There are so many!!!! And, when we have that quilt top pieced and ready to be sandwiched/layered with backing and batting, we look at it ……….and……..draw a blank!!!!!! How to stitch it!!!????!!! How dense??? Curved…straight….outline, echo, in the ditch, edge to edge, block by block, etc, etc, ……….well, you get the picture…….you’ve been there, right???? Well, there’s major help available and it’s in the form of this fab book…….Quilting Wide Open Spaces by Judi Madsen of “Green Fairy Quilts”.
The first couple of pages give a good list of basic tools that are beneficial to have. The term “longarm” is used but don’t be put-off by it, there is nothing in this book that isn’t applicable to a DSM (domestic sewing machine)!!!!! My quilting is done on a sit-down mid-arm (HQ Sweet Sixteen) and many of the issues/principles that work with a DSM are the same for me and I found this book to be a quilting manual that will grow with me on my road to better quilting.
The “traditional” quilts we are all used to seeing seem to have smaller wide open (today’s word……”negative”) spaces but more and more of today’s quilts are leaving more unbroken vacant(?) space. This provides added “punch”/focus on the piecing but adds a dimension that can be a challenge……..just ‘what’ do I put in those spaces??? This book provides tons of awesome inspiration that will get your “creative juices” flowing!!!! Whether you have just pieced an “Ohio Star” or “Wedding Ring” or have taken the plunge and gone toward the ‘modern’, possibly minimalist, direction, there is something for you in this beautifully done publication. Quilting “newbies” and the more experienced will find much to excite the imagination!!!!!
Included in the book are directions for 6 outstanding quilts that are the perfect “blank slate” for stitching and Judi is right there with her perfect suggestions….and the step by step process to achieve great results.
I will have to say, I own many quilting books and they all have been a great help in my FMQ (free motion quilting) journey but this one is ‘tops’ in my estimation!!!
This, and many more excellent publications, may be found on the AQS Publishing site!
This review was done because I believe this is quality product and I have not been reimbursed in any way for this endorsement!!!!
Now, it’s time to go quilting!!!………………………………….