The Art Quilt Workbook

I just posted this review to the QuiltArt list, but I thought I’d  post it here too:

Last week I ordered a copy of “The Art Quilt Workbook” by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston — I ordered it directly from Jane, and want to thank her for the quick service.


I got it yesterday and skimmed through it. I can’t wait to dig in and really use this wonderful book. There are a lot of beautiful quilts to be inspired by and many exercises that I’m going to enjoy challenging myself with.

One of the best parts of the book, and the part I am most grateful for is the page at the end of each chapter that lists websites of quilt artists, books for further study, as well as artists that work in other mediums (media?), all of which have some relation to the topic that was discussed in the chapter.

As a traditional quilter who is looking to expand her horizons, I’ve been floundering a bit. I would like to learn about art and art history, but have been at a bit of a loss as to where to start. I know there is no magic fairy dust that is going to make it all easy, but I think this book is going to a valuable guide on my journey.

Thank you Jane and Elin.

Thanks also to the QuiltArt list, which is an education in and of itself. I have been reading the list for about a year and have learned about all kinds of books to read, websites to visit, techniques to try, and most of all: artwork to view.



(I ordered some other books last week, too, but those are coming from, so I’ll post about those when they arrive).


  1. joyce says:

    That looks like an interesting book. I may have to order it. I have also moved away from traditional quilting and am looking to expand my wings. This could be just what I need. THanks for the review.

  2. Brigitte Haydel says:

    Suzanne….I have this book too and also think it is a wonderful book. I just got it a week or so ago so I haven’t had time to actually start the exercises.

  3. Terri says:

    I’m glad to hear you like this book as I’ve got it on order also. Not sure when it will ship, coming from Amazon and they can be slow at times, especially when you choose free shipping.

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