Machine Quilting with Style - From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Christa Watson

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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.


by Christa Watson
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
September 8th, 2015
I'm so glad I bought the book "Machine Quilting With Style" by Christa Watson! I had dabbled in machine quilting about 15 years ago, but gave up out of frustration. I still love to hand-quilt, but it takes so long to finish a quilt. Recently, I began to try machine quilting again. Christa's book gave me ideas with which to "quilt as desired". The beautiful quilting she achieves on her domestic machine encouraged me to try the same on mine. I'm so pleased with the results! Her piecing and quilting instructions and illustrations are very clear and concise. I recommend this book to everyone who thinks they can't create beautiful quilts on their home machine. As Christa says, "YOU Can Be the Quilter." As of now, I am almost finished with a baby quilt that I am machine quilting with style. Now I can proudly say, "I CAN BE THE QUILTER!". Thank-you, Christa, for sharing your knowledge with us, and Thank-you, Martingale for publishing this oh-so-helpful book!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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...
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!
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Christa Watson

Christa Watson is an award-winning quilter who loves teaching others to find joy in making complete quilts from start to finish. She performs all her own "stunts" on a home sewing machine--her beloved Bernina--and she embraces "perfectly imperfect" quilting techniques.

Christa enjoys designing colorful, modern quilt fabric for Benartex; creating original quilt patterns; and writing books about her favorite topic--machine quilting! Her roots are in traditional quiltmaking, yet she has a passion for the modern quilt aesthetic. You can find her online at and on Instagram @christaquilts.Visit Christa's website

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