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Stuart Hillard was a professional sewer and quilter for over 15 years before becoming a popular contestant on the BBC's GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE; he teaches sewing workshops and hosts retreats, as well as making personal appearances, guest presenting on TV and giving interviews for magazines and radio shows. Stuart blogs at www.sew.co.uk and has his own column in POPULAR PATCHWORK and ESSENTIALS magazines.
Stuart Hillard reached the semi-final of BBC2's GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE, bringing a fantastic sense of invention, passion, creativity and style to all things fabric. Stuart's first love is sewing for the home - transforming everything from tablecloths, cushions and curtains to garden chairs and quilts. He is an enthusiastic home sewer and teacher and his mission is to make sewing for the home accessible and aspirational, and his message is clear: sewing is for everyone. He introduces the novice sewer to the basic skills, kit and trimmings and also endeavours to teach even the most experienced sewer a new range of techniques. Ranging from the super-easy, no-sew projects for those who are enthusiastic about fabric but are under-confident, to gorgeous quilts that take a few basic sewing skills, Stuart's brilliant designs and simple-to-follow approach will help everyone to sew for their own home, their own way.
Stuart Hillard is on a mission to help quilters all over the world realize their quilting dreams and prove it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it - one simple shape at a time. In the follow-up title to the bestselling Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts, Stuart shows you how the easiest of shapes can make extraordinary quilts. The book is divided into five main pattern chapters: One-Patch Quilts - 20 quilts using a single, repeated shape. Strips and Squares - 20 quilts that turn strips and squares into a tessellated triumph. Triangles - 20 quilts using half, square triangles, half rectangles and equilateral triangles. Curves - 20 quilts that show off your curves. Foundation Piecing - 20 quilts to create unique blocks from the easiest shapes using paper foundation piecing. Simple Shapes Stunning Quilts teaches you the basics of quilt design; this book is packed full of pattern blocks that use the simplest shapes in order to build up your quilt. Each of the 100 blocks can be used to make one of Stuart's quilt designs. Alternatively, quilters can adapt any of the pattern blocks; they can personalize treatments, colours and arrangements, add extra borders, and more. Making your own design is as easy as 1, 2, 3; 1. Select a simple shape to work with. 2. Sew the shapes together to make the pattern block. 3. Repeat the block to build up the full, stunning quilt. Alongside the patterns, and quilt design, Stuart has drawn on years of teaching experience to include the ultimate quilting hacks, tips and tricks, as well as his `rules' for successful quilting. The techniques chapter cover basic skills, design skills, cutting skills, paper piecing, easy applique techniques and advice on how to add border and binding with the help of step-by-step photographs. This book is perfect for beginners attempting their first quilt, and experienced quilters looking for new inspiration. Stuart's designs and irresistible enthusiasm reveal the power of simple shapes and will inspire you to make spectacular quilts your way.
Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts is the new book from the Sewing Bee's quilting supremo Stuart Hillard. Featuring 100 block patterns and 100 fabulous quilt designs, this book enables readers to sew a fantastic collection of scrap quilts. Every block featured comes with a breakdown of the fabric scraps required, assembly instructions and a detailed illustration of the finished block. Each of the 100 blocks can be used to make one of Stuart's quilt designs - all the designs are brought to life by a detailed illustration, with 12 of Stuart's absolute favourites captured in inspiring lifestyle photographs. Alternatively, any of the block patterns can be adapted and combined by quilters; they can personalise treatments, colours and arrangements, add extra borders, wider sashings and more, to design and sew their own unique quilts. Alongside the block patterns and quilt designs, Stuart has drawn on years of teaching experience to include the ultimate quilting hacks, tips and tricks, as well as his `rules' for successful scrap quilting. Plus, all the major techniques are explained with the help of step-by-step photographs. This book is perfect for beginners attempting their first quilt, and experienced quilters looking for new inspiration. Stuart's designs and irresistible enthusiasm will encourage anyone to stop hoarding their scraps and start using up their stash!
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