Quilt along with Christa using walking-foot or free-motion techniques to create fabulous quilts--from start to finish--on your home sewing machine. Award-winning quilter Christa Watson shows you how with 8 different walking-foot designs and 10 free-motion quilting motifs, plus 12 inventive patterns to put all the quilting techniques to use!
- Go beyond quilting in the ditch--quilt parallel lines, radiating lines, and shattered lines as you turn straight stitches into walking-foot wonders that wow!
- Love the look of free-motion quilting but not sure where to begin? Start with simple stipples and expand your repertoire to include wandering waves, boxes, pebbles, loops, and many more.
- Discover Christa's top tips for machine-quilting success and learn to use quilting designs to enhance each part of the quilt, whether you're making a baby quilt, wall quilt, or throw.
"Really enjoyed such a complete project book - full projects, beginning to end with detailed plans for the quilting and finishing! I really appreciated all of the great info on different types of batting, threads, and basting techniques. Great all-around reference and beautiful projects. Thanks Christa!"
– Tonya Alexander
"As an apprehensive machine quilter, I found the introduction to this book both positive and encouraging - "don't get hung up on perfection" along with " the most important tool for successful machine quilting is a can-do attitude."
The book begins with good advice about the choice of batting, threads and work surface around the sewing machine before starting the topic of machine quilting by using the walking foot. The author acknowledges that this is where most of us start and it is good to be encouraged to think beyond stitching in the ditch. Quilt designs and machine quilting suggestions then follow with clear instructions, diagrams and pictures. The pages and pictures on continuous spiral quilting were very appealing and I was glad to note the tips for avoiding spiralling out of control!
The second half of the book tackles free motion quilting favourites with useful tips for getting started. Of particular note is 'Quilt Daily" - that encouraging tone throughout the book is exemplified by the suggestion that fmq should be practised for just 10 minutes a day in order to see improvement. Different hand positions are illustrated so that the novice machine quilter can see which feels most comfortable when guiding the quilt under the needle. Quilting designs then follow such as simple stipples, loops and spirals all illustrated on beautifully designed quilts with clear instructions where to start. Freewheeling vs Precision is highlighted - the choice between marking out the quilting diagram or going for "free-form and somewhat imperfect".
For anyone who is seeking to become more adventurous with their machine quilting this book is an excellent place to start."
– Sue Abrey
"This is the most perfect guide for any new quilter who wants to learn how to quilt their own quilts. Christa Watson takes you step by step through the process, with easy to follow instructions and encouragement. She hits all the important points that I've stressed to my own students and I found myself nodding in agreement while reading her tips and helpful hints. I will be recommending this book to everyone I meet who asks about learning to quilt on a home sewing machine. I love the layout of the book. Each pattern is introduced by first showing a close up, keeping the main focus on the actual quilting process.. Then you turn the page to see the full picture of the quilt. Christa has many quilt patterns in this book that I can't wait to make!"
– Daisy Mier
"This book is an invaluable resource for quilters! From choosing your thread, to batting choices, all the way to picking and quilting the perfect design.... well, it just doesn't get better. As a long arm quilter, I know what it takes to quilt a quilt and Christa guides you flawlessly through the process of doing it all on your home domestic machine. Not only does she do this, but she give your 12 great quilt designs to make too! Don't wait.... grab this book!"
– Jackie Kunkel
"A must have addition to the quilting library of anyone who wants to quilt their own quilts! With Christa's great instructions and encouragement, you'll be quilting in no time and loving the results. Christa provides lots of detailed information on both quilting with a walking foot and free-motion quilting, as well as materials, set-up, and finishing. A fantastic book!"
– Debbie Grifka
"Clear, concise, full of tips and how-tos, and written by an expert for both novice and experienced machine-quilters. What's not to love about this book? It's got everything!
While I have done a fair amount of machine-quilting on big projects and small ones, there's always something new to learn. Christa has created twelve outstanding modern quilts that will appeal to modern and traditional quilters. The quilts are enhanced by original, dynamic quilting - the book includes eight different walking foot designs and 10 free-motion designs. I particularly like that the book is written in an approachable "this is what I do" style that inspires confidence and an eagerness to try the technique. "
"Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson is the perfect book for quilters of all skill levels!
If you're a beginner, this book will walk you step by step through a range of great, basic free motion quilting designs that you can transfer to any quilt you make. If you are a confident quilter, this book will challenge you to step outside of your favourite, go-to quilting designs!
The quilt patterns themselves are also easy enough for a beginner to complete, as well as offering patterns that will satisfy the experienced quilter with the opportunities for playing with colour placement and fabric choices."
