Julie‘s Skip the Borders is full of fun, bold and geometric quilts. Top notch, clear and concise step-by-step illustrations fill the book plus easy-to-follow cutting lists plus dynamic photography make this a +1 in my opinion.
Skip the Borders is made up of 15 patterns ranging from beginner to intermediate level and none have borders! It also includes a section on ‘The Structure of a Borderless Quilt” which I love because it talks about looking at the quilt as a whole, rather than focusing on a block and then standing there wondering what in the world do you do with it now!?
And an odd point to make, I love the paper it’s printing on. It has a good feel. Why do I notice these things?? The back cover also rocks. It seems to be a forgotten afterthought on so many books.
Some of my personal favorites…
And let’s not forget… this is what quilting is really about. Being happy and snuggling. This gets lost a lot in the everything of today tizzy of life (yes, I meant to type it like that. Far from proper, coherent English …).
#1. All of the quilts in Skip the Borders are… borderless! Do you skip borders on most of your quilts?
I tend to approach quilt designs from the big picture. I have a large canvas to fill. What is going to fill it? Sometimes things end up with borders (though, still very different than what a traditional quilt border looks like) and often times there are no borders.
#2. 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?
I have no formal quilting training so if there are rules about certain things, I never learned them (and I’m ok with that!). I think everyone needs to go about their quilting in a way that works for them rather than what someone somewhere says the *should* do. Do what makes you happy! Ignore the over-opinionated know-it-alls.
#3. 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. Unless I’m doing curved edges. And after seeing the binding chapter, I can confirm that Julie really does love binding!
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