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Book review: Scrap Quilt Secrets

Scrap quilts are an excellent choice for mixed media artists, since we so often have little bits and pieces of materials left over from other projects.  Scrap Quilt Secrets by Diane D. Knott, published by C&T Publishing will be released in April, and in it, Diane explains how she moves from traditional quilts as inspiration to creating her own original designs.  The main premise is that if you learn to pay close attention to what it is you like about one quilt, you will be able to create your own version of it that is successful rather than disappointing.

Each chapter discusses a design element that you may find appealing as the central focus of your quilt: style, contrast, repetition, accent, palette, and selvages.  Each chapter also has quilt designs and instructions, including an templates needed, which will help you explore these concepts.  Throughout is Diane's advice and tips on how to customize the patterns and plans for yourself.  The instructions are very clear and complete, and in the back are line drawings of each design for you to copy and color to make your own plans!