Jaybird Quilts, right? And you've all seen her amazing pattern line and genius new Hex N More ruler? This book is another wonderful addition to the list of her accomplishments!
sorority sisters! Even though we've never met, I am so grateful for the support, guidance, and advice that Julie has given me throughout my blogging and sewing journey. I am very happy to help spread the word about Skip the Borders, and I can honestly tell you that it is a wonderful book!
Skip the Borders includes 15 patterns for borderless quilts, suitable for both beginning and intermediate quilters. The book provides a very detailed introduction that describes some of the design principles and helpful hints about the types of quilts that work best without a border. It also includes a section on the basics of making a quilt, piecing together a quilt back, and an entire chapter on binding! I personally love reading these sections because I really enjoy seeing the different ways that people go about making quilts!
"In Formation" Quilt
That being said, there are quilts that I actually want to make in this book! My favorite quilt out of the entire book is "White Stars". I love the contrast between the stars and the background prints! I really want to make a Christmas quilt with this pattern!
Julie: All of the quilts in Skip the Borders are... borderless! Do you skip borders on most of your quilts?
Me: I skip the borders on almost every quilt! Most of the time, I just prefer most of my quilts without them! Using a contrasting binding usually makes enough of a frame around the quilt in my opinion. Although the Cosmos Butterflies quilt I'm working on now does have a border, so there are always exceptions!
Julie: 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?
Me: I personally never worry too much about the rules of quilting. I'd rather do what makes me happy than feel constrained by thinking in the box all the time! The number one rule that I break is that I always press my seams open rather than to one side! I find it makes my blocks lie flatter and honestly I just prefer the symmetry of it! It just looks much cleaner to me and makes the seams look nice and crisp from the front. I also almost never use pins, so I guess I am just a quilting rebel :)
Julie: 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?
Me: I use straight grain binding pretty much all the time! It's faster to cut and uses less fabric. Of course if I'm using it on a curve I'll use bias, but that's about the only time.
Now for the giveaway! Martingale is giving away an eBook copy of Skip the Borders to one of you!
Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner of the Skip the Borders eBook, Lindsay!
Don't forget to stop in an check out the other stops on the Skip the Borders blog tour!
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 & Stitch
Sept. 28th - Juicy Bits
Oct. 1st - V and Co
Oct. 2nd - Martingale Publishing
Oct. 5th - Carolina Patchworks
Oct. 8th - I'm a Ginger Monkey
Oct. 10th - Blue is Bleu
Oct. 12th - Quilting is My Therapy
Oct. 15th - Quilt Dad
Oct. 17th - Jaybird Quilts