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!!