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Lucie Summers
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Book Description

27 Sep 2013

Take inspiration from simple objects to create 12 beautiful, contemporary quilt blocks. Create original quilts from each block design and adapt them to your own style. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Covers techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and portholes.

Contents:
How to use this book
Block instructions
Quilt projects
Techniques


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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (27 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302941
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 20.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lucie Summers lives in a farmhouse surrounded by countryside in Suffolk, UK, with her farmer husband,
two boys and an anti social ginger cat. She graduated a million years ago from Norwich School of Art &
Design where she specialised in print making. A million years later, she's still printing up a storm and sells
her distinctive fabrics and products under the Summersville label on Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods.

Lucie has been featured on many prestigious design blogs and is becoming well known for her colourful and unconventional approach to creating quilts. She has won many awards in the UK for her distinctive pieces and has written
many articles and tutorials for US patchwork and craft magazines as well as being featured in countless craft books both in the UK and worldwide.

Lucie loves charity shops, the seaside and summertime, but really dislikes cold weather, baked beans and raisins.

Read news on Lucie and her colourful life at blu-shed.blogspot.co.uk

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About the Author

Lucie Summers has been quilting since she was very young and is quickly making a name for herself in the modern quilting community. She regularly teaches workshops at various locations and is one of the teachers at Fat Quarterly’s summer retreat in London this year.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book so have been waiting for it for a while. In the meantime I have bought another improvisational quilt book, but I should have held fire, this one is just what I was after.

I have a made a few quilts and am now looking to improve my technique and to be inspired, but I do not want 'quilt recipes' telling exactly how much of a particular fabric to put where to churn out a copy of somebody else's work.

This book is well set out, with clear sections providing techniques and inspiration to create beautiful quilts for yourself. I know my creations will never be even close to the beautiful work of Lucie Summers, but as a result of buying this book they will be better than they were and still uniquely my own style. It is the best craft book I have bought in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Improv! 3 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
Lu has been the Queen of Improv for years and the release of this book proves it. This isn't a book of patterns or blocks, but instead teaches a technique and mind set. The writing style is smooth and easy and the pictures and illustrations are gorgeous. Personally I'm not sure if improv is for me, but I certainly love looking at the book while dreaming of making things where the points don't have to match!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous intro into the world of Quilting 3 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after inheriting a bag of old clothes and no idea what to do with them. Now my room is filled with neatly cut out rectangles of different fabrics in plastic boxes and my winter quilt is well on the way! The illustrations and photos are really lovely, and the step by step instructions are really easy to follow. I've not quite mastered anything beyond rectangular quilting but hopefully I'll get there. A really nice gift book for crafty folk looking for a new project.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 23 Sep 2013
By Mrs C
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I had seen Lu Summers quilts and loved the style and colours of them. This book didn't disappoint, it arrived just before my holiday and so I took it with me to read. The photos are fantastic and the layout of the book makes it a really lovely read and it had me itching to make one of the quilts, even though I was hundreds of mile away from my machine.
I love that Lu encourages you, through the book to make the quilt your own, but for people that need a set of instructions, they are there too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Sep 2013
By Mrs W
Format:Paperback
Lu makes Improv so accessible. The book is beautifully presented and gives real insight into the author's design process. A really inspirational book that definitely deserves a place at your sewing table.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lucie Summers is British which makes reading this book a real pleasure, whilst I enjoy American books I get a bit fed up with the American terminology, this makes a refreshing change.

Lucie has some lovely ideas and themes which are also great for using up your stash (what do you mean, what stash?).

There is sufficient information in the early chapters to go ahead without experience but I really think you would have to be extremely determined. However, with a little experience, this book will provide a great way to "do your own thing" in an original way, the designs are meant to be interpreted as you wish.

I also like the way in which Lucie shows her inspiration boards and how she translates it into a quilt idea; I haven't tried this yet but I will - just as soon as I clear the decks of UFOs (unfinished objects).

So, to summarise, if you don't have a "stash" and you have no UFOs this may be a bit advanced for you but it is possible to utilise the lovely ideas with specially bought fabric (then you WILL have the beginnings of a stash, I promise you).

The only negative point I would like to comment upon is the font the book is printed in. It's very fine and seems to be grey rather than black. It's not a major showstopper unless you have poor eyesight but it does make the "look inside" feature quite difficult to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern quite. 15 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a challenge this book is. I'm excited to start one in the new year.you can do individual different blocks or use one block for your quilt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberating and full of joy 4 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
"Quilt Improv" by Lucy Summers is such a treat and a real gem for its price.

FOR WHOM IS THE BOOK?
I would recommend this book to advanced beginners and beyond, who are prepared to improvise. You need to learn the basics elsewhere, for instance the free Craftsy class "Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills" by Gail Kessler:
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If you're a visual learner, I'd be surprised to hear you don't like the piecing instructions, since they consist of a photo/diagramme with adjoining text, rather than the other way round.

BOOK STRUCTURE:
Introduction
How to use this book
The building blocks
The quilts
General techniques

THE BLOCKS:
There are 13 blocks, 12.5'' squares or 12'' when finished. They all introduce a new technique and you can make a 3x4 sampler if you like, a perfect baby quilt size.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quilt book
A good book with some new techniques. I have already done the portholes mini quilt and am very pleaded with it.
Published 2 days ago by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed readin through it and I am finding it very ...
A really inspiring and practical guide to modern quilting. I really enjoyed readin through it and I am finding it very easy to follow her instruction and suggestions in my quilting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pauline Moulsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and follow which is good for someone ...
lovely lovely book and am working my way through all the suggested building blocks . Easy to read and follow which is good for someone new to patchwork and quilting.
Published 1 month ago by Susan G
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent buy, I would recommend this one on your self
An excellent buy, very good quality and lots of inspiring ideas. I would recommend this one your self. It was worth it
Published 2 months ago by anna Maria Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I've been thinking of making a patchwork quilt for some time, but I was unsure where to begin. I'd looked at other books, and even bought some quilt patterns, but I wasn't really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michele Rickitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to start sewing
Lots of nice ideas, the light grey text does make it a little more difficult to see and I need good light for it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mouse
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME .... BUT TERRIFIC INSPIRATION FOR QUILTERS.
I chose this rating only because it was not suitable for my needs.
Despite its title,I thought from the illustrations that it could be useful for textile wall hangings. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jean S
5.0 out of 5 stars brill book
very helpful and useful book would defo recommend anybody to buy it, there are lots of different exanmples of atchwork and very clear insturctions on how to do it ad what you might... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs A Davies
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I found the designs uninspiring and too simple as I personally would have likes something much more complex and challenging.
Published 9 months ago by avidr
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best quilting book I've read
This book includes lots of very nice images and interesting project ideas. However, it's let down by poor instructions for some of the projects, which is a shame as the end... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alice Cattermole
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