Want to be a scrap quilter? Great! Want to think like a scrap quilter? Learn from a master! Lissa Alexander has spent three decades honing her scrap-quilting talents, and in her first solo book, she offers page after page of tips for making dazzling scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures. Learn Lissa's secrets for deciding which fabric combinations work (and understanding why others don't). Best of all, with a dozen patterns to choose from you'll discover how to (finally!) use your unique stash to make scrap quilts that sing. Includes a preface by renowned quilt historian Barbara Brackman.
Scrap quilts have been around since the dawn of quiltmaking and they're still a very valid form of quilting today. However, these days scrap quilting usually refers to mixing a great range of fabrics from your scrap bins, stash and precuts; not using old dresses or feedsacks as fabric sources--so Lissa's book works from this angle. There is the assumption that scrap quilters are likely to be intermediate or beyond in their quilting skills to have amassed a stash, so the book isn't bogged down with quilting basics. Instead, Lissa begins her book with a comprehensive look at colour, scale and value to help you pick the right fabrics for your projects (no 'everything but the kitchen sink' mentality here!).
With 14 gorgeous quilts, in various sizes and styles featured; there's something for every taste and occasion included. Most of the projects are a nod to traditional blocks in fresh settings, often with clever secondary patterns from pairing multiple blocks. Lissa recommends starting with a two-colour scheme for many of the quilts, and the book includes illustrations of alternate colourways as well as the featured quilt, and she includes swatch cards and fabric choice notes for all the projects. For fans of scrap quilting who've been daunted by the fabric selection process, this book is a valuable resource.
Lissa's quilting story is a simple one. It started with a wedding quilt, which led to working in a quilt shop. She has had an amazing journey that she never could have imagined. Through it all, she has learned to take the pieces and stitch them together to make something new. Her life is a patchwork of family, friends, and people who have made an impact.
Online she's ModaLissa, but by day, Lissa heads up the Moda marketing team. By night, she's quilting, blogging, designing, and more at modalissa.com. Her wish? "I hope you get time to sit and sew. It's good for the soul."
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