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Thread Magic Garden: Create Enchanted Quilts with Thread Painting and Pattern-Free Applique [Paperback]

Ellen Anne Eddy
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Feb. 16 2012
A flower garden is a place to daydream, make wishes, quiet the mind, or spark imagination. Bring this special space indoors by making a floral art quilt using fusible applique and machine embroidery techniques. Learn how to develop your own vivid designs and then choose the best fabrics, threads, and embellishments to create special effects that bring your flowers to life. With Ellen's innovative no-pattern approach, you'll be on your way to becoming a master art quilter just like her!

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With Ellen's expert guidance, learn to construct enchanted flowers by looking at their basic shapes, compositions and color makeup. She demonstrates how to bring these flowers alive with machine embroidery and thread painting. The color theory section shows how different threads interact to achieve shadows and balance, thereby producing 'shockers' and 'shaders.' By using Ellen's stabilizer sandwich technique as the foundation of each flower, applique motifs can be created without puckers or distortion. A gallery of 'fantasy flower' quilts will pique your interest in trying this technique.

(Machine Quilting Unlimited, June 2012)

Award-winning quilter and 2012 Teacher-of-the-Year nominee Ellen Anne Eddy is well known for her free-motion thread work. In this book, she teaches you how to thread paint your own beautiful garden of flowers and some surprise creatures. At first glance, it's clear that Ellen is a teacher. Using simple step-by-step instructions, you'll learn basic skills that build upon each other, for example, special stitch techniques, building edge-to-edge color and progressive shading. Then she offers more than 20 floral studies to understand the shapes of the flowers. She notes that you cannot create a flower through fabric without first seeing and studying a real one, so she includes close-up photographs for this purpose. She also includes a good discussion on color theory. If you are interested in learning or expanding your skills at machine embroidery, you'll enjoy this book and appreciate Ellen's attention to detail.
(The Professional Quilter Magazine, 08/01/12)

About the Author

Ellen Anne Eddy started quilting in 1975, and has been teaching since 1986. She specializes in machine work and has developed ways to "draw" with decorative threads.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thread magic enchanted garden March 4 2013
By Andie
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I love the book have not been able to do anything from it yet The instruction looks clear and the pictures aare great Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Thread Magic Garden Jan. 15 2012
By goldendog - Published on
I began reading a copy of Ellen Anne Eddy's new book, Thread Magic Garden, and I am just amazed! Thread Magic Garden is a book for free-motion thread painters (embroidery) and I have never seen a book go into so much detail! Eddy teaches how to make over 20 flowers and a dragonfly, gives examples of what to cut and how to lay the flowers out. She does her work on a stabilizing sandwich, cuts out the designs, and then, there is no puckering or distortion around such heavily stitched flowers. She then uses more embroidery to stitch the flower to the quilt.
Ellen Anne Eddy is well-known for her beautiful embroidered quilts, and in Thread Magic Garden, you can see much of her work, some on a small scale, so we can see the details much closer. Just looking at her work will amaze you, and with her instructions included, this is indeed an inspirational book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to-book Jan. 20 2012
By Margaret L West - Published on
One look at Ellen's artistry with thread and fabric and the first thought is--I could never do that! Ellen's book fixes that! The directions are clear and concise, a unique art form made simple. The photography is wonderful, the pictures of Ellen's work inspire all from the novice to the expert. Do not pass up this book if you yearn to do more with a sewing machine than just sew straight stitches. Ellen makes this an achievable art form!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a picnic! Jan. 18 2012
By windy - Published on
Take a picnic basket full of threads and fun fabric, and let Ellen lead you into her garden. Meet all the flowers and creatures that live there and take them home with the fantastic directions that Ellen has shared. What wonderful talents and simple tricks she gives to help us on our journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating a visual path Feb. 10 2012
By Vivian terbeek - Published on
What a fabulous new book to add to my library. I loved Thread Magic. But Thread Magic Garden is even better. You seem to give away all your creative secrets in this one. I like that is reviews simple lessons in shapes and color theory and moves on to small and even large projects. It walks you through all the tools, threads, stitches, needles and supplies that you will use to creat these wonderful Art Quilts. I especially like the detailed instructions in full color photos.
I can hardly wait to creat a "Visual Path" through my very own etherial garden art quilt.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Jan. 23 2012
By Mary Harper - Published on
An astonishing book for we learners from this extravagantly talented artist, Ellen Eddy. She is as down-to-earth as can be, and her directions are clear to quilters everywhere. This is an incredible follow-through to Thread Magic. I admire the quality of this book. The pictures are good and instructions superb from this witty and brilliant woman. I am taking this to my quilting club so we can invite Ellen to come to town to give us her famous lessons.
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