Book Review: Make Your Own Quilting Designs and Patterns by Judy Woodworth


I have mixed feelings about this book. It is only 80 pages long. The last 30 pages are patterns and a gallery. The first 11 pages are about finding inspiration and eliminating fear. So we’re only left with 40 pages of instruction. And much of that is the nuts-and-bolts of how to transfer designs onto a quilt. Somehow I was left wanting more about how you actually create a pleasing quilt design. The book does cover a lot about finding inspiration; maybe there’s not much else to say beyond drafting out a design and putting it on the quilt.

This book delivers what is promised. She first covers how to design a quilting pattern, which includes using templates and a quilter’s mirror. The next chapters are designing for a full quilt, for a pieced top for a wholecloth quilt, and for a mariner’s compass quilt.  She covers each chapter well and each topic succinctly.  She uses several tools — such as quilter’s design mirrorsinfinte feathers quilting template (scroll down to see this), and a light box — that may be unfamiliar to quilters.

I think the beauty of this book is that it makes designing complex quilting seem doable. Judy’s quilts are beautiful and she clearly knows what she’s talking about. You can see more about this book here.


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