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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspirational, 5 May 2010
This review is from: The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 11 Mar 2012 23:14:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2012 23:15:02 GMT
As a new but keen quilter you need to talk to a different group of quilters - most quilters now machine piece quilts and even machine quilt too. Yes, you can do it by hand but why would you? There are only so many hours in a day. I have never pieced a quilt over papers and never intend to. Forget the quilt police, they only exist in your imagination. Go with what you want to do and enjoy patchwork and quilting, it's a great hobby.
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