Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, Quilting & Applique also serves as an excellent refresher course. This handbook offers the perfect introduction to quilting by hand or machine, with advice on equipment, materials and techniques. Readers will find straightforward instructions, clear step-by-step diagrams, and traceable templates for a variety of patch shapes. All major quilting and applique methods are introduced, including sashiko and kantha quilting. Three simple practice projects are provided for making coasters, a felt needle case, and a classic frame quilt. The book also includes advice on displaying and caring for finished quilts, plus a glossary of quilting terms."
Like a tattered string of paper dolls, maternal patterns reappear generation after generation. How much of a mother's history is reflected in the decisions and challenges faced by her daughter? Reacting to her husband's affair with his research assistant, Sara flees her secure life in suburban Boston, uprooting her two children and moving into a family lake house in Winnesquall, New Hampshire. There, Sara's life reels in unanticipated directions. Living in a small cottage next door is down-to-earth single mother, Cindy, a local woman with little patience for 'outsiders' like Sara and her children. Yet something in Sara's struggle pulls Cindy in, ultimately leading to heartbreak, redemption, and, through Sara's actions, the fracturing of Cindy's hard exterior. Worlds apart, the two women share an uneasy bond as they grapple with inherited templates for womanhood and discover the distinct garland of paper dolls lingering in the shadows of their lives.
Quilting is a fun activity that explores the creative ability of an individual. If you wish to give a personalized gift to a loved one that has a part of you and have carefully sewed together to create something exclusive in the truest sense of the word for that individual, then making a quilt is just the thing for you. It is often said that quilting is both a skill and an art. While selection of patterns, designs, colors and fabrics to put together a piece will test the artist in you, following the multi-step process is a skill, like no other. This book explores the different facets of quilting and throws light on each step you will need to undertake in the process.
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