- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing (December 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607056364
- ISBN-13: 978-1607056362
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doodle Quilting: Over 120 Continuous-Line Machine-Quilting Designs Paperback – December 16, 2012
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Let Cheryl teach you how to draw with your sewing machine in this beginner’s guide to free-motion, continuous-line quilting. We all know that it is hard to know where to quilt next, so she focuses on selecting the right forms and lines that get you where you want to go. Gain confidence in your artistic ability by mastering your doodling skills. Drawing exercises and tips for transferring your designs from paper to fabric are also included.
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Don't leave your unquilted tops abandoned in a closet! Simple shapes, repeated across your quilt and perhaps combined with other easy designs, can be effortlessly quilted and bring interest and beauty to basic and functional quilts. Cheryl shows how to practice these continuous-line patterns on paper to improve your confidence, and provides over 120 quilting designs with suggestions on how and where they can best be utilized. (Machine Quilting Unlimited, 5/1/13)
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About the Author
Cheryl Malkowski spends time in her studio creating quilts for books, fabric manufacturers, and her own pattern company. She teaches quilt classes, designs fabric, and this is her fifth book with C&T. Cheryl lives in Roseburg, Oregon
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And this is a welcome addition for quilters like me who are left-brainers who benefit from being TOLD - not just SHOWN - how to do something. I like that each drawing has a "think" subtitle, giving the quilter a type of mantra to murmur (or mutter, that happens too) as the fabric (or long-arm) is moved. Some of these are not super-sophisticated ("spiral in, spiral out"), but this verbiage can help unlock those frozen arms or help a newbie break out of the basic meander mode.
Right-brain (or visual) quilters will most certainly pick up a few tips and flourishes from the many black-and-white line drawings here, even if they don't read the text. But I encourage them to read every word here, because none of them are wasted. (By the way, if you are looking for a book with lots of full-color photos of samples, check out Leah Day's 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs.)
My favorite section is the "Ensembles" chapter where doodles get combined together, creating the unique and attractive design featured on the cover. This is a superb way to practice, practice, practice and at the same time create a one-of-a-kind all-over whole-cloth quilt.
Right-brain or left-brain, Doodle Quilting was a no-brainer for me and it was on my wish-list as soon as I saw it was in the works. It works for me because Malkowski gives life to both pictures and words in an encouraging and truly helpful manner.
I use this type inspirational thinking in other art projects. An example would be "go up the hill and then down in the valley."
Also, "echo" the design is an art term I have used for myself when painting and she uses these words in the book too.
If you buy it, don't just copy the patterns, learn her tricks on how to think the design.
If you want to learn how to doodle with thread to quilt your quilts free form, this is a great read and learning tool.