1. Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe
2. Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson
3. Geared for Guys by Emily Herrick
Other stuff you guys suggested:
- a way for you all to get involved, like maybe a central place to link to your blog when you write a serious review. I'm totally down with this! I just need to figure out how to make it easily navigable. I've been planning a proper website (around the blog) so that tutorials, reviews and such are more easily cataloged. I think once the website launches, I can set this up.
- my personal opinion. On the website I'm planning on making recommendations for specific categories and subcategories. I'm not sure if I'll go further than that. I imagine that what is appropriate and useful will reveal itself. I guess that I just don't expect that what I want or need in a book is necessarily what YOU want or need, so I'm happiest to just describe what is in the book and who I imagine would want/need it.We'll see!
Quilting is probably my least favorite step in the process of making a quilt. It's also, probably because I send quilts out pretty often, my biggest
I tend to like quilting that is somewhere between an all-over pattern with no relationship with the patchwork and a one that is micro-coordinated to the patchwork. Usually, this results in either a fairly minimal all-over design (see the The DoublePlusGood Quilt, Miss Stinky's Particle Board Cabin) or for a long time I have favored straight-line quilting (The Full Stops Quilt, The Green Quilt, The Kelp Quilt). It probably helps that these designs are pretty straightforward requests for me to make of my lovely local long-arm quilter, Bernie.
I also tend to send things out to the long-arm quilter when I'm short on time or when I've made a large quilt (and most of my quilts are large!)
I recently realized that I need to do more of my own quilting. Why? Because I came across this work in progress:
I made this quilt top in 2005. 2005. 2005. I f**king love this quilt top and it hasn't been quilted because I haven't developed the skills to execute what is in my head. ARGH!!!! Time to grow some ovaries, slap that darning foot on my little Janome, and get to work!
I had a few lap-sized quilts in need of quilting, so I decided to woman-up and quilt them myself. Unfortunately, I can't show you the quilt tops (gifts and such), but suffice it to say that I wanted something non-swirly and non-straight-line and moderately dense.
My go-to-spot for browsing free-motion quilting designs is The Free Motion Quilting Project from Leah Day. More than 365 designs being given away for free with pictures and videos and explanations? Yes, please! They are also, very helpfully, categorized in multiple ways, including difficulty, design type, and directional texture.
I decided to practice on a small quilt I anticipate donating to charity.
This is the Basic Chevron design. Pretty easy. I got much better as I went, so I was glad to be working on a practice quilt as I got the worst of the wobbles out of my system.
I then slept on it (your brain processes skills as you sleep, making you much better on the start of day 2, than you were at the end of day 1. Seriously, here's my reference: RadioLab. Yay science!)
On the second quilt, I decided to use the Square Spiral
Again, it was a bit clunky at first, but I practiced a bit, slept on it, practiced a bit more and then was competent enough to do it on a "real" quilt.
My practice quilt doesn't look half-bad though!
I think I'm going to finish upthe patchwork for my log cabin quilt next, but in the back of my head, I'm contemplating how I will quilt it and also the Halloween Quilt. I actually, think I'm pretty close to settled a design for the Halloween Quilt---varying sized squares filled with the matrix design.