Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Review - Longarm Quilting Workbook by Teresa Silva

Hi and welcome to the 3rd stop on the Longarm Quilting Workbook blog tour. I am so excited to participate.  I met Teresa Silva almost 3 years ago after corresponding via email about something that I wanted to have custom quilted.  We've worked on 50+ quilts since then (including 2 that are in this book)!  If you follow @quiltingismybliss on Instagram, you've seen her work on many of my projects.  Here are a few pics from some of my favorites:

From my Cookie Cutter Quilt
(pattern by Jaybird Quilts)

From my Arcade Game Quilt
(pattern by Jaybird Quilts)

From my version of The Butterfly Quilt
(pattern by Tula Pink)

From my August Stars Quilt
 (pattern by Jaybird Quilts)

I’ll be honest, I harbor no illusions about my lack of a future as a longarm quilter, but this book has a so much more to offer.  Beyond the pretty pictures lies a treasure trove of information.  The Longarm Quilting Workbook is a great reference to help you work with your longarm quilter.  While it’s not written for that purpose, learning more about how the longarm machines operate (as opposed to a regular domestic sewing machine) can make the whole process flow more smoothly if you understand the limitations of working on a frame, including the size of the machine and the frame, and the methods of operation (hand guided, computer guided, etc).

Call it part of my curious nature, but just because I don't want to be a longarm quilter doesn't mean that I don't want to understand how it's done.  I love how the Longarm Quilting Workbook presents text and illustrations that work together to show how the motifs are created.  I've actually watched Teresa quilt in person, but I get mesmerized by the whole thing and forget that I wanted to really watch to see how it's done.

The book also has a couple of fun patterns for you to make.  I opted to do single blocks of two of them so they could hang as mini quilts.  Here are a couple of pictures of my interpretation of the Go With the Flow Table Runner and the Snicker Doodle Quilt:

Mini quilt based on the Go With
the Flow Table Runner

Mini quilt based on the
Snicker Doodle Quilt

Thank you so much for joining me on the Longarm Quilting Workbook Blog Tour.  There is much more to come from my fellow participants, including some fun prizes and the grand prize giveaway that you can enter if you comment on the LAST post of the hop as we rejoin Teresa back where we started at on 10/17/17 (the window to enter will only be open until Friday, 10/20/17 at 4pm Pacific)!

Here is the full schedule for the Longarm Quilting Workbook Blog Tour:

Monday, October 2, 2017
Teresa Silva – Quilting is My Bliss –

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Nancy Jewell – Free Spirit Fabric -

→ Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - YOU ARE HERE  ←
→ Leslie Meltzer – 50 sq ft studios - ←

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Carrie Nelson – Moda Fabrics

Friday, October 6, 2017
Jane Kinzie – Quilter’s Dream Batting -

Monday, October 9, 2017
Kristen McVane – Instagram: Stashquilts  (Please leave her a comment and come back tomorrow to our blog hop.)  She will be giving away a Longarm Quilting Workbook.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Carl Hentsch – 3 Dog Design -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting -

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts -

Friday, October 13, 2017
Karen Miller – Redbird Quilt Co. -

Monday, October 16, 2017
Linda and Carl Sullivan – Colourwerx -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Teresa Silva – Quilting is My Bliss -

You can purchase the Longarm Quilting Workbook at the following sites: (For an autographed copy)


  1. Lucky You to have such a wonder quilter at your right hand! Your minis turned out lovely!

  2. What breathtaking quilting! Your quilts are very colorful and fun, too!

  3. I love how Teresa looks at a quilt and brings it to life

  4. Teresa's new book
    Is amazing and an inspiration to try some designs on my home sewing machine! Love your quilts!

  5. Thank you for your book review. I love the quilting! It's beautiful.

  6. I enjoyed seeing how you adapted a couple of her examples into smaller projects. By seeing this, it might give us confidence to try to do some smaller projects ourselves. Teresa is an awesome longarm quilter.

  7. I've been watching Teresa for inspiration these past couple of years through instagram. Love her style of quilting.

  8. So happy that Teresa is sharing her talent with all of us. The book is amazing. It's so thrilling for her and the rest of us.

  9. I recently purchased this book. I made the table runner and will be quilting it this weekend. There are some great quilt designs too starting from simple to more complex. This Blog Hop is a great idea.

  10. I think Teresa's quilting is amazing, and I'm so happy that she's sharing some of her secrets.

    Carole S.

  11. Very pretty, thanks for sharing, I do not have a long arm but would love to have this book!

  12. thanks for the great perspective for those of us who don't see ourselves doing long arm quilting ourselves. Looking forward to seeing what fun is in store for those of us who can value it's other atttractions!

  13. The two of you make a great team. The more I read,the more interesting this book sounds.

  14. Thank you for mentioning that Teresa's book can serve as reference when working with a longarm quilter. I can see that it would be helpful to show your longarm quilter designs you would like to incorporate in your quilt.

  15. What lovely work you and Teresa do

  16. I would love to use this book to learn more about machine quilting on my domestic machine, as well as working with a longarm quilter.

  17. I am excited to buy a copy of Teresa's book. Until I can own my own longarm machine, I'll just have to rent at the local quilt shop.

  18. I agree, Teresa's book is indispensable if you would like to learn how to long arm quilt! I'm so happy for her, and she's just such a talented lady!

  19. NEAT BOOK! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  20. Sounds like a great book to have. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

  21. Very very nice quilting and review of the book..

  22. Wonderful quilting, I need to get a copy of this book for sure.

  23. Beautiful quilting! I read your review on the new Olfa blades, thanks for sharing your experience.

  24. I love Teresa's quilting. There is much to learn from her.

  25. I really want this book! Maybe it will inspire me to dive in and learn how to use my long arm and not be so intimidated! Your quilts are beautiful and her quilting on them really sets them off!