Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker

Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker

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By (author) Elizabeth Hartman

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  • Publisher: Stash Books
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 251mm x 15mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 November 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1607050080
  • ISBN 13: 9781607050087
  • Illustrations note: full-colour illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 4,731

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Discover the wonderful world of quilting or brush-up your technique with this practical guide to the basics. Try a fresh, relaxed approach to making quilts with this brilliant 'dip-in, dip-out-of' book that features a bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions to guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they'll be proud to call their own. "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" features 12 fantastic projects that allow quilters to experiment with different styles - from scrappy and vintage to modern and playful. Each project also comes with an alternate colour scheme to show how swapping out fabrics can dramatically change the look of a quilt.

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By liberal sprinkles 04 Jan 2012 4

Elizabeth Hartman has written an excellent book for quilting beginners. As in her blog, the writing in The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker is friendly, the instructions clear and she makes it look achievable - an important point since quilting can be intimidating in so many ways.

Hartman covers the basics of patchwork and quilting very succinctly, giving instructions and suggestions for materials, tools, fabric choices, color combinations, adjusting pattern sizes, and quilting and binding of course. I love her fabric choices and the fresh and modern designs of the quilts. But since most of the quilt patterns in this book are catered to beginners, with a couple for intermediate sewers, they are mostly quite simple. While appealing, they are not as fun or exciting as some of the works you can see on her blog.

If you're an experienced quilter, this book may not appeal to you as you're unlikely to learn much from it. But for beginners, there's much here to help you get started or gain confidence in your skills in making quilts.

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..".Ms. Hartman is a very prolific quilter and designer, and this book has lots to offer quilters of all stages. The instructions begin with the basics, how to sandwich a quilt, what kind of stitching to use while quilting, basic color theory, etc. Personally, I am quite a novice quilter. I have made them, but my interest lies primarily in fashion sewing. I was introduced to all sorts of interesting things through this book. These binding clips, which look like hair clips (but will snag your curly locks so beware) are an innovation that was new to me. Also, adding this tiny flap before binding makes a quilt easy to hang on a wall. Genius. Now to the designs - These quilts are clean, modern and range in difficulty from Beginner, through Confident Beginner to Intermediate. The best part of the designs is this: for every design, she shows her blocks in two more permutations, so you could take the quilt in your own direction either with color, or shape of pieces. It's so exciting when a designer will hand the reins over, and encourage you to use your own design sensibilities. While we're discussion quilting, I wanted to call your attention to our Beginning Quilting class coming up in March. Come join Melissa as she guides you through the basics of quilt-making from choosing fabrics to assembly and and binding." treadle yard goods (2/6/11)"