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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Machine Quilting

This is one of the best books, by far, that I've ever seen.  It's the book I teach from when I teach Beyond Free Motion classes.  "Machine Quilting Made Easy" by Maurine Noble, by That Patchwork Place.
Wonderfully illustrated, and terrific designs from beginner to advanced.  And lots of tips and hints are shared within the pages as well.  I give out homework at class... (not mandatory of course).  This Exercise #8 is one of them. 
There is really only one thing to know about free motion.  If you're not willing to practice, you won't become very good at it.  Of course, that can be said about most everything in life, except drinkin' from a straw! LOL!  I cannot emphasize how important it is to have some blank, muslin sandwiches ready to go by your machine.  Like any good athlete, you really do need to warm up, and a muslin sandwich is a perfect place to do it when it comes to warming up for free motion quilting.
Of course, there is alot more to this book than a few free motion designs.  There's tips on quilting with your walking foot, tension setting, couching, braiding with decorative threads... (taking a deep breath here), tying a quilt, and planning your quilting!!! 
This book is so good, so basic, and so very popular, it's been reprinted, and was first published in 1994.  I don't know about you, but I've noticed that most quilting type books don't get reprinted beyond five years --- just a guess on my part.  And since I have no direct evidence, or chart, or research onthe matter, I have only my proferred testimony.  That is this.

It's DARN hootin-tootin' good. 

Get it!  And get to practicin' darlin!  Time's a wastin.' It's only $10.36 on Amazon, if you're awantin' to know how much.  Or see if your quilt store carries it; regular price is $12.95 I believe. 

It's some serious good bang-for-the-buck.



elle said...

I've got it! yahoo! The book and the advice! lol And you are right, it is all about practice. But I need to make up some sandwiches, the quilting kind for those warm ups!

Val said...

Your right about the practice. You have inspired me to pop up to the sewing room and make a an owl somethingy with some free motion and maybe adding some wooly and stringy ribbony things. Since I don't do much practice it may or may not be posted about :)

Amy said...

You just reminded me that I have this book. So got it out and I'm going to go practice.

Marsha said...

This is my "go-to" book when I need advice on machine quilting. Love it, love it. I also have her book Machine Quilting With Decorative Threads (co-authored by Elizabeth Hendricks). If I spent as much time practicing as I do enjoying the eye candy in these books, I might actually improve my FMQ! LOL

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