I recently had the chance to take a look at Angela Walter's newest book, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. This book is part quilting tutorial, part sketchbook to practice what you're reading.
I love checking out free motion books because I'm not much of a free motion quilter, but I would like to be. What every book will tell you is draw, draw, draw, and then practice, practice, practice! Angela's workbook reinforces the "draw" commandment with pictures of her sketches next to pictures of the quilted version of those sketched designs. It's really fun to see the drawings come alive in thread!
Each chapter of the book gives insight on how to quilt something specific--borders, negative space, and blocks all make an appearance, and at the end of each chapter there are a few pages of graph paper to practice on. The book closes with several pages of pictures of Angela's beautiful quilting and then the back of the book includes more blank graph paper pages.
Over all, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook seems like a solid book to help improve your free motion skills with hands on practice and useful tips. Oh, and the book is spiral bound, which makes it much easier to maneuver when you're drawing in it, I love that detail!
PMQG would like to thank Stash Books/C&T Publishing for donating Free-Motion Quilting Workbook as well as two other Angela Walters titles: In the Studio with Angela Walters and Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. All 3 books will be given away in our door prize raffle at July's PMQG meeting! Good luck!