The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

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This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine while quilting, from working easily with different weights of batting and fabric, to great time-saving tricks, and how to add a cornucopia of decorative stitching effects.

For those new to the wonderful world of quilting, you will find all the help and advice you need to get started. Whether you have just completed your first piece of patchwork and find quilting a daunting prospect, or have been quilting...

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Overview

This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine while quilting, from working easily with different weights of batting and fabric, to great time-saving tricks, and how to add a cornucopia of decorative stitching effects.

For those new to the wonderful world of quilting, you will find all the help and advice you need to get started. Whether you have just completed your first piece of patchwork and find quilting a daunting prospect, or have been quilting your own work for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of machine quilting, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.

• The must-have book for machine quilters, from beginning to intermediate level.

• Get the same polished effects as the professionals with this collection of techniques, tips, and templates.

• Includes projects on which to practice your new-found skills.

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"Essential and well organized information is given for every step of the quilting process in this instructive guide." —Machine Quilting Unlimited
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250004253
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 236,975
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JOANIE ZEIER POOLE has had a lifelong passion for quilts. Through her company, Heirloom Quilting Designs, she creates original patterns for quilting, appliqué, and embroidery—and she loves to share her expertise and innovative ideas through teaching workshops. Joanie has designed many award-winning quilts, earning “Best of Show” at both Road to California and Pacific International Quilt Festival quilting competitions. She is the author of three books: Elegant Machine Quilting, Joanie’s Design Elements, and Joanie’s Quilting Elements.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Machine quilting in context Susan Briscoe 8

Chapter 1 Setting up 16

All about your home sewing machine 18

Other machines 22

Attachments and accessories 24

Setting up your work space 26

Chapter 2 Before you quilt 30

What is a quilt top? 32

Purpose and planning 34

Choosing a quilting design 36

Making and using templates 41

Planning for a patchwork quilt 42

Planning for an appliqué quilt 44

Planning for a wholecloth quilt 46

Choosing fabrics for the quilt top 48

Fabric preparation 51

Backing fabric 52

Marking for machine quilting 54

Batting 58

Basting the layers 60

Threads 63

Needles 67

Chapter 3 Techniques 68

Starting to stitch your quilt 70

Getting from place to place 74

Quilting straight lines 76

An introduction to free-motion quilting 80

Stippling 82

Echo quilting 84

Background fillers 86

Trapunto 90

Finishing 92

Chapter 4 Projects 96

Project 1 Sewing tool caddy 98

Project 2 Polka-dot quilt 102

Project 3 Toile bed quilt 106

Project 4 Keepsake baby bib 110

Chapter 5 Quilting designs Luise Roberts 114

Project templates 124

Index 126

Credits 128

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