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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 02 February 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617452864
  • Stock: 6 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 160
  • Pages: 100
  • RRP: £25.99
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Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined


Fresh Techniques & Design by Allie Aller

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Quilt the illusion of stained glass. This rich resource of approachable techniques from expert Allie Aller will let you jump right in with 6 stained glass—style quilts, from dazzling wallhangings to throws and bedcovers—full-size pattern pullout included. Outline pieced and appliquéd shapes 3 different ways—using trims, couching, and bias fabric strips. Explore your own ideas for both simple and intricate stained glass designs, and set yourself up for sewing success with tips on organizing your sewing space, using a design wall, and more.

'To sum up a lovely book that will have quilters itching to get started.' www.myshelf.com

About the Author

About Allie Aller

Allison Aller has been stitching, sewing, knitting, and writing since she was a child....and that child is alive and well in the joyful work she creates today in the field of crazy quilting. Her work has appeared in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, American Quilter, the $100,000 Quilt Challenge, Needlepoint Now, and the Way to Womens Wellness Art Bra Calendars (cover, 2007), as "guest artist" in several books, and in her own "Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting, C & T Publishing, 2011. Her second book, co-authored with fellow crazy quilter Valerie Bothell, is due out in May 2014.


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A couple of months ago, I was on a visit to Chichester Cathedral and saw the stained glass window by Marc Chagall in all its glowing ruby-red splendour, backlit by the afternoon sun. I stood transfixed. Allie Aller draws inspiration for her stained glass quilts from many sources, but the landscape windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany are a particular favourite and inspired the Tiffanys Peacock quilt on the cover of her book. This is the most advanced project and comes with a full-sized pull out template to create a wall hanging. Whilst you could jump right in with this one, anyone new to stained glass quilting might want to work through the opening chapters, which outline the different leading techniques, fabric selection, and developing your own pattern. Allie describes in her introduction how she spent several years in the 1990s developing ideas for stained glass quilts and then moved into crazy quilting and hand stitching. Her recent return to the technique was inspired by the Modern Quilt movement and the graphic nature of stained glass quilting with its focus on composition, colour, line, shape, and fabric. This is evident in the Mondrians Window couch quilt project using different thicknesses of leading to outline bold colour blocks. If I ever get around to making this, itll go on my wall!


Stained glass quilts have been around for a long time, but here is a book that reimagines them by updating the whole idea and making it more versatile.  Why only use traditional materials when there are so many other choices, and why only use traditional methods when there are all sorts of other options?

One of the reasons why handcrafts are currently so popular is the way so many of them have been reinvented for modern peoples time, tools and tastes.  While traditional quilts are lovely mixing it up a bit and coming up with something fresh and new is the best way of keeping things up to date and this book manages all that well.  The book begins by looking at patterns and ways of being inspired by them such as coloring books, old embroidery transfers and searching the Internet.  The next chapter talks you through the process of making a typical stained glass pattern, from simplifying a drawing to resizing it, making into a set of templates and transferring the pattern to a background fabric.  Then there is a look at leading options from basic iron-on to less conventional choices such as yarn and ribbons and how to use them complete with practice exercises.  When you are ready there are six projects to make with patterns on a sheet at the back for a throw, bed and couch quilts and wallhangings.  Everything you need is listed and most of the steps have a photograph so you can see what your work should look like.  This is not a book on how to quilt for beginners; there are many of those around (check out the Search Press catalog) but a book that shows quilters how to do this particular style.  Basic quilting knowledge is assumed but you dont have to be too advanced to be able to tackle these projects.  Subjects for the projects include a Tiffany style peacock, floral welcome wreath, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mondrian windows, leafy vines and abstract shapes inspired by wind and sun.  There is a list of suppliers at the back if you are in the US and even a helpful look at good work habits including organizing a work table and keeping things tidy.  To sum up a lovely book that will have quilters itching to get started.


Creating a stained glass effect in quilting is fascinating. There are only 6 projects in this book from quilts to wall decor. There are also 3 ways to create the 'leading' without bias tape. The front cover shows a beautiful peacock and typical stained glass colours in the border of the cover that belong to another quilt called 'Mondrian's Window'. The back cover shows a beautiful 'vine' in gorgeous greens. These form the best three projects in the book in my opinion. Chapter One deals with design sources and strategies; the sources might surprise you, Chapter Two with Glass and Leading supplies and approaches - any experienced quilter will probably already have tried these methods, especially if they do applique. In the close-up of Frank's Window you can see how far out the leading is (and again twice in the instructions) and Chapter Three with Techniques and Exercises including a Gallery with some superb samples and Chapter Four with Work Flow plus Projects. The instructions for making the projects are clear.

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