New Series: Favorite Quilting Books

Hi!  It's Vanessa of Punkin Patterns here today to start a new blog series on our favorite quilting books.  I'm really excited to start the series because I knew just which book I'd talk about:  Angela Walters' book "Free-Motion Quilting".

Free-Motion Quilting

Anglea Walters has been quilting and blogging on her blog, Quilting Is My Therapy, for some time.  If you're unfamiliar with her work, you can check out her online portfolio.

Her book takes you step-by-step through many beautiful quilting designs.  My favorite part -- she not only teaches you how to do the first shape in the quilting design, but she teaches you how to move into the next shape of the design and continue.  The hardest part about free-motion quilting is knowing where to go next.  This book makes that so much easier to learn.

Free-Motion Quilting page

The book is also filled with tips like how to sketch out the quilting patterns to get used to where to go next and there is a great discussion on batting and thread.  She also gives insight into how she designs quilting patterns around the piecing of the quilt.

Free-Motion Quilting page 2

I've only used this book a little so far, practicing free-motion stitches on scraps.  I'm very excited to try some of these techniques on my next quilt. 

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