Design, Make, Quilt Modern: Taking a Quilt from Inspiration to Reality

Heather Black. Stash, $25.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-61745-957-3
Black (Quilt Modern Curves and Bold Stripes) urges quilters to take an artistic approach to the craft in this creative introduction to making original designs. Rather than focus on pattern-following, Black shows readers how to “make quilts that are 100% you.” Graph paper, a pencil, eraser, and clear plastic ruler are required materials, though Black also recommends using Photoshop and setting up a design wall for experimentation. From there, Black advises readers on how to find inspiration (“notice art in your everyday life” and “ask yourself why you react” to it) and evaluate their abilities (a worksheet asks what skills they like and dislike). While most of her tips are design-based, she also explains basic techniques of the craft, such as binding edges and pressing seams, and touches on artistic concepts including color theory, the rule of thirds, and using an S-curve to “carry the viewer’s eye”: movement, she writes, helps tell a quilt’s “story.” Four step-by-step projects, “perfect for trying out modern quilt design,” round things out. Colorful and comprehensive, this guide will encourage quilters looking to leave patterns behind. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/20/2020
Release date: 02/01/2021
Genre: Lifestyle
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