Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Creative Image Transfer: Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface
by Lesley Riley



Creative Image Transfer by Lesley Riley is all about using a product called TAP (Transfer Artist Paper), designed by Riley.
An image can be created on TAP, using the computer, painting, drawing, or using mixed media.  The image is then pressed onto a surface, such as fabric, metal, glass, paper, wood or mica, using a dry iron.  The image is permanent, becoming part of the surface material, not just sitting on the top of the material.  When pressed onto fabric, the fabric is machine washable, and the image doesn't wash out.
Riley includes instructions for using TAP, troubleshooting tips, and a long list of projects for making, along with the directions.
This book is not just for people working with fibers, but for artists, using almost any type of medium.  I have used TAP and the product is wonderful!
http://www.ctpub.com/creative-image-transfer-any-artist-any-style-any-surface/

Friday, July 18, 2014


Book Review of "Scrappy Bits Applique"



"Scrappy Bits Applique" by Shannon Brinkley is a fun book for quilters, especially those with a scrap pile(s) or a stash of fabrics.  Scrappy Bits Applique uses fabrics that have fusible webbing (iron on glue) on the backs, and they are applied (ironed) onto either a background fabric or a fusible interfacing.  You can either glue the pieces on to follow the lines of your picture or cover a space with your scraps and cut your design out.  I think that would be the method I would use, thinking I could make the project more precise.  After the scrap picture is attached to the background fabric, you can either top-stitch the fabrics down in a variety of methods, or if your project will have less use, tulle can be applied over the picture, and less stitching is required.
Brinkley included some color theory; using color effectively in your project, and also includes instructions for finishing your quilt.
Eight projects are included in the book, with well-written instructions, and instructions are given for making your own appplique project, using your own design.
I am currently unable to sew, but when I can again, I want to make a project using  these techniques.  The process is very artistic and is a great way to use up my scraps!

http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3226

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook review


I have been sick for a while, so I haven't been able to post in over 6 months.  I'm not as tired now, so I'd like to get back to blogging.  Here's a great book that I'm reviewing to get started again!





Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook

The Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook by Leni Levenson Wiener is one of the most comprehensive and beginner-friendly pictorial art books I have seen for quilters.  Wiener begins with color theory and terminology, defining themes such as value, saturation, temperature, and more.  She then goes on to describe the types of fabrics that can represent items in your photos.  The Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook gives guidelines on making feathers; fur; landscape features, such as sky, water, grass, and rocks; body parts- eyes, noses, hair, skin, etc. 
Wiener starts the building process using your photo, outlining, and cutting, and fusing pieces together.  She has a checklist of steps to follow in order and she also offers a free Afghan girl pattern for you to practice on .Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook offers solutions to mistakes or errors also. Finishing techniques are demonstrated.
This is a wonderful reference book and a great book for learning to make this type of quilt..  It is the most thorough book that I have seen of this type and is worth adding to your library.

http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3167

Friday, December 6, 2013


Review of 'The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts'



Jennifer Chiaverini's 'Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts' is a great book containing 121-6" blocks made to form varied sampler quilts.  The blocks are based upon the book, 'Union Quilters', written by Chiaverini in 2011.  Just as in the Union Quilters' book, the Loyal Union Sampler blocks were created by 212 quilters, but using the same fabric sets, and a selected pattern for the quilt on the book cover.

All of the 121 blocks have detailed instructions on cutting and sewing.  Some of the blocks are well-known and traditional blocks, but many are newer blocks.  There are both easy blocks and some are more difficult to construct.  Fabric requirements are given for making an entire sampler quilt, which would be very helpful.  another nice thing about this book is that the 6" block size is interchangeable  with another Chiaverini book, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.  You can design your own sampler quilt using your favorite blocks from each book.

Besides the sampler quilt on the book cover, Chiaverini made several other sampler quilts using bright fabrics, and they are very beautiful.

This is a very nice book for making a sampler quilt, and to stretch your piecing skills.  It will also become a favorite for civil war block collectors and quilters!

http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3086

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Review of Art Quilt Maps


'Art Quilt Maps' by Valerie S. Goodwin is an excellent book for beginning art quilters.   Art Quilt Maps, like any art quilting book, does not include direct patterns on how to produce an exact replica of the artist's work.  Goodwin lists materials and how to use them, including paints, making stencils to use, fusing fibers onto your quilt, and more.  She gives ideas for developing your ideas, using actual maps, imaginary 'virtual' quilts, and a combination of the two.  You will learn to develop a background for your map, creating lines for your map, adding stones and landscape items, and how to add a translucent layer on the top of your quilt.

Goodwin does not leave you hanging when it comes to what your finished project might look like.  In Art Quilt Maps, the author has included pictures of many art quilts that she has finished and that her students have made.

I really like this book because of all the instructions and examples that Goodwin has included, and prompts for developing your own quilt inspiration.  Given that maps are everywhere, including the ones that we see in our hearts and heads, we will never run out of quilts to make!
http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=2959


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Book Review of ‘Modern Color’

Modern Color by Kim Eichler-Messmer is a combination between dyeing instruction, and modern quilting patterns and instruction.  Most books that I review are either dyeing books or quilting books, but Modern Color is a wonderful mix of both. 
The dyeing instructions are easy enough to follow for any beginner, starting with the very basics.  I dye on a regular basis, and there are even a couple of techniques later in the book, that I would even like to experiment with.
The quilting patterns are a wonderful addition to follow up with the dyeing instructions. The quilts are easy enough for beginners to use with their hand-dyed fabrics, and the modern designs offer many choices of style and colorations.  My favorites are the landscape quilts, which allow the quilter to use photographs or visits to nature for color inspiration, and the quilts that feature gradations of color.  While  Eichler-Messmer includes amounts of fabrics and dyes for each of her patterns, these are not ‘cookie-cutter’ quilts; ideas are included, but these quilt patterns do not provide instructions for exact replicas of her own quilts. 
Modern Color also teaches beginner quilters how to put their quilts together after they have been pieced, and how to finish them.

Very refreshing!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Review of Circle Pizzazz: 12 Vibrant Quilt Projects


I'm sorry I haven't blogged for a while; my computer crashed and you wouldn't believe all of the problems that I went through trying to get a 'new' re-furbished one.  That would take a whole other blog!  Did you ever try writing a blog with pictures on a Kindle?  Well... Here we go!

Circle Pizzazz: 12 Vibrant Quilt Projects



a.       Circle Pizzazz: 12 Vibrant Quilt Projects by Judy Sisneros is a beautiful book of quilts made from interlocking circles.  These quilts are made from Asian, batiks, scrappy, and many other types of fabrics.  I, myself, an experienced quilter tried making a block of 4 squares.  Even though the instructions are wonderful, there are still a lot of curves to sew, and in order to line up the seams, I developed a few puckers.  I have the book, 9-Patch Pizzazz, also written by Sisneros, and made a beautiful quilt from that book.  My recommendation is that you try making quilts from the 9-Patch Pizzazz and Rectangle Pizzazz before you attempt any of the blocks in Circle Pizzazz.  Even though the blocks and quilts in this book are great, there are still a lot of curves to sew, and if you are a beginner, these quilts would be very challenging for you.  I enjoy a challenge, and I will keep this book to work on at a later time.                                                           http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=2881

     Later this week, I hope to have a tutorial written for one of these blocks, and I do have some dyeing projects to show you!




 

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