Occasionally I am contacted by C&T Publishing with an opportunity to review a book, and in return I offer to write a blog post with my honest reactions and thoughts. Today, I am sharing about Free-Motion Designs for Allover Patterns (affiliate link). The book includes over 75 designs from Natalia Bonner, Christina Cameli, Jenny Carr Kinney, Laura Lee Fritz, Cheryl Malkowski, Bethany Pease, Sheila Sinclair Snyder, and Angela Walters.
I was particularly interested in reviewing this book for my blog because I know many of those who linked up for the 2018 Planning Party listed improving or practicing free-motion quilting as a goal for the year. The book description reads:
Want inspiration for your free-motion quilting? Now you have the perfect tool! This spiral-bound book is full of designs―JUST designs―and will lay flat on your work surface or your quilt to keep your hands on the quilt and that needle moving! The second in a new series, this visual guide is filled with over 75 continuous-line designs from your favorite designers to get you stitching. Perfect for domestic and longarm machines.
The book does not provide any instructions for free-motion quilting; it really is JUST designs. There is no indication or suggestion on where to start or how to travel to create the motifs. However, if you are no longer a free-motion quilting beginner and looking for inspiration to help you when you are feeling like you have been quilting the same motifs over and over, this book overs a lot of visual ideas.
I personally am a big fan of spiral bound books because they can lay so flat and allow you to easier referencing. The designs span between what can be done with a walking foot and designs that are clearly free-motion quilting, from traditional to modern, and simple to elaborate.