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Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters Hardcover – October 9, 2009


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Quilting is a craft, rich with tradition and homespun, practical applications.  But it’s also an art--which, with needle, thread, fabric and an idea, can give us a new way of looking at, and wrapping ourselves in, the world.  This book profiles twenty American practitioners of that art, quilters whose fascinating, innovative work takes the craft one step further and makes it into something new.  These remarkable quilters describe their inspiration and methods and show us several examples of their best work.  Quilting Art serves as an idea book for quilters, as well as a gorgeous representation of the quilter’s art.

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About the Author

Spike Gillespie is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and quilt lover living in Austin, TX.  She is the critically acclaimed author of four books, including Quilty as Charged:  Undercover in a Material World, and countless magazine articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and other publications. Her popular blog details her misadventures in quilting.  http://thesloppyquilter.blogspot.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335260
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spike Gillespie is the critically acclaimed author of many books and countless magazine articles. She writes the blogs www.MeditationKicksAss.com and www.KeepingAustinAustin.com

Spike's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Interweave KNITS, The Christian Science Monitor, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications. In 2006, Austin Chronicle readers voted her Best Author in Austin. Spike also provides commentary for Austin's NPR affiliate, KUT. And she is the President of the Office of Good Deeds, an informal group of Austinites who enjoy doing nice things for others. She lives in Austin.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful critic on November 21, 2009
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This could have been a superficial treatment of some artists who had no control over the final product. Instead, it's an in-depth, historical and inspirational survey of twenty artists, their work and their techniques. The artists must be thrilled with it. The photography is first-rate, and the interviews produced some fascinating accounts by the artists about how they came to their present-day work. Kudos to Ms. Gillespie for this informative and beautiful book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terri Stegmiller on December 24, 2009
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Have you ever dreamed about becoming an artist? How about an art quilter? Glimpse into the lives of 20 art quilters and you'll enjoy reading about their journeys, discoveries, and inspirations. I found the book by Ms. Gillespie to be very interesting and down to earth. I quite enjoyed getting to know these quilters a bit more and perhaps made some discoveries about myself and my dreams as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karoda on December 28, 2009
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This is a unique set of personal interviews into the lives of women quilt artists. There is a wide spectrum of personal styles and artist's statements on their design processes and views on the subject of quilting and art. I thoroughly appreciated the jounalistic style of the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By en on October 13, 2012
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Each quilter describes how they accomplished their art piece. A wonderful book to inspire and motivate quilt artists into trying the various techniques described. I especially enjoyed the one on using various shades of netting to achieve different shades of skin tones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HuskerFan VINE VOICE on July 18, 2011
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I liked this book because it focuses on one artist per section, not skipping from artist to artist within a chapter. In this way, the reader can grasp more completely each artist's work process and philosophy. Recommend!
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