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Editorial Reviews


"Wow--the art in this book is extraordinary. I found her design choices to be really, really striking." - CraftLit: A Podcast for Crafters Who Love Books

"This is a highly useful reference book, whether you quilt or just love to geek out on fabric." -

"The next best thing to a personal quilting instructor at your elbow." -

"The book is filled with numerous techniques to help you advance your quilt-making skills to 'art quilting.'" - Detroit News

"Exciting and fun art-quilting techniques, from surface design to embellishing, to inspire both the new and seasoned fiber artist to develop their skills and boost their confidence in creating unique art quilts." - Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects

About the Author

Pokey Bolton founded Quilting Arts magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and is former editorial director of Interweave's Quilt and Paper Division. She is now Chief Creative Officer for Quilts Inc. Pokey is also the author of The Quilting Arts Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating One-of-a-Kind Quilts and 1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs. Pokey is also the host of Quilting Arts TV.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680999
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Marci Glenn on October 22, 2008
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I am huge fan and subscriber of Quilting Arts Magazine. I have every issue and re-read them many times which is why I pre-ordered this book when it was announced. After reviewing it last night, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed because the articles and the techniques are the same ones that can be found in the magazine. This book is actually a compilation of all of their best articles and techniques over the past years. I would highly recommend this book if you have not been a subscriber to the magazine.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joanna D. #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2008
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This book is a compilation of featured articles in "Quilting Arts" Magazine. So if you retained a full set of this magazine's back issues, this book may be a duplicate of that information. However, I find that book form is a convenient way to access magazine articles, especially with a handy table of contents. So if you don't have back issues or you would love the magazine in a book form, this book may be just what you are looking for.

The quilting arts in this book focus on more contemporary techniques. The techniques inclued free form quilting, fusing, using metallic foils, quilting from paper and even using paint or wax crayons on fabric. There are suggestions for keeping a design notebook--probably a good idea if you are doing semi-abstract or very free-form quilting art.

The book is lavishly illustrated with good pictures and inspiring examples of quilt art. I even got some inspiration for watercolor or collage by looking at the works featured here. And I had never seen foils used on fabric before. So if you are looking to branch out into new fiber art ideas, there could be food for thought, if not outright "eye-candy" for you here. I certainly got some new ideas.

This book, however, is probably not for the traditional quilter, unless you are looking to branch out in new directions for your craft. But if you are a fabric or fiber artist, and there are many of you out there, the ideas in this book are inspiring.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sherri L. Munro on December 29, 2008
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I have been a quilter for many years now, and last year fell into a creative funk. Unable to think of any new and creative ideas for quilts I began to dread walking into my studio, because I knew that I would only find disappointment and "quilter's block" there. Then for my Birthday my husband gave me this book, The Quilting Arts Book, and said that he hoped I would become inspired by what I found there. Doubtful, I began to read the book and to my surprise I began to feel the old tingle of creative excitement return. This book has inspired me to try new things with my art. For the first time I actually am inspired to create art out of recycled materials - the project which Patricia recommends is amazing and I am currently in the process of a year long journey to create a recycled masterpiece. With beautiful illustrations and pictures, along with detailed suggestions and explanations, Patricia Bolton has truly inspired my work. In addition to the great tips, Ms. Bolton inserts tidbits of her own life, thus creating an enjoyable and humorous read. This is honestly the best collection of projects that I have seen in many years.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Belinda Spiwak on November 28, 2008
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I am relatively new to art quilting. I started working with fabric seriously for about a year now. I have been a mixed media artist for several years. I have gone over to the "other side" now. I spend more time on my sewing machine and beading. I don't do half as much with paper than I used to. I don't use glue as much either. I even sew paper together now!

I have been a subscriber to Quilting Arts for the past year or so. I have been a subscriber to Cloth Paper Scissors since its first issue. I cannot tell you how true the other reviews are since I do not have all the QA magazine issues. I can tell you that I really like this book. I cannot do traditional quilting and make up a lot of the stuff I do with fabric as I go along. This book gives me a lot of ideas for future projects.

The pictures in this book are fantastic. They are very detailed. I hate art books that do black and white pictures. There are a lot of ideas that you can glean from this book. I like how Linda and Laura Kemshall turn something real into an art quilt.

I have seen a lot of articles and blog entries about how some artists keep sketches of what they are going to do and then create a quilt or art piece from that. I don't do that much. My vision does not transfer well onto paper unless it is my finished project. It does not mean that I don't enjoy seeing how the sketch looks as a finished quilt. I love Melanie Testa's playful bear in her quilt.

There are plenty of techniques to try in this book. I was happily surprised to see composition being addressed in this book. I am big on composition. Art quilting is a great vehicle for me. I can work with more natural/recycled elements and not think so much about the focal points.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Tyler on February 4, 2009
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This is a lovely book if you are relatively new to Quilting Arts Magazine and don't have all the back issues. The best of the techniques and articles are collected in one place. The only disappointment for me was that I didn't realize these were past articles that I already had, and I probably didn't need to spend the money on the collection. Otherwise, it's got the quality photography, art and design that I love about QA, and would make a fantastic gift and introduction to the magazine and to the art quilt world for someone that is not already a subscriber.
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