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Utility Quilting—the ideal quilting method for a modern quilter —holds the layers together using simpler, often all-over designs, bigger stitches and thicker threads and provides the satisfaction of hand quilting easily and quickly.
Author and teacher, Carolyn Forster introduces you to this timeless method with step-by-step instructions, sample designs and stitches, and 12 projects.
- Quicker hand quilting
- Perfect on today’s big, bold fabrics
- Complete charity quilts fast
- Great techniques for beginners
- Even faster with machine quilting
- Easily adapts to fabrics such as wool and linen
The Midwest Book Review--California Bookwatch: March 2012
Utility Quilting: Simple Solutions for Quick Hand Quilting provides an outstanding survey for modern quilters who want to quilt by hand using a stress free, quick and easy method. It provides 25 favorite designs, stitches and knots and teaches techniques with large photos and step-by-step directions, offering 10 quilt projects that demonstrate these applications. From tacking and basting ideas to step-by-step color photos and illustrations, the depth and detail allow quilters to absorb and apply new techniques, making this a strong recommendation for newcomers and advanced quilters alike!
Barbara Rhoades: February 2012
I have long preached to my quilting classes that quilting whether by machine or hand doesn’t need to be the kind that would be juried. While I believe it should be as nice and even as you can make it, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Carolyn Forster has written a book that agrees with that. Use bigger thread or larger stitches to quilt your quilt. It is the satisfying feeling you get when doing it that is the point rather than trying to make it so perfect you are frustrated. Besides, many of us do charity quilts and we want to make quilts, not be tied to absolute perfection. A quilt is to be used, not hung on a wall and never touched again.
With 11 quilt patterns and lots of suggestions on how to quilt them, you can enjoy the process. With sections on getting started, preparing to quilt and a great section on utility quilting designs, you will have all the tools you need to complete these quilts. The patterns aren’t intricate as this book’s focus is on the quilting process. Once you master these, then you can transfer that knowledge to your more intensely designed quilts.
The section on stitches even gave me ideas that I hadn’t thought to use. Then there is a section on biding and other edge finish techniques which tells you it isn’t necessary to always use binding to finish the quilt.
This is definitely one book I plan on sharing with my guild. Maybe some of the gals will want to give it a try too.