I am super excited to be able to properly introduce my new book (published by Chronicle books) to you. Little Bits Quilting Bee has been a long time coming, but oh I am so very proud of this book. It was an incredible labor of love – mixing my interest in art and design, gorgeous fabrics and interesting pattern, short cut methods, the art of quilting and the traditional work and crafts of women.
For my stop on the tour I thought I would show you some close up shots of the quilting on the quilts. I taught myself how to free-style quilt using a medium art quilting machine for these quilts – and I had such a ball doing it. The quilts for the book shown below were all quilted by me at home on my medium arm machine, which I bought second hand and set up in my lounge room.
I quilted the quilts using a few different styles – different stippling styles, leaf designs, scribble and pebbles too – depending upon the quilt and what I thought it needed. Sometimes I quilted around applique to make the applique stand up and sometimes I quilted over it to make it blend it. I discuss the different methods and reasons for each design in the book as well as giving some tips on how to do it on your home machine.
I quilted all the quilts in the book except for one – the gorgeous hand quilted Pop Wreath (quilt top hand sewn byÂ Fiona Leche)Â was hand quilted in Tennessee by a mother daughter team of Amish quilters. Isn’t it just stunning! (Don’t panic – this quilt can easily be machine appliqued and machine quilted too.)
The blog tour schedule is below – and hosting me and my book on this blog tour are some of my favourite quilters and crafters – thank you everyone – I will be posting updates during the next two weeks.
Monday, November 7 â€“Â The Long Thread
Tuesday, November 8 â€“Â Craft NectarÂ &Â Comfort Stitching
Wednesday, November 9 â€“Â luvinthemommyhoodÂ &Â Elsie Marley
Thursday, November 10 â€“Â True Up
Friday, November 11 â€“Â House on Hill RoadÂ & Craftypod
Monday, November 14 â€“Â Handmade by AlissaÂ &Â Hello My Name Is Heather
Tuesday, November 15 â€“Â West Coast CraftyÂ &Â Foxy Art Studio
Wednesday, November 16 â€“Â Patch AndiÂ &Â The Last Piece
Thursday, November 17 â€“Â In Color OrderÂ & Pink Chalk StudioÂ & Duo Fiberworks
Friday, November 18 â€“Â Kristin La FlammeÂ &Â Camp Follower Bags & Quilts