Designer Pinwheels, Art Quilts with a Twist

Designer Pinwheels, Art Quilts with a Twist

by Dena Dale Crain

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Designer Pinwheels are patchwork quilts based on four-fold rotation of a tessellated right triangle: sounds challenging and fun, and it is!

Discover how to design original Designer Pinwheels from scratch. Follow carefully detailed instructions to draw a basic repeat unit by hand or on computer. Continue simple sketching to break up the unit’s interior space. Replicate and rotate the repeat unit through four positions, and create an original Designer Pinwheel!

Learn to control the size of Designer Pinwheels by working backwards from quilt to repeat unit. Discover the secrets of good composition. Work for harmony and balance, and push dynamic movement to the max. Work to achieve a strong focal point and let everything else flow around it.

Design and add borders to Designer Pinwheels. Learn creative new ways to think about borders and experiment with clever ways to work with them. Tweak all aspects of a design to make each one the best it can be. Best of all, learn how to break the symmetry to create greater interest!

Gain new skills for sewing original Designer Pinwheels. Learn the best sewing aids and methods to empower any quilter to interpret any design in fabric. Improve insight into fabric selection. Pick up pointers on color schemes, and appreciate the value of value!

Find step-by-step instructions for improved sewing methods:

——-Point-to-point piecing
——-Half-seam piecing
——-Inset angle piecing
——-Outline piecing
——-Basic and advanced apple-piecing

Develop a piecing strategy, one that makes Designer Pinwheels pull together in the easiest possible ways.

Grapple with embellishments, those special additions that can add so much to a quilt. Find ways to embellish both before and after quilting.

Finally, explore the world of advanced design for Designer Pinwheels. Introduce and sew curves, change orientation, work with multiple units. Skew to create off-center focal points.

The possibilities for new and ever more exciting Designer Pinwheels are unlimited. Let this comprehensive e-book show you how to become an original patchwork quilt designer. Let the fun begin!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151997508
Publisher: Dena Dale Crain
Publication date: 09/13/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 965,146
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dena Dale Crain relocated from the USA to Kenya in 1990. She has spent most of her time since then living on the shore of Lake Baringo, two hundred miles and a five-hour drive north of Nairobi, with husband Jonathan Leakey, eldest son of Louis and Mary Leakey, renowned paleontologists. Dena saw patchwork quilting as a way to employ local women, taught herself the basics and began a small production quilting business in her home. With advanced degrees in design, anthropology, and textiles, she was uniquely positioned to help. As her experience and confidence increased, she began producing “one-off” works of art. Dena’s innovative and art quilts have been the subject of several solo art exhibitions and group quilt shows in Africa. Dena helped found the Kenya Quilt Guild and continues to keep a pulse on its activities. She helps educate members of the society at large about quilts as art. She has written magazine articles and lectured at quilting and non-quilting functions. Teaching in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Good Hope Quilters Guild National Quilt Festival in July 2002 moved Dena into the ranks of international quilting teachers. Since then, she has taught art quilting at such prestigious venues as the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England; the European Patchwork Meeting in Val d'Argent, France; and the International Quilt Festivals in Houston and Chicago in the USA. In 2011, she earned South Africa National Quilt Guild certification as a qualified quilt judge and in 2018 she became a Recommended Teacher for the same guild. In 2004 Dena joined the faculty of Quilt University, an online educational facility for patchwork quilters. She taught there for ten years before hosting online patchwork quilt design classes on QuiltEd Online. Today, her innovative and unusual classes are available through the Academy of Quilting. An inventive and creative mind coupled with top-notch sewing skills makes Dena Dale Crain an educator of high merit in the world of patchwork quilting. Find links to Dena's patchwork quilt ebooks, online quilt classes and original pattern downloads on her website.

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