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Quilters must learn to be gentle with themselves. First of all - The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking by Jane Brocket is a lovely, gentle book! The photography is clean and up-to-date. The book layout is straightforward and uncluttered. The projects are simply beautiful because they are simple and because the fabrics are beautiful. However, the works in Jane's introduction are to me, almost what was most striking about this book. Jane explains how she always thought that she was not capable of making a quilt. She had a fear of doing things wrong or the incorrect way. The rules and regulations sounded too difficult. Oh my goodness, is this really what young women think? Thankfully, Jane had a friend who set her straight, and also, thankfully Jane has written this inspiring book. I love it, and anyone who wants to, or already loves to make quilts will love it too! (. American Quilt Retailer, September 2010)

Pick us up off the floor 'cuz we're in love! This book by British quilter, author and blogger Jan Brocket offers pretty and simple quilts, many made with Kaffe and other Westminister/FreeSpirit fabrics, and presents them through gorgeous photography and tons of excellent design instruction. But the best part - besides the quilts, of course - is the text itself. Jane is a wonderful writer, and she deeply explores with us each quilt's genesis: what inspired her, how she approached the designs and what challenges she found along the way. It's a delightful, intelligent look into the process most of us go through when we're playing with our fabric. As a hardcover book, it's perfect for leaving on your coffee table while you decide what luscious project you want to start first. (Plus you'll impress the heck out of your minigroup.) Go get it. Worth every dime. (Quilter's Home, 12/10 12/10)

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the author ofThe Gentle Art of Domesticity(2007), Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) andRipping Things to Do (2009). She created yarnstorm.blogs.com in February 2005 to write about knitting and now includes quilting and baking in huge quantities. Jane recently launched her website www.janebrocket.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (May 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607052164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607052166
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina Lane on May 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful photographs and beautiful quilts. This is a great book for the hesitant quilter, for someone that's wanted to try, but been too afraid to start. Brocket makes you feel at ease with just cutting into your fabric and going for it. The directions are well laid out, with "bullet points" and diagrams. She talks about her inspirations for the quilt design and fabric choices. There are just enough directions for showing you how to make the quilt, without having it be overwhelming, I recommend this to beginners and pros alike, if for no other reason than to be inspired by the beauty of the book itself.
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My first impression of this book was how it lets the beauty of the fabric be the star. There are many examples of quilts and patterns that do not require hunting down just the right coordinating fabrics.
This is the first quilt book I have in my library that encourages me to let my fabric fabrics speak for themselves.
I will continue to enjoy what attracted me to the fabric in the first place without losing its distinctiveness in a busy, fussy pattern, or diluted by competing colors and prints.
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A ' Must Have' book for the quilter who is not afraid to expand their creativity and color knowledge! Patterns are not at all difficult- but her use of color and design will push your creative buttons and teach even the most experienced quilter how to 'Think outside the Box'! Would make a great gift for a cherished quilting friend!
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Jane Brocket is down-to-earth, yet so inspired, and she is able to communicate that easily and presents a totally approachable book filled with wonderful projects. There is one to please every quiltmaker who enjoys a bit of a traditional approach.
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Title: The Gentle Art of Quilting - 15 Projects Inspired By Everyday Beauty
Author: Jean Brocket
Published: 3-5-14
Publisher: Anora Books/ Collins & Brown
Pages: 160
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Sub Genre: Neddlecrafts; Quilts & Quilting; Textiles
ISBN: 9781909397910
ASIN: B00PPH56GG
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 5 Stars

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For the new and less experienced quilter who already know the basics as well as for the experienced quilter who have may have lost their spark for the craft. I came to quilting in my twenties, but soon was knee deep in material and old garments to use. Jane Brocket shows us that we are not tied to traditional patterns and materials. Rather she encourages quilters to change things up. Rearrange patters or using something other than just cotton. I finally found a way to use the pillowcases my grandmother made for me over 30 years ago to save them in artful way. The old garments we all have in our closets or saved from our children's growing years make beautiful Memory Quilts that I have made several of over the years. There are patterns included that use, silks, gauzes, and even denim. The instructions are easy to understand and most have photographs to show the finished product and some show the layout of the pattern. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
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This book is interesting. I had to think about it for a few days before posting this. The patterns are not complex and consist mostly of rows of squares artfully arranged to create different patterns. The actual directions are quite loose and not specific. I think the book would be perfect for someone who has a quilt or two under his/her belt and is looking for patterns that will allow them to create their own size and color quilt while still having some guidelines. But a first time quilter? No way! There aren't even fabric amount guidelines. I am a youngish quilter with about 10 years experience. I enjoyed reading her narrative about how she chose fabric for and designed each quilt, but at a certain point I felt like so many paragraphs about an around the world variation was pushing it. There are faster and more efficient ways of sewing than she uses, too, but maybe that wouldn't be as "gentle" lol! So for beautiful fabrics and an entertaining book I give it 4 stars. But for ingenuity and clarity it's a 2. Kind of reminds me of a Kaffe Fassett book with templates for 2.5" squares. Not that user friendly. But the photos are gorgeous and it's an entertaining book to flip through.
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This book will not provide you with the very basics of quilting...it assumes you already know how to measure, cut, and sew a seam. Rather, it is a guide that will steer you towards making something that comes from your heart, rather than from a kit or a purchased pattern. I am not by any means a "quilter," and the world of quilters seems to be full of very strong opinions on the right way and the wrong way to do things. This book gives permission to set that all aside and strike out on your own. Though she provides directions for making the quilt as shown, there is also just as much encouragement to make changes that suit your own needs. Yes, the quilts pictured within are "busy and loud," but they are also exuberant and full of personality. "Taste-specific" is not a bad thing, when you can easily tailor the patterns to your own taste through fabric selection and placement--I would like something I make to be reflective of my own taste, not to slavishly copy what someone else has deemed appropriate. If you're looking for traditional quilt patterns done in traditional color schemes, all carefully color-coordinated for the specific room in which they will reside, look elsewhere. If you're interested in making something personal and meaningful, meant to be used and loved, this book may just be that nudge you need to get started.
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