- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing; 2 edition (August 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617455326
- ISBN-13: 978-1617455322
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 171 customer reviews
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365 Free Motion Quilting Designs Paperback – August 7, 2016
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This really is an amazing book, now in its second edition. Leah set out to blog about creating a new free-motion quilting pattern every day and this is the result. It includes great designs for blocks, sashing and borders. Tips for getting on track with your quilting. Continuous line quilting and fabulous designs will ensure you will have a handy repertoire at your fingertips and your quilting will never be dull. There is an introduction with some answers to frequently asked questions. There is also an index at the back and room for your own notes. Each stitch design is shown with good photos, you can trace the design or you can visit Leah's website for video tutorials. This is not a how-to book, but it is an excellent resource for confident free-motion quilters. Advanced quilters will quickly adapt the designs too. (yarnsandfabrics.co.uk, 8/21/16)
This book is an incredible resource of quilting designs. Leah shares tips, designs and articles daily on her website and is a popular Craftsy instructor. In 2009, she began a new blog, setting out to create 365 new free-motion quilting designs―The Free Motion Quilting Project. As well as a drawing of each design online, there were also photos and video tutorials. This publication brings together those 365 designs in a fabulous reference book you will have for years to come. Get prepared for a visual extravaganza. (Quilters Companion, No. 81)
About the Author
Leah Day is an online quilting teacher and creator of The Free Motion Quilting Project, a blog dedicated to sharing new quilting design videos every week. Teaching primarily online has allowed Leah to reach thousands of quilters from around the world, but still stay home with her family.
Leah lives with her husband and son, along with several chickens, ducks, cats, and one lazy dog in Shelby, North Carolina. You can find Leah's latest quilting adventure at leahday.com.
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Leah Day is one of a group of machine quilting teachers who have changed the concept of quilting your own quilts on a home machine. She created the Free Motion Project because when she started nothing like it existed. And frankly, nothing like it exists even now although there finally are other books and websites that complement what she has done. I own a bunch of the books that are equally wonderful, but totally different from this one.
First, what this book and what it isn't. This book won't teach you how to do free motion quilting. You need to go to Leah Day's website for that. And it won't teach you how to do all of the wonderful patterns shown in this book. There is a free YouTube video for every one of them. You need to go to the web for that as well. Right now there are no negative reviews complaining about the book based on what it never attempted to do, but they probably will happen at some point, which is why I'm warning all of you about what you won't find here.
So what does this book do? First of all she has taken all the designs she developed and organized them in an order that will allow you to actually dig in and learn the designs. The easy ones are in the front. The hard ones are in the back. Second it gives you a catalog of the designs you can hold in your hand. I've accessed the videos from the online catalog. It can be done. But it isn't easy.
And second these are really good photographs. Much better than the ones I tried to print out at home from her online site.
And third, believe it or not, this is the cheapest way to have a copy of all of the designs. Paper and ink are not free.
Just an update. As Leah Day commented I am wrong about the designs being in order of difficulty.
When first checking out the reviews on this book, I had seen some reviewers say they were disappointed that it is made up of pics and not informative. I stalled in purchasing it due to it's cost and knowing that I could go online and see all 365 of Leah Day's designs for free.
Prior to purchasing my book, I borrowed a friend's book thinking I would just look at it and decide I didn't need it, Well, once I borrowed this book, I saw how much I really used it. I finally came to the conclusion that, I loved the convenience and ease of having the book by my sewing machine to look through it for ideas. I can then see what to look up on Leah Day's free 365 designs website, if I couldn't figure out how it was sewn by the picture itself. It also has me thinking how I could use parts of her designs to create those of my own.
While I would have liked to have found it for less, I am not disappointed in what I paid because I know I will use this book alot.
In fact, the first quilt I quilted using designs out of the book, my husband told me it was the best quilt I had done because of the quilting designs. I also am happy to have purchased a book by an author who has freely given out so much quilting information on the internet to help so many of us.