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Contemporary Quilts: Book Review
Sandra Meech has written a truly unique book that will delight, inspire and tease most of the quilters I know. The genre of Contemporary quilting tends to either draw the quilter in or send ‘em running!
I mix with a lot of quilters, from all walks of life and every skill level possible, and one thing I know for sure, quilters either want to have a go or would rather eat glass than have a go! There seems to be very little grey area.
There is a great many books on the market presently, that deal with this particular genre, but I’ve found very few that actually deal with the where, when, how, what and why. This book covers these aspects and a lot more. To be able to achieve some sense of “wow, I did that”, I believe the creator needs to understand and be able to master certain basic skills and theories.
This is where Sandra Meech comes to the forefront of this type of instruction. Firstly, the pictures are fabulous, great colour and style. If you never read the words, the photos and drawings alone will inspire you. So for those “yucky” days where you don’t feel like reading the words, the pictures will do nicely.
Anyone who has looked vaguely at contemporary quilt making will know that there are certain elements that have to be addressed for the creation to have “credibility”. Firstly, the surface needs to be exploited, then the design must be original and appropriately in proportion etc, then, of course the colour should be well considered and finally the stitching a unique blend of the tried and the totally inventive and imaginative.
Contemporary Quilts: Design, Surface and Stitch is a totally complete manual on how to achieve in the world of contemporary quilt design and creation. Sandra says it in a nutshell when she states: “The biggest dilemma for most quilters is where to start when they want to break away from a traditional block or prescribed design and try something different and original for themselves. The goals of Contemporary Quilts: Design, Surface and Stitch are to build confidence in the quilter who already knows the basics of patchwork and quilting and who wishes to create their own designs”.
This book is a user friendly, easy to read and understand course book of the very things we want and need to learn. Sandra has included a number of very snappy Artist’s Hint paragraphs that are incredibly considered and concise in their explanation. Throughout this course book, there are exercises to undertake under Sandra’s guidance so you can get the very best understanding of what it all means and how to go about achieving successful results.
I advise you to take your time and don’t be in a rush with this book. You will gain a huge amount of knowledge that will stand you in very good stead, and make you more than ready to have a go at contemporary quilt making.
I thoroughly recommend this book to my readers, it is available from Amazon.com and I’ve loaded the link to the book for your interest and convenience.
I’ve also located the website for the author Sandra Meech and have linked to that also, so you can meet Sandra and get to know what inspires her to create such a wonderful learning tool for all of us.
Sandra Meech Website
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