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Glorious Patchwork Hardcover – 1997


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517708531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517708538
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 22.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 29 1997
Format: Hardcover
a major disappointment to me, and I'm an intermediate quilter. I so looked forward to this book as I've worked with Fassett's needlepoint book extensively and used his knitting book for design inspiration many times. I hoped for unique patterns, unique color combinations, and found precious few (2, and vaguely) that met any of those criteria.

As an interior design book, it's great for ideas; as a quilt book, despite Amazon's great $18 pricetag, it's not worth keeping unless you're looking for a book of basic patterns or a great gift for a beginning quilter.
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If you're enthusiastic about the use of color in patchwork, than this is the book for you. There are over 25 different patchwork designs that are pictured and displayed in gorgeous settings. There are no shortage of color photographs and most of the designs are pictured close up and then pictured again being used in the home decor.
Kaffe Fassett puts a new spin on some of the traditional quilt patterns and his creations are fresh and original. Rich velvets and brocades are turned into 4-patch curtains which are suprisingly elegant. These same materials are used to make a luxurious throw that looks fit for a king. His "Red Diamonds Quilt" is vibrant with patches of sunflowers, grapes and a multitude of floral designs. Of course, the directions and suggestions are given for all of the projects in the book. He even gives ideas on how the pictured designs might look in other color schemes.
I'm almost finished making my version of his "Frothy Table Cover" which is made of cotton in a combination of floral pastels cut into triangles. This particular design is photographed in a garden with the table set with china filled with fruit, flowers and confections. A feast for the eyes!
The patterns in this book are really another dimension in creating patchwork possibilities. This is a beautiful book!
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By A Customer on July 6 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think this is an absolutely excellent quilting book for anyone who needs a reminder of what one can do with color--I highly recommend it to anyone who is tired of the same old traditional color schemes and the not-so-inventive, often washed-out contemporary ones. When I first skimmed the book I was thrilled because I realized that I DO have a way to work through my huge fabric collection-- especially fabrics I was worried I would never use because they didn't quite "fit" the kinds of patterns I had in mind. Now, I see ways that I can put fabrics together that I would not have considered before. The key to all the patterns in this book is the saturation of colors, whether pastels, earth tones, or deep bright jewel tones, Fasset's favorite. Fasset shows what you can do by NOT contrasting fabrics, but instead by playing with the possibilities of putting three, four, or seventeen different reds, greens or pinks next to each other. What I really like is that Fasset's choice of colors makes wonderful use of simple patchwork designs such that the designs themselves become only a background for new, shimmering combinations of fabrics. There is a quilt based on the mosaic floor of St. Mark's in Venice, one that uses all flowered fabrics that seem to come from old-fasioned tea cups (without ever looking frumpy or frilly) and my favorite, one that uses all variety of greens to create a glowing emerald garden quilt. The book will inspire you to make quilts that don't pretend to be antiques, but will instead enliven a room in a distinctly modern way.
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By A Customer on May 27 1999
Format: Hardcover
I adore Fassett's needlepoint and knitting book and like many of his fans couldn't wait to see what he what he do with with a quilt. Saddly, the answer seems to be nothing much. When Fassett stormed the needlepoint and knitting world, he was totally original. Nobody was doing much new with these artforms. The novelty of a clasically trained artist using them as his medium stood him in a class of his own. However the quilting world is a different beast. There has been an explosion of work in the past 15 years and many talented artist work exclusively in fabric. So it is not surprising that a newcommer to the field would produce a bunch of quilts that are attractive but not in the least bit originial. If his name was unknown it is doubtful that any of them could have made it into a juried show, much less launched a career. I suppose it was the height of arrogance for him to assume that he could just plunge in and do quilts without first studing and understanding the quilting world. As an instruction book it is dreadful, but as eyecandy and some insight into an artist's processs it is decent. It was a big downer to learn that he had only designed them and not actually made them. Maybe if he had actually gotten involved with the whole process, like he did with knitting and needlepoint, he would have had much better results.
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By A Customer on June 14 1997
Format: Hardcover
I've seen the advance photos for this new book on Quilting (Patchwork) by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy - it's going to be an innovative approach to designing using traditional quilts as a starting point and going into new ideas of color and layout.

If anyone knows what Kaffe has done for knitting and needlepoint, you will want to get your hands on this new book ASAP (due out in Fall '97)

Liza Prior Lucy is an expert quilter and she and Kaffe had a wonderful creative time doing this book. (I confess to knowing them so I'm biased...)

They also use Kaffe's new handwoven striped fabrics in many of the projects. He designed these to help an Oxfam project in India.

I'll have an interview with them both about the book when the time comes closer - come and visit my Quilting at the Mining Co. site:
[...]

Susan Druding

Quilting Guide at the Mining Company

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