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I was so excited to review Creating Art Quilts with Panels by Joyce Hughes. There has been such an increase in really great printed panels that I’m falling in love with, but I want to make them into something special. This book really helped to inspire me and think outside the box to make panels into pieces I can use in my home. In this book you learn first hand from a fiber artist and an award-winning quilter how to use techniques that can embellish your project in ways that you can be proud.
She starts off the book by explaining that she was using panels as a way to answer a variety of responses from students about what concerned them about quilting. She would hear statements like “I am not creative”, “I do not know how to design”, and “I am not sure what colors to use”. Panels would help in all of these areas by giving a big central visual that has the main design constructed and can give confidence while you are learning different techniques. In addition, I will say that this book is also a wonderful resource if you are an experienced quilter. I love the look of panels, but tended to shy away from them because I didn’t want to “cheat” on a quilting project. After going through this book, I am more excited than ever about making a beautiful panels a unique work of art through the choices I make on the project.
Starting out with supplies, you learn about great ways to use thread, different machine feet, batting and even adhesives. Looking at some of these options will get you brainstorming new ways to use supplies you already have at home. Chapter 3 was one of my favorites because it teaches Techniques that you can use; free-motion quilting, thread painting, trapunto, overlay, bobbin work, fringe work, and of course embellishments.
In Chapter 4 she takes you through actual projects step by step. Showing you her choices on supplies, the techniques she used, how she was able to highlight sections, and may more details. Full of so many great photos of the entire projects as well as close-ups to show great detail. This book will inspire you to pull out projects that you’ve started before and now want to continue, or even make a trip to the fabric store to see what new examples can get you into your next winter project.
Whether you are new to quilting, or a master quilter this book is just the thing to add to your library. As new panels become available, you’ll be using this resource again and again to brainstorm new ideas.
Disclosure: Thank you to Fox Chapel Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
You can purchase your own copy of Creating Art Quilts with Panels here: https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Quilts-Panels-Step-Step/dp/1947163167/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1544649385&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=creating+art+quilts+with+panels&psc=1