The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook: Step-By-Step Design Instruction and 8 Modern Projects (Paperback)
  • The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook: Step-By-Step Design Instruction and 8 Modern Projects (Paperback)

The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook: Step-By-Step Design Instruction and 8 Modern Projects (Paperback)

Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 01/03/2019
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Break down the process of modern quilt design with scientific design principles. Applying the concept of negative space in eight key ways, you'll start with traditional blocks or quilts and transform them into modern masterpieces, step-by-step. Each chapter teaches skills such as removing elements or disintegration, with a quilt project for each technique! Complete with tips on piecing, choosing fabrics, and machine quilting for an artistic finish, this book has something for every quilter.

Publisher: C & T Publishing
ISBN: 9781617456794
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 10 mm


I actually received and read it through from start to finish in one day. It is so much more than a book of patterns and contains such useful information for anyone interested in making modern quilts - either from a pattern or by designing their own.

In each chapter there is information on techniques to make quilts modern, for example taking a traditional block quilt and removing elements, varying sizes and inverting colours to name a few. I really liked how Sylvia talks you through each process and gives examples along the way. Some of these are computer generated images but there are so many lovely photos of real quilts that just make you want to touch them.

If you don't want to design yourself, each chapter has a pattern with full instructions for you to make the quilt. I have to say I now have more quilts added to my ever-growing, or is that never-ending, to do list.

The quilt below features in the book as an example of disintegration but it isn't a pattern in the book - I just included it here because I happen to love it!

All in all I think this is a fantastic book and a wonderful resource for quilters both modern quilters and those looking to explore modern routes more. Watch this space for upcoming quilts that will be made using some of these techniques.

See the full review here.

-- Abigail * Cut & Alter *

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