Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: Machine Quilting with Style

October 6, 2015

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! As I work on the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner, I’ve decided to temporarily shift Tips and Tutorials Tuesday to once a month.  Please scroll down below to see the fantastic tutorials that have been added below, and if you’re a blogger feel free to add as many as you’d like!

For my tip today, I want to share a new book with you that I’m thrilled I added to my bookshelf. Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites (Amazon affiliate link).

Machine Quilting with Style

I met the author of this wonderful book last month at the HandiQuilter headquarters.  Christa Watson is a warm, effusive, funny, joyous person, and I enjoyed every moment I spent with her.

As a longarm quilter with four young children, it is rare for me to have time to sit down to practice my quilting skills on a home sewing machine.  But I have been making a point to try to do it a few times a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.  A longarm is a wonderful tool, but it doesn’t work well for certain designs (for example- long diagonal lines). So I was ecstatic when Christa told me about her new book.  It’s perfect for beginners and more advanced quilters alike.

Since I’m a professional longarm quilter, I know I shouldn’t be telling you this… but I love the idea of making a quilt from start to finish all by yourself.  So I love that Christa empowers quilters to do just that (even if it means less business for me!)  She has a practical, logical way of presenting information.  And I love the little tips that are off-set throughout the book.  These are details that patterns don’t usually mention – that you usually learn the hard way; Christa’s suggestions spare us from this pitiful fate.

The book contains 12 modern patterns. Christa walks readers through all steps of the quilt-making process, from start to finish.  I love this comprehensive approach to teaching. Christa’s book is a primer of sorts, with 10 free-motion quilting techniques and 8 walking foot desgins that are perfect starting points for me on my domestic sewing machine.

Of all the 12 patterns in the book, I particularly like Focal Point.  Here is a version of it by the oh-so-talented Amy Garro of 13 Spools:

13 Spools Focal Point quilt by Christa Watson

I also love Rain.  I think I could make this quilt over and over again with different color combinations.  Here is Cheryl’s version from Meadowmist Designs:

Rain by Cheryl

I hope you get a chance to take a peek at Christa’s book for yourself.  Add it to your list of modern quilting must-haves!



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  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life October 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I really enjoyed seeing all of the projects in this book on her blog hop. It’s funny, when I started quilting 3 years ago I was intent on making my own quilts from start to finish and didn’t even know what a long arm was at the time. One of these days I’m going to have a quilt that is just too big for me to manage on my own (as will always be the case with anyone) so I’m sure that the long arm industry is safe. 🙂

  • Reply carrie wikanderr October 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I followed the blog hop for this book, and it does seem like a great book from what I can tell. I’ve only ever quilted all my quilts on my sewing machines – even queen-sized; never long-armed, so I know it can be done. And since I got Audrey, my Bernina 750, I have even more room to make bigger quilts. But I rarely do because they take so long.

  • Reply Summer October 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I am an advocate of doing it all yourself. I encourage everyone to at least give it a try – you’ll never know what you can do otherwise! That said, I know where I am with my skills, and they are far behind my imagination. So, I have had a few quilts done by a longarmer. Like most things, neither extreme is the best, and a happy middle is the way to go.

  • Reply Tish October 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I think my copy of this book is arriving today and after reading your review I’m even more excited to open it. I have had to learn the hard way to finish my quilts using my domestic machine so I love learning new tips and tricks.

  • Reply Jen @ Faith and Fabric October 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I got a great laugh out of your “snakes” photos from yesterday – thanks for sharing the adventure you and your daughter went on! Linking up a new pattern (Advent Wreaths) – so excited that the concept I had in my head translated so well to fabric!

  • Reply Christa October 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Aww thanks for the love!! xoxo

  • Reply cheryljbrickey October 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for highlighting my quilt!!

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