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Product Details

  • Series: QuiltDigest Press
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809228661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809228669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jinny Beyers is one of the best known and most highly respected fabric designers in the quiltmaking industry. Her signature line of fabrics are produced by RJR Fashion Fabrics.

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Highly recommended for anyone who loves tessellations!
Jody Palm
Jinny Beyer provides an in depth text book on the inherent properties of tesselations and how to design with them.
Darlyne
The book makes this easy to understand, as it has pictures.
Jacqueline Kiffe

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Jody Palm on June 27, 1999
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I'm a ceramic tile maker and have been trying to figure out Escher's designs, with only limited success. I have also had some unexpected mishaps with other types of tessellating tiles. So, I am really happy to have this book. It has helped me through the "gotchas" of making tessellating designs, and has given me many other design ideas.
This book is beautiful, well laid out, with excellent illustrations and pleny of ideas. The math employed is usually the minimal amount needed to get the job done, although sometimes she does try to really explain the geometry. (That's where she loses me, but that's OK. I've had LOTS of success without understanding at that level). She explains concepts like translation, mid-point and corner rotation, glides, and mirroring in a way that anyone (even the math challenged, like me!) can understand and work with them. She also covers tessellations made from angles other than 90 degrees (for example, from shapes like triangles, hexagons, kite shapes, etc.) for the adventurous spirited.
She includes exercises in case you want to use the book as a textbook for yourself or a class. It doesn't matter whether you are making quilts, tiles or something else. The concepts and directions apply no matter what the medium.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves tessellations!
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book, I was surprised not to find a quilt on the cover but after reading the book, I realize this was a wise decision. While quilters will get a lot out of it and many of the examples are quilts, the book is really so much more. It addresses basic design issues for all sorts of things. It respectfully simplifies the topic of tessalations without speaking down to the reader by giving both the formal mathematical nomenclature as well as Jinny's shorthand that is more easily understood. I think this would be a good addition for math teachers and art teachers as well as a basic book for all quilters. It makes you stop and look at common things we may see everyday but really may not have really appreciated. I think it may also help to elevate some people's opinion of quilting because it addresses how complicated even the simplest of quilts really are.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. Coppedge on August 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on tessellations I have seen. Since my main goal was to learn M.C. Escher's technique, I was first surprised to see that the author primarily deals with developing quilt patterns, from simple to complex. Only the last few chapters are dedicated to M.C. Escher's work. But I realized quickly that every page leads up to the next, teaching more and more intricate patterns until I was able to analyze Escher's work and see for myself how he developed the patterns.

The book is full of illustrations and step-by-step drawings, so that you can soon create your own artistic work. And using a computer drawing program along with the book is not necessary but helpful if you want fast results with many variations.

After reading, or better working through, this book I looked at other books that concentrated on Escher's work, but none of the authors explained his techniques better than Jinny Beyer. Thanks to her clear explanations and drawings I am now able to develop quite intricate designs on my own.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Darling on January 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Here are some excerpts from my review of this book. You can see the complete review on the Quilter's Review website.
"We can all picture a nine-patch design covering the surface of a quilt from border to border. But can you picture a shape that suggests a day lily blossom and that interlocks with itself to create a solid pattern with no background required?
"I thought not. Fortunately, if you're up for the challenge of working with complex interlocking shapes, Jinny Beyer has written just the book you need.
"Designing Tessellations is a design book, a textbook and a workbook that will help you create exciting designs that can be made into quilts.
"Jinny explains in easy-to-understand language everything you would want to know about symmetry and tessellations. The book is well written, with the clear explanations that Jinny uses in all of her books. And the illustrations, many of which are her own fabulous quilts, are very helpful....
"...When reading this book, it is important to remember that Jinny does hand-piecing. That makes these quilts easier to assemble. But that doesn't mean that they can't be pieced by machine. There will be lots of set-in seams to sew in almost any tessellating design.
"If you like Escher's work, are fascinated by repetition of pattern or are an advanced quilter, one who can read about an idea and convert it to a quilt, then this book is for you. On the other hand, if you need a pattern to make a quilt or your eyes glaze over at the mention of math, this might not be your cup of tea."
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book takes a practical approach to design. I bought the book because I love Jenny's work, but the book is so much more than just a quilting book. It's really a course on design which can then be applied to quilts. The book gives such a practical approach to symmetry and design that I find myself excited once again about designing and sewing something wonderful. This is really a must-have book for artists, designers and craftspersons. Jenny's done it again.
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Jinny Beyer, whose signature line of quilting fabrics is distributed worldwide by RJR Fabrics, is one of the world's premier quilt designers. She is the author of 11 books, including Designing Tessellations, Quiltmaking By Hand, and Jinny Beyer's Color Confidence for Quilters. She teaches nationally and internationally and her annual seminar on Hilton Head Island is one of the most popular quilting classes in the United States. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia.