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Warrnambool quilting teacher releases three books

14 January 2016

From The Standard of Warrnambool, Australia:

Learning about graphic design has allowed Fiona Schiffl to turn from a quilting teacher to a self-published author.

The Warrnambool quilter has just released three books on her craft after beginning a South West TAFE graphic design course as a computer design novice in 2011.

The books include “how-to” advice for using computers to create patterns and two publications highlighting her favourite patterns.

Mrs Schiffl tailored parts of the graphic design course to suit her goals, starting with [Adobe] Illustrator in 2011 and continuing with a basic introduction to web design, Photoshop and InDesign.

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Learning how to modify a design into a circular pattern was a game-changer, she said.

“I developed a system for creating hundreds of patterns on the computer. That’s been great for me and made me want to produce the books,” Mrs Schiffl said.

“When I was just exploring what I could do with Illustrator I made up about 2000 patterns and ornamental designs.

“Because I’d created so many patterns I thought I needed to write a book. I’ve put the best 400 in the other two books.

“Ask any quilter and they’ll tell you quilting is more than just cutting up fabric and sewing it back together.

“It can get you through the tough times, gives you confidence, helps you to solve problems and changes you in ways you weren’t expecting. It’s a fabulous hobby to get into.”

Mrs Schiffl said she decided to self-publish to keep copyright of the designs and so they “will be available forever”.

Link to the rest at The Standard

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8 Comments to “Warrnambool quilting teacher releases three books”

  1. Yet another way in which the internet has enabled and enriched the creative outpourings of the world.

    My mother’s a quilter. It’s partly geometry, partly sensuality (color, texture) and partly memory. Every piece of fabric has a history. Her father’s suits, my old dress-up dresses, the curtains that used to hang in my brother’s room…

  2. This, if nothing else, demonstrates the reach of the Internet.

    Warnambool is a small town on the southern Victorian coast at the end of the Great Ocean Road – marvelous scenery. It’s remote in a world sense, even tho the locals may not think that way. A TAFE is a ‘technical and further education’college [ages ago were called simply technical colleges] and offer modest tertiary or technical training where attendance at a university or degree-granting college is not feasible, financially or otherwise.

    PG, we owe you a thanks for including articles from widespread sources, whether geographic, cultural, or technical [the latter covering everything from book covers to publishing issues].


    [Context: I’m Australian, writing and living – and need I say skiing – in the High Sierra region of California].

    • Thanks for the additional information, John.

      Having grown up in places few have ever heard of, I have a soft spot for locales like Warnambool.

  3. Of note, in the US, quilting is now a multi-billion dollar industry. My mother is a quilter, too (a competitive art quilter, which means she puts hers in shows. She’s won a few awards over the years; her most recent series is a set of illuminated manuscripts, namely Chaucer, on fabric; past quilts include a couple architectural blueprints, a “storm at sea” seascape, and a couple astronomy quilts focusing on nebulae), and through her I think I’ve talked a few high-end quilters into self-publishing their books.

    I don’t think that this woman was one of them, though. At least, I don’t remember any of my mother’s quilty friends living in Australia.

  4. Go, Aussie, go! 😀

  5. viva los aussies. This old school mannered author lists herself on Amazon under the name of: Mrs Fiona Michelle Schiffl

    Perfect. As we often do on PG recommendation of authors, we bought all of her books. In print form. They will be worth it for the pattern makers in the family from everything from sheet metal to paper to cloth, and more. Her intros are generous and warm; her sharing of her patterns with gentle and clear cut advisement to keep people out of harm’s way re copyright, was just the right clear and kind tone, rather than sounding like a warden, she wants to keep people out of legal troubles.

    Only thing I’d add, is these are not in ebook form. I wonder if it is because thebooks are heavy in images, very much so.

  6. There are quite a lot of otherwise switched on people who simply don’t consider ebooks when it comes to non-fiction publishing. It’s as if they are blind to it.
    Even when you point out that ebooks can now contain illustrations and display in colour on many of the devices ebooks are now read upon, they still don’t believe that this is a suitable venue for their book to make sales. I feel very frustrated by this but I can name a dozen authors who have or are self publishing print books and failing to go on to make ebooks from those print books.
    I have a terrific ebook on how to make dozens of crochet designs into Granny Squares. the illustrations look good even in B&W.

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