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A Quilter's Ark Paperback – October, 1997

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Originally published by Martingale in [1997], this is a fresher revitalised version of a clever title from the same publisher's imprint, That Patchwork Place. Margaret Rolfe is a veteran Australian quilter and her clever interpretations of animals using foundation piecing are testament to her wealth of experience. The main feature of the book is the foundation-pieced animals, although there is advice on quilt-making basics and designing with the blocks, as well as pre-designed quilts and a gallery of the blocks to the rear of the book which is great for inspiration. With over fifty designs to make, Margaret has provided an animal block for all occasions, and the opportunity for more ambitious makers to make five themed quilts: "Ark Quilt", "Farm Quilt", "Zoo Quilt", "North American Animals Quilt" and "Australian Animals Quilt". This is the perfect title for those who really want to get stuck into foundation piecing and make some really fun gifts at the same time! --Popular Patchwork, April 2014 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Create a menagerie of quilted creatures with exciting foundation-pieced block designs by Margaret Rolfe! Stitch even the smallest pieces of your blocks with ease and accuracy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564771970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564771971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
With this book you learn to easily foundation piece cats, cows, lions, monkeys, elephants, chickens, bunnies, pelicans, eagles, peacocks, butterflies, cardinals, hummingbirds, kangaroos, and soooooo much more with readily understandable instructions.
The book is a great reference for other sewing projects and consists of 112 pages so it's rather thin. The book covers basic embroidery stitches (chain, french knot, stem, and more) with directions and illustrations, ways to add borders with directions and illustrations, assembling the quilt top, binding, and quilting of the finished work. There's a section pertaining to fabric selection and sewing materials/equipment.
I'd never paper pieced in my life and this book covered all the bases to complete these mini-quilts in a short period of time with professional looking results. I've surprised several family members with my work!
If you need a quilting book with easy to make animals, purchase this book as you will not be sorry.
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The cover of this book really does not do justice to the designs inside. They are truly beautiful works of art--unique and magnificantly simple in their construction. The Noah's Ark quilt is a classic. Particularly helpful are two examples of the same animal square with the different types of fabric. One can easily see the dramatic difference that selection of fabric and color make in the final design. As my first project as a quilter, I made the rooster from fat quarters as a birthday present for my sister. If I do say so myself, it looks fabulous! With Ms. Rolfe's techniques of foundation quilting you do not have to worry about cutting exact shapes (except once for the entire block), nor about grain of the fabric. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. For Xmas, I plan to make pot holders from the designs as gifs. I'm even thinking about tackling the Noah's Ark quilt--for myself! I ordered more of her books because I enjoy her easy-going manner to quilting and the professional looking results!
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A Quilter's Ark is an easy way to learn foundation quilting. It's explainations are clear and the patterns are wonderful. There is even a section on how to do the various embroidary stitches you will need to complete each animal. This is an excellent book for beginners and seasoned quilters.
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My friend made a small size quilt of various animals for her granddaughter. After I saw her quilt, I couldn't resist and purchased my own book. I am in the process of making 2 wall quilts of various animals for each of my 2 sons - both are being made with somewhat different fabrics and a different layout of each quilt. I would highly recommend this book for its uniqueness, accuracy and visual appeal. Also, I have had mine coil bound which makes it easier to lay flat and trace the animals on the interfacing. Thanks to Margaret Rolfe!
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Very clear directions and great designs make A Quilter's Ark a great buy if you want to quilt animals fast and easily. I was very pleased with the variety and quality of the designs.
I would like to see the book published in loose leaf form. That way, it is easy to scan the designs into the computer and print them out (adjusting size if you like) right onto the interfacing rather than having to trace the designs. This makes things even easier and faster.
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I had been looking for an "Elephant" quilt for my elephant crazed 3 year-old for some time. I finally decided I would probably have to make him one myself. I have intermediate sewing skills but had never quilted before. This foundation piecing method is the way to go! The blocks turn out beautiful everytime. It is so easy and very addictive! There are so many different animal patterns in this book, from farm animals to zoo animals, to Australian animals and more. Something for everyone!!
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If you enjoy foundation piecing and animals, this is the book for you. The only negative is that the blocks are not all the same size.
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I had been looking for an "Elephant" quilt for my elephant crazed 3 year-old for some time. I finally decided I would probably have to make him one myself. I have intermediate sewing skills but had never quilted before. This foundation piecing method is the way to go! The blocks turn out beautiful everytime. It is so easy and very addictive! There are so many different animal patterns in this book, from farm animals to zoo animals, to Australian animals and more. Something for everyone!!
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