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The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making [Hardcover]

Jane Brocket
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Book Description

15 Mar 2010
"The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making" is a charming, inspirational and practical guide for would-be quilters. Leading author Jane Brocket presents over 15 quilt designs and weaves a narrative around each one. Each quilt story considers the sources of inspiration - including quilters, quilt styles, quilting communities, colours, patterns, films, places and painters. There's a Russian Shawl Quilt, inspired by Russian shawls, traditional motifs of Russian folk art constructed with ever-smaller nesting squares in blacks, golds, pinks, reds and emerald greens, a Floral Frocks Quilt inspired by summer dresses, flower gardens and herbaceous borders - exuberant colours and big florals pieced together in strips, and a Suits and Ties Quilt reusing sober woollen suiting contrasting with extravagant silk ties with geometric squares inspired by Gee's Bend work-wear quilts. Finally, a practical section covers all the practical knowledge you'll need - from hand-quilting and sandwiching to binding, storage and caring for your quilt. Confidently armed with all the design tools you need, you can embark on your own quilting journey and begin creating your own personal quilting masterpiece.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (15 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405337
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Brocket has a fun and informal tone that puts you at ease and inspires you to get creative. This book is wonderful for proficient sewers who might nonetheless be a little daunted by the prospect of quilting. Easy Living, April 2010

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007), Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009). She created in February 2005 to write about knitting and now includes quilting and baking in huge quantities. Jane recently launched her website

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspirational 5 May 2010
I absolutely adore this book. As a new but very keen quilter I have been paralysed with fear and doubt over my abilities and my lack of technical knowledge and sewing skills etc. This has held me back from creating quilts as I would like to, and I have been slavishly attempting to copy the complicated hand techniques that I have been told are the 'proper' way to quilt, with little success and much frustration! Jane Brocket blasts all these rules and regulations out of the water and encourages you to have FUN with quilting and not worry about the technicalities - it's so liberating! Can't do complicated hand quilting? Then just do running stitch - it looks lovely and takes half the time. Don't want to faff about with papers and hand piecing? Then it's perfectly fine to use your machine and still make beautiful and complex looking quilts. Worried about colour and pattern? Just choose the fabrics you like, trust your instincts and get on with it! Jane has taken all the fear and mythology out of the art of quiltmaking and has transformed it into an easy, exciting, and most of all, FUN, activity that anyone can do, regardless of your skill level or perceived creative abilities. The quilts featured are all absolutely beautiful and the instructions are so simple that a child could happily follow them. Coupled with the gorgeous photos and lovely, encouraging and insightful text that accompanies each section, this is a book to inspire you and to equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to make lovely items for your own use and help you stop worrying about doing everything the 'right' way. Highly recommended for people who just want to make a quilt and not a stitch perfect competition entry for the Festival of Quilts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of art, not too much craft. 28 Jun 2010
The pictures and the explanations of how Jane Brocket arrived at her designs are inspirational. Beautiful small photos highlight the details of stitching, and all the quilts are shown in full at the back of the book. However, if you want to learn how to do such things as mitre a corner, bind an edge or fix a hanging sleeve the only instructions are to look on the Internet; since the book refers to the "art" of quilt-making, I think the emphasis can be justified. A lovely addition to a quilt-maker's bookshelf, but don't rely on it for method.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure 15 April 2010
This book is a real pleasure to read - I'm a pushover for quilting books anyway and each tends to have its own particular strength. This book is good for beginner quilters. Its encouragement to explore different fabrics and have confidence in your own taste and preferences is refreshing and good for experienced quilters too. I liked the accessible writing and clear descriptions of techniques. I enjoyed it so much that I have abandoned (temporarily) a complex quilt to make a simpler design using my favourite fabrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop fussing and enjoy your quilting! 28 Aug 2011
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I am sure that many quilters are just like me. I have a huge collection of fabric - every time my main supplier had a special offer I just had to buy something - I just love fabric.
I have also bought many quilting books, always hoping that one of them would resolve my stash problem, and I have actually made several quilts - but since I don't make big items, somehow my stash seemed to get bigger and bigger.
This book seemed a godsend - as another reviewer has written, the author has cast aside all rules and regulations and insists that the most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. At last I found the inspiration to make quite simple smaller quilts, baby quilts, table runners, which actually look quite complicated because of the use of colour - and playing with colour is the thing I like best.
My nightmare was always the final quilting so the author's idea of making no fuss about finishing the items with simple hand quilting in straight lines really stimulated me into working hard - and at last my stash is slowly getting under control once again. And I have made many people happy with a gift of my work.

A book which makes me happy every time I look through it. Highly recommendable
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Lush 22 May 2010
I came across this book at the Malvern Quilt Festival a week ago. I am such a pushover for quilting books, that I really do not need another one, but after looking through it I just kept going back to the stand to look at it again, and again....and again. In the end, it would have been rude not to buy it! There is nothing complicated about any of the quilts in this book. Using simple shapes and designs they are totally suitable for a real beginner. What is lovely is the choice of fabrics and colours that would give hope to even the most daunted beginner. As a person who would describe her tastes as "traditional", I found that (like Kaffe Fassett) this book makes you think outside the box when it comes to mixing colours and designs. What is even better, is Jane does not stick to one fabric range (unlike Kaffe who has a range to push!) and she has introduced me to new designers who I hadn't even heard of before. As a result many happy hours trawling the net has really opened my eyes to who else is out there beyond the "same old same old". The instructions are clear and concise and the only difficulty is.....deciding which one to make first!!! This is a fabulously scrumptious book and worth place on any quilters book case.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy
I'd already come across Jane Brocker in two places; I read her blog “yarnstorm” and I was given “The Gentle Art of Knitting” about two years ago for my birthday. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Love this book, have three projects I must do immediately! Great fabrics and beautiful quilts, the book somehow takes some of the scariness away for a Newby like me, and gives me... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilt-making
I use the photography as my inspiration to make quilts. There are few instructions as the reader is given an insight into what is appealing to the authoress. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alfiebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars did not disappoint
After following Jane Brocket's blog for over a year after first purchasing the American edition of The Gentle Art of Domesticity, I was ready to plunge into another book. Ms. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SallyC. Easterly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book is interesting but it did not have the information that I was expecting. Needed something to show how to do various techniques.
Published 15 months ago by PHS
4.0 out of 5 stars Quilting and patchwork book
Beautiful book, that is well laid out, but not a massive amount of instruction or advice if you are a beginner to patchwork, it has fabulous pictures of gorgeous end products in a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by sarah e sedgewick
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This book is great. It encourages and inspires anyone who wishes to quilt or has attempted quilting and given up because of all the strictures about accuracy. I love this book.
Published 18 months ago by Sonya Federman
5.0 out of 5 stars The most stunning book
This book has no words on the cover - remove the paper band and all you see is a beautiful quilt. The texture of the cover is enticing enough but inside you find the most brilliant... Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. ALLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Gorgeous
This book arrived today and I love everything about it. The cover is really touchy feely and the general essence of the book is all about enjoying the experience of making a... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational feast of colour
This is the book that started me on quiltmaking after I had been put off by what seemed fearsomely complicated rules and techniques. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by SJR
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