Kathy Doughty's new book, "Adding Layers- Color, Design and Imagination", is indeed, full of 'vibrant, graphic designs!
A glance at some of the words used in the names of the quilts- 'spin', 'fractured', 'party' and 'madness' are an indication of the fun and movement in the quilts featured.
I like the rationale behind the book- the challenge 'to expand ideas and habits'.
|I love this one!|
Kathy asks us to consider "what type of quilt do I want to create?"
- 'a pop song' - modern, popular, fashionable
or a traditional 'symphony' of colour and pattern.
An interesting concept.....
Practicalities such as tools/rulers, a design wall, stash fabrics and cutting techniques are all discussed in the first part.
This leads to the first group of quilts. Kathy encourages us to
'put our stash to good use'. We all need to use our stash!
This section is full of unique and colourful 'scrap' quilts, one using ricrac, another an applique border of household items:
|Not sure I'd make this with the 'odd' mix of applique though?|
The next section is about using time saving templates, but most importantly, with traditional cutting methods also being provided.
Shapes such as triangles, diamonds and hexagons feature here:
|I love this one!|
The final chapter is devoted to scale; 'upscaling' specifically! Large baskets, lilies, churn dash and stars take centre stage:
I like this idea. I think it could be applied to many patterns with interesting results.
There is no indication of the difficulty level for the projects but most, in my opinion, would require competent quilting/sewing skills.
Although I have not made anything from this book (yet!) the instructions are detailed and seem well written, supported by drawings and photographs, for those visual learners out there.
Kathy's style has always been innovative and brave and she continues to inspire with her latest publication.
I'm trying to decide which quilt to make first!
But that will have to wait, I'll be lazing by a pool or walking along a beach for the next week!