There has never been a more exciting time to be a quilter or a lover of beautiful quilts. In the past quarter century, the quilt community has expanded in both style and technique, giving birth to a diverse and exciting new category of quilts. This book presents a sampling of the considerable talent present in the Art Quilt community today. Accompanied by 270 color images, fifty-one quilters share their love of the craft and encourage others in the field of textile art by offering design and technique tips. Design processes include color play, alternative fiber, threadwork, and embellishments. This book is a great resource for quilt lovers, textile collectors, and design students.
Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love
Author: Karen Musgrave
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
For generations, quilts have both preserved history and furthered artistic innovation, leading to personal and creative discoveries that have changed lives. In Quilts in the Attic, author and quiltmaker Karen Musgrave presents 30 stories of great quilt discoveries, including hidden masterpieces, fascinating finds, and treasured family heirlooms. The tales in this book are both heartwarming and thrilling, whether about unearthing breathtaking pieces at summer flea markets or finding Grandma’s priceless antique quilt hidden away in a box. By sharing stories from all over the world, Musgrave uses these wonderful works of art to explore the complex patchwork of human history, from 19th-century Jewish life in Southern California to the Sears National Quilt Contest at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, to a 12th-century castle in France. Each memory embodies the inherent human drive to craft something of purpose and meaning while shedding light on the works of well-known quiltmakers like Mary Lee Bendolph from Gee’s Bend, Marie Webster, and Ruby Short McKim. Featuring stories from unknown and famous quilters alike, Quilts in the Attic uncovers the mystery and significance of the quilts we love.
No-Sew (well, almost!) Art Quilts That YOU Can Create! YES YOU CAN create an art quilt this weekend! Engage your right brain with freewheeling collage techniques. Give your sewing machine a rest: no sewing needed except for quilting and binding. Design as you go - no measuring, no math! You can even fuse your way to finishing, binding, and displaying your art! PLUS find fun, no-quilt fabric collage projects. Eye-popping gallery of quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert, Jane A. Sassaman, David Walker, and MORE.
Do-It-All Guide to Putting the ART in Art Quilts. Learn the basics of good design with simple step-by-step exercises, then add your own personal style. Develop the quilt artist within you. Explore fabric collage, thread painting, innovative piecing, and photo imagery on fabric. Learn about the business side of creating, exhibiting, and marketing your quilts. Take your art quilts to the next level with Jane and Elin guiding the way. Do the lessons and homework, check out all the beautiful gallery quilts for inspiration, and find lots of resources for further study.
People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community
Author: Rachel May
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
“May does a marvelous job of capturing a moment in the modern quilting movement, as well as the viewpoints and opinions of the creators” (Library Journal, starred review). Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to expand on traditions and use fabrics, patterns, colors, and stitching innovatively to create exciting fresh designs. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than seventy modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, quilts, tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity—wherever it leads. “An encyclopedia of modern quilting . . . Like a good host, May serves as an enthusiastic introducer, teacher, and cheerleader.” —Publishers Weekly “The bounty of creativity is inspiring, and the variety of quilts featured will open the readers’ eyes to all of the aspects of this popular movement . . . This volume belongs in all quilting collections.” —Library Journal (starred review) “Light in tone and visually beautiful . . . Quilting with a Modern Slant will become the book on modern quilting by which all others to come will be measured.” —Craft Nectar
This comprehensive how-to book explores all the concepts and techniques involved in creating art quilts, including composition and design; making whole-cloth, pieced, and appliquéd art quilts; fabric manipulation and surface design; quilting/stitching; embellishing; and working in a series. Readers will find easy access to information with step-by-step directions and hundreds of full-color photos for clear understanding. Easy projects provide opportunities for the reader to try the techniques, and galleries of art quilts by various fabric artists offer beautiful examples and enticing inspiration.
Appliqué is a classic embroidery technique that has recently been experiencing a revival. Appearing in the most cutting-edge contemporary textile work, it can be interpreted in many different ways - layering, patching, applying, overlaying - and offers endless creative possibilities. Each technical variation of appliqué has traditionally had its own set boundaries, but nowadays all the rules are being broken and the technique has become relevant, up-to-date and suitable for all varieties of textile art. This impressive book takes a fresh look at the world of appliqué and surface embellishment, showing you how to develop distinctive and individual designs, create exciting compositions and use unusual combinations of materials. It covers the traditional variations, including bonded appliqué, broderie perse, cut-away appliqué and Mola work, and explains how the standard techniques can be developed to give exciting results in your own textile work, in both hand and machine embroidery. Accompanying the techniques is a wealth of examples of contemporary appliqué to inspire you. The authors are renowned for their thoughtful, creative but practical approach to teaching textiles, making this book suitable for beginners and established textile artists alike.
Clothing is the most personal expression of a culture. Objects of dress and adornment reveal so much about the individuals who wore them and the cultures and times in which they lived. History, art, technology, psychology, culture, social systems, customs--all are reflected in people's clothing. Countless treasures exist in clothing and textile collections across the U.S., but until now no comprehensive directory to the collections was 04 Activeable. Clothing and Textile Collections in the United States is the first guide to list information on more than 2,600 American collections. Included in each listing are location and contact information, and many listings also offer a brief description of the collection. This guide is essential for museum directors, costume studies professionals, and librarians, as well as anyone interested in clothing and textile history.
What would your cat say about your quilting choices if he could stop terrorizing the dog long enough to chat? How about your mom? What do you need to know if you start dating a quilter? Who stole your favorite seam ripper at the last guild meeting and is life in prison too lenient for such a crime? Why don't you let go of some of your stress with a free-motion quilting lesson, followed by an episode of Naked and Afraid of Y-Seams? Whatever you do-and this is very important-don't copy anyone.This second volume of wit and snark from the author of Quilting Isn't Funny answers just about every vital quilting question there is, and a few you probably never thought of. This is pointed quilting humor, honed on the current events of the Quilt-o-sphere, and laced with just a wee bit of acid on the blade.
Mix and Match Simple Shapes into Bold, Stylized Quilts. Learn to design and sew striking, stylized quilts inspired by 1930s Art Deco style. Simple geometric shapes mix and match into original, one-of-a-kind designs. Complete instructions for a sample quilt take you step by step through planning, designing, and piecing your quilt. Includes photo gallery of 11 stunning quilts created by student quilters, plus a visual history of Art Deco style and architecture. Make a bold artistic statement with your own one-of-a-kind Art Deco quilt. Mr. Quilt shows you how to create a masterpiece, from choosing the right fabrics for an authentic Art Deco look to estimating yardage, cutting fabric and planning your piecing.