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Quilting by Improvisation: Exploring Curves, Openwork and Dimension Paperback – 1 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Threads; 1st U.S. Ed edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964120194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964120198
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quilters can let their imaginations run wild as they discover surprisingly stress-free techniques to add and tame curves and angles to their creation. Exploring 'no rules' improvisational methods, the guide teaches how to incorporate dimension and texture into quilts while transforming the ordinary into unique and distinctively shaped quilts with innovative fast finishes and faced bindings. In this guide, patterns are included to help quilters get started on the quest for total freedom and self-expression in quilt making.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Parfitt on 1 Sept. 2008
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I bought this book years before I ever dared to start quilting. I find it technically daunting, even though I am confident with advanced dressmaking techniques. There is something truly awesome about Vikki Pignatelli's creative genius. She shows us how to machine applique, how to create quilts with built-in holes, how to use fabric tubes, and some very liberating fabric cutting techniques, which are just so removed from the "twiddly", geometrically rigid, technically exact productions of yesteryear, that I was very nearly incapable of applying her techniques to my own quilts. Almost! This book is wonderful, inspirational, creatively challenging, but also very simple in it's technical application. It really is easy to follow her lead to stunning results. The only challenge is to take her examples and try to follow on with original art of our own. One day, I will use her techniques to create something amazing. One day, when I am brave enough (or have a stash big enough!)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria O. Brien on 11 Sept. 2009
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If you have ever wondered "how do they make that?", then have a look at this book.The instructions are clear and they work.The end results are as they should be but i felt the effort and work involved may mean landscape quilts are a particular addiction and may not suit all.I have to admire the mastery of it all though.The book is faultless its just a case of whether you're gonna be into it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Milner on 5 Mar. 2010
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I have only looked through this book but am in a hurry to get started on some of the techniques - they seem to be so lovely. I have several ideas but the days are too short to do all I want to do.
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Inspirational and practical 19 Oct. 2007
By J. M. Arden - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great resource for anyone who is making or has made the transition from traditional to freely expressed quilts. The author gives really clear instructions on how to form curves in both the quilt construction and the borders. The curves are all done with the topstitched method, using freezer paper, so there is no seam matching. Her own quilts are colourful and exuberant, and her passion comes through on every page. There are very clear instructions at each stage, and patterns for three small quilts to try out some of the ideas. It would not be suitable for complete beginners, but is not scarily difficult.
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Quilting By Improvisation 26 Sept. 2007
By Gorilla - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent details. This book helps to free you up, so that you can spend more time on the creative process. Once you master her techniques, your work just seems to flow.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 10 Feb. 2008
By Reecia Thompson Stoglin - Published on Amazon.com
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I prefer improvising and it really liberates my skills. Thanks for the useful tips to make it easier.
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A must read and do... 21 May 2010
By Happy Quilter - Published on Amazon.com
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A local group of quilters participated in a retreat where this book was used as the text. It offers a fantastic process to making contemporary quilts pain free. You don't need to know how to make a pattern or how to execute tedious machine (or hand) applique. This method is satisfying and easy to replicate because the book is thorough, concise and the photos are top notch. There many tips along the way which create many an "aha" moment. Open work, fabric manipulation and embellishments provide added inspration. Finishing techniques are fresh and can be used on any quilt. The binding on my book broke apart from usage but I took it to a local printer who was able to put a sprial binding on it which is perfect as it now lays flat for the next time I create a "Pignatelli style" quilt.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quilting by Improvisation: Exploring Curves, Openwork and Dimension 2 May 2008
By Bon L - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of great ideas and techniques. I've just started doing fiber arts/art quilts and this book has been very helpful.
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