glass quilts have been around for a long time, but here is
a book that “reimagines” them by updating the
whole idea and making it more versatile. Why only use traditional
materials when there are so many other choices, and why only
use traditional methods when there are all sorts of other
One of the reasons why handcrafts are currently so popular
is the way so many of them have been reinvented for modern
people’s time, tools and tastes. While traditional quilts
are lovely, mixing it up a bit and coming up with something
fresh and new is the best way of keeping things up to date,
and this book manages all that well. The book begins by looking
at patterns and ways of being inspired by them such as coloring
books, old embroidery transfers and searching the Internet.
The next chapter talks you through the process of making a
typical stained glass pattern, from simplifying a drawing
to resizing it, making it into a set of templates and transferring
the pattern to a background fabric. Then there is a look at
“leading” options, from basic iron-on to less
conventional choices such as yarn and ribbons, and how to
use them complete with practice exercises. When you are ready,
there are six projects to make with patterns on a sheet at
the back for a throw, bed and couch quilts and wall-hangings.
Everything you need is listed and most of the steps have a
photograph so you can see what your work should look like.
This is not a book on how to quilt for beginners; there are
many of those around (check out the Search Press catalog),
but a book that shows quilters how to do this particular style.
Basic quilting knowledge is assumed, but you don’t have
to be too advanced to be able to tackle these projects. Subjects
for the projects include a Tiffany style peacock, floral welcome
wreath, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mondrian windows, leafy vines
and abstract shapes inspired by wind and sun. There is a list
of suppliers at the back if you are in the US, and even a
helpful look at good work habits including organizing a work
table and keeping things tidy. To sum up a lovely book that
will have quilters itching to get started.
If you cannot find a good range of quilting materials locally,
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers. Beginner
books on quilting can also be bought here.