Improvising Tradition by Alexandra Ledgerwood, softback published by Interweave. ISBN 9781620333372, price 20.99 available in the U.K. from www.searchpress.com
Modern and exciting improvisational methods of quilting. Great on design, colour and machine quilting with projects you’ll want to make. This is the sort of book where you want to start making immediately. The projects look fresh and usable and are based in tradition. This book introduces three improv piecing techniques and traditional techniques such as log cabins and needle turn appliqué to marry old and new with a complete twist. There are 18 projects in all with a wide range of appeal. The book includes Creating With Strips, Strata and Slice and Insert improv methods. There are design tips and information for quilting on your home machine as well as special instructions for piecing curves, sewing triangles, quilt as you go, needle turn appliqué and hand quilting. Instructions are very clear and beautifully presented and include at-a-glance Materials, cutting and finished size, construction and excellent photographs and diagrams. Projects include baby quilts, cushions, throws, table runners, coasters, wall hanging, table mats and quilts in different sizes. Recommended.
Small Art quilts by Deborah O’Hare, softback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782214502, price 17.99 available from www.searchpress.com
Subtitled ‘Explorations in Paint & Stitch’, this book explores the flourishing textile art quilt movement. This is ‘art quilt’ as in creating pictures on fabric and using wadding as a sandwich, not the Art Quilt Movement that uses quilting to make a statement. It explains techniques by hand and machine to guide you through the process. Step-by-step instructions reveal the techniques offering guidance for every level of skill. Close-up photography shows the detail wonderfully. Find out all about the materials for art quilting, inspiration, using photos, design, colour, painting on fabric and creating small art quilts then embellishing them. Finishing techniques and some templates are included. Another good addition to the Textile Artist series. Sadly nothing new, painting techniques have been covered in many books on textiles, but lovely work.
Free-Motion Block Designs, softback published by C&T Publishing. ISBN 978161745625, price 9.99 in the U.K. available from www.searchpress.com
75 inspiring free-motion quilting block designs. Easy to see, easy to use and the spiral binding allows the pages to lie flat. The design is split over two pages for many of the designs however, so you need to hold the book at a slight angle first to see the genre of the design clearly. That’s far better than trying to hold open a book with a fixed spine. Useful for both domestic and longer machines, the designs come form various artists and they are all curvilinear designs. Lots of ideas and inspiration however there is no starting place marked on the designs, so it is difficult to know where to begin to stitch – you would have to work that out for yourself.
Free Motion Design AllOver Patterns, softback published by C & T Publishing. ISBN 9781617456237, price 9.99 available in the U.K. from www.searchpress.com
75 free motion designs for all-over quilt patterns. Spiral bound so the book lies flat, but many designs are over two pages. Line drawings are clear and as such this book could inspire quilting patterns to use and develop. However if you are new to free-motion, this book does not provide an arrow where to start stitching. The designs may have appeared in other published books.
Log Cabin Variations by Annie’s Quilting. ISBN 9781590128817, price 10.99 in the U.K. available from www.searchpress.com
Everyone loves a traditional block and log cabin tends to be a favourite. It’s also a favourite to swing the changes. There are 9 possibilities to do just that in this book. Find 9 patterns, with instructions and techniques in this book that has superb photos. It’s hard to chose a favourite quilt; I liked them all. The skill levels are graded. The patterns include table runners, a baby quilt, full sized quilts and smaller quilts and a quilt that uses scraps. There is also a techniques section on raw-edge fusible appliqué, a butterfly template and a quilting basic section. Superb variety of quilt patterns offers good value for money.