Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting

In the post this week I received my copy of  'The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting' by Linda Seward , which features in the quilting section my quilt 'Tideline - after the storm', one of my favourites  as it summons up a particular place and time. I'm in very good company, sharing the page with Annette Morgan and Pia Welch.
Linda did her usual meticulous research  with incredible attention to detail and besides being a lovely book to look at , with nearly 140 artists featured, the instructions for every art quilt technique you can think of (and more!) are clear and succinct. The deceptively simple illustrations  are by Tom Messenger  and the overall design of the book  by Jane Glennie (TVCT)
Looking at the spread on indigo dyeing, which I know something about  but which I wasn't involved in contributing to, I can see that  it gives you enough just information to give it a go and then follow up further in the extensive bibliography. I looked with interest at the section on rust dyeing, especially now I've heard I've got a place on CQ Winter School with Alice Fox! It even has useful sections on sewing machine tips and exercises.
Linda and her team  have done a really thorough job - I thoroughly recommend the book, and not just because I'm in it! I'm sure it will become the art quilt equivalent  of  what many consider the Q&P bible. Other reviews from Gillian Cooper, Margaret Cooter, and Sandy Snowden
Linda will be  the Festival Of Quilts  launching the book with a display of quilts from the book (including 'Tideline') on stand B30 and is giving a couple of lectures on the artists and the process of putting the book together.


Julie said...

I'm just catching upon blog reading hence the late comment. Thank you for the review of Linda's book, you've decided me on the purchase. I'm on Alice Fox's class at CQ Winter School too :) Great minds think alike!

Linda Seward said...

I only just saw your post today! Thanks so much for the wonderful comments, Margaret!