Book Review: For those with busy lives that can not schedule the time or manage travel expenses to the quilting retreats/conventions this is the next best thing

Book Review

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt MakingFrom Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by Your Favorite Teachers
Editors at Lucky Spool
The Taunton Press, Inc.

Ten talented instructors have been brought together to form a retreat in a book.
This book is set up as a series of workshops including The Principles of Colors, Working with Solids, Working with Prints, Improvisational Patchwork, The Alternate Grid, Circles and Curves, Paper Piecing, Large-Scale Piecing, Modern Machine Quilting and A Study of Modern Quilts. Each workshop concludes with a photo of a complete projected, instructions and a template/pattern for the accompanying quilt.

It is designed for the intermediate quilter wanting to expand their skills and explore new techniques. There aren’t beginning instructions included, but Lucky Spool wouldn’t want beginners to be discouraged. They have included a free downloadable PDF from the listed website in the introduction.

The first workshop’s goal, The Principles of Colors, is to train the quilter to see color with a more critical eye. Taught by Instructor Kari Vojtechovsky
Her workshop on color rivals any serious art class teaching the fundamentals and complexities of color and blending.

The second workshop, Working with Solids, by Alisa Haight Carlton encourages the quilter to use solids by using improv piecing and to utilize contrast, line, texture and negative space to create unique, original quilts beyond what is traditionally printed.

The third workshop, Working with Prints, taught by Dan Rouse emphasizes print materials. He wants the quilter to understand scale, print value, composition and working print adjacent to solids.

The fourth workshop, Improvisational Patchwork, by Denyse Schmidt encourages creativity by letting go of learned habits and preconceived ideas about traditional patchwork. She encourages exploration of color and composition.

The fifth workshop, The Alternate Grid, by Jacquie Gering wants quilters to re-imagine how to piece together blocks using alternate setting styles. She teaches the simplicity of variable framing moving on to more complex paneling techniques.
The sixth workshop, Circles and Curves, by Cheryl Arkison wants her students to be fearless when it comes to circles and curves. She teaches techniques to achieve perfect piecing by using a variety of styles.

The seventh workshop, Paper Piecing, by Penny Layman instructs that the most accurate points are possible with paper piecing. She goes over the basics to make projects from a single block or create intricate bold graphic blocks for setting into a larger grid.

The eighth workshop, Large-Scale Piecing, by Heather Jones wants quilters to think about using oversize blocks and large-scale piecing. This technique has its own set of challenges and she teaches how to overcome them to attain the reward of a beautifully crafted quilt.

The ninth workshop, Modern Machine Quilting, by Angela Walters teaches how to take simple and traditional looking quilt designs then add elements needed to make them modern. She gives step-by-step instructions of how to create designs achieving a customized looking quilt.

The tenth workshop, A Study of Modern Quilts, by Heather Grant shows by example. She uses 50 of the most compelling modern quilts in a gallery of design. She discusses some of the principles already outlines in the previous workshops but brings it all together with visual photos to teach by example.

FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by NetGalley for review purposes only. No other compensation was awarded.


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