Structured Fabrics: Checks, Plaids and Stripes

Structured Fabrics: Checks, Plaids and Stripes

by Dena Dale Crain

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Yes, you CAN design a patchwork quilt!

Structured Fabrics: Checks, Plaids and Stripes shows you fun and easy ways to design your own one-of-a-kind quilts. Step away from the limitations of patchwork quilt blocks with straight seam construction and reliance on commercial fabric design. Cut, sew, layer and stitch to create an original patchwork quilt design wall hanging, wearable garment or accessory made from Structured Fabrics: Checks, Plaids and Stripes.

Discover how to combine freehand rotary cutting techniques and machine appliqué with zigzag stitching to make stunning checks, plaids and stripes. Cut materials into small pieces to build patterned cloths of sewn construction. Weave a check, build a plaid onto part of the check, augment both with a stripe and add solid colors for accent and relief.

Author Dena Dale Crain explains an easy way to design an artistic wall hanging quilt, or you may use one of the layout patterns she provides. Dena does not present Structured Fabrics as a preconceived project, but as a demonstration of many possibilities.

Nothing new is needed and you can use up materials already in your stash, turning fabrics you do not particularly like into stunning new creations. Then assemble these remarkable materials into simple but delightful original compositions to make Structured Fabrics as art quilts, soft furnishings or wearables.

Each Structured Fabric you build reveals your personal signature style and reflects your mood, state of mind and priorities. You have the personal freedom to develop new ideas about fabric combinations and approaches to build the fabrics of your choice.

Of course, the materials you choose influence the ways in which you may use them. Every attempt to produce a new Structured Fabric results in a fresh approach to its construction. Read this fantastic ebook, have great fun and be challenged as a patchwork quilt designer at every turn!

Use Structured Fabrics to execute any design of your choice and finish the patchwork quilt at your leisure. In the meantime, you will be busy making more checks, plaids and stripes and looking for new, innovative Structured Fabrics patchwork quilt design ideas to use them!

You will love the look and feel of these richly textured fabrics, assemblies of materials already on hand, and the opportunities for color combinations are as limitless as the ways in which you can use them!

You will have lots of fun playing with the possibilities for designing and making unique fabrics, then using them to assemble gorgeous and useful original patchwork quilted products. Make ATCs, wearables, accessories or one-off works of art—the designs and choices are up to you!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152349924
Publisher: Dena Dale Crain
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

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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