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  • Publisher: Lucky Spool Media
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 02 April 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781940655420
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 128
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £23.99
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The Building Blocks of Free-Motion Quilting


Combining 8 easy designs into knock-out custom quilting by Kathleen Riggins

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Book Description

Tired of buying beginner books that are intimidating or books that are full of designs but with no advice for how and when to use them? Solved! With just eight easy designs, author Kathleen Riggins will inspire you to create fantastic custom quilting from simple shapes.

First learn the basic designs and follow Riggins' handy pro tips for where and when to use each one. 

Practise them to get a feel for how each one is special. Then play with scale, introduce new angles and fill areas, and master easy gridwork to see how each design can be adapted to fill all sorts of negative space or use as allover designs.

Finally, explore methods for effectively combining them to create overall plans for knock-out custom quilting. From 8 to Great!



If youve got free-motion quilting basics sorted but you want to know how to combine them, then this is the book for you!

The book is split into 5 sections: an introduction/setting it up section, a basic designs section, a building combinations section, a making shapes section and a finishing up section!

How super stylish is the layout of the contents too?! This stylish layout runs throughout the book and it is sublime!

In the intro/setting up sections, Kathleen talks you through needles, sewing space, basting, marking, and securing your thread at the beginning and end. Once the setting up is covered, you can start learning the 8 free-motion quilting designs that are the foundation of this book: straight lines, grids, feathers, bubbles, swirls, clamshells, wave fills and ribbon candy.

I love how there are tips for areas that the quilting design works particularly well in!

The instructions for the quilting design are a combination of visuals (digital diagrams and real-life photos) and writing.

In the following section, Kathleen then begins to guide you through the process of combining these different designs! Scary, yes, but also very exciting and that excitement is because the photos are so beautiful!

Again, the instructions for combining the designs are a combination of written text, digital diagrams and real-life photos which help to make the process more accessible. I also love how Kathleen includes, again, the areas on a quilt that the combination would work well in!

The penultimate section looks at using quilting to draw attention to, or away from, shapes on your quilt.

The final section of the book covers troubleshooting, removing marks and these FABULOUS building block cards! These are cards you can cut out to keep alongside your machine to act as visual representations of the different quilting (and to see what the combination of quilting designs would look like!)

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