- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing (March 16 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607055783
- ISBN-13: 978-1607055785
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
More William Morris Applique: Spectacular Quilts & Accessories for the Home Paperback – Mar 16 2012
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More William Morris Applique: Spectacular Quilts and Accessories for the Home is a beautiful sequel to Michele Hill’s first book, William Morris in Applique. In this collection of 10 quilts and 55 appliques, Hill pays homage to Morris’s sense of pattern and design in home decor. She captures the spirit and style of the Arts and Crafts movement with her colorful floral applique patterns.
Hill provides all the instructions and information you need to create each of her 10 exquisite patterns in More William Morris Applique. Each project includes detailed, step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive materials list, and plenty of full-color photos. Templates for all 55 appliques are included at the back of the book in full-size patterns that you can tear out. The back of the book also includes tutorials on basic quilting, applique, and embroidery techniques, so even beginners can tackles these projects! (Fave Crafts, 10/01/12)
Enhance the beauty of your home by making any of the 10 spectacular quilt or home-dec projects featured in this lavishly illustrated book. Fifty-five full-size applique designs printed on pullout sheets are provided, along with how-to basics for both fused and turned-edge applique. But in addition to the patterns, you’ll enjoy gorgeous photos and fascinating bits of history about Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement. (American Quilter, November 2012)
About the Author
Michele Hill began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. Appliqué is her passion - especially designing appliqué quilts inspired by William Morris. She has been teaching appliqué and design for 20 years. Michele lives in South Australia.
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If you are a fan of the Arts & Crafts movement, you probably know who William Morris is: one of the dudes who inspired it all in the late 1800s. As the author writes, "His express aim was to restore traditional crafts and methods to a society that was being denigrated by mechanical industry, destroying '...man's natural purpose and sense of life.'" The Arts & Crafts movement was (and is) characterized by natural elements, hand crafting, and design elements inspired by nature. Everything in one's life should be beautiful or functional, preferably both. Morris designed furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, and other "decorative elements." His wife did a lot of embroidery, too -- needlework that will take your breath away.
What Michele Hill did in these books is translate Morris designs into something you can put on a quilt. Since these are all nature-inspired (birds, flowers, etc.) that means applique -- and OH BOY is this impressive applique. No cutesy Little-Bo-Peep here: The 10 projects (with 55 applique designs, all of which are provided on full-size pattern sheets) are elaborate grown-up designs. If you like the idea of Baltimore Album quilts though its traditional flower-pictures aren't quite your style (and the scale of those projects doesn't scare you), you may very well like these.
Hill provides a solid history of Morris and the early Arts & Crafts movement, especially from an artistic viewpoint, as well as a lot of photos of tapestries, wallpaper, and embroidered hangings; you get a good sense of the originals. Then she riffs off them for inspiration with quilts of varying sizes. There are a few small projects (a pillow, a book cover, a bell pull), as well as larger ones (a good-sized wall hanging, a tablecloth, a baby quilt, a few full-size bed quilts). Many are embellished with embroidery, and some have beadwork. This is not the "30-minute meals" of quilt projects.
Hill's instructions cover everything from fabric selection (though I wish she was more specific about how much would be needed for some of the intricate applique -- perhaps that's impossible) to cutting layouts to the order of work. She's very specific: "Work machine triple stitch around all edges of the rabbits using dark brown machine embroidery thread on top to enhance the shapes." She also includes how to quilt the quilt (something that most authors leave out, grrr) though in many cases there's so much applique that stitches around the applique pieces is all the project needs.
Twenty pages are devoted to the "how to" of quilting, from applique basics to machine quilting. Nonetheless I am a dork when it come to applique. I like hand-quilting (because it can be done in front of the TV while watching baseball games) but it goes slowly, especially when I cuss at the poor quality of my workmanship. It'd take forever to do one of these quilts by hand, so I'm going to HAVE to get comfortable with fusible applique before I tackle one of these projects.
Since I do have both books, perhaps you're wondering which to choose. Hmm. Each stands alone, so this isn't like a mystery novel in which you really have to have "done" the first before trundling on to the second. The first collection is similar in structure (historical/photo essay, 20 pages of general instruction) but is a little more closely tied to famous Morris imagery such as Bird or the coverlet that Morris' wife Jane embroidered for a bed at Kelmscott Manor. But both are inspirational and gorgeous; if you like one you are certain to like the other.
My collection of William Morris style fabric has grown by leaps and bounds because of the renewal and discovery of this wonderful art form. The patterns in the book will lead to more exploration.