Yay - today is my turn on my good friend Julie's blog book tour. In case you didn't know already, Julie has her very first book out now with Martingale and it's packed full of fabulous quilts, tips and hints as well as Julie's perfect quilt directions. She really does write an excellent pattern.
There are 15 quilts in the book, and each one is borderless (geddit - skip the borders?!). My favourite is probably the one below, I love the optical illusion it creates and how at different times I seem to see different shapes and patterns forming.
This star quilt is also a big favourite of mine...
Julie has given me 3 questions to answer which are questions she herself has answered within the book in lots of detail. That's another thing I love about the book - it's a really interesting read too, you get an insight into how Julie works and feel you really do know her better after reading the book. I like that kind of detail.
Q: All of the quilts in Skip the Borders are... borderless! Do you skip the borders on most of your quilts?
My first thought was, yes, I do skip the borders but then I realised I probably do about 50-50 depending on the quilt and what I feel it needs. Each quilt has it's own personality and 'needs' and some quilts just look better with a border, others look better without.
Q: In the intro to my book I give you permission to Break the Rules. Do you break some quilting rules? What is the number one rule you break and why
This is a tough one. I have no textiles or quilting training or background, so I am pretty positive I break way too many rules without even realising it. Rules are there to be broken, right? Or at least bent right out of shape. There are a couple of rules I think are key to great craftmanship and those I would never break (or at least I try not to!) and that's precise cutting and precise seams - getting to know your 1/4" seam is key to a good quilt. Other than those I guess I break pretty much all of them. I will say my most important rule is to be yourself and choose what you like - don't follow the crowds, or what others suggest are better choices. You are your own person and only you can decide what is best with fabric choices, quilt patterns and so on.
Q: It's no secret that I love binding! In Skip the Borders I included an entire chapter on binding.So the million dollar question, is do you use bias or straight of grain most of the time?
straight cut all the way for me! I admit it, I'm lazy.
Good luck peeps!
The rest of the blog tour schedule is below - go and check out the previous and future posts!
Sept 10th - Generation Q magazine
Sept 12th - PS I quilt
Sept 14th - Beyond the Reef
Sept 17th - Pink Chalk Studio
Sept 19th - Fat Quarter Shop
Sept 21st - Bijou Lovely
Sept 24th - Red Pepper Quilts
Sept 26th - Swatch and Stitch (otherwise known as the Robert Kaufman blog)
Sept. 28th - Juicy Bits
Oct 1st - V and Co
Oct 2nd - Martingale Publishling
Oct 5th - Carolina Patchworks
Oct 8th - I'm a Ginger Monkey - that's me that is
Oct 10th - Blue is Bleu
Oct 12th - Quilting is My Therapy (that's Angela Walters - she quilted the quilts in Julie's book)
Oct 15th - Quilt Dad
Oct 17th - Jaybird Quilts (Miss Julie herself!)