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Friday, October 19, 2012

Journey To Inspired Art Quilting

Journey To Inspired Art Quilting
Jean Wells
© Lydia Lowe  10/19/2012

     Are you interested in taking your quilting to another level?  A level beyond the basic block pattern and into the realm of possibility?  If you answered yes to these questions then you are ready for Jean Wells newest book, “Journey to Inspired Art Quilting”.

     Wells uses the art that we have around us every day that many of us miss.  She holds up nature as inspiration, seasonal changes in weather, unique windows on homes, peeling paint on houses, you name it and she incorporates it into her designs.  She juxtaposes diverse elements together to create quilts that exist only in dreams.  The whole concept lifts the reader up into imagination and a different level of art and design.

     Using photographs, journals, sketchbooks, and thoughtful questions, Wells guides us on a journey that includes small assignments to wet your appetite and encourage your own creative endeavors.  She covers everything from inspiration, to color to design, to imagery/embellishment, to artful presentation.  Through a series of assignments Wells leads the reader on a journey to a more inspired quilt.

     This book is not for everyone.  If you are an advanced quilter and interested in new techniques, this is a must read.  If you are a beginning quilter, just starting out, this book would be a bit of a challenge.  Basic techniques are not covered.  There is a supplies section at the back but it is more for reference than for instruction.

     I found this to be a delightful book and I can’t wait to try the assignments to learn more about art quilting.

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