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The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking: 15 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty Hardcover – May 16, 2010
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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)
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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.
Author: Jean Brocket
Publisher: Anora Books/ Collins & Brown
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Sub Genre: Neddlecrafts; Quilts & Quilting; Textiles
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 5 Stars
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 is a wonderful book. Takes the mystery out of precise quilting and gives photographic examples of what one can do with just squares of material.
Beautifully written. Read more
The colors used in the photos are gorgeous! I have other Jane Brocket books and this one is just as good as her others.Published on November 29, 2012 by VintageGarden
Loved this book, but also I love the bright fabrics of kaffe fasset, brandon mably, etc. I enjoyed the way she wrote about what inspired her about the quilts she designed. Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by LonnieMoo
Sort of in the Kaffe Fassett mode, and I love all of them. Now to get the courage to actually make a large quilt.Published on September 8, 2011 by Knitting reader