The Complete Quilting Course: Rediscover Traditional Quilting Skills With 25 Step-By-Step Projects, Including Patchwork and Applique Designs

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10 x 10 in. 176 pages. Hardcover. Over 350 full-color photographs, drawings, templates, and patterns. Everyone loves the vibrancy, the warmth, the subtle intricacies of quilts. That they have survived as centerpieces of American decor for centuries is no surprise-the warmth, charm, and striking designs of traditional quilts are equally at home in a rustic house or a modernist apartment. They are today appreciated for their craftsmanship and sophisticated juxtaposition of colors, and have been the subject of ...

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Overview

10 x 10 in. 176 pages. Hardcover. Over 350 full-color photographs, drawings, templates, and patterns. Everyone loves the vibrancy, the warmth, the subtle intricacies of quilts. That they have survived as centerpieces of American decor for centuries is no surprise-the warmth, charm, and striking designs of traditional quilts are equally at home in a rustic house or a modernist apartment. They are today appreciated for their craftsmanship and sophisticated juxtaposition of colors, and have been the subject of museum and gallery shows celebrating them as works of fine art. If you want to fashion your own unique creations, this complete course tells you what you need to get started, how to master all the key quilting techniques, and how to design patterns of your own. Now you can be the proud owner of a beautiful signed quilt without paying an exorbitant price. What's more-that signature will be your own. With step-by-step, illustrated instructions and photographs of the process, this volume offers everything the beginner needs to learn to sew beautiful, heirloom-quality quilts.

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For most Americans, quilting is synonymous with the classic patchwork quilt, a layer of batting sandwiched between two fabrics and quilted with small, straight stitches forming patterns in relief. Experienced quilters, however, know that quilting is a much richer and more varied technique. It also includes contour quilting on printed fabrics, traditional whole cloth quilting, shadow quilting, and trapunto, as well as corded and Japanese sashiko quilting. Lawther covers all these techniques in this well-organized self-study guide. Her project-oriented approach begins with the simplest forms of quilting and progresses to the most complex, including progressively challenging designs to illustrate each technique. Material on sources of inspiration for quilting and on planning a quilt make this volume suitable for both beginning and intermediate quilters. Recommended for needlecraft collections.-- Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Barbara Jacobs
Rarely does a craft book measure up to its chosen title, but this one does. Lawther has indeed provided a complete how-to of quilting, preferring to skim over basic information (e.g., fabrics, threads, needles) to concentrate on more than 25 projects. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of stitchwork, from contour to sashiko (where stitches, not fabric, form patterns), with the reader practicing on two or three progressively more difficult items (so corded quilting, for example, begins with a sewing caddy and ends with a Chinese-style headboard). Throughout, tips for professional results are featured, as are inspirations for future projects. She closes with a personal chronicle of how to design a quilt, showing two motifs from inspiration to completion. Patterns appended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577172215
  • Publisher: New Line Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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