Item description for Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fanciful Embellishments by Melody Crust...
Designed with both the hand and the machine quilter in mind, this thorough look at ways to paint, bead, trim, and stitch embellishments onto finished quilts brings together diverse media for the experienced quilter. Modern as well as time-honored materials are used to create new works of fabric art. Hundreds of ideas are presented, using techniques including paint and paint sticks, burnishing, beads and buttons, ribbons, tassels, and embroidery. Prep steps for all methods and post-project care are also covered. An "Idea Gallery" at the end of each chapter is not prescriptive---the projects are jumping-off places for quilters looking to add color, texture, and pizzazz to their repertoire. The emphasis is on creativity, making the book an enduring source of future inspiration.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2005
Publisher Breckling Press
ISBN 1933308028 ISBN13 9781933308029
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Crust
A lifelong fascination with fabric and color led Melody Crust to a career in quilt making. An award-winning quilter, she has exhibited her quilts in major national shows. She has also juried and curated regional and national exhibitions. A seasoned teacher, she has led workshops on all aspects of quilt making for beginning and advanced quilters alike. Melody quilts as comfortably by hand as by machine, and her classes on creating the quilting design have encouraged hundreds of quilters to quilt their unfinished tops. Melody's quilts and writing have been featured in books as well as in several specialty magazines, including "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine", "Art/Quilt Magazine", "Patchwork Quilts", and "Fiber Arts International". Melody and her husband, photographer Charles Crust, live in Kent, Washington.
Creativity and mastery of technique have been the foundation for Heather Waldron Tewell's success as a quilt artist. Her quilts have been juried into such prestigious shows as Quilt National 2001 (Athens, Ohio) and VISIONS (San Diego, California) and have won national awards. Heather has taught workshops in hand quilting and applique throughout western Washington and in British Columbia and has developed a unique class to help students understand how to apply principles of art to their hand- or machine- quilting designs. Heather's articles on quilt-making topics have appeared in "Art/Quilt Magazine", "American Quilter", "Quilter's Newsletter", "Quilt World", and "Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts". Her quilts have been featured in several books. Heather lives with her family in Anacortes, Washington.
Melody Crust currently resides in Kent, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fanciful Embellishments?
...something for everyone Aug 12, 2008
This book has something for quilters of every style. If you are looking to "expand your horizons" or just find something unique for your next quilt, you will probably find it in here! Her directions are simple, and illustrations plentiful. Just using her "postcard" size examples as a basis for projects would give you a working knowledge of embellishing for any quilting need. It is unusual to find a book covering so many topics that provides sufficient instructions in each topic, and for this reason "Quilt Toppings" will probably not just be in my quilt library for a long time, but on the shelf next to my sewing machine. Well done, Melody!
An Absolute Find! Apr 27, 2007
I recently bought Melody Crust's book after having bought what I thought was a book on applique and having been extremely disappointed and upset. If you wanted a book on brightly colorful quilts that would have been it, but Melody's book was what I was really looking for. If you are looking for a book on embellishing small quilts and wall hangings this is the book for you. It is bright, colorful, and chock full of ideas and techniques for creating and embellishing the quilts. While you could copy some of her creations she encourages you to create your own, and you can. If you have some small amount of sewing skills or none at all you can sew small pieces on your own. No machine is really necessary, though you might want to have an iron on hand. You don't need that much skill to sew beads to fabric, and any block can be hand sewn with just a running stitch. Most of your creations will never see the inside of a washing machine as they are for display only and won't need it. You don't even need to buy fabric if you have some old clothing you can wash, iron and cut into sheets for your squares, any fabric will do. If you just want some small pieces of handwork to do while you think or to teach yourself this is the book for you. The price you pay for the book is well worth it if you are looking for that one applique and embellishment book to spark your creativity.
A wealth of impressive resources for inspiration Mar 6, 2007
"Quilt Toppings: Fun And Fancy Embellishment Techniques" by quilting expert Melody Crust features hundreds of color photos illustrating close-up details of quilting embellishment techniques, before-and-after shots of projects that transformed plain quilts into works of the needlecrafter's art, and a wealth of impressive resources for inspiration and for embellishment techniques ranging from beading to painting, buttons and bows, thread play, and fabrics. Each individual chapter includes an 'Idea Gallery' of unique quilt toppings. "Quilt Toppings"is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to instructional quilting reference collections for the novice needlecrafter and has a great deal to offer even the more experienced quilt maker.