And so it begins, sometimes: the vast expanse of a quilt before us, the anxiety of figuring out where to start and what to do feels overwhelming and freezes us in place. We stare at it, wander away, and get a cup of tea, wander back, stare some more. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. As a teacher of quilting, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is how to get started and how to make the quilting look cohesive. While I can help in class, it is often the “homework” where people get stuck.
There’s a new book out by Amanda Murphy that I think can help. I had the good fortune to meet Amanda at Quilt Market this year and talk about the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book with her, and think this is a good entry for people looking for help as they “go solo”. Her book (and there’s a Facebook group that is working through the sampler and book together, which you request to join) provides a variety of blocks and a framework of designs that can be adapted and used for them all. After working through it with the sampler add-on, I think it’s a pretty great way to grow in your skills and confidence. The idea is to be able to riff off a core element, like music, growing and adapting that to the quilt blocks before you. I dig it.
This is guided quilting in the comfort of your own home, which is a pretty great thing! The designs can be as simple or complex as you choose, and are easy to find in two different indices in the back of the book. one other nice thing? It’s spiral bound!
To win a copy, leave a comment below telling me what the scariest quilting project is you’ve tackled (and if you finished it!). For me, the scariest projects are the ones I care the most about. I’ll pick a winner November 12! If you want more chances to win, be sure to follow the other hoppers:
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Hop
Happy quilting, y’all!