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Dream Landscapes: Artful Quilts With Fast-Piece Applique (That Patchwork Place) Paperback – October 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place; First Edition edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564778592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564778598
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rose Hughes presents readers with a technique for moving beyond squares and blocks and into creating wonderful landscape quilts. Using her simple Fast-Piece Applique technique and straight-stitch piecing, readers can produce shapes that they might not attempt otherwise.
Dream Landscapes includes step-by-step instructions for the Fast-Piece Applique technique, as well as for couching yarns and how to stitch and bead by machine and by hand. Hughes provides five quilt projects that build upon the basics of her technique, a gallery of her and her students art, and guidance and ideas to add excitement to your quilts. Take a look. --Barbara Delaney, Quilting Arts Magazine, Feb/Mar09

If you've ever dreamed of transforming a landscape into fabric, be it from memory, a sketch, or a photo, Dream Landscapes by Rose Hughes is an absolute must! During her travels with camera in hand, Rose incorporated the beauty she saw in her surroundings with her love of fabric. This book is for all quilters and fabric artists who have a collection of scenic photos special enough to turn into a picturesque quilt.

Rose provides instructions and creative techniques to interpret the shapes, textures, and colors found in nature. By combining simple straight-stitch piecing with machine appliqué, shapes with curves and flowing lines can be created. There are no squares and blocks in this book! By starting with a realistic picture, you choose which details are important and which can be simplified or omitted to create a cleaner, more effective curved design. If you are a visual learner, this book is ideal. Many large, colorful, detailed diagrams and photos make the step-by-step directions easy to follow.

The first half of the book contains helpful lessons on selecting fabric and all the specific materials and tools needed, including a Basic Sewing Kit list. Rose teaches her Fast-Piece Applique method which makes sewing curves, irregular angles, and circles easy. Embellishing Essentials covers a variety of unique applications and provides great ideas for using beads, threads, and decorative stitches. In the second half of the book, each of the four wall hanging projects teaches a different technique, ie., working with large patterns, free-style piecing/stitching, set-ins, paper piecing, hand and machine embellishing, etc. The fun really begins when you use these techniques with your own landscape photos to create a personal fabric scene. Finally, the 32 page gallery is inspiring. It will motivate you to grab your camera, sketchbook, or vacation photos they re going to make great quilts! --Fabric Trends, Spring 2009

Rose Hughes creates wonderful color-drenched landscapes filled with sinuous curves and circles. Since fabric is woven in a grid, it tends to resist attempts to make it curve gracefully, but Rose shows you how to create beautiful curves using her fast-piece applique methods. By stacking the fabrics, sewing the desired curve, cutting away the top selvedge and securing the seam under a couched yarn, even the most extreme curves come out flat and luscious. Rose provides patterns and clear step-by-step instructions for several quilts, as well as a strong section on creating your own designs. Her own work is liberally featured throughout the book, and it's a real treat to see it all in one place. A Student Gallery rounds out the book, providing examples of how others have used this technique to great effect. --Martha Sielman, Studio Art Quilt Associates

About the Author

Rose Hughes is a selfemployed fiber artist. She creates and sells her work, and also writes, teaches, and has curated for exhibits within the art and quilt community. This is her first book.

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I would recommend this book to a new quilter who enjoys Art Quilts.
Robyn Gilbert
The projects seem very do-able, the instructions clear, and the illustrations beautiful.
J. Granger
The style of Rose's quilt art designs sets this book apart from others.
Kimberly Wulfert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades VINE VOICE on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Are you a landscape fan and a quilter? This book will walk you through the ways to combine your two loves.

After 28 pages of basic information such as materials, tools, color, beads and appliqué basics, you just right in to making your first quilted landscape. A color photo of the finished project is shown. A materials list is given. How to prepare the patterns and cut the fabric is the next item you find. All are clearly written. A numbered template with enlargement instructions is included.

Assembling and finished directions round out the project's directions. There are four different projects given before you come to the section on creating your own designs. This chapter contains the how-to step-by-step information to making that great photo you took on vacation into a quilted landscape you can hang on your own wall. What a great way to relive that great vacation each and every day!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kay Mackenzie VINE VOICE on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Landscapes, art quilts.... totally out of my arena and it's always interesting to learn new things to throw into one's appliqué bag of tricks.

