Try it on Tuesday: Doodle Quilting

I am a sucker for books that explain free motion quilting so when C&T Publishing asked if I would be interested in reviewing Doodle Quilting: Over 120 Continuous-Line Machine-Quilting Designs by Cheryl Malkowski, I jumped at the chance.  I reviewed the ebook version.


Previous to this I hadn’t been a fan of ebooks, but all that changed when my son showed me how to put them on my Kindle.  I love being about to read them on my Kindle.  If you don’t know how to transfer them there, leave a comment and I’ll do a little tutorial on that.

Anyway, back to the book.  Being I was able to have it on my Kindle, I took it to bed and read it every for a couple days.  I studied the designs and curves.  Like I said, I’ve been reading and reviewing lots of quilting books, and this one, I like lots.

The author shows the designs in pieces.  Then she took a whole design, dissected and labeled the pieces of the design.   I could study it then and finally something in my brain just clicked.  I think it’s the visual learner in me that needed to study the design.

Over the weekend, I was quilting a quilt for Kelli.


The quilting design isn’t fancy but it was something I could break down into pieces and understand.  Previously I hadn’t used a lot of echoing…let’s say now that has completely changed and now I realize echoing is truly a long-armers best friend.  In fact, I would be willing to say, echoing makes free motion quilting possible.

I get emails and messages from people who say just used a pantograph design and be done with it….Not me.  I think I am too much of a control freak and don’t feel comfortable blindly stitching from the other side.

I have my eye on some feather designs in the book so hopefully one day, I’ll find the right quilt and be brave enough to try out.

I’ll give this book a big thumbs up!!

15 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: Doodle Quilting

  1. Jean

    I would love to learn how to load some of these kinds of books on my Kindle/Paperwhite. Is there something special you need to do?

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  2. pdudgeon

    pun me in the column under ‘need help with the whole e-book thing”! LOL, as i am way behind and under-schooled when it comes to anything that is wireless these days.
    seriously LOVE your quilting on this quilt. it’s soooooo pretty.

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  3. Cathy

    Yes, Jo, I would love to know how to convert the ebook to read with my Kindle app. Thanks for all the info you provide. Cathy in TN

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  4. Sherry

    Oh sounds like a great book. I would love to have it. I am beginning to finally do some machine quilting. Only straight lines but I feel so accomplished getting some quilts finished.
    Thanks for sharing this book.
    Have a great day.
    Sherry

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  5. Karen

    I found this book last week on Amazon and ordered it. I’ve only been able to flip through the pages, but it looks great. I do want to go further with my FMQ beyond stippling.

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  6. Margie Young

    Your quilt is so lovely , you did a beautiful job quilting it. Did you quilt this just by memory of the patterns in the book ? I have a machine on a frame and just do a meandering on it and I so need to expand.

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  7. Susan

    I would love to know how to put ebooks on my Kindle too! About this book…my biggest problem with quilting is seeing an over-all design. I refuse to do pantos – just hate them! I always see custom quilting where each 9″ block takes me an hour to quilt! I love custom quilting, but some quilts, and customers, just want an all-over pattern and I really struggle with that! Would this book help with that?

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