Simple Contemporary Quilts: Bold New Designs for the First-Time Quilter

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9781579908751: Simple Contemporary Quilts: Bold New Designs for the First-Time Quilter

More and more needleworkers are rediscovering quilting and these newcomers want a youthful, fresh, and fashionable approach to the craft. Here it is: a comprehensive introduction to quilting with a thoroughly modern attitude, plus creative ideas and time-saving tips. Of course, it presents all the basic tools and techniques, with advice on everything from preparing the fabric to adding backing and filler to assembling the final product. Twenty spectacular projects from small wall hangings to large blankets reveal the amazing versatility of today’s quilting. Easy-to-assemble big blocks and appliqués create a powerful visual impact. Freeform designs require minimal measuring and marking. The materials feature irresistible prints, vintage-style charm, or cool details. Each quilt is fabulous!A Selection of the Crafter's Choice Book Club.

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Valerie Shrader begin sewing at age 11 and credits this skill with a life long appreciation of textiles and related crafts. Her latest pursuits include making hats from vintage textiles and handmade cards using fabric, paint, and found objects. She works as editor in Asheville, NC, and is the author of Hip Handbags (Lark , 2005), Sew Cool, Sew Easy: Stylish Skirts and Fun & Fabulous Tops to Sew (Lark, 2006), Fun & Fabulous Pillows to Sew (Lark, 2006) and Fun & Fabulous Curtains to Sew (Lark, 2006).

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Although no statistical sampling seems to have been conducted, the probability is high that many experienced crafters shy away from quilting because of the time involved and the mandatory precision. Shrader has erased that fear by calling on a dozen artists to create 20 quilts that are simple and modern. The basics are pared down; for instance, she specifies that a sewing machine need only be able to manage straight and zigzag stitches. Fabrics and design do the heavy lifting. "Wild Zebra," for one, pieces together different tonal blacks and whites to achieve an animal resemblance. "Constellation," on the other hand, positions different sizes of white stars against a blue top with random stitching encircling and connecting. Creative techniques provide the spark—and the ease of quilting, whether by using fusible appliqué or free-motion embroidery. Jacobs, Barbara

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