"Wow, this is absolutely one of the best quilting books for beginners I have ever seen!"
--Joyce Drexler, author of Quick & Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky
ForeWord Reviews 2008 Book of the Year Awards Bronze Medalist
—Crafts & Hobbies
A complete step-by-step visual guide from teacher and master machine quilter Lynn Witzenburg that takes quilters through the basic steps of quilting on a home sewing machine.
- Over 150 full-color photos
- Close-up, step-by-step photography
- 12 projects ranging from wallhangings to full-size quilts
- More than 90 full-color illustrations and diagrams
- Troubleshooting tips throughout book
- Techniques, such as bobbin quilting, trapunto and free-form feathers, addressed in an easy-to-understand-and-do format
- Basic quilting and equipment preparation
- Border designs and how to make them fit any quilt
- Original quilting designs
The Midwest Book Review Wisconsin Bookwatch April, 2008
The machine as a labor saving device is never so perfectly illustrated as the advent of the sewing machine and the making of a quilt. A hardcover, hidden spiral bound, 'user friendly' instruction manual, Machine Quilting The basics & beyond by quilting expert Lynn Witzenburg offers the novice machine stitch quilter a complete, step-by-step, visually illustrated guide to successfully creating quilts with the assistance of a sewing machine. As fun as it is informative, Machine Quilting The basics & beyond includes twelve do-it-yourself projects complete with full-size patterns, as well as favorite and original quilting designs that even the most novice of needlecrafters can employ to good effect. Such issues as choosing a stencil design, working with quilting paper, adapting motifs to fill spaces, making border designs fit, even the creation of 'feathers' in round, square, triangular, and free form. From the needed equipment and supplies, preparing to machine quilt, to free-motion stitching techniques, and so much more, Machine Quilting The basics & beyond will prove to be an invaluable reference and a popular addition to personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections.
CheckerNewsletter.com Reviewer: Penny Haren March, 2008
The latest in the basics & beyond series by Landauer Books once again shows why they have become staples in every quilter’s library. Before you read the first word—and believe me, you will read every single one—you will appreciate the attention to detail incorporated into each book. It is a hardback with a hidden spiral so the pages will lay flat next to your sewing machine. And, there are over 200 pictures and illustrations so you can visually view the process—every step of the way. Whether you would like to machine quilt a small project—or a queen size quilt—Lynn will walk you through the process, step by step. She has been quilting and teaching her techniques for years so she’s incorporated her no-fail techniques into each and every page. Lynn Witzenburg is truly an expert! Let’s face it, many of us love to appliqué and piece projects but when it comes to actually finishing them, we turn them over to the experts—and send them out to a machine quilter. But, what if YOU were the expert? That means you would no longer have to wait in line to complete your quilts. In our area, many of the machine quilters are booked six months in advance! And, the money that you would spend on quilting could be used to finance the materials for your next project. Think about it. You could buy everything Lynn recommends to get started—including her book—for the price of sending out one quilt! So, why not give it a try? Lynn includes tips and helpful hints on almost every page. And, frankly, I looked at the pictures and read the tips during my first sitting. But, she drew me in. In the middle of a blizzard, I got a cup of coffee, snuggled in a quilt, and sat down to savor every word. After you have mastered the basics, Lynn explores more advanced techniques such as trapunto, bobbin-quilting, and free-form feathers. She even explains how to design original borders. So this book is a must have for all machine quilters—even those of you who are more experienced. Lynn has also included several projects with the machine quilting designs included. Why not consider teaching a series of classes using the same book. Start them off with the basics and move on to the more advanced techniques. Trapunto, bobbin-quilting and free-form feathers could all be demonstrated with white on white fabrics to make an assortment of pillows. Your students will be able to finish it in class—and will learn how to adjust the bobbin tension (without shuddering); use water soluble thread; and quilt larger projects. This book covers it all—and explains it in such simple terms that you will refer to it again and again. I shared it with all of my favorite machine quilters—and they gave it a five star “must read”. But, don’t stop here. Check out the other books in the series—Appliqué and knitBook. You’ll be glad you did.
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