When you're done piecing a quilt, do you often wonder how to finish it with free-motion quilting? Discover how to fill setting triangles, blocks, and borders with a variety of traditional and modern quilting designs, divided into chapters by style: Lines and Squiggles, Curves and Pebbles, Swirls and Feathers, and Just for Fun. This is a must-have book and lifelong reference for any quilter's library.
- Gain confidence as you follow the arrows and see how to fill a confined space with continuous-line quilting motifs that are adaptable to blocks, triangles, and borders
- Discover which designs will work best before you sew by practicing your quilting; trace the designs with your finger or on tracing paper
- Whether you use a long-arm or home sewing machine, you'll enjoy quilting the wide variety of designs
|Publisher:||Martingale & Company|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Martingale acquisitions editor Karen M. Burns started with the company as an office-tour guide (getting paid in quilt books), and then quickly worked her way into the heart of the company. After also being an account manager and a communications coordinator, she now spends her time inviting a variety of popular designers to create and contribute to Martingale books.
Karen has compiled many Martingale books and contributed to several more as a machine quilter, including A Baker's Dozen, Jelly Babies, and Quilting with Fat Quarters. With a stack of more than 30 of her own quilts at home ready to be quilted, Karen compares herself to the cobbler whose children have no shoes--she's the quilter with no finished quilts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been experimenting with free-motion stitching for a couple of years. I have primarily used it as a form of free-motion embroidery but have wanted to learn how to use it in my quilting projects as well. I have been both hand and machine quilting for decades but on a casual basis, so I consider myself still an advanced beginner or maybe even intermediate at this point. I needed some guidance for how to start with the free-motion quilting process (which is definitely more structured than free-motion embroidery.) When I saw this quilting tutorial book, I bought it immediately as it seemed to be the answer for my needs. It is all of that and more. The book is filled with lots of embroidery patterns that can be traced or used for inspiration. Each of the patterns gives a short blurb on where or how it can be used. There is also a short tutorial at the beginning of the book which walks you through tracing, free-hand doodling, and finally practicing the patterns on your machine. I currently have a mechanical sewing machine set up with a low tension bobbin for use in free-hand stitching. It's a dream of mine to someday own a long-arm machine as well. I was really happy to read another reviewer's comment that these patterns can be utilized in long arm stitching, too. All in all, the book answers my needs and does it with lots of patterns for me to have fun trying. I'm looking forward to many hours utilizing the information in this book and find it a really valuable tool.
The biggest challenge a quilter has, in my opinion, is what design to use when quilting the finished sandwich. For some, the job is just too big and the tops are sent to a long-armer to finish. But if you want to do it yourself but don’t know where to start, this book will make that first step easier. With 180 different designs, you should be able to find one that fits your quilt. The are two pages of how to use the book and it shows beginning with a pad of paper and a marker. Try out the motions of the design on paper. Once comfortable with that, make a small sandwich of your materials and quilt the design on it. When all of this is done and you feel ready, it is time to tackle the quilt itself. The very first design is one that needs no marking and has no straight lines. Perfect for any quilter that feels less that steady at quilting the real thing. It even shows the direction you need to go to make it a continuous line design. Lines, circles, rectangles, waves, loops and a host of other motions make up the 180 designs. From simple to more detailed, these designs will make quilting your quilt easy.