While Maria Shell's work is firmly grounded in the craft of quiltmaking, she uses her years of experience to create surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Maria lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Contents Start Where You Are My Journey as a Quiltmaker • Your Journey To Developing a Quiltmaking Practice • How to Use this Book • The Psychological and Emotional Benefits of Being a Maker • Tips on Being a Fearless Quiltmaker
Space and Tools Quality Tools Sewing Machines A Short Discussion about Space Finding the Perfect Iron
Color, Pattern, and Repetition Color Basic Color Theory • Color from a Quilter's Perspective • Four Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Color Sense • Value • Building a Color Palette • Print, Pattern, and Repetition Finding Quality Solid Fabrics Search Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, and Ebay • Buy Commercial Quilter's Cottons • Dye Your Own Tips on Being Fearless with Color
Ruler-Made Stripes The Simple Stripe Fabric Prep • Cutting Stripes • Stitching Stripes Designer Stripes—Creating Recipes for Ruler-Made Stripes Working with a Ruler-Made Stripe Piecing off the Grid Press Like a Professional
Mat-Made Stripes Preparing and Cutting Mat-Made Stripes Controlling Wonkiness in Mat-Made Stripes Ruler-Made Stripes versus Mat-Made Stripes Short Row Stripes—Another Fun Stripe to Make Tips for Cutting and Sewing without Rulers Mat-Made Stripes Quilt Ideas
Polka Dots Classic Polka Dot Multi-Colored Polka Dots Polka Dot Stripes Polka Dot Quilt Ideas Triangles Triangles Made with Lines Isosceles Triangles Made from Shapes Half-Square Triangles / Right Angle Triangle Rulers Perfect Pinning Triangle Quilt Ideas Chevrons, Herringbones, and Zigzags Chevrons Herringbones Zigzags Chevron, Herringbone, and Zigzag Quilt Ideas Checks, Tracks, and Plaids—The Ultimate Linear Print Checks, Ginghams, Plaids, and Tartans Defined Checks Lattice Checks • Regular Checks Tracks Plaids