Secrets for quilting success are presented through a variety of techniques, exercises, and insider tips to inspire novice quilters and experienced textile artists to make genuine works of art. Simplifying the basic fundamentals of art and teaching the underlying principles of the visual language, this guide explores texture, shape, line, color, and value with examples and hands-on exercises. Essential principles--such as focal point, balance, repetition, scale, and space--are paired with creativity exercises while guest essays, guest artwork, and inspiring artwork from the author allow readers to analyze how other artists utilize key artistic elements or principles and see how to successfully use these elements in their own work. Both a personal creativity coach and a guide for a hobbyist or professional artist, this reference clarifies quilting goals and takes the craft to the next level through design and composition.
Discover how to change the look of a quilt dramatically with a change of fabrics. Expert teacher and designer Deanne Moore presents achievable, versatile designs for all skill levels. Let these quilt patterns open the door to exciting possibilities Select from 14 graphic designs that can be transformed from modern to traditional, and vice versa, by varying the selection of fabrics See each project photographed in two diverse fabric styles Use the coloring diagrams to create your own colorway for each pattern
In this project-based sewing book, Amy Butler teaches what she does best: sewing, quilting, and pattern making. From lampshades to pillows, quilts to statement jewelry, Piece Keeping is the perfect go-to for the crafty. With clear sections on traditional sewing themes, tools, and methods, this book will appeal to Amy's core fans as well as those simply drawn to beautiful fabrics and DIY projects. The 20 inspiring projects include dozens of how-to diagrams, plus 9 sheets of full-size patterns stored in an attached envelope. Piece Keeping is both a practical guide and a source for stylish home d cor and fashion inspiration, brimming throughout with Amy's unique color sense and eye-catching textile designs.
Stitch a colorful array of cozy wool creations that will brighten any room in your home. Choose from a mix of cheerful little projects, including coasters, wall hangings, sewing accessories, bags, and more. Create stunning effects with easy hand stitching, simple applique, and artful wool layering Achieve an effortlessly embellished look with simple techniques that even beginners can master quickly Detailed how-to photos and clear instructions are included
When we think of slavery, most of us think of the American South. We think of back-breaking fieldwork on plantations. We don't think of slavery in the North, nor do we think of the grueling labor of urban and domestic slaves. Rachel May's rich new book explores the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the antebellum era--all through the discovery of a remarkable quilt.
While studying objects in a textile collection, May opened a veritable treasure-trove: a carefully folded, unfinished quilt made of 1830s-era fabrics, its backing containing fragile, aged papers with the dates 1798, 1808, and 1813, the words "shuger," "rum," "casks," and "West Indies," repeated over and over, along with "friendship," "kindness," "government," and "incident." The quilt top sent her on a journey to piece together the story of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba--the enslaved women behind the quilt--and their owner, Susan Crouch.
May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American Quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.
The ultimate reference book for all quilters.
Quilt to impress using 350+ Quilting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets to perfect your quilting creativity and skills.
350+ Quilting Tips is here to help you master all the techniques you need to create a beautiful, professional-looking quilt. With this indispensable resource, full of color photographs and step-by-step tutorials, you can learn all the inside knowledge you'll need to make quilts you can proudly display or give to your very best friends and family. Whether you are a beginner or just eager to perfect your skills, this is the perfect companion for any level of quilter.
Taking you through the entire process of quilt making from start to finish, 350+ Quilting Tips is packed with essential techniques explained using specially commissioned, detailed step-by-step instructions and artwork. Each topic is self-contained on one to two pages and arranged in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence. Plus, there are troubleshooting tips along the way just in case you run into a quilting kerfuffle In addition to useful basics, like how to plan a design or chain-piece strips together, you also learn everything from practical finishing and embellishment methods to exciting new techniques like how to digitally print on fabric.
Drawing on years of teaching experience, expert quilt maker Susan Briscoe is the perfect guide to help you create a beautiful, personalized quilt to cherish.
Complete instructions for creating 10 different heirloom pieces, including multicolored crib quilt, unusual quilt with rings arranged in "Barn Raising" pattern, classically styled quilt with three mitered borders, eye-catching single ring placemat, dramatic Amish-style wall hanging with black background, and 5 other projects.
Sewing machines are complicated machines, but with the instruction you'll find in Sewing Machine Magic, you can make even an old sewing machine work wonders.
With just a little know-how and the right accessories, you can get the most out of your sewing machine and give all your sewing and quilting projects a professional look
In Sewing Machine Magic, author and sewing expert Steffani Lincecum shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence, and explains how to easily find and use the right presser feetand other accessories for your machine, whether you purchased it at retail or found it at a yard sale.
You'll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formation for every project, and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other accessories, from the basics to more specialized tools designed to maximize efficiency, precision, and creativity. The 10 fashion and home decor projects show inventive ways to use some of the feet and accessories.
In Wise Craft Quilts, celebrated quilt designer and crafter Blair Stocker shares ways to use cherished fabrics to make quilts with more meaning. Each of the twenty-one quilts featured here gathers a special collection of fabric, outlines a new technique, and spins a story. By using special fabrics as the starting point for each project--from a wedding dress to baby's first clothes, worn denim, Tyvek race numbers, and more--the finished quilt is made even more special. Create quilts that have a story to tell and you'll find a whole new level of appreciation for what they represent in your life and the lives of the ones you love.