Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts Paperback – Illustrated, July 16 2012
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About the book:
● Step-by-step instructions for continuous-line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs, and points.
● Draw inspiration from striking pictures of 20 modern quilts showing Angela's designs.
● Practical advice for choosing the perfect pattern to give your modern quilt maximum impact.
What about Color?
When I pick out thread for a quilt, I usually choose one that matches the quilt top. Because I like a lot of quilting, a thread color that blends will add texture to the quilt without overpowering the quilt top. I believe the first thing people should see is the quilt top, and then, a split second later, they should see the quilting.
If a quilt is made up of several different colors, it can be hard to decide which color to use. Try laying several colors on the quilt top and see which one blends the most. I often use a light gray or light taupe thread on multicolor quilts.
Using The Designs In Modern Quilts
This is where the rubber meets the road, or more specifically, where the needle meets the fabric. You have practiced your designs several times and are now ready to apply them to your favorite quilts. But in which quilts should you use them, and how? That is exactly what this section is about. I will show you some common scenarios in modern quilts and discuss different options for quilting them.
Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas contained in this section do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the modern quilting community. I give the above warning in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, but it is true. Keep in mind that the tips and suggestions I give here are what have worked for me. Take what you like, leave what you don’t, and just have fun with the process.
When I am allowed to decide how to quilt my customers’ quilts, I usually rely on my own preferences. My personal motto is, 'Quilt until you have quilted too much—and then quilt some more.' I love lots and lots of quilting. Most of the quilts you will see in this section are quilted very densely. I always want the quilting to complement the piecing, not overpower it—a challenge because of my fondness for dense quilting. To accomplish this, I use matching thread that blends with the quilt top.
Image: SQUARES, 34 × 34, pieced and quilted by Angela Walters. Each block is quilted using a different design.
Some modern quilters love to add a lot of negative space to create an interesting quilt. But when the time comes to quilt all that space, it can seem like a daunting task. Instead, think of it as your opportunity to run free and let your imagination roam. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a lot of open space on a quilt. Here are some things to con¬sider when quilting negative space.
Blend, Blend, Blend.
It can be very easy for the quilting in negative space to distract from the piecing, especially if you use thread that is a different color. Using a matching thread that blends in will ensure that your quilting will add texture but won’t overwhelm the piecing.
Image: CIRCLES, 41 × 55, pieced and quilted by Angela Walters.
Walters is the go-to machine quilter for many modern quilt designers, and her first book is an introduction to the basics of designing for machine quilting. To make it appealing to a variety of quilters, it isn’t specific to a type of machine―any of the designs in the book could be created using a standard sewing machine or a long-arm quilting machine. Walters organizes the content by geometric shape (swirls and circles, squares, etc.), allowing quilters to quickly reference the designs when needed. A useful section on choosing what to quilt based on the design of the quilt top is also included. VERDICT Machine quilting is very popular, and this book is suitable for quilters of all skill levels, regardless of the machine they use for quilting. (Howard J. Katz Library Journal, 06/21/12)
I chose this book because I wanted to extend my free-motion quilting skills (as hand quilting and long arm quilting are not options for me), but it may just have revolutionized how I look at quilting my quilts. Angela says, 'But over and over, I see quilters piecing such beautiful quilt tops only to resort to an allover quilting design, unsure of how to quilt it or doubtful about their quilting ability.' These words really resonated with me. I hadn’t really contemplated using multiple quilting patterns in a single project, but Angela does with stunning results and it has changed how I look at quilting.
This book features step by steps for a number of quilting designs with very clear instructions and diagrams. There’s also an extensive introduction and general guide. It is specifically geared to modern quilters and includes a section on using the designs in modern quilts.
I have already drafted my first quilting design using ideas from this book and I know I will be referring to it often. This book is truly a must have for any modern quilter. (Jane Kelly 7/24/2012)
Angela Walters is the talented, well-known machine quilter from Quilting is My Therapy and the author of the new book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Angela works with many modern quilters to make beautiful designs even more extraordinary. Angela's gorgeous free-motion quilting enhances modern quilts, taking each piece to a whole new level. She learned to quilt from her husband's Grandpa and never looked back, becoming one of the most sought-after machine quilters in the industry. (Sewmamasew.com, 09/18/12)
The big, bold, graphic designs that are often used in modern quiltmaking aren’t necessarily enhanced by quilting designs created for more traditional block-based patchwork and applique. Modern quilts, with their irregular shapes and random placement, are enhanced by a different type of quilting pattern altogether. Professional longarm quilter Angela Walters will open your eyes to countless possibilities for working stitches on your quilt tops that will turn them into true works of art. This is not a step-by-step guide on how to free-motion quilt by machine―you’ll need other references to learn the basic skills. Rather, Angela shows you how to consider the type of quilting designs that will enhance your quilt top, how to draw them, and how to work them by machine, whether you are using a longarm, midarm or domestic sewing machine. A very stimulating and practical workbook that will enable you to lift your quilts from ordinary to extraordinary. (Australian Homespun Magazine, September 2012)
If you've ever admired a quilt with beautiful free-motion quilting, you'll surely marvel at the skill Angela Walters embeds in her modern quilts. Her most recent book demystifies her techniques and lays out her building blocks for modern machine quilting.
She presents her approach in three well-illustrated, easy-to-follow sections: Getting Started is essentially Walters's 'what and why' materials guide. The real meat of the manual, The Designs, provides a progressive tutorial and step-by-step guide to learning each quilting stitch. And lastly, Using the Designs in Modern Quilts is a gallery of inspiring quilts that illustrates the techniques in the book and provides insight into her artistic and technical implementation. (Christine French International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene, 10/24/12)
Angela brings a fresh, modern take on free-motion quilting that will make the reader want to run to the sewing studio to try her addictive stitching ideas. The relatively large negative spaces that are frequently seen in modern quilts, often featuring fabric in solid colors, seem to cry out for interesting quilting designs to complement and complete the overall look. Angela's 28 step-by-step stitching designs, along with her tips for successful quilting, will help give machine quilters confidence in choosing the right designs, thread and batting for each modern quilt that comes under their needle. (Machine Quilting Unlimited, Nov/Dec 2012)
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters offers approachable quilting designs that are perfect for modern quilters, but also are interesting and inspiring to traditional and art quilters as well. Practice and polish those skills with Angela's newest release Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. (American Quilt Retailer, May 2014)
Free-Motion Quilting With Angela Walters is an excellent starting point. Angela provides step-by- step instructions for continuous-line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs and points. The book is divided into three sections: getting started, the designs and using the designs in Modern quilts. Angela says 'these sections also could be described as Motivation, Instruction, and Inspiration: First, I want to motivate you to push your quilting boundaries and try new designs. Second, I will teach you several of my favorite designs. Last, I want to inspire you with pictures of common modern quilts and different ways to quilt them.' Don’t be put off by thinking these quilting designs are just for Modern quilts. The designs you will learn are very compatible for any style of quilting. There are 28 designs offered in the book with photos and diagrams of each design and instructions on how to stitch it. (The Applique Society Newsletter, July/August 2014)
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- Publisher : C&T Publishing; Illustrated edition (July 16 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 160705535X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607055358
- Item weight : 400 g
- Dimensions : 20.24 x 1.04 x 25.4 cm
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Good diagrams, good tips and easy instructions! Best book I've bought yet.
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im just starting out on FMQ so its perfect for me not sure if your more experienced as basic patterns but great break downs of how to do them