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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 Nov 2012
This review is from: Modern Quilting Designs: 90+ Free-Motion Inspirations- Add Texture & Style to Your Next Quilt (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book in the hope of having an additional source book containing interesting designs to create free motion patterns on quilts and textile art pieces. What I got was a book of very poorly drawn swiggles, childish flowers, loop the loop with a line drawn through the middle of them and very bad triangular lines with squares mixed together. It's the worst collection of free hand doodles I have seen published!!! I am stunned this book was accepted for publication specially under the term of "modern quilting designs"!!!
I gave it 1 star instead of zero star as the author put in the first chapter "design inspiration". This consisted of a pile of logs, a cats face, leaves of a plant, curled up fern, Indian design necklace, a dried up fallen over non discript plant and a derelict stone building. All the pictures were black and white, I assume the author is trying to get the viewer to pick out shapes in mono tone,(I personally find its easier to view shape, and texture in colour). I think It's better to teach people to recognise different texture, line and form in colour, as the student when they go out to explore themselves will be viewing everything in colour to start off with, if they wish to switch to mono tone, they can. Some purists may say black and white photography gives a better feeling of depth and unclutters the subject with colour. If that is the case, explain this to the reader. Better still do the 8 photos (that's all the photos in total) in black and white and next to it the same in colour??? I do agree taking shape and form from nature and objects all around you is the key of getting excellent ideas for design. I did like 2 pages of the medallion boarders.
This book is designed for people who want to explore free motion quilting and filling in negative space. What irritates me so much about this book, is the fact it has the potential of being a brilliant book if the designs were drawn nicely to begin with, give the student more guidance in how to create free hand designs, and have a professional looking layout to this book. For the high price of this book, the reader deserves quality!!! This book needs to be re done from scratch, a proper book, with proper chapters, with examples from nature and man made objects to show your design sources are based from chapter to chapter. Better photography is so important, and more photographic illustrations. Most importantly, redesign your drawing with pride!!! It looks like you were given 5 mins max to produce what ever was in your head. The designs are so sloppy and slap dash!!! The only thing modern was the logo in the centre of the book!

I have studied textile art and design for 10 years, City and Guilds in Stitched textiles level 3, and Goldwork embroidery level 1. I have been taught by tutors from around the world working with different mediums, plus tutors from The Royal School of Needlework, London. The core principle to the basics of all textile work comes down to DESIGN. Most importantly, the quality of design.
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