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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Free-Motion Quilting, with Angela Walters

This coming June, CT Publishing will release "Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts", by Angela Walters. I had the pleasure of seeing an Advanced Reading Copy and I'm delighted to be able to share insights with you today.


This inspirational new free-motion quilting book shares insights on 28 designs, with step by step instructions, that apply to those doing free-motion quilting on a longarm and/or a domestic sewing machine (DSM).

There are three main sections:
  1. Getting Started is full of insights to help you before you start.  You'll learn about supplies, how to draw the designs, threads, batting, marking tools, and other notions.
  2. The Designs, which are categorized in groups of Swirls & Circles, Squares, Lines & Vines, and Arcs and Points.  Each design has great visuals and steps to walk you thru the  design, as well as a beautiful picture of a project that shows off that particular free-motion quilting design.
  3. Using designs in Modern Quilts shows how to incorporate various free-motion quilting designs into your quilts with a variety of quilt designs, such as Square-in-a-Square Log Cabin Quilts, Zigzag Quilts, Wonky Quilts, and Strip Quilts.
Angela shares that the above three sections could easily be described as "Motivation, Instruction, and Inspiration", which I totally agree with. 

Additional topics cover:
  • Other Aspects of Modern Quilting which shares insights on Modern Quilting, use of space, mixing designs, etc. where photos and insights create a powerful chapter that provides an amazing punch to this spectacular book.
  • Still Stuck ? Tips for Deciding on Quilting Designs expands on other chapters, providing additional insights to help quilters select designs and plan placement of various designs to make their quilts really pop with use of beautiful free-motion quilting designs.
There are more insights shared, than I can provide, but I hope I've shared enough that you can understand why I say this is an excellent book for any quilter (longarm or DSM) that wants to learn and/or improve their free-motion quilting.   Angela also provides a unique aspect of free-motion quilting, bringing in insights of the Modern Quilting movement, yet the insights in this book would apply to those that favor the Modern Quilting style, as well as those that like traditional quilts.

While this book will not be released until June, I hope you will have a chance to check it out at your local quilt store this summer or online at C& T Publishing.  I think you'll really like this new quilting book.

You can find Angela at:
Blog:  Quilting is my Therapy
Facebook:  Machine Quilting by Angela
Twitter:  Angela Walters

For insights on other free-motion quilting books, SewCalGal maintains a matrix of such books. 


Barb said...

There is just so much information out there, it is amazing. Thanks for this review.

Larissa said...

Wow! This sounds truly fantastic!! Thanks for the heads up and review!!

WoolenSails said...

Sounds like a great book. I need practice, my hands and speed don't match up, so i need to find a balance so my stitches come out more evenly.


Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

wow, that sounds like a must have book, thanks!

Doreen said...

That book sounds like another great resource. I am, also, glad to hear that both the longarm and DSM quilters are being recognized. Thank you for the review/heads up! Will definitely pursue this.

Jensters said...

Im just starting out...book looks good.

tijerasycuchara said...

I like your work, they are lovely
have a good day