Practical Guide To Patchwork

Practical Guide To Patchwork : New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker

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Try a fresh, relaxed approach to making quilts with this new "go-to" book. The bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they'll be proud to call their own.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 12mm | 514g
  • Stash Books
  • Concord, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1607050080
  • 9781607050087
  • 15,109

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Feb 11

Quilt maker and quilting blogger Hartman introduces the basics of patchwork quilting, including color theory, tools tips, and techniques, then follows up with a variety of patchwork projects. Each projects includes full directions, as well as alternate fabric options and pattern modification ideas. Patchwork is very traditional, and Hartman's color and pattern choices make the quilts look fresh and modern rather than fussy and old-fashioned. Her occasional use of precut fabrics in the patterns make several projects accessible to novices. * Library Journal, USA * Apr 11

Elizabeth Hartman, the brainchild behind the popular quilt blog, Oh, Fransson!, has debuted her first book, The practical Guide To Patchwork: New Basics For The Modern Quilt Maker. The Practical Guide toTo Patchwork is a great book for beginning to intermediate quilters, covering everything from basic supplies and planning your quilt, to free-motion quilting and binding, all pesented with a bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions. Twelve beautiful and brightly colored projects are accompanied by numerous step-by-step photographs, perfect for the visual learner. Each project includes ideas for alternate colorways that show you how swapping out fabrics can completely change the look of your quilt. The Practical Guide To Patchwork would make a great starter book for a young person who wants to learn how to make fun and functional quilts. * Quilter's World * June 11

In my opinion, the author Elizabeth Hartman hits the nail on the head when she recommends "...choosing a first project that doesn't have a deadline attached to it (such as a baby shower or birthday". The Practical Guide to Patchwork starts out with basics from selecting cotton fabric, elements of a quilt, common fabric cuts, and tips for planning a quilt. The section on choosing fabrics was especially helpful to me. With all the great cotton prints available in quilt shops and my stash of home decor fabrics, sometimes I struggle with selecting the "right" combination of fabrics. You'll find a breakdown of basic supplies, piecing techniques, machine-quilting tips, as well as tips for making and attaching binding. The book includes step-by-step instructions and diagrams for 12 modern quilt projects. Each project is made in two alternate colorways to demonstrate the impact that color choices have on each quilt design. As a new member of a modern quilt guild, I'm inspired to dig through my stash of bright fabrics and start sewing! * American Patchwork & Quilting *
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About Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quiltmaker and designer of modern sewing and quilting patterns. Elizabeth grew up in a family whose members were always making things, and she got hooked on quilting the first time she tried it. She loves the play of color and pattern, the orderliness of the process, and - perhaps best of all - the fantastic and functional pieces that are the reward at the end. Visit Elizabeth at
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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 more
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