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Beautiful Building Block Quilts : Create Improvisational Quilts from One Block
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Of the improv quilting books out there, I found this to be the most useful. It does not include specific patterns for you to create the designer's improv designs, but leads you through practical aspects and steps to creating your OWN improv designs, with displays of the author's and others examples, which is to me, the point of improv.
I looked at several current improv quilting publications, and decided this was the one to invest in.
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SO glad I did. This is a uniquely inspirational book that Cindy has so exquisitely brought forth from her years of sewing creativity. You cannot help but be inspired as you read through her own journey of quilting and the depth that she portrays through her own stunning designs. She inspires you to experiment with textures, shapes, colors and lines as you find your own creative way.
There is a real sense of play and improvisation as you are encouraged to trust your own instincts. She provides the perfect balance of guided instruction and freedom to create. A must have for all quilters!! Excellent book! I really enjoy Cindy's approach to improvisational quilting.
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She has a helpful and encouraging tone throughout the book. The book leads you through fundamental principles of design and color as well as addresses practical logistics of organization and a design wall. She discusses color principles and provides guiding questions as you make color choices while not being overly prescriptive and includes a "anything goes" color option. Much freedom to choose how you want to express yourself. With everything she discusses, she provides great examples of her principles by showing her own quilts.
The Kindle version is just fine but if I had to do it again, I'd spring for the paperback version. I find myself scrolling to next page to see the quilt and then skipping back to re-read what she wrote. I think having the physical book in my quilting area would help me use it more as a reference particularly the "Questions to Ask" that she recommends when you're evaluating your improv design work.
You can get a good sense of the writing style in the "Look Inside" feature. The book isn't full of artistic fluff - I can read it quickly and get the points I need. I love that. Also if you want to get a sense of Cindy's improv style, she's on Instagram as cindygrisdelaquilts. I find this helps me decide if I find an artist's overall aesthetic to be appealing to me. Cindy's use of color drew me in immediately.
Highly recommend! I am a long-time quilter, preferring liberated piecing and art quilts. So while this book contains lot of what I already do, it presents things beautifully and in a new light. It has perspective and challenge for any level quilter. I would recommend this book to any fabric aficionado, it sure inspired me to get my machine a-humming!
Wonderful book, well worth owning for anyone interested in Art quilting. You really could make something following her simple directions. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Audible Download Audio Books. DPReview Digital Photography. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Run out of that blue?
No problem, just grab another similar value of the color. That piece too small? No problem, sew 2 scraps together and cut square. I love all the texture it adds. I quilted out from the center in a quartered-V shape with Mettler white thread. I go for a stitch length of about a 3 on the Berninas. Where to start? The calendar has been filled with the usual Seattle summer adventures we do together as a family.
Many a birthday to celebrate in July. Oh yeah, and quilting has happened here and there too. This quilt is an oldie. I remember moving into the house and piecing this double-trouble quilt top in the little room that is now the kid domain. The scrap bins got a sifting through for the perfect fussy cuts of kid prints. I placed and pieced the blocks on point to form the squares rather than diamonds. And then it sat patiently;. I used the top as a template for building quilt backs in my class a few months ago.
I figured when I was cleaning up the design walls after class that I might as well just sew together its back. One stage done and onto the next. I ran the quilting a quarter inch along the seams vertically and horizontally first, before deciding to fill in more with the diagonal. I used a light blue Metler thread. This quilt is a perfect eye spy with its bits and pieces from clothing I made Roan as an infant and the receiving blankets that my mom sewed.
It screamed green or orange for binding and the last of the Flea Market Fancy went towards that. Share this: Facebook Pinterest. I took my finished Heart Value quilt along on retreat.
I like to have a quilt with me as a little reminder of home and knew I would have some helpers for photos. I think it was the only time I ventured outside and away from my sewing machine. One of my Facebook readers asked when quilting if I go north to south, and then turn to go south to north? This quilt was too large to continually turn, so I just worked my way out from the middle.
It turned out perfectly. I combed through my stash to find just the right fabrics for each heart. Again a perfect sample of archiving all your lovely fabrics in one quilt.
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No matchy-matchy required. I finally moved from my original prints and patched together a bunch of mostly flannel in a simple back. I think I mentioned in a past post that I purchased a fabric favorite for the binding once I saw that it was reprinted. I was super impressed with how supple it was when I pulled it out.
It has an amazing drape.
The morning fog has cleared and sunny skies are expected for Seattle by mid-day. You can follow the simple instructions in my value quilt tutorial to make your own. Well hi there;. I always love to have something new to share and this was just in time for a line up of winter-spring lectures and workshops teaching this block. Traveling and spending time with my tribe is such a bonus of being in this industry and you quilters are the nicest people. The inspiration you pull from your own toolbox when given a few improv techniques and a little structure is quite energizing even when I feel a little exhausted.
It all kind of kicks my brain and my wanderlust into overdrive. I know, again with the Psychedelic Baby Block.
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I noticed in lecturing this season that my solids have shifted over the years from a abundance of Osnaburgh to Essex. Solid fabric quilts can be so flat and the indigo here adds some much-needed texture. I went with 4 different blues, including some shot cotton and the Essex.