Dear quilting friends,
I am so happy I can finally share with you the secret I kept during the last 18 months: I wrote a book! About my shadow trapunto quilts – some of you know that this is my favorite quilting technique.
The book will be released in February 2012 by C&T Publishing.
I still recall the day when I read the first quilting book. I wrote down on a piece of paper the difference between “batting-backing-binding-basting”, because I did not know how to translate these words in Romanian and it was so confusing (more about the beginning of my quilting journey here).
Quilting is an unknown craft in Romania to most people. During my first two years of quilting, I made quilts, but I was not sure whether they were really quilts or not because I hadn’t ever seen a real quilt – only pictures in a book and on Internet.
I remember how amazed I was when I received my first fabric order from the USA and I saw how fine the quilting fabric is. I made my first quilts from decorator fabric.
Or how I studied the pictures in the book with a magnifying glass to understand what “stitch in the ditch” is and how perfect the free motion quilting or piecing should be.
Or how excited I was about the cotton batting. When I asked in our shops about cotton batting, the angry answer was: “Lady, don’t you know, the batting is made out of polyester!”.
I love many quilting techniques but it happened that I enjoy shadow trapunto more than anything else. My shadow trapunto technique is about what I love most: contrast, circular designs, repeats and symmetry. I also love using computer to draw my designs.
I learned what shadow trapunto is and because I could not find here what is usually used for this technique, I had to improvise.
Seduced by the technique, I looked for materials that make it easier.
And so it became my biggest love in quilting.
Then I wanted to share it with many quilters.
This is the story. So when I am feeling sorry that I live in Romania, far away from the quilting world, I remember that even this thing brought me on this road.
All my love for quilting is in this book. I gained so much experience working in the last four years and all I learned is there.
You will find in the book:
– a step by step tutorial for shadow trapunto technique, with lots of tips and tricks;
– 30 projects with patterns, in a wide range – from postcards to pillows, table runners and wall hangings. There is something for everyone.
– full size patterns on CD.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.
The book cover will be up on Amazon within the next few weeks.