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Book Review: Small Art Quilts by Deborah O’Hare

Small Art Quilts book review by Fiona Pullen

I first met Deborah at a quilt show where I was impressed by her mini quilt kits and her beautiful hand painted fabrics. When I heard she was bringing out a book I was very excited to review it.

This book focuses on the techniques you need to make an art quilt including:

-        Fabric painting techniques

-        Adding surface design using stamping and stencils

-        Piecing your quilt

-        Quilting

-        Creating landscape quilts or wholecloth quilts

-        Applique

-        Decorative stitching

-        Finishing and displaying your quilts

The book covers each topic in turn in the order you would need them to make the quilt, from painting your background to binding and hanging your quilt. There are also useful sections on sources of inspiration and colour to help you plan your quilt before you start to make it. Each of the techniques are well explained and come with plenty of photos to help guide you.

 Projects from Small Art Quilts by Deborah O'Hare

Although the majority of the book is technique focused there are a couple of projects at the back of the book: Autumn Sunrise and Moon Hare (both shown above), which have step by step photos and instructions. You will also find some extra templates in the back of the book for other quilts which are shown in the book.

This book is ideal for those looking to make their own art quilts, giving you the skills you need to create your own designs plus a couple of projects to practice with building your confidence and skills.  It is bursting with ideas, inspiration and useful advice. I’m looking forward to creating my first art quilt.

Small Art Quilts is published by Search Press and available to buy on their website: www.searchpress.com