Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - Shape By Shape

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second week of What's on the Bookshelf Wednesday!  If this is your first time stopping by, each Wednesday I'll be reviewing a book from my bookshelf - some old, some new, maybe even some that aren't available for purchase yet!  The one thing I promise is that if I review an older book, it will still be available to purchase - it wouldn't be fair for you to love a book only to find out that it can't be found anywhere!

Last week I reviewed a book that talks about why we quilt - but today, I want to introduce you to a book that helps us decide how to quilt!  When I went to New York with my husband recently, I was privileged to meet a representative from Stash Books ( and have some interesting conversations with her.  At the end of the convention, she allowed me to choose a couple of books from her display to take home for my own use.  And of course, this book caught my eye right away!

Of course, anything by Angela Walters is bound to be good - and this book didn't fail to impress!  

As it states on the back cover, this book is a visual guide for free motion quilting in specific geometric shapes.  There are over 70 designs in this book, and lots of suggestions for how to use them.

There are designs for squares and rectangles, triangles, circles, diamonds and hexagons...

There's a great section on quilting negative space...

Look at this great example of filler FMQ!

Oh, how I wish I had this resource when I was quilting my Stained Glass quilt!  It would have been a lot of help! There's a whole section on Improv Quilting, with some great tips.

As in her earlier books, Angela's designs are well-diagramed and easy to interpret.  She talks about combining designs to create new ones.  She shows how to use her designs in borders.  And she gives variations on each design that will inspire you to think outside the box!

This is a very useful book, and one that I'm sure will become worn out with use on my own bookshelf.  Whether you're new to free motion quilting, or experienced, you'll find this a great resource to aid you in finishing your quilts to perfection!!

And that's what's on my bookshelf today!  Have you looked at yours lately?




  1. I bought that book as soon as I laid eyes on it - there's no doubt it will help me quilt better designs on my quilts in the future! Sounds like you had a real treat meeting with the CT rep :*)

  2. You're right anything by Angela is going to be good, I'll be getting this one, thanks.

  3. Thanks for the review. Looks like a useful book.

  4. I bought the same book when I bought my long arm a few months ago. That book and the Leah Day 365 patterns are my go to when working on quilts.

  5. THanks for the review. I've just ordered the book on Amazon. Can't wait for it to appear

  6. Some great designs there for FM. Thanks for sharing your ideas and the books.
    My books are all packed away for a year or so... hopefully they come out at the end of the month.

  7. I love this book as a quick reference, and really appreciate the diagrams. Angela's Craftsy classes are a great companion to the text too.

  8. I actually don't have that one yet but I'm betting I will before this year is done.


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