Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

April 19, 2016

I’m so excited that a new book arrived in my mailbox late yesterday. It’s Christa Watson’s new free motion quilting book that she co-authored with Angela Walters, called The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

As quilters, we often talk about building our fabric stash. But to become excellent quilters, we have to collect more than just fabric. Being a quilter means constantly collecting ideas and inspiration for ways we can finish our own quilts.

Thank goodness for Pinterest and google… I love pinning quilting designs to try. (If you’d like to follow my Pinterest boards, click HERE). But I also LOVE collecting versatile quilting books and having them on my shelves.  Online inspiration is great, but there is really no substitute for being able to pull a book off your shelf and hold it in your hands.

Christa mentioned her new book to me last year when we met at Handi Quilter to film an episode of QNN TV.  I immediately got excited, because although I am a stand up longarm quilter, I also want to be proficient at sit-down quilting.  And sometimes I have questions about whether a design may be better achieved on my sit down quilting machine or my stand up longarm.  So I knew that this book would eventually end up on my shelf.

There are patterns for each of the quilts they work on, and a clear step-by step approach for the quilting designs they use. It is fantastic to find a well-written compendium of quilting designs. I love being able to flip through, and find inspirational pictures and how tos for all the most versatile and accessible quilting designs that I use on a day to day basis.  No matter how experienced you are with the art of quilting, it’s helpful to have a library to turn to so that we can battle the blank slates of our quilts.

I have enjoyed leafing through the pages of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. Christa and Angela chose to organize the book by each taking the same quilt top and showing how they would each approach the quilting in different ways (Christa on a sit-down machine, and Angela with a stand-up longarm).

FMQ ribbon candy

In fact, after reading through the book last night, I grabbed inspiration from this design that Angela writes about.  And I’m heading upstairs as soon as I hit Publish on this post to go quilt it right now!

Straight Line Arrows

Well, I better go get quilting now.  I’m a bit behind these days.  The kids will be home before I know it, and then all work will come to a screeching halt.

I hope you have a beautiful week filled with creativity and joy!

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Late Night Quilter





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  • Reply angie April 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Oh, how did you know this book was on my wish list!? I’m waiting patiently for the release date as it is also the perfect book for me. I’m a huge Angela fan but I love the idea of tips for sit-down quilting as well. Lucky you getting a sneak peek! Can’t wait!!!!

  • Reply Christa April 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m so glad you already found something to try. I can’t wait to see 🙂

  • Reply sewcrazi April 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I didn’t realize they use the same quilt top for comparing. That makes me want this book even mores now. 😉

  • Reply angie April 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Oooh, guess what!?!?!? I went to a local quilt show today and found a copy! It was their last one. I’m super excited to look at it but saving it for the weekend!!!! Eeeek!

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