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"Quilting Curves" Book Review posted: 7/28/2003
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
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Quilting Curves
By Vikki Pignatelli
The Quilt Digest Press
4255 West Tuhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Vikki Pignatelli works entirely by machine to create her wonderful curving designs flowing across her quilts. She says that this is "an innovative technique for machine piecing curves with incredible ease." Being able to demonstrate in words and pictures to us through her book, and make it look so easy (and she assures us it is!) is another talent that Vikki does very well.

"After much trial and error, a technique" she dubbed "mosaic applique" was born. "This topstitched technique is a fast and simple way to achieve the grace and beauty of curves in a quilt top without the painstaking precision that conventional piecing entails." She does this by "a technique that combines surface piecing and applique layering." She found that by using "topstitch piecing, the design is always visible to you as it progresses."

Vikki leads you through an explanation of the right tools to have on hand, so that you can be successful at your venture into "Quilting Curves." She also has a very good detailed section on fabric: types, collecting, buying, color terms, and preparation. Besides perfect accuracy, the quilter has "an incredible freedom of design." This is very evident in the complex designs she says are so easy to do.

The beginning project, "Spring Tulip Quilt," is a small project to get you on your way to practicing these curved techniques, with her combination of photos and line drawings. The markings she has you draw on your templates "may seem intimidating at first, but once you get used to them you will see how easy that are to use."

Each of the projects builds on the techniques learned in the previous projects, including adding back-art, extending the pattern into borders and binding and quilting with various threads and methods. Ideas for design inspiration and an in-depth explanation on how to transfer your own design to fabric using her wonderful method are included in the book. Have fun, be creative, and try those curves!

PS: I also love this book because of the fantastic photos of her machine quilting taken by Sharon Hoogstraten and Vikki herself.

This book can be found at your local quilt shop.

Publisher Name: The Quilt Digest Press

Publisher Address: 4255 West Tuhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Author Website: Vikki Pignatelli

2003 Dori Hawks

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