• Create one-of-a-kind quilts with free-form cutting and piecing
• Discover how to spontaneously combine your own original units and design as you go!
• Blend hand-prints and hand-dyes with commercial fabrics to create truly original quilts
Enjoy the freedom of free-form! In this follow-up to Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth, Rayna shares her "can't make a mistake" approach to designing quilts. Learn how to how to trust your instincts so you can work more intuitively, and develop a new appreciation for the therapy of sewing without a plan. With these new skills, you can create new work from leftovers and scraps, dig into those favorite fabrics, and transform all those unfinished projects!
Review By: Merrie Jo Schroeder, Customer / Creative Troupe - December 1, 2011
"I was anxiously awaiting the release of Rayna's new book and wasn't disappointed. Like her previous book, Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth, this is a process book. It doesn't contain patterns, template or “projects”. What it does contain is inspiration and permission to play and create without fear of the quilt police - no _” seam allowances required, no matching of seams. The book contains clear, detailed photographs and Rayna's writing style is easy to read and understand. Her emphasis is on working intuitively, trusting our instincts and erasing the word “mistake” from our vocabulary. I love Rayna's disregard for color wheel terms like analogous, complementary and split complementary; instead she suggests going with what looks and feels right. Throughout the book, Rayna's emphasis is on helping us create “original” quilts. The icing on the cake is that this book is a great scrap/stash buster with lots of ways to use up all those odds and ends we have been collecting for years. "
Review Quilters' Digest - January 1, 2012
“In this book, subtitled A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design, Rayna shares her “can't make a mistake” approach. She uses a variety of surface design techniques and shows you how to combine our own original units and design as you go. Learn how to do free-form cutting and piecing, and blend hand-prints and hand-dyes and commercial fabrics to make truly original quilts.”
Review www.yarnsandfabics.co.uk/crafts - March 1, 2012
Rayna offers some free thinking on free-from quilts. If you love to go with the flow to create colourful quilts, follow Rayna's ideas for choosing, slicing and dicing fabrics to make quilts that are a wonderful mix of colour. If there are any failed quilt tops or blocks in your stash, or uglies, she shows you how to use them without fear. No worries about matching seams and almost any fabrics work in these projects. Different widths, different lengths, curves, wonky - anything goes. Variety really is the spice of life with this book that should free up your creativity. Excellent clear instructions and photographs and good samples of work. I particularly liked the Nasturtium quilt by Helene Davis and Sunny Delight by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Rayna's own Strata. Discover how to reinvent something you once thought of as a mistake.
Review By: Carol Stearns, Creative Troupe - June 20, 2012
“This book is a fabulous read! I sat down with it and finished in two hours! The author describes how to take orphan quilt blocks and undesirable fabrics, cut, slash and sew them together, and create fascinating works of art! I can,t wait to find some unfinished quilt tops in my sewing room and turn them into unrecognizable strips and squares! There are plenty of photographs depicting the steps taken to create different blocks and designs. I love the use of color and uninhibited slashing of fabrics without a ruler! The author explains and illustrates very well! she also delves a bit into color and pattern selections. Her grandmother said that all colors go together. Just repeat them three times! As an interior designer, I know she is right. Choose colors and fabrics in threes and repeat them is my mantra! Can't wait to get started!”
Review Mary Jane's Farm - December 1, 2012
In this follow-up to her popular Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth, Rayna shares her “can’t make a mistake” approach to designing one-of-a-kind quilts with free-form cutting and piecing. You’ll learn to trust your instincts so you can work more intuitively and develop a new appreciation for the therapy of sewing without a plan, creating stunning originals from leftovers and scraps. “This book is a must have … it is saving my quilting sanity … and quilting will actually be fun!”
Review ihanna.nu - January 22, 2013
As a quilter you know that the ruler is your best friend when quilting, right? But in this book quilter Rayna Gillman presents a few easy ways to cut strips without using a ruler! Amazing, right? What free spirited creative person wouldn’t want to try that? At least I felt that I had to give it a try!Her approach to quilting is: “there are no mistakes”. You can always remove, cut away and change things up. I guess you will have to throw out the idea that fabric is precious first. It’s your material, and you should use it without hesitation.She also stresses that you should listen to your intuition when you mix and match your fabrics. I love that approach, and that’s what I’ve always done though I hadn’t tried rotary cutting without first carefully aligning the fabric on the lines of the mat board under the lines of the quilt ruler! How would I dare do that? What would my quilting mom say? I have been waiting for this book with the most eagerness from the minute I placed my last book order (a batch of new creative books from the US). Curious and intrigued buy the idea of making quilting blocks in this way, I kind of knew it would be a book for me. And it is! I know I will use it as inspiration many times, even if I consider myself mostly “a paper person”. Now I think I might have to admit that I really am a fabric/quilt person too. I can get extremely excited about fabric, and piecing small bits of pretty fabric together is simply one of the things I enjoy time and time again. I knit and cook too, and enjoy doing it at times, but I don’t feel the same passion about those things as I do about quilting!