Get results you love with this complete visual guide to quilting on your home machine. Expert designer, author, and blogger Wendy Sheppard wants quilters of all skill levels to say, “I made this from start to finish.” From straight line quilting to beautiful free-motion techniques, Wendy’s advice and proven methods guide you through each step to build skill and confidence.
- Step-by-step stitch guides for over 25 quilting designs increase confidence at each turn for basic to advanced free-motion techniques Loaded with detailed diagrams and photographs to teach each design
- Includes Wendy’s secrets to using and caring for your home sewing machine for quilting projects both large and small. Learn which threads, needles, batting and notions work best
- Quilt sampler projects included for perfecting new skills, each one with careful how-to and diagrams to guide the quilter each step of the way.
- A unique approach to teaching machine quilting: diagrams include directional arrows and rests for breathing and regrouping – essential for maneuvering the quilt sandwich
- Each stitch design is broken down into easy steps with a starting and stopping point, and arrows to give the direction to stitch. The consecutive stitches are illustrated in a different color to make your stitching paths easier to follow.
- For each step, the section to be stitched is shown as a solid line with arrows. The previously stitched sections are shown as dashed lines. This makes it easier to focus exactly on the part to be stitched.
QuiltShopGal.com, December 2017
I’m delighted to share insights on an excellent new book, by an amazing quilter, designer, teacher and author. This book is a “must have” for any quilter interested in learning and/or improving their freemotion quilting skills.
I love the entire “two cents” approach to sharing tips that Wendy takes throughout this book. This book kicks off with keys to free-motion quilting success, Wendy’s favorite tools and threads, and plenty of helpful Thread Talk/My Two Cents tips, which alone are well worth the price of this book.
But wait, there is more – the chapter on Stitch Variations with 20+ quilting designs all have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, that will help you stitch these designs on your projects. Wendy also shares insights on design principles for combining quilting motifs that I’m confident will help quilters of all levels learn and/or improve their freemotion quilting skills and make quilts with stunning FMQ.
Wendy also shares ideas for how you can use the insights shared in this book to apply to quilting panel quilts, a stitch sampler quilt, as well as a fun Modern Star Sampler quilt. I’ll confess I absolutely fell in love with her “Squares and Rectangles” where she walks you thru how to use designs and tips shared in this book, to create an stunning Bird Appliqué wallhanging quilt that is 27″ x 27″, which is a great design that can show off your freemotion quilting skills that you can learn from this book! But all of the project designs in this book are stunning and perfect designs to use for stitching out free-motion quilting motifs taught in this book, which will help you build skills to easily apply these designs on your own projects.
Barbara Rhodes, December 2017
I belong to a charity quilting group and the gals are starting to take an interest in quilting their own quilts rather than have me do all of them. Whew, I’m glad for that but what I am really glad for is this book.
The author explains in great deal how you can quilt any size quilt on your home machine. There are tips called MY TWO CENTS which are very helpful throughout the whole book. There are LOTS of graphics so you can see just how you need to move the quilt under the needle. And there several chapters on techniques, tools, threads, layering, basting and even one on doodling.
OK, so what has doodling got to do with quilting? It is all about muscle memory. If you can “draw” the quilt design on paper, then you will be able to transfer that to machine and thread easier. This is going to be one book that the guild will “wear out” because everyone will want to read it.