Joanie Zeier Poole’s book on machine quilting teaches you what you need to know to start free motion quilting. FMQ can be so scary – where do you start? How much do you do? What designs work best? This manual will definitely help you find your bearings.
Chapter 1 is full of lots of tips regarding different types of quilting machines – long arm, domestic machine with frame (my dream is to own one of these!), and even a domestic machine. And don’t worry that you don’t have a long arm – Joanie explains that she prefers to work on a domestic machine and is quite happy with her results. She also discusses essential and useful attