art quilts

books: quilting

by kath_red on July 20, 2008

in Books, Whip-Up

Making Welsh Quilts by Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge. Published by Krause Publications (October 15, 2005)

Beautiful book about the history of Welsh quilts. Has a gorgeous historical gallery section as well as plenty of patterns (the patterns are for small quilts though not full sized). Good instructions (suitable for almost beginners) but complex enough for all levels. For me though the drawcard with this book is the gallery of historical quilts and the back section which is full of traditional quilting including motifs of the quite complex quilting designs.

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Caliente Quilts: Create Breathtaking Quilts Using Bold Colored Fabrics by Priscilla Bianchi published by Krause Publications (October 14, 2007)

Amazing colour and design in these gorgeous Guatemalan quilts – using fibrant and bold fabrics – many traditional woven textiles as well as commercial fabrics. There are only 9 projects in the book and are fairly simple in terms of sewing – however the principals behind the designs is fascinating as is the journey through the traditions of Guatemalan textile design and her use of colour is stunning. There is a gallery section at the back which is interesting and all the techniques in the book are very clear and suitable for beginners.

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Photo Album Quilts by by Wendy Butler Berns published by Lark Books (January 1, 2008).

A unique book about the process of making quilts from a photo – how to tell a story. This book is aimed at all levels of quilters and delves quite well into the concept behind this quilt making technique. An excellent step by step of the process – from the design stage to making templates, applique, piecing, quilting. With more detailed information on various designs such as making faces, landscape quilts and information of using colour and pattern and contrast.

This first section is quite detailed – however even more detail is given on the specific projects – which range from reasonably simple – such as a sunflower to quite complex such as a garden scene. The back section has more tips and tricks again – you really can’t go wrong with this book – it is a fascinating quilting style with such huge possibilities for anybody.

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Masters: Art Quilts: Major Works by Leading Artists (The Masters) by Martha Sielman published by Lark Books (May 6, 2008).

A wonderful collection of art quilts from around the world – each of the 40 artists featured has 10 pages where their work is showcased. The author says “We need to prove to the publishing industry that there’s a market for books that celebrate the art that we’re making and not just for books that explain how-to”. I found this to be a fascinating look at the best quilt makers around today.

Artists included are: B. J. Adams, Pamela Allen, Eszter Bornemisza, Elizabeth Brimelow, Pauline Burbidge, Cher Cartwright, Hollis Chatelain, Kyoung Ae Cho, Jette Clover, Jane Burch Cochran, Linda Colsh, Judith Content, Michael A. Cummings, Chiaki Dosho, Noriko Endo, Nancy Erickson, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Jeanette Gilks, Jenny Hearn, Inge Mardal & Steen Hougs, Inge Hueber, Wendy Huhn, Michael James, M. Joan Lintault, John Lefelhocz, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Therese May, Carolyn Mazloomi, Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Velda Newman, Clare Plug, Yvonne Porcella, Jane Sassaman, Deidre Scherer, Joan Schulze, Susan Shie, Ann Woringer, Charlotte Yde and Ita Ziv.

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