Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis – Book Review + Giveaway
Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis of Life Under Quilts is an introduction to English Paper Piecing. The slow sewing movement has been steadily growing in popularity over the past several years. English paper piecing being at the forefront. Whether your style is classic or modern, the book includes a range of spectacular hand-pieced projects from small accessories to full-size quilts.
Organized into 5 sections, the book contains chapters on:
1. Getting Ready – a list of everything you need to get started.
2. Starting to Sew – Techniques for success including cutting, basting, whipstitching and assembly. Lots of tricks and troubleshooting suggestions too. Excellent detailed photos.
3. The Projects – 10 fabulous projects from a small to big.
4. English Paper-Piecing Patterns – OK, I had no idea there were this many variations of shapes from the Hexagon to variations on 60-degree diamonds. Everything is here.
5. Paper-Piecing Resources – Grids and templates.
The photography in the book is very well done. Step-by-step series include all the steps in detail so I wasn’t left scratching my head about what wasn’t included – it’s all there!
I so LOVED this section on stitching. Tons of views from the back along with troubleshooting tips. For me, I’ve got to get this part nailed in order to be successful with a project. Again, I’m really impressed with the quality of the photography. Every detail is up-close visible.
Lots of fresh ideas for the classic hexagon.
Hexagons, Equilateral Triangles and Squares – oh, the possibilities!
Quilting on the Go is a well-written, comprehensive and beautifully photographed lesson on English Paper Piecing. Jessica Alexandrakis has taken basic and advanced techniques and assembled them together into a guidebook that inspires and teaches both the novice and the experienced stitcher. Her creative lens on this classic technique will certainly inspire you to explore the rich territory of English Paper Piecing and all it has to offer.
To win a copy of Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis leave a comment sharing why you like to sew slow. I’m also giving away five $20 gift certificates to Pink Chalk Fabrics. Good luck and Happy Stitching! (The giveaway copy is my review copy that was provided by Potter Craft.)
Other fabulous stops on the blog hop:
June 11 Lesly at Stitch Literate
June 12 Clare at Selfsewn
June 13 Christina at A Few Scraps
June 14 Victoria @ Bumblebeans
June 15 Amanda Jean at Crazymomquilts
June 16 Laura at Quokka Quilts
June 17 Lucy at Charm About You
June 18 Katy at I’m A Ginger Monkey
June 19 Ara Jane at What Ara Jane Loves
June 20 Me at Pink Chalk Studio – You’re Here!
June 21 Jessica at Life Under Quilts