step in free-style quilting with four projects which go from beginner to advanced and create beautiful, color-rich impressionistic quilts. The clear, visual lessons help you to 'let go of the rules' and Susan's free-hand cutting techniques guide you to turn cast-off fabric pieces into new design discoveries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607051411
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 686,279
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Susan grew up in Wheaton, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. She feels it was a great place to grow up since school field trips usually went to the national museums. She also feels lucky to have wonderfully supportive parents who were able to indulge her and her sister, Heidi's, creative desires. Susan attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1983. After a couple years of freelance graphic design work in DC, and various part-time jobs, she traveled to Maine on a summer vacation with a high-school friend. There she met a really cute guy who was working on his dad's fishing wharf for the summer. Susan and Tom Allen are now married. In the years that have followed that first introduction (Thanks, Kathy!), Susan and Tom have stayed in New England. They lived seven years in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, making many friends in the rich artistic community. In 1994 they moved to Berwick, Maine, where three years later their son, Sam, was born. Now they live just up the road from that wharf where they first met in South Harpswell. Two big ol' pups, Daisy and Hassan, complete their family. Susan has received numerous awards for her quilts, including a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts Artist Opportunity Grant in 1994. Her 7 1/2 minutes of fame came in 1993 when New Hampshire Public Television did a short program on her and her artwork. She figures she still has the other 7 1/2 minutes to burn.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Absolutely wonderful

    What fun it is to play with the processes and ideas in this book. My daughter and l have made over 7of these quilts in the past month and more on the way. I am a skilled surface designer and quilter and this book is outstanding.read it,follow instructions and a quilt WILL be in your hands in a few hours.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Fabric Art done Right Ever since I saw author and quilt designer

    Fabric Art done Right
    Ever since I saw author and quilt designer Susan Carlson on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims last year, I knew I wanted to see more of her outstanding work. This book beautifully illustrates her techniques. Her designs require a lot of diverse giblets of fabric to collage the designs. The patterns she provides focus on nature (fish, insects, birds, animals) and the celestial world (suns and moons). The photos of each step are clear and detailed. I can’t wait to try Carlson’ methods on a poppy floral picture or a moon design.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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