Author(s): Cassandra Ellis
Few of us are fortunate enough to have a handmade quilt handed down through our family. In our grandmother's time, quilt-makers used whatever pieces of fabrics they could lay their hands on, from worn-out clothes to flour sacks and scraps. When the quilt was pieced together, its fabric represented something that was practical, precious and personal - an heirloom that would be passed down for generations. In Quilt Love, Cassandra Ellis teaches her freeform design techniques, which rely in part on intuition and improvisation, to enable you to create your own contemporary heirloom. Cassandra takes a refreshing, non-intimidating approach to quilting. She teaches how to incorporate fragments of fabric that have special meaning, using a piece that you love as the starting point and core of your design. This could be a cherished item of clothing, some fabric scraps, a tablecloth or curtain, a piece of heirloom embroidery, a sari that you picked up on your travels or specially chosen contemporary fabric that excites you - whatever you love the look of. Quilts tell stories. The creation of patchwork tells of love, loss, friendship and new beginnings.
The act of piecing cloth together, to create something both practical and precious for you or yours, is an incredibly personal journey. Creating a piece of patchwork is an opportunity to gather with friends or work in solitude on something that will hold a lifetime of memories. In this book, you will learn how to reveal your heart as well as your handiwork.