Book Review : Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter

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Book Review
Katie Pasquini Masopaust<o:p></o:p>
Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter<o:p></o:p>

For the quilter who has mastered the geometric challenges of patchwork<o:p></o:p>
and the wonderful possibilities of applique, who wants to move to the<o:p></o:p>
more expressive and artistic, Katie Pasquini Masopaust tells us her way<o:p></o:p>
to do so.<o:p></o:p>

With an artists sensibility and tools and a quilters orderly approach, with<o:p></o:p>
a skill for color and design, she outlines her methods for breaking out of <o:p></o:p>
blocks and traditional design and charts a course for the journey into <o:p></o:p>
creating cloth masterpieces without the traditional boundaries<o:p></o:p>
and strictures.<o:p></o:p>

Here is a treasure trove of information for the quilter without formal art<o:p></o:p>
training and no particular knowledge of the tools, equipment and techniques<o:p></o:p>
necessary to produce an original work of art within the quilt genre.<o:p></o:p>

The tools and equipment are readily available and not at all intimidating.<o:p></o:p>
The journey is well plotted, systematic and though not easy, with<o:p></o:p>
diligence the destination is attainable.<o:p></o:p>

Katie’s basic method is for translating photographic and printed images<o:p></o:p>
to paper or acrylic and enlarging or diminishing the result into a workable<o:p></o:p>
template and accomplishing a master drawing from which the quilt is<o:p></o:p>
executed.  Her color and drafting instructions are invaluable for any<o:p></o:p>
quilter wanting to grasp more knowledge and enhance basic artistic<o:p></o:p>
capability.<o:p></o:p>

Her exquisite work is sufficient inspiration alone to work through the<o:p></o:p>
step by step instructions on producing an original work.  If you have<o:p></o:p>
reached the stage in quilting where you enviously admire the landscapes,<o:p></o:p>
the surreal and the new and different of the quilt artists, Katie offers this<o:p></o:p>
great outline of her methods to get there.  Every artist works differently<o:p></o:p>
and some quilt artists have been generous and skillful in teaching their<o:p></o:p>
methods.  Hers is not the only way to produce an original, but for <o:p></o:p>
quilters on a journey to enhance originality, it is one very excellent<o:p></o:p>
guide.<o:p></o:p>

There is a lot of fluff in quilt journalism; more than enough of the<o:p></o:p>
cute and self serving and not every accomplished quilter is <o:p></o:p>
necessarily a gifted writer.  Katie Pasquini Masopaust is a<o:p></o:p>
great artist, a gifted writer and a fine teacher.  I highly recommend<o:p></o:p>
this volume.<o:p></o:p>

Catherine Smith<o:p></o:p>
8/28/10<o:p></o:p>

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