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The Building Blocks of Free-Motion Quilting: Combining Basic Designs into Fancy Custom Quilting

The Building Blocks of Free-Motion Quilting: Combining Basic Designs into Fancy Custom Quilting

by Kathleen Riggins


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Learn to create the most popular basic steps—one design at a time—and combine them into complex renderings of blue-ribbon quilting

In no time at all, Kathleen Riggins takes you from simple quilting designs to stunning custom quilting combinations. Explore everything from the simple swirl to feathers to pebbles, as you learn not just the basics of each design but also how to combine free-motion quilting motifs into complex-looking custom quilts. Knowing some basic designs is one thing, but knowing how to combine them in interesting ways can open a whole new world—without having to learn new designs! Join Riggins as she walks you through some of her favorite ways to combine designs and helps you create stunning quilts. Whether you are working with large spaces to fill, sampler quilts to separate by block, or sections of quilts that achieve different emphasis, you’ll learn it all!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940655420
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 968,746
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Riggins has been sewing for as long as she can remember and hanging out at her parents’ store, Quilting from the Heart, in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. She has taught longarm quilting and free-motion quilting all over the world. Visit kathleenquilts.com

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Set It Up

Machine Setup 8

Basting your Quilt Sandwich 10

Marking Tools 12

Starting and Stopping 14

Part I Basic Designs

Straight Lines 18

Grids 24

Feathers 28

Bubbles 32

Swirls 36

Clamshells 40

Wave Fills 44

Ribbon Candy 48

Part II Building Combinations

Straight Line Combinations

Improv Lines 56

Open Space Split 58

Lines and Design 60

Feather Combinations

Design Overlap 62

Design Vine 64

Corners of Awesome 66

Grid Combinations

Grid Samplers 70

Trip Around the World 72

Fade 74

Bubble Combinations

Bubble Space Split 76

Stripes 78

Design Overlay 80

Swirl Combinations

Thread Color Change 82

Design Blend 84

Design Meld 86

Maxi Combinations

Full Random 88

Grouped Random 90

Spiral Design Combine 92

Improv Shapes 94

Part III Making Shapes

Faux Border 100

Diamonds 104

Square and On-point Square 108

Circle and Oval 112

Using the Piecing 116

Part IV Finishing Up

Troubleshooting Your Quilting 120

Removing Markings 121

Blocking 121

Glossary 122

Spin that Wheel! 124

Building Block Cards 125


Riggins: Camrose, Alberta, Canada

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