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Flower Pounding: Quilt Projects for All Ages Paperback – April, 2001

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With a bit of simple preparation, an ordinary piece of muslin becomes a canvas for the intriguing art of flower pounding. Taped to the muslin and whacked with a hammer, nearly any type of flower or leaf surrenders its pigment, leaving behind a ghostly image resembling watercolor painting. By outlining these delicate images with permanent marker and stitching over them, Ann Frischkorn and Amy Sandrin turn them into lovely quilts. Some specifically resemble the flowers from which they came: roses, alstroemeria, irises, morning glories, and many other blossoms arranged in a central panel, ringed by a quilted--and sometimes pieced--border. In others the flowers have been pounded through stencils, to lend their translucent hues to shapes of fish, coffee cups, even a skateboarder designed and pounded by Sandrin's son (yes, kids will love this noisy, rewarding activity).

Once they've explained fabric preparation and the specifics of the technique itself, the authors present a gallery of 40 of their quilts, accompanied by commentary about what inspired each design and some of the flowers appearing in it. The project section offers another seven designs, with brief directions about creating them. The actual quilting and piecing instructions are quite cursory; though the designs are relatively basic, at least a nodding acquaintance with quilting methods is presumed. As for the actual pounding, the authors recommend experimenting with various types of flowers, remarking that the color of the bloom is not necessarily the color after pounding and that even flowers from the same plant picked on different days may result in different shades. But a bit more information about what general color ranges they tend to expect would have been helpful. The "flower index" at book's end--composed of 57 color photos representing a selection of flowers used throughout the quilts--seems like an ideal place to have indicated something about this. Still, this is an interesting and different approach to fabric adornment and might be nice on wearables too, although the authors don't mention whether the flower-pounded fabric will stand up to washing. Further experimentation ought to resolve this issue as well. --Amy Handy

About the Author

Amy Sandrin & Ann Frischkorn are identical twins. Despite the 1,000 miles that separate them physically, they still manage to converse almost daily. Amy is a quilter and award-winning romance author who lives in Colorado. Ann is a writer and award-winning quilter who lives in Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201164
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By richard bostwick on June 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
You may be wondering what in the world "Flower Pounding" is. Put simply, it is the process of transferring plant pigments to specially treated fabric via pounding with a hammer to create floral imagery reminiscent of water color painting. When I read through the book I was amazed at the beautiful projects within and wanted one for my very own.
The book has a wonderful alphabetic index of common garden flowers in the back and all of the gallery photographs list the flowers used in the projects for reference which I found to be very helpful. Along with detailed visual instructions for every step of the process from fabric treatment through pounding to completion with outlining, there are numerous photographs in the book of scenes created by the authors, Ann Frischkorn and Amy Sandrin. They have also included instructions for nine projects complete with quilting how-tos and templates to get you started. And, lest you think that this a project limited to the spring flower season, there are examples using fall flowers as well as poinsettias.
The authors glibly suggest that once you try flower pounding, you will never look at flowers the same. I must say that they are right in this assessment. Just the other day, I was at Costco and I eyeballed the fresh flower bouquets as I walked by. But, I was not thinking how pretty they were, no, I was wondering how they would look pounded!
Try it and see if you don't start thinking the same way!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carole Bellacera on April 4, 2001
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FLOWER POUNDING is a beautiful book of quilt projects that make you want to run right out to the craft store and start buying all the materials you need. The directions are precise and make it look easy to create lovely quilts using flowers. My biggest problem is trying to decide which of the gorgeous quilts to make first. What an outstanding job Ann Frischkorn and Amy Sandrin have done in creating this book! This is a quilting book I'd recommend to everyone, beginners and old pros.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2001
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A friend introduced me to Flower Pounding. We are having a great time with this. The authors give a lot of great tips on their website. They also state that your Flower Pounding works of art are dry-cleanable. This is great news! We have also tried color copying our poundings to transfer paper and having them ironed onto t-shirts. It worked great. Now they truly are washable. I don't see why you couldn't iron them onto a quilt block too. The possibilities are endless with this technique. Thanks to Amy and Ann for making my summer and my quilting a lot more interesting.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2001
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The whole idea of making quilts with flowers sounded strange to me at first, but once I tried it, I was hooked. Flower pounding is fun and easy and this book gives easy to follow step-by-step instructions and lots of great ideas. I especially liked all the little tip boxes sprinkled throughout the book. Whether you're new to quilting or a pro,you'll love this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2001
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I was fortunate to take a flower pounding class with Amy. It was such a delight to have the author demonstrate just how easy and beautiful this process is. By the end of class I had made my own gorgeous print. Everyone was delighted by the beautiful results and had a blast making their work of art. You will never again look at flowers the same way! (Irises are my favorite...so far.) In fact, you'll be itching to pound every petal you can get your hands on. When I got home that day my husband and 6 year old son asked to try their hands at it. I'm embarassed to admit it, but their prints were even prettier than mine. My son especially loved this project and can't wait to get more flowers. Kudos to Amy and Ann for creating a sensational new way to make breathtaking quilts the whole family can be involved in. (And for those of you wanting to take a class like I did, check out patchworktwins.com for their class listing.)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Miki Hayden, author of Writing the Mystery (Intrigue Press) on May 31, 2001
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This is a beautiful book that belongs in every quilt makers library. I love this stuff. If you want some fun projects in your quilting endeavors, pick up this book. The instructions make this understandable and simple and the pictures are simply lovely to leaf through. These ladies have hit upon something--no pun intended. As to having children work on this--by all means! Kids love something active like this and will really appreciate the tangible results of their labor. I think the idea of this is simply amazing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2001
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I'm addicted to flower pounding. My kids love it, too...the only thing that gets washed after my kids do an art project is the kids <g>. I've worked with alum tons before and if you're concerned that it's going to rot the fabric, just rinse it out. No big deal. This is a wonderful, wonderful book and I highly recommend it. Such a wonderful break from all the "same old, same old" that's already out there. You won't be disappointed with flower pounding.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2001
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I thought Flower Pounding the oddest title, until I saw it. It's a must buy book. It's beatuiful with easy-to-understand instructions and a dash of humor. I love quilts and gardens and this showed me a great new way to enjoy both. I'm doing a project this summer and hope to use it for a youth group activity next year.
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