Rose tells us, "Fast-Piece Appliqué is a method of construction that makes easy work of sewing curves, circles, and many designs that you thought were too difficult to put together."

Once I read through the process, it was one of those V8 Moments. Wow, it really makes a lot of sense!

Rose's method employs tracing paper, freezer paper templates, and machine-sewing the pieces together from the front... simple and direct. She takes us through a small teaching project first and then provides several patterns and a beautiful gallery of her own and her students' work for inspiration.

The book includes a quick tutorial on color, full and detailed step-by-step instructions for Fast-Piece Appliqué, and a lot of information on yarn, which is couched over the top of the stitching lines to delineate the shapes and cover raw edges. The couching also provides the initial quilting.

Then the author takes us through the steps of sandwiching, further quilting, and binding these pieces of wall art, followed by a wonderful section on embellishing with embroidery stitches and beading.

Thanks, Rose, for making me start to dream of landscapes!

Kay Mackenzie
Author, Easy Applique Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
From the cover art through patterns to the gallery of quilts (full page view) at the end, yummy comes to my mind. Four patterns walk you through the myriad of techniques Rose teaches in the book. There is also a chapter for designing your own patterns, including how-to use your photographs. Beginning quilters could easily understand the book, as well as those new to beading and hand surface stitching or embroidery designs that are used for a contemporary affect. The style of Rose's quilt art designs sets this book apart from others.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pamela M. on October 28, 2008
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This beautifully illustrated book not only will inspire you to begin your quilt, but it will take you through the steps on how to make your quilt into a fantastic piece of art. The step-by-step instructions are well outlined, and the color photographs are unmatched. This would be a great gift for any of your sewing or quilting friends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JO P. GRIFFITH on November 7, 2008
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This book is a must for every art quilter, beginner or professional. The photos are incredible, the projects are easy to follow and the finished quilts are wonderful. The student gallery shows what can be done and all the variations to try. Really a must for your reference library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Hughes Barnes on April 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dream Landscapes: Artful Quilts With Fast-Piece Applique (That Patchwork Place)

This has to be the best written, the best photographed, step by step instructions for the technique that is so available, so achievable to all...and Rose Hughes is a teacher, lecturer, author that will inspire you as she has inspired so many before you.
Get the book. You will not be disappointed.
Natalie.
beyond the reef
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
DREAM LANDSCAPES: ARTFUL QUILTS WITH FAST-PIECE APPLIQUE provides step-by-step instructions for four wall hangings, including tips on embellishing with fabric, beads and embroidery. Chapters teach how to use color, line and texture in designs, how to combine simple piecing and machine applique, and how to assemble and finish polished pieces, making for a fine choice for any quilter's library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Granger on November 11, 2008
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Rose Hughes's new book should make anyone want to jump in and create a Dream Landscape with her "fast-piece applique" method. The projects seem very do-able, the instructions clear, and the illustrations beautiful. I strongly recommend it for art quilters and especially for those quilters who would like to experiment with art quilts but haven't been sure where to start.
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More About the Author

After 20 years in her corporate life, Rose Hughes jumped into her quilt life in 2003 and never looked back. She has a love of all things 'fabricy' and has shared her stitch friendly method of construction and embellishment magic in her books: Dream Landscapes: Artful Quilts with Fast-Piece Applique™ (Martingale 2008), Exploring Embellishments (Martingale 2010) Design, Create, Quilt (Martingale 2012), with the newest book, Fast-Piece Applique (Martingale due out in January 2015).

Rose loves to share her quilting passions and travels the world providing entertaining and educational lectures. Her line-up of workshops cover Fast-Piece Applique™ of course, and also design, fabric painting, color and all forms of embellishments.
Grab a pdf of her workshop listings from her website!

As Rose continues to pursue her own 'fabricy' art, you'll find her quilts in juried exhibits worldwide, but you can always find her closer to home. Just click on the television or computer. She finds joy in sharing her love of the art of quilting through her blog, rosehughes.blogspot.com; her website, www.rosehughes.com and on Facebook, Twitter Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram.