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- Quilting Designs from Nature — Review by Barbara Wehr
- These designs are very cleaver and useful. They are easy to follow and work well for beginner or advanced quilter....this author is exceptionally artistic and talented! (Posted on 1/12/12)
- Quilting Designs from Nature — Review by Terese Rives
For all of you who love animals and are quilters, this book is a real gem - a must have. As far as I can tell, there isn't anything else on the market like it and I am delighted with it. The designs in "Quilting Designs from Nature" are different from those in other offerings in many ways:
1- The animals are generally more realistic rather than whimsical or caricature and will appeal to everyone - young and old alike.
2- The designs are truly continuous so that there is no confusion about which direction to stitch. Plus, backtracking over previously stitched lines is kept to a minimum.
3- The amount of detail in each design is appropriate including clever ways to portray eyes and other essential qualities to make the animal come to life.
4- There is a good variety and selection of plants and animals -- especially birds and dogs.
5- The designs are easily adaptable and scalable for use in many projects and in many ways - pantographs, borders, blocks, etc.
I just completed stitching most of the designs into a quilt using a longarm with a laser light attached to the front of the machine. Even though I am a beginning longarm quilter and didn't practice beforehand, the stitched out animals look great (even with bobbles here and there). The only complaint I have is that there are no cats in the book. Since I am an 'over-the-top' cat person, I would have liked cats in place of those dragons and dinosaurs. So, I will anxiously wait for another quilting book by Lone Minkkinen and hope it has lots of cats!
Out of the hundreds of quilt related books that I have purchased over the years, "Quilting Designs from Nature" is among my favorites and I plan to use these wonderful designs again and again in all types of quilts. I am quite pleased with this book and would definitely buy it again. (Posted on 1/12/12)
- Over 100 continuous line qulting design patterns! — Review by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
- “Quilting Designs from Nature” packs in over 100 continuous line quilting design patterns, arranges them by theme, and provides templates that can be enlarged or reduced to create designs. These have been created for continuous machine quilting but hand quilters will find them adaptable and fun, with 'start and stop' arrows offering fine and easy instructions beginners will appreciate.--James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review, The Needlecraft Shelf, The Bookwatch, December 2011 (Posted on 12/21/11)
- Easily adapts to hand quilting. — Review by International Association of Professional Quilters
- If you are looking for nature-inspired quilting designs that are not just florals, you will find this a terrific resource. Lone Minkkinen, a graphic designer and quiltmaker living in Michigan, drew many of the designs in this book while on holiday in her native Denmark. It includes more than 100 continuous line quilting design patterns. The designs are shown by group: the barn yard, the pond, the ocean, the forest, the dogs, the birds, the flowers, equestrian and dinosaurs, dragons and more. Some of my favorites were the frog on the lily pad, the lizard and the beetle. While Lone designed the patterns for continuous machine quilting, you can easily adapt them for hand quilting. (Posted on 11/3/11)
- Quilting Designs from Nature — Review by Daniel Lai, Dexter Patch
- The book includes patterns, tips and stories and caters to crafters of all abilities — from the seasoned professional to the beginning quilter. "If you are looking for nature-inspired quilting designs that are not just florals, you will find this a terrific resource," the International Society of Professional Quilters said in a press release. (Posted on 10/19/11)
- Quilting Deisgns from Nature — Review by Anonymous
- I LOVE this book. So many quilt design options. Who knew you could quilt an owl in a continuous line? Dogs, birds, farm animals, bugs, dinosaurs and dragons. Something perfect for every quilt you make. (Posted on 9/6/11)