At Mr X Stitch we love to review textile art and embroidery books for you. There are so many great books to discover, packed with needlework inspiration and textile techniques, so we dive into each book to find out what’s good, what’s bad and let you know why you should pick it up. Here’s what we think of Seasons of Life Quilt , written by Sandra L. Mollon, published by C&T Publishing.
Seasons of Life Quilt – Techniques & Patterns for 13 Baltimore Album Quilt Blocks. Take on your next quilting feat with a champion quilt! From expert quilter Sandra L. Mollon, recreate the ‘Seasons of Life’ quilt, which is now a part of a permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky, USA. Appliqué each block for your very own stunning creation. There are 13 unique blocks with a pieced and scalloped border encircling the block.
About the author
Sandra Mollon is a California based textile artist with many years working in traditional hand appliqué. The work in this book is her first attempt at design and working mostly with silk. Her interests include fused art quilts, hand dyeing fabric and thread painting. She holds a bachelors degree in biology and works as a teacher while also teaching applique at weekends. For more fabulous art quilts, information on lectures, workshops and online classes visit Sandra Mollon Quilts
Who is the book aimed at?
Experienced quilters can hone their skills to create a fabulous seasoned quilt inspired by a history of quiltmakers. Beginners can learn new skills in applique, embroidery, ribbon work, beading and more to produce individual textiles before attempting such a huge project. Instruction is detailed with good imagery making it achievable at each stage with full-sized templates for each block.
This book is very well laid out with each quilt block page referenced in advance
with a full-scale template of each design with detailed instruction making the process very accessible.
An inspirational history of design and techniques references paintings from the 1800’s, William Morris designs and the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early twentieth century.
A comprehensive guide in fabrics, colour, value and scale, tools and supplies, arms the quilter with knowledge to make informed choices before they begin.
Techniques are detailed and well documented at each stage for a professional finish:
Making dimensional flowers including yo-yo, rickrack roses, folded rose buds and pieced leaves.
Beading adds dimension and sparkle for detail and berries.
Embroidery adds detail and texture to applique designs. Each stitch is clearly outlined in diagram format with examples of photography for a precise teaching method. Includes backstitch, bullion knot, buttonhole, chain stitch, couching, featherstitch, fly stitch, French knot, lazy daisy stitch, ribbon stitch, running stitch, satin and stem stitch.
Using ink and coloured pencils on fabric is perfect for shading and adding highlights, creating depth and realism. Most colours are transparent, allowing the print and weave of the fabric to show through.
Planning the project with layout diagrams and block placement simplifies the process with detailed instruction on preparing applique block patterns and backgrounds and assembling the quilt with a pull out full-scale template.
Detailed photographs accompany instruction at each stage of the technique process simplifying intricate detail for perfect results.
What makes this book special?
There is a wealth of detailed information to inspire all crafters, including a resources reference and recommended books. Experienced quilters can hone their skills, use the templates to create part or all of this award-winning quilt. Be inspired to create your own quilt. ‘Flora, Fauna, Butterflies and Bugs’ was created by Dianne Schweickert and pieced by Beth Butura in 2018 (featured in the library of quilts section). Beginners can learn new techniques and perhaps create individual textiles before taking on such a huge project. Full-sized templates allows each design to be simplified. Techniques are well documented with instruction, diagrams and detailed photography. Truly inspirational with insight into the complex quilt processes.
Anything wrong with the book?
No! If you are interested in textile techniques or the quilting process you will enjoy and be inspired by the volume of information offered. Comprehensive instruction with detailed diagrams and photography makes this an accessible tool to produce an accomplished quilt or textile applique on any scale.
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