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Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations by Lucie Summers (2013-08-20) Paperback – 1615
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Quilt Improv has just changed my mind. It doesn't call for perfection. Block not the right size? Just add another strip or trim it down. All your squares can be different sizes, your points don't have to match. Run out of fabric? Use something else. Improvise. But improv doesn't mean sloppy. As Lucie points out, you still produce a carefully stitched and beautifully made quilt.
At the beginning of the book Lucie describes how to make the different blocks (including her award-winning porthole design) used in the book. Then she takes us through several finished quilts (which are stunning) where she describes her inspiration and thought-process behind each one as well as the piecing map. However the idea isn't that you perfectly replicate each quilt but use them as a jumping off point for your own designs, using your favourite fabrics and gathering inspiration from around you. The last section of the book covers the all important techniques such as how to quilt and bind the finished piece.
The text is clear and easy to read (even after a day wrangling a toddler when my shortsighted eyes have gone to bed without me) and the instructions very easy to follow with plenty of diagrams and photos.
I've been thinking that it's about time I made my daughter a quilt in time for the chillier weather that comes with fall and winter and this is all the inspiration I need. If you're interested in quilting but have been intimidated by all the "rules" then this is the book for you. Experienced quilters will find oodles of inspiration too. I'm desperate to get started. Now if only my daughter would nap...
Update: the publisher responded and has acknowledged the problem and they are going to be sure and correct with the reprint. And, they have sent me an electronic version so I can hopefully see the print better!
The quilt instructions are equally helpful. They include the source of inspiration, the initial sketch that resulted from it, details about how Lucie developed the design, and useful tips for making the quilt. If you've ever wanted an actually clear description of the design process and the decisions involved in making a particular quilt, this book delivers. The piecing diagrams are a step above most books as well--they match the way my brain works and show how to put together the most difficult portions.
All in all, I find this book inspiring, and it makes we want to start improvising blocks!
The small, light grey print is inexcusable! What were they thinking?!?
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