Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! As I work on the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner, I’ve decided to temporarily shift Tips and Tutorials Tuesday to once a month. Please scroll down below to see the fantastic tutorials that have been added below, and if you’re a blogger feel free to add as many as you’d like!
For my tip today, I want to share a new book with you that I’m thrilled I added to my bookshelf. Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites (Amazon affiliate link).
I met the author of this wonderful book last month at the HandiQuilter headquarters. Christa Watson is a warm, effusive, funny, joyous person, and I enjoyed every moment I spent with her.
As a longarm quilter with four young children, it is rare for me to have time to sit down to practice my quilting skills on a home sewing machine. But I have been making a point to try to do it a few times a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. A longarm is a wonderful tool, but it doesn’t work well for certain designs (for example- long diagonal lines). So I was ecstatic when Christa told me about her new book. It’s perfect for beginners and more advanced quilters alike.
Since I’m a professional longarm quilter, I know I shouldn’t be telling you this… but I love the idea of making a quilt from start to finish all by yourself. So I love that Christa empowers quilters to do just that (even if it means less business for me!) She has a practical, logical way of presenting information. And I love the little tips that are off-set throughout the book. These are details that patterns don’t usually mention – that you usually learn the hard way; Christa’s suggestions spare us from this pitiful fate.
The book contains 12 modern patterns. Christa walks readers through all steps of the quilt-making process, from start to finish. I love this comprehensive approach to teaching. Christa’s book is a primer of sorts, with 10 free-motion quilting techniques and 8 walking foot desgins that are perfect starting points for me on my domestic sewing machine.
Of all the 12 patterns in the book, I particularly like Focal Point. Here is a version of it by the oh-so-talented Amy Garro of 13 Spools:
I also love Rain. I think I could make this quilt over and over again with different color combinations. Here is Cheryl’s version from Meadowmist Designs:
I hope you get a chance to take a peek at Christa’s book for yourself. Add it to your list of modern quilting must-haves!