13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
I'm a big fan of Elizabeth's first book Practical Guide to Patchwork and this one doesn't disappoint, with all the things I liked about the first, such as alternate versions of the quilts in different fabrics, but with new techniques and ideas and with an emphasis on more advanced projects. The book reflects her evolving style nicely. I'm particularly taken with the use of appliqued circles and curves, a great effect with less anxiety! The quilts are bold and modern, with lots of negative space but still have the friendly, approachable feel you'd expect if you enjoyed her first book. The instructions are comprehensive, so even though the quilts are generally large, the process is straightforward.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
This little book changed the way I think about some things in quilting. I do a mixture of piecework (usually baby quilts)and art quilting, and applique only when there is no other way. I never thought much about the backs except to figure out if I had enough fabric that would not clash. After reading this book, I look at blocks as ways to make statements, at backs as a separate quilt surface, and at color variation as a way to work on values and luminosity. My only complaint is that the Kindle format has the table of contents in the back (Note to editors: that's where the INDEX goes, guys!)and the headers ("Selecting Fabric") need to be in a bigger, different font so it's obvious what they are. This book teaches you WAY MORE than how to make those 12 quilts! I may never make any of the twelve, but my quilts have already changed for the better. Thanks, Elizabeth!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
I have been in beginning quilting for about a year, give or take, but have been a seamstress all my life~ I just happened to have 3 sons so the most I could sew for them was PJ' or costumes.
I became a knitter 11 yrs ago and decided that I would be self taught. I sought out the best teaching books that knitting had to offer ( E Zimmerman, A Staremore J Fee) so I could eventually get to a point of doing all the designing on my own for any size garment ,( including Fair Isle, and Aran sweaters.)
It took me 5 yrs of trial and error( and lots of mistakes w/ fiber) until I got to the point where I wanted to be. This was a commitment on my part, it took LOTS of reading and learning how to calculate stitch patterns, colorwork and the whole ball of wax~ But I did it.
I decided to to do the same w/ quilting.. and purchased a new sewing machine that would be able to do what I wanted it to do even tho I had a lovely machine w. computer capabilities already, I needed one that I felt could really handle this new obsession and since I wanted to learn to do most of the quilting ( as well as the piece work) I bought a really nice machine
I sought out teachers via books and blogs that I felt would be actually teaching me things I needed to know so that someday I would also be able to put my ideas into designs I loved,,,,,and , more difficult( to me) how to actually machine quilt my finished pieces.
I chose several authors that I felt reflected my taste, and more importantly TAUGHT me things instead of spoon feeding me patterns. At first I worked on Eleanor Burns quilts b/c they produced results,,,then I worked on books by Harriet Hardgrave. and then I found books ( and quilts) by Denyse Schmidt and Elizabeth Hartman due to the more modern features of quilts themselves
I have a love for the old, yet a hunger for learning new and better ways,and I wanted to be well rounded in quilting,
I was inspired by all these quilters who contributed to the more traditional approach as well as the modern approach , but never sacrificed ORDER in any of the quilts,, b/c that was very important to me. It is as important as it is in a Fair Isle vest,,its all about numbers and some serious sketching ( for me)
I was intrigued by this new modern quilt look,,,,,,but,,,realized that some were not as " orderly" as I would like to have worked on.
I think when I started reading blogs I got an idea at times that the more loud and disorderly quilt would be, some would call that" Modern",,while others maintained a high level of order but the ideas were very fresh and almost graphic in design. So which was it?? What defined " Modern Quilting'??
I found ELizabeth's books and her blog, and THAT is what I was searching for!
I love this book and I do intend to make most of the quilts in this one way or another in varying sizes as I have lots of family that would appreciate presents such as these.
Elizabeth, while being very modern in design and taste,,maintains the high goal of orderliness and quality that love ( after all, we love to do what pleases us when we work w/ fiber arts,yes?)
She has a way of really inspiring me that , frankly, I have not seen very much of in this new movement
Denyse Schmidt is the only other one that I can think of that balances the kind of order I need in sewing and the colors and styles of today.
While I will probably stick w/ very traditional quilt colors in my home , I can still use this know how as eye candy and learning tools to make some drop dead gorgeous quilts that will stretch me outside my comfort zone and that is where real learning takes place,,,,,,being stretched as a fiber artist.
I have become SO smitten w/ quilting that I plan to fly to some of the shows to take classes and meet others that love this as much as I do . I am in a local , very active guild now, so that helps a lot,
I have SO much to learn!!!!
I have no better words than what other reviewers have already said about this ,Elizabeth's second book ( I have the first also),,and I would be echoing what other reviewers have said.
I find great satisfaction in her combination of order and style, she brings much refreshment to quilters that are trying to expand their horizons.
I love her sense of color,,,,it is nothing short of amazing,,,,so, once again ,,,,for me, a newer quilter,,,,I am totally in LOVE with what she brings to the table,,,,she has an incredible way of combining both worlds to make sense to someone like me
Love the new book,,,and cant wait to get out there and go fabric shopping!