Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free-Motion Quilting

Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free-Motion Quilting

by Cindy Grisdela


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Learn simple design principles to create unique improvisational quilts. Without using patterns, learn 5 easy piecing techniques for your improvisational toolbox (including circles, blocks, and strips), and watch the art unfold before your eyes. Focus on color combos and negative space to discover your personal style, and then add dazzling texture with free-motion quilting. Includes tips to hang finished art quilts without a sleeve, plus tried and true improv tips to encourage creative play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617452611
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 615,783
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Cindy Grisdela is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years of experience creating eye-catching quilts. She travels extensively, showing and selling her work, and her quilts have been published in books and magazines. She lives in Reston, Virginia.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
What is Improvisation?
Getting Organized
Sorting by Size and Color • What to Do with Scraps • Saving the Leftovers
Creating a Color Recipe
The Color Wheel • Using a Color Recipe • Increasing Your Color Confidence
Elements and Principles of Design
Elements of Design • Principles of Design • Using the Elements and Principles of Design as You Work
Working Improvisationally
Creating a Design Wall •Auditioning Designs • Give it Time
Building Blocks for Improv
Angled Stripes
Improv Circles
Improv Blocks
Curved Strips
Inset Strips
Putting It All Together
Learning to Love Negative Space
Creating Balance • Adding Texture
Quilt as Desired
Hand Stitching • Machine Stitching • A word About Thread
Finishing Touches
To Bind or Not to Bind? • Facings • Dealing with Irregular Edges • Alternatives to Sleeve and Slat Hanging

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