|The Art of Mixing Textiles in Quilts / Lynn Schmitt|
Lafayette, CA: C&T, c2018
Another quilting book this week, full of beautiful images and inspiration. I picked up this one because I'm interested in the idea of mixing textiles in projects -- I am certainly not a quilting cotton purist, especially since I sew with so many different fabrics, and want to be able to scrap bust all of them!
This book is a great resource. The first section talks about the different non-quilting cotton fabrics that the author uses, like wool, silks, linen, or upholstery fabrics, among others. She goes over the best ways to use and combine these fabrics -- tips on seam pressing, stitching, interfacing/stabilizing, and so on. One good example of a basic tip is when sewing heavier fabrics like wool or upholstery weights, don't press the seams to one side. Press open to reduce bulk, and you can also grade seams. This is something garment sewists will probably know but it's a great tip for someone new to incorporating these fabrics.
I'm mostly interested in this topic because it seems to me that this book has lots of great ideas that can be used in garment sewing, especially these days as patchworked and quilted clothing is becoming a little more popular once again. And I feel like there is a lot of useful content here. Plus beautiful images, did I mention that already?
Her style of eclectic piecing as she calls it is really eye-catching, as is shown off with 14 projects here -- pillows, quilts and small projects which feature piecing, applique and some wonderful quilting designs too. One piece that uses both traditional blocks and more modern design is this beautiful little wall hanging. I love the combo of colours, techniques, and the overall finish.
I will check this one out. I have been wondering if it's possible to combine things like velvet and chenille with voile and crepe in a patchwork style quilt. Of course it's technically possible, just requires the right amount of interfacing to balance the weights, but it sould be nice to start with some guidelines before I start experimenting.ReplyDelete
I think the beginning section of this book would be helpful for all that info. Would love to see what you are working on!Delete
I currently have 'Making Scrap Quilts to Use it Up' out of the library - intriguing. In the quilts I particularly like the less structured designs using foundation piecing. (And the bag). I have just been given a very very large bag of fabric pieces from my hairdresser, who has a client who quilts, and there are such a mix of fabric types in it. I wondered what she used some for, but obviously there is no reason why you can't mix textiles if you think about how you will do it. I had just never really considered it. Unfortunately this is not a book available in my library or online. But not to worry, I will keep it stored away and may find one second hand.ReplyDelete
I'm surprised by how many books are in your library system! Too bad about this one, but the beginning section really is the most useful, and if you can find it via interlibrary loan or 2nd hand I'm sure you'll agree on that.Delete