Love the fabric but not sure how to use it? Create one-of-a-kind quilts! Acclaimed teacher Sandy Turner shares her secrets for putting novelty, theme, and pictorial prints to use in spectacular fashion.
- Choose from seven eye-catching projects and browse a gorgeous gallery for additional ideas
- Discover what to look for in large-scale prints, how to use color to enhance the theme fabric, and how to combine different pictorial prints
- Learn to choose quilt-block patterns--such as Birds in the Air, Around the Twist, and Rail Fence--and create them in a size that spotlights your special fabric
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Large-scale prints, well, you just love them and have to have them, but when you get home the eternal conundrum is, 'what can I do with it, how will I use it and, oh dear, how can I possibly cut into it?' Fear not, help is at hand. This is not a book about how to 'fudge or hide' a large-scale design, but a celebration of large-scale prints and how to combine them with other fabrics and use color to enhance rather than hide the theme fabric. There are examples of how to combine standard blocks such as Birds in the Air or Rail-Fence and how to create them in a size that spotlights your special fabric. This is an inspirational and thought-provoking read, so bring out the big-prints!
Review from Popular Patchwork Magazine, February 2014
Sandy Turner's introductory paragraph contains a telling and interesting truth. She writes that she often overhears other quilters saying, 'I love the fabric, but what do I do with it?' I know that I do this and I can't be the only one. It is all too easy to fall for large-scale prints that just don't seem appropriate to use in many projects and they either end up being used as bag linings or left abandoned in a stash. This book offers a very good quilt-based alternative. Sandy cleverly mixes traditional blocks with fairly large areas of pictorial fabric and a little bit of broderie perse applique to create some stunning and yet very subtle large-print designs. This is a fantastically simple but very effective way of using up some of those why-did-I-buy-this fabrics and if you have such prints lurking in your stash I would thoroughly recommend this book.
Sandy's love of fabric and quiltmaking began in 1984 at Elaine's Quilt Shop in Anaheim, California. She became a Certified Teacher through the National Quilting Association, and has been traveling the roads and highways of California, teaching for quilt guilds and quilt shops, since 2003. In 2005, Sandy was selected as NQA's Certified Teacher of the Year.
In 1991, Sandy cofounded the Santa Maria Valley Quilt Guild. She spent eight years teaching "this is thread and this is a needle" basic quilting classes at Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, with a class enrollment of over 90 students per week. She was selected Artist in Residence for the Empty Spools Seminars held at Asilomar, California, in 2000, and has taught at Empty Spools Seminars and the National Quilting Association in Columbus, Ohio.
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