Journey through the calendar year with three top quilt designers and teachers. These special friends have designed a quilt pattern for every month and combined their diverse styles to create unique and exciting new designs. They also share fabric selection ideas, how-to sections on Stack-n-Whack and Appli-bond, and techniques and tips to use all year round. Joan Shay's designs feature her easy and popular three-dimensional Appli-bond method for creating flowers, birds, and fish. Bethany Reynolds presents several fun, new Stack-n-Whack designs -- a method that has taken the quilt world by storm. Karen Combs adds her special insight with quilts of illusion that delight the senses. From enchanting applique to dazzling patchwork, the great variety of projects offered will bring quilting excitement throughout the year.
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Many months ago, one of us suggested we write a book together. This idea met with immediate and enthusiastic agreement. We were all seasoned authors and designers, and we were already becoming fast friends. In no time, a concept and an outline had been scribbled down on scrap paper. We knew we could do this, and we couldn't wait to get started!
After we calmed down enough to think rationally, practical concerns arose. How were we going to combine our diverse styles? Would we try to do "Appli-bonded Stack-n-Whack Quilts of Illusion?" Or would we each do our own designs, and trust the fantastic staff at the American Quilter’s Society to pull everything together? We decided to steer a middle course. We would each be responsible for the projects for 4 months, to showcase our individual areas of expertise. At the same time, we agreed to learn more about each other's techniques and incorporate them into our own designs whenever we could. Exploring the possibilities of this "cross-pollination" has been a great opportunity to stretch our design muscles. In some cases, we found we could combine techniques in a single project. For other projects, we could offer a second version of the main project, showing two different approaches to the design. And we couldn't resist the challenge of combining all our talents to make one quilt, FORGET-ME-KNOTS.
Collaborating on this book has been a new and wonderful experience for us. Each of us contributed our individual knowledge and skills, and we learned so much from each other. You will add your own unique quilt experiences as you create these projects. Our hope is that you will have as much fun making them as we had designing them for you. Perhaps you'll try one with a friend. You will strengthen your friendship as you share your skills. And remember, friendships, like quilts, are always in season!From the Inside Flap:
Savor the splendor of each season with these timely patterns featuring three famous quilt pros’ specialties. Over a dozen quilt projects, with styles as diverse as the seasons, range from enchanting appliqué to dazzling patchwork, Illusional designs, Karen’s approach to quiltmaking, will delight the senses as you journey through the calendar year. Magic Stack-n-Whack®, Bethany’s technique that has taken the quilt world by storm, is featured in new patterns to bring quilting excitement throughout the year. 3-D Appli-bond, Joan’s easy and popular three-dimensional method, makes a splash in patterns featuring fish, birds, and flowers.
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