Kathryn Schmidt has the answer for students wanting to break free of the rules. - 02/23/2010
Reviewer: Morna McEver Golletz, IAPQ from USA
Ever want to let loose and break the rules? Kathryn Schmidt has just the answer for you or your students who are ready to do just that. With tongue in cheek, she sets out to help you achieve great results with pattern-free, template-free and pin-free sewing. Using six fat quarters, she guides you through creating 10 abstract design wallhangings. Kathy shares her signature Stack-Slash-and-Move and Easy-Curvy Sewing technique as you work on designs titled "Disturbing the Piece" or "Probation Violation." It's clear Kathy had a great time putting together this book, and if your students want to break from tradition, this would be a fun place to start. --Morna McEver Golletz, IAPQ, Professional Quilter Online, February 23, 2010
Rule-Breaking Quilts - 02/16/2010
Reviewer: Kathy Niemann from Marietta, GA
Shake loose of the rules imposed by the "quilt police". The author gives us the opportunity to sew and enjoy the process without sweating the precise 1/4" seam allowance, the pointing points and the "matchy matchy". Yet, you can make quilts that look appealing and express yourself. You can sense the fun-loving flavor of the author by the catchy titles of the chapters, such as "Mandatory Sentence," "Probation Violation," "Disturbing the Piece," etc. I love someone with a good sense of humor. Fun times.
Rule-Breaking Quilts by Kathryn Schmidt - 02/14/2010
Reviewer: Vivian M. Benton from Pittsburgh, PA
It's rare when you pick up a quilting book and you love every single quilt. This is, however, the case with this new book by Kathryn Schmidt. The book is centered around techniques to free ourselves of the quilt police, which she humorously refers to as committing quilt crimes. She shows us how, through a series of exercises, to escape the strictly traditional path and "travel" more along our own way. Her designs are bold, innovative and liberating. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to move past the traditional "block-built" methods of designing to becoming your own designer or "criminal mastermind."
Rule-Breaking Quilts - 02/09/2010
Reviewer: Iris Frank from Santa Cruz, CA
Even if one isn't quite ready to escape from the "Quilt Police" (that inborn need to produce perfect points and aligned seams from beautifully matched fabrics), this book is difficult to put down. Author Kathryn Schmidt covers the quilting crime scene well with headings such as "rap sheet, prison walls, circuit court, major crimes, and life sentence"!! And the quilts are titled Con Game, First Offense, Disorderly Conduct, and Disturbing the Piece, to name a few. These legal infringements are all "committed" with the same basic supplies: 6 fat quarters--usually 1 focus fabric, 1 dark, 1 light and 3 medium. And then the fun begins as Schmidt leads us in our escape from the Quilt Police.
Her standard MO (modus operandi) consists of either a stack-slash-and-move technique or an easy-curvy-sewing technique for the resulting 10 quilts which are colorful and eye-catching. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, the book is interesting enough to make one who usually obeys all the rules and regulations of the Quilt Police to think seriously, just once, about trying the "criminal element" of quilting!!