Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Today's Photo Journal: The Big Winner

There are few things in this world more satisfying than a good yard-sale find.  Mine was this magnetic doodle board for a measly 25 cents.  I picked it up for Big Boy, but then Angela Walters convinced me to steal it.
No really!?! 

Turns out the only thing better than a great yard-sale deal is a genius sewing tip.  A few weeks ago I won a copy of Angela's book, Free-Motion Quilting from Daisy Jane.  That's right:  THIS GIRL (imagine my thumbs pointed proudly at my collar bones) never wins ANYTHING, so I feel no shame in admitting that I entered another blogger's giveaway.  :)

So, clearly it was MEANT TO BE.  I have so many quilting books that SuperHusband would've scoffed mightily if I had suggested that I might purchase Angela's book outright, but since I won it from Jan, he had to let it cross the threshold.  Turns out her book is the BEST book on free-motion quilting that I've ever read!  Her approach helped me break free from some conventional advice I'd been given, and she had one brilliant little tip that rocked my world

Instead of practicing my freehand designs on paper, which I've been doing since I got my longarm three years ago, she suggested practicing them on a magnetic doodle board.  Holy schnikees.   Why didn't I think of that?

I only quilt on a long arm, but her book applies to free motion quilting on any machine.  If it's an art you already enjoy, or even if you're thinking about getting into it, I heartily endorse her book.  (And she has absolutely no idea I'm writing this.)  

Meanwhile, all that chicken scratch at the top is my practice for the four borders on Momma's quilt.  What do you think?