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Vikki Pignatelli's Quilting and Improvisation offers stress-free techniques to tame curves and sharp angles and incorporate dimension and texture in your quilts. Patterns are included to get you started on your quest for self-expression in quiltmaking.


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Quilting by Improvisation
Exploring Curves, Openwork and Dimension

Author: Vikki Pignatelli
Pages: 175
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11 "
Publisher: Dragon Threads
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4L0980

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Discover! Explore! Dare to create!

Follow Vikki as she leads you on an exciting journey through an array of quilting revelations.

  • Discover surprisingly stress-free techniques to tame curves and sharp angles than anyone can master.
  • Explore "no rules" improvisational methods to incorporate dimension and texture in your quilts.
  • Transform the ordinary into unique and distinctively shaped quilts with innovative fast finishes and faced bindings.
  • Patterns are included to get you started on your quest for total freedom and self-expression in quiltmaking.

 

 

Autor Vikki PignatelliAbout the Author

Vikki entered the world of quilting in 1991 at the urging of her sister, Augustine Ellis. A non-sewer at the time, Vikki attended a beginner's class and quickly fell in love with the art of quilting. Now a full-time professional quilt artist, designer, international teacher, lecturer and author, Vikki and her quilts have been featured in many books, national publications and exhibitions. She has won numerous awards in national and international competitions and exhibitions.

A self-taught artist with experience in painting (watercolor and oils) and sculpture, Vikki enjoys a passion for color and flowing designs. She developed a simple layering technique that is a blend of piecing and appliqué and is the subject of her first book in 2001, Quilting Curves (Quilt Digest Press). Also, Vikki has written "how-to" articles published in Quilter's Newsletter and AQS magazines.

Vikki is the founder (1999) and co-chairwoman of the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions, a two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, healing and grief. The show is held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Deeply influenced by her husband's bout with cancer and his recovery in 1993, most of Vikki's focus is to inspire, nurture and develop the artistry and self-confidence within each quilter.

Vikki lives in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, with her husband of 38 years, Denny. They have two children, Denise and Dan. Vikki and her husband love to travel and dance for relaxation.

 

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Quilting by Improvisation

Table of Contents

Dedication3Splicing seams69
Acknowledgments5Improvisational sheer overlay73
Introduction - Capricious Art of Improvisation85 - Exploring Dimension79
1 - Preparation: Quilting Supplies & Tools13Fabric manipulations81
Tools and Supplies14Simple strips85
Thread17Multi-fabric strip units86
Fabric18Freeform pleats89
2 - Color Your Quilt Beautiful21Making tubes93
Elements of design22Wrinkling and folding a whole-cloth fabric103
The properties of color23Facing shapes & patches107
Color schemes & combinations26Portrait of a Poppy115
Shading & highlights306 - New Explorations: Making Openings in Your Quilt122
Blending32English Ivy124
Color balance35Alternate method for making openings 130
3 - Crazy About Curves Basic Technique41Random improvisational openings 133
My Star Dances42Working with openings in your own design134
Interpreting pattern markings42Latticework137
Marking a template for movement437 - Improvisational Borders, Finishes and Bindings147
Lining a patch45Border options149
Clipping curves46Finishing153
Stitching48Envelope finish156
Turning under straight edges and corners49Binding options158
Enlarging the stabilizer foundation50Hanging sleeve with easement164
4 - Improvisational Quilts 53Pattern templates 166
Making an improvisational block quilt54Resources169
Constructing a freeform basic block58About the author170
Sewing down the patches 60Awards172
Making linings for light-valued improvisational patches63Artist's statements174
Making circular and oval shaped blocks64Quilts175

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