Strips That Sizzle

Title: Strips That Sizzle
Author: Margaret J. Miller
Publisher: That Patchwork Place
Publication Date: 1992, Reprinted 1997
Pages: 112
Price: $24.95
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All of you who have been looking for used or remainder copies of this marvelous book will be happy to know that it has just been reissued in response to popular demand by That Patchwork Place. Strips that Sizzle is an introduction to a very specialized technique of quilt design and construction invented by the author that, when properly done, creates a dazzling play of light across the quilt surface.

As the title indicates, Miller works with rotary-cut strips of fabric sewn together and cut into blocks in a highly stylized, and at the same time somewhat random, manner. The blocks are then experimentally arranged on a design wall or floor, photographed, viewed through reducing glasses, fiddled and teased until a pleasing overall design emerges.

The result is a highly geometric, non-traditional type of quilt that creates illusions of depth and dramatic gradations of light on the quilt surface. Its closest traditional ancestor is probably an Attic Window or Tumbling Blocks design, but Miller carries the concepts to new levels with her unique method.

Besides the use of strips, Miller's technique is characterized by close attention to color VALUE, as distinguished from its hue. She stresses attention to the relative lightness or darkness of a fabric as an important design element, and provides much useful information on how to develop a keener sense of value as you select fabric and as you lay out a quilt using her trademark blocks.

Although Strips That Sizzle encourages original design and experimentation, the book also contains detailed instructions for four of the quilts featured. If you've gotten a little weary of traditional Log Cabins and Grandmother's Flower Gardens, and want to try something a little more "off the wall," this is the book for you.

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