are invariably bed covers, but they don't have to be. This
workbook aids quilters to make the transition to creating
art quilts through eleven chapters, each a wallhanging sized
What makes a quilt an art quilt? When it departs from being
an arrangement of blocks and brings in elements from other
disciplines such as collage, photography and freestyle piecing
to create something personal and unique. I was impressed initially
by the list of basic skills you need to have in order to get
the most out of the book. This would be a great feature in
all practical books; after all, unless the book states clearly
that it is for beginners, then presumably some skills are
needed in order to create the projects. I also liked the lists
of basic supplies and nice to have supplies, as so often not
all the items listed at the front of a practical book are
essential. The projects put the quilter through all the paces
of various methods, including adding embellishments, freestyle
machine embroidery, using paint, piecing techniques, photography
etc. Each chapter is a project and involves exercises to do,
new ways of looking at things, tips on how to get the creative
juices flowing and ideas about what to do and how to do it.
There are lists of websites showing similar work and artists
to check out, complete with a warning that all links might
not still be live when the book is out (a wise thing to note).
I applaud a hands-on approach like this, surely the best way
of learning any practical subject. The final chapter is all
about being an artist, and how to get your work noticed. There
are links here too, but mostly useful to US quilters, which
is after all where the book was written and published. This
is a useful and innovative resource for all quilters who want
to try something different.
If you cannot find a good range of quilting materials locally
for a list of suppliers.