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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant inspiration, 3 July 2007
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S. Penelope "Marnia" (Italy) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beautifully Embellished Landscapes (Paperback)
I've only just discovered landscape quilting, which isn't yet well known in Italy, and am looking for a variety of books on the subject. This author's previous books are difficult to obtain, and I was happy to find that this one is not just simply tips and techniques book but a more general book on the subject. The author leads you through the whole process, from the materials needed to start off with and the use of background fabrics, to special effects and final embellishments.

The author states that anything that makes her job easier or quicker gets her vote of approval and it gets mine too. This is a great encouragement for the beginner, whether you are trying to create a particular atmosphere or actual realistic elements, such as buildings, waterfalls, the sea, andd trees which can seem very complicated at first glance.

I found it interesting to compare the pictures of close-up details with the final full-size quilts to see the effects which can be created following the techniques taught in the book.

The illustrations are brilliant and the author manages to explain it all in in a clear and concise manner, even for the beginner. She really does convince you that you can do it too! Throughout the book she uses not only her own quilts, but also those made by her students to illustrate her techniques, and there is a gallery of students' quilts explaining how they have personalized their work.

The final chapter on faultless finishing is excellent advice, especially for the beginner. It covers everything from squaring your quilt, adding borders, creating a label, blocking your quilt and storing and shipping.

A basic book which I shall return to over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illistrated book, 20 Mar 2011
This review is from: Beautifully Embellished Landscapes (Paperback)
Beautifully Embillished Landscapes is truly a great reference book, well illistrated and written with many design and embellish photographs of finished projects. The book embraces astounding and clearly written techniques.

Anyone interested in Landscape technique scenes this book is a must for you.
It is so interesting that I have no hesitation is awarding this book 5 points.
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