The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-17
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Learn how to use your home sewing machine to create and finish your quilting projectsno special equipment needed!Most would-be quilters finish a patchwork quilt top, then send it out to a professional to do the actual quilting. Now you can learn all the skills needed to complete the entire process yourself using your home sewing machine! There's no need to own a long-arm quilting machine or any fancy equipment, all the techniques included are done on a standard home sewing machine, allowing you to achieve the same polished effects as a professional quilter.With a guide to help you explore your current sewing machine to determine what size projects will be most manageable on it, or help you figure out which machine will best suit your needs, this is an invaluable resource for all quilters. The main focus is on all the step-by-step techniques needed to make up your quiltfrom preparing the top for quilting, to adding borders, to how to use free-machine embroidery techniques, and everything in between. Also included is an in-depth review of the best tools and equipment, as well as a thorough overview of the best batting and threads to use. The projects sections allows you to test out your new skills and is accompanied by not just the quilting patterns from the book, but also patterns recommended for beginners, specific block patterns, special motifs, and more!

Author Biography

Joanie Zeier Poole has more than 25 years of quilting experience. She has designed many award-winning quilts, teaches and lectures on heirloom machine quilting, and is the author of Elegant Machine Quilting, Joanie's Design Elements and Joanie's Quilting Elements.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Machine quilting in contextp. 8
Setting upp. 16
All about your home sewing machinep. 18
Other machinesp. 22
Attachments and accessoriesp. 24
Setting up your work spacep. 26
Before you quiltp. 30
What is a quilt top?p. 32
Purpose and planningp. 34
Choosing a quilting designp. 36
Making and using templatesp. 41
Planning for a patchwork quiltp. 42
Planning for an appliqué quiltp. 44
Planning for a wholecloth quiltp. 46
Choosing fabrics for the quilt topp. 48
Fabric preparationp. 51
Backing fabricp. 52
Marking for machine quiltingp. 54
Battingp. 58
Basting the layersp. 60
Threadsp. 63
Needlesp. 67
Techniquesp. 68
Starting to stitch your quiltp. 70
Getting from place to placep. 74
Quilting straight linesp. 76
An introduction to free-motion quiltingp. 80
Stipplingp. 82
Echo quiltingp. 84
Background fillersp. 86
Trapuntop. 90
Finishingp. 92
Projectsp. 96
Sewing tool caddyp. 98
Polka-dot quiltp. 102
Toile bed quiltp. 106
Keepsake baby bibp. 110
Quilting designsp. 114
Project templatesp. 124
Indexp. 126
Creditsp. 128
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