Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images - 15 Patterns Inspired by Urban Life, Architecture, and Beyond

by Heather Scrimsher
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Heather Scrimsher of Fiberosity uses photos of ordinary objects--a chain-link fence, pop beads, a propeller--to inspire fascinating modern quilts. This quilt-pattern collection is proof that beauty abounds when you see the world through a quilter's eyes.

  • 15 clever projects, from wall hangings to bed-sized quilts
  • Inspiration photos for each finished quilt
  • Innovative designs for quilters with a broad range of skills

by Heather Scrimsher
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
December 2nd, 2014

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Review from Online Quilt Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 3, March 2015

This very interesting book shows us how to be inspired by looking at the world around us and seeing quilts or blocks everywhere. The book is divided into 3 sections: 1. Enlarged Detail - Quilts Based on Photo Detail, 2. Blocks and Repeats - Quilts with Block Construction and 3. Lines and Strips - Quilts with Straight Lines. In the first section, quilts are inspired by details of plane propellers and church steeples; in the second - leaves, stonework or drips of water are included and in the third - fences, lawn and brickwork are all used for inspiration. Heather Scrimsher describes how she looks at photographs or details within them to devise different quilt designs. You'll be looking at the world with new eyes after this book. Full instructions with detailed pictures show how to make these 15 quilts. The hints and tips are nothing short of brilliant. I can't wait to put little circles on my next quilt. These modern quilts are uncluttered and striking and will suit all quilting abilities. You'll love Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images.
Review from Popular Patchwork, April 2015

Over the past couple of issues, we've championed the idea of finding inspiration for quilts in unlikely places, be that the work of non-quilting artists such as Matisse, or even in the written word. This book from Heather Scrimsher is a timely one, then; it encourages the search for striking and effective quilt patterns in the world around us, in the mundane, in the everyday. This slightly sideways (or should that be magnified?) view yields some rich pickings. Heather wants us to see the geometry and beauty in the simple things we might take for granted, and her featured patterns are terrific examples that will get you thinking. Martini glasses, chain link fences, stonework, window shutters ... The images she draws from the commonplace are fantastic, contemporary and unpretentious, and the projects featured in the book are deceptively simple and bound to have you looking around you for inspiration in a way that you might not have before. Strong design, a different approach and fun quilting projects make this an instant recommendation.
Review from Quilter's Newsletter, June/July 2015

Photos of basic, everyday objects inspired this graphic and modern group of quilts, from simple textures and objects to scenes from nature. Each of the 15 patterns includes the photo that inspired the design and will teach you how to look at the world with quilter's eyes.

Heather Scrimsher

Heather started her sewing adventures at the age of four. By high school, she was making most of her own wardrobe. After marrying her high-school sweetheart and starting a family, she continued to sew for her three daughters. When her youngest was a baby, she took a quilting class at a local shop and was hooked.

Heather has taught across the United States, from small classes to serger seminars to Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. She currently lives in Canton, Georgia, with her family.

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