Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and a Giveaway

I've been checking out Christa Watson's new book written as a team effort with talented teacher and long arm quilter, Angela Walters. It's called, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, Long-Arm and Sit-Down by Martingale Press.


With the tag-line, Learn When, Where, Why, and How to Finish Your Quilts, it's packed full of quilt projects with patterns, instructions, and more importantly how the quilt was quilted, and why. Christa and Angela each talk about their own quilting design choices in well-designated sections with each author's remarks on different colored pages.


Here's an overview from the publisher:

In this must-have resource, long-arm-quilting expert Angela Walters and home-sewing-machine specialist Christa Watson team up to provide the ultimate guide for machine quilters. Gain insight into long-arm quilting, as well as guidance on quilting at a sit-down sewing machine. Whichever machine you use, you'll find warm encouragement and expert tips to help you every step of the way.


  • Find out why some designs and motifs are ideal for sit-down quilting while others are better suited to long-arm quilting
  • Packed with tips, tricks, and advice on how to machine quilt better, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started confidently and finish strong
  • Learn from the masters as you discover how to stitch a wide range of quilting designs, with instructions for 10 quilts




Angela Walters is one of my favorite sources of inspiration as she frequently uses rulers in her long-arm quilting. With my ruler work technique adapted to the sit-down and domestic machine, this book is a good source of design ideas. Christa even addresses the concept of using rulers on sit-down and domestic machines briefly, though she doesn't use rulers. She's a Bernina ambassador waiting for an official ruler foot.

The book addresses some necessary quilting basics of quilt assembly, basting, choosing designs, marking, and free motion fundamentals. It also features interesting and helpful tidbits of advice and information from both Christa and Angela.

You can get signed copies from Christa here: http://christaquilts.bigcartel.com/  Take the time to visit my quilty friend at her blog, Christa Quilts if you don't already follow her. Angela  is always up to something interesting at Quilting is my Therapy.

But before you do that, enter my giveaway for a chance to get my copy sent to you! Click here to enter: Ultimate Guide Giveaway. Please enter only once. Duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning and will increase my irritation. This is open to anyone anywhere! A winner will be drawn Saturday, April 23rd.

Check it out! You won't be disappointed.

My thanks to Christa and Martingale for sending me a copy to review and giveaway.

20 comments:

  1. Good Morning Amy, thank you for this lovely chance at winning your give-a-way . . . I am very excited. I am a sit-down quilter with much to learn.
    Have a lovely week.
    Connie :)

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful resource. I quilt on my Janome Horizon, no room or budget m for anything larger. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful resource. I quilt on my Janome Horizon, no room or budget m for anything larger. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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  4. Hallo Amy and good evening / here in Europe/ :-).
    I will be delighted if I won this book. I am delighted to learn from You and other quilters via Internet- thank you for your time and generosity.
    I didn't notice any restriction for quilters from abroad then I hope I don't "increase your irritation" ;-)
    Best regards. Beata

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  5. Thank you for the chance to win. I am a 'sit down' quilter who uses a Juki TL2010Q for smaller projects and an APQS George for larger quilts.

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  6. I just purchased a Juki TL2010Q so this sounds like a good resource!

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  7. I SO need this book! I will be ordering a copy soon, but I'll wait until after the giveaway (just in case...)

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  8. I'm really trying to get better at quilting on my domestic machine and I know this book will help me do that - I've heard rave reviews about it! Please enter me in the giveaway!!!

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  9. I would love to have this. I took one on line class from Angela at Craftsy and I learned so much. This would certainly be a terrific resource.
    Karin

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  10. I requested out local library buy this book! They did and I am enjoying! I will be getting my own copy for future reference! If I don't win your giveaway copy, that is!

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  11. Thank you for the chance to win. It looks like a very useful book.

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  12. thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book...now that i have started to learn machine quilting a book like this would be amazing...thanks to your youtube channel and your log cabin wholecloth which was the inspiration for me learning to fmq and your facebook page has been a god send in my learning adventure ....i am doing the last border of my king size dresden plate quilt on my domestic machine which i would never have achieved without you and that is only after 4 months of learning from you ...thank you amy for your love of sharing...you are definately my hero!!!!

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  13. I really need to study this book and learn, learn, learn more. My skills are only so so. It will be a must buy for 2016.

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  14. Amy, I've been quilting for two years now and discovered your blog soon after I started. My husband bought the 1/4" FM foot for my Janome and several rulers for me that first Christmas. I've been happily FMQing ever since! Still have so much to learn though and would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance and for all of your inspiration!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  15. Morning Amy, I've seen the book several times this past week and really would like to have it. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  16. I have more problems trying to machine quilt. a lot of yelling and screaming go on while its trying to be done! Maybe this book is just what I need. thank you for the chance
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  17. I quilt on an older HQ16. I admire both these authors--they are awesome quilters, so I'm sure the book will be great. I wasn't able to enter through the link--I guess it doesn't like me--lol!

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  18. Thank you for the opportunity to sign up for the free motion quilting book. Both of the authers I follow and enjoy learning from you all. Enjoying the Craftsy class and look forward to your second one.

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  19. Thank you for the opportunity to sign up for the free motion quilting book. Both of the authers I follow and enjoy learning from you all. Enjoying the Craftsy class and look forward to your second one.

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