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
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