How about a little sneak peek into my new book WALK 2.0 More Machine Quilting With Your Walking Foot? I'm so excited about the release of the new book. The Limited Edition will be released at QuiltCon coming up in Austin in about a week and the regular edition will be available in April. Both are available for pre-order, the limited edition from the Lucky Spool site for pick up at QuiltCon and the regular edition on Amazon. As soon as I receive copies of the regular edition I'll have signed copies available for purchase on my website, so you can wait until then to get a personalized copy in case you won't be in Austin. I'll announce when they are available.
Table of Contents
- Walk On
- Walking Foot Refresh
- 60-degree Designs
- Sashiko-Inspired Designs
- Rotational Designs
- Quilt as Desired
The book has a walking foot technique refresh with some new information to support your development as a walking foot quilter, four chapters of walking foot designs, and an extensive chapter called Quilt As Go that explores design principles related to choosing quilting designs as well as a process to help you develop a quilting plan for your quilts, and plenty of examples to inspire you. The quilting design chapters include: sixty-degree designs, sashiko-inspired designs, rotational designs (linear and shape based) and an eclectic set of designs I call variations which are adaptations and extensions of designs found in my first WALK book. There are almost 60 new designs in this book. As always, I'm surprised that lines and gentle curves can come together in so many unique ways.
The 60-degree grid
When I wrote the first WALK book I shared several variations of grid quilting (crosshatching) which are lovely textural designs for your quilts. But while I was using the 60 degree grid and designs based on this grid in my work, I neglected to include it in the book. I'm so happy to be able to feature it in this book.
This grid gets its versatility from the angles within the diamond, two of which are that magic 60 degree angle and the equal length sides that become the foundation for the designs in the chapter. With one more quilted line a row of diamonds transforms into equilateral triangles whose three equal sides again support the addition of linear and curved elements that develop into stunning designs.
If you look carefully you can find the base triangles in this design. The base grid of equilateral triangles requires marking two lines. The additional point to point work requires marking, but can be accomplished fairly quickly with a homemade marking template. Intricate designs require an investment upfront and in time, but for the right quilt are totally worth it.
This design pushes the limits and will challenge you, but I'm head over heals about it. I love the movement of the curves and the stability provided by the base grid. Can you see the equilateral triangle base in this one? Not all of the designs in the chapter are challenging. There are simple designs too, and I give you ideas for adaptations that will lower the difficulty or support quilters with machines with smaller harp spaces. You never know what you can do until you try.
I hope you're as excited about WALK 2.0 More Machine Quilting With Your Walking Foot as I am. If you don't have the first WALK book, pop over and get it so you are ready to up your game with the next book.