This week we are looking at Drafting for the Creative Quilter: Easy Techniques for Designing Your Quilts, Your Way by Sally Collins. (And, yes, if you have forgotten or never been here before, that is an Amazon affiliate link.)
I’ve had my eye on this book for a couple of years now, so when it was on sale during C & T’s Labor Day Sale, I picked it up. I have seen Sally Collins’s Precision Piecing video and found it very helpful, so I was quite interested to see this. I have quilts in my head that I might want to actually make one day, after all.
The book is divided into three sections. Section One is Drafting. In this section, Sally Collins discusses how to determine what grid was used to make the blocks, what tools are needed for drafting, and how to draft a block. She also includes directions for drafting many of the traditional blocks. (She also includes directions on drafting circular blocks and patches.)
Section Two is Design. This section is less about the basics of color and value than it is a description of how to design using the grid and placement of different blocks. Color, of course, comes after this design. She includes an example of her design process for one of the projects from Section Three and a section on Designing With Traditional Blocks.
Section Three is Projects and contains three gorgeous quilts, any one of which I’d be interested in making (although none is simple – but if you’re reading this book, you probably don’t care if it is simple or not). There are three projects, all (as I’ve already mentioned) gorgeous. One, Sampler Supreme, is the front cover of the book. Another, Sedona Star, is the back cover along with a section of the third (well, first in the section actually) quilt, Pause. I mention this because you can see them on Amazon because the book has the ever so helpful Look Inside feature.
Now, I have to admit that I find some of the topics covered in this book a bit intimidating – more so than the prospect of learning to use EQ once it is available for the Mac (soon now!). It’s not the math. It’s (yes, this sounds silly, I know) the drawing. I’ve never been any good at drawing anything so if drawing is involved (even straight lines with rulers) I will run away. I do think that maybe the availability of quilt design software may render this book obsolete for people who like to use computers and iPads. But even if we aren’t drafting our blocks by hand, some of the other information covered in this book could come in handy (like some of the information on ways of changing some of the traditional blocks to make new ones).
For me, this book is a keeper. It’s a good reference and those three projects…