I recently got Angela Walter's new book Free-Motion Quilting and I think I'm in love! If you've read my blog for any length of time you know that I love to free motion quilt, but I've been stuck in a stippling rut. Don't get me wrong, I love stippling, but I wanted to expand my FMQ horizons. Let me preface my review by saying I'm in no way being compensated or rewarded for my statements. I bought this book on Amazon last week and I've been obsessed ever since! This is the only quilting related book I've read cover to cover! I spent a few days practicing on my son's Magna Doodle and some paper, then I moved on to my (home, not a long arm) machine:
eeeeek! Quilting I actually like that isn't stippling! I think my monster Anna Maria Horner quilt will be getting the flower treatment soon!
I knew I had this quilt top in my closet just waiting for some cool quilting so I busted it out today and got to work! Make no mistake, it takes work. You have to invest some time into practicing before you get the hang of it. I'm sort of impatient and probably didn't practice as long as I should have, but I was eager to get started!
Fun, right?!?!? Angela takes you step by step through how to make 28 different designs. Some come more easily to me than others. Anything that involves a point or straight line is hard for me, but that's ok! I know I'll get better in time.
I'm learning to live with my "mistakes" because they are a part of the process. Plus, no one is really going to notice or care once the whole quilt is done!
I managed to get half way though this quilt today and I hope to finish up tonight. The swirls are a little disheartening to me since I quilt myself in a corner and have to find creative ways to fill the holes, but I'm pushing through because I know the next time I quilt swirls, I'll do better! Is that enough cheerleading-ra-ra-you-can-do-it for you? :) All in all, I'm going to make the bold statement that this is the most valuable quilting book I've ever seen! I guarantee I will pull this book out 10 times more than any other in my stash! Remember, she can only show you the steps, you will have to put in the time and effort to practice, but if you do, I bet you'll see some awesome results!