– Alyce Blyth
"Like Christa says, I too hear from so many students that they don't think they can machine quilt, they are not good enough, their machine is not good enough, it is not perfect... Christa instantly puts all those thoughts to rest- her writing style is relaxed and so positive and encouraging to the new or accomplished quilter. She 'speaks' to you in her instructions gently and clearly and this would be a book I'd recommend to any beginner quilter or a piecer who hasn't gathered the courage to quilt their tops. Her quilting designs are simple to achieve but oh so effective- they don't demand perfection or the wrath of the Quilt Police - they are so so doable... She explains from start to finish and covers both walking foot and free motion options. And then of course there are the great quilt patterns, one for every occasion with clear and complete instructions. My best bit! - the lovely closeup and clear photographs of the actual quilting - I am a visual person and just the pics sold it for me..."
– Helen Stubbings
"This book is an excellent resource, not just for the beginner, but for the more experienced quilter. Christa's fresh look at quilting on your domestic machine and her cheerful, "you can do it" attitude will give beginners the confidence needed to jump right in. Her innovative quilting designs can be used on either the domestic machine or a long arm quilting machine. And the twelve wonderful quilt designs will make you want to create something to quilt if you don't already have a closet full of tops in need of quilting! The best of both worlds!"
– Sarah Craig
"Christa Watson, is a celebrated, award-winning quilter, designer, instructor, blogger and online pre-cut store owner, who has written a new book; Machine Quilting; From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites; 12 Projects, Start to Finish.
I know many quilters who feel that machine quilting is their weakest suit, including me. Others, not so much.
However, I am excited to write such a positive review about Christa's new book.I love the way the book is organized. And the text is written in such a user-friendly way. What makes this book different than others, is that Christa takes the quilter, step-by-step, from yardage calculations, and fabric cutting through the piecing process. She continues into the basting process, then to the quilting, ending with binding techniques and other finishing touches.
After a very encouraging and upbeat introduction from the author, she writes about batting choices, thread options, pressing, work surfaces, ergonomics, hand positioning, the three machine quilting feet used most often, various types of stitches, their configuration possibilities, such as lines, ripples and swirls, in common sense, easy language. Readers of all levels will benefit from this section, and no doubt will pick up some new tips and tricks. These were a few of my favorites; 1. Choose a focal point in the block, and quilt around it. 2. Practice doodling quilting designs, which helps with muscle memory, for when you are actually quilting the quilt.
There are additional tips strategically placed throughout this book to support and extend the lessons. For example, in one tip box about thread, on pp.16, it says; "Close Matters - The more closely the thread matches the fabric, the less any wobbles or imperfections will show. Use highly contrasting threads sparingly. In 'Rain' (page 28), I used contrasting threads as an added design element."
This speaks to beginning quilters, as well as more experienced quilters in a clean, precise way. It was daunting for me as a beginner to make quilting thread choices. This tip was not offered to me many years ago, because my very first teachers,liked the contrast of using a different colored quilt thread. They were very experienced quilters and could sew a straight line during an earthquake.
Another example of a helpful tip box on pp. 21, is about quilting better spirals. "Use a coin to change the diameter of the center circle." And there is a good illustration of that accompanying the text.
What comprises the majority of the book are 12 patterns, with instructions, illustrations and photos. The first seven patterns, Ripples, Rain, Color Crystals, Little Man's Fancy, Static, Square in a Square and Focal Point, were quilted with a walking foot.
The last five quilts; Lightning, Candy Pop, Broken V, Facets and Pearl Gray, are machine quilted using a free-motion foot. Some are pictured below. This book is a skill building book. The emphasis is on taking it slow and enjoying the process. As Christa points out, practicing on quilt sandwiches is critical, and not treating the quilting as, a fast food quilting process.
I asked Christa what makes this book different from other machine quilting books out there? "I really wanted this book to be a complete book about quilting. Most quilting books just offer piecing patterns, while others are just a book of quilting designs. I wanted my readers to be able to successfully complete their quilts from start to finish. By including both walking foot-wonders and free-motion favorites, I wanted to let people know they can quilt on any type of machine they prefer!"
Another great inclusion in this book, shows how to piece the backing using leftover fabric from the front. And of course basting is covered, showing two different ways to accomplish this process. Decorative quilting stitches are explored too, which is really a wonderful bonus the book offers.
Christa provides some other lessons which are so helpful, and those of us who like a quick finish, may appreciate the process more, and now slow down a bit, and have better results.
For example, on pp. 90 there is a wonderful lesson on how to use rulers. On pp. 43 a fabulous tip on sewing half square triangles, in a way where the point won't be pushed into the hole of the plate.
I highly recommend this book. The stitches in the photos are clear, and impressive. This book successfully fills a void that other quilting books miss. The reader can really accomplish a project from start to finish and gain confidence with each project. "
– Anne Beier
Christa Watson is an award-winning quilter, a Bernina Ambassador, an EQ artist, and the author of numerous books, articles, and patterns on piecing and machine quilting. She travels worldwide, encouraging others to experience the joy of machine quilting on a home sewing machine. She loves living in fabulous Las Vegas where she enjoys being a wife to her husband and a mom to her three children, who all think it's normal to have a house full of fabric. Visit her on social media @christaquilts and ChristaQuilts.com, and find her online video classes at Craftsy.com.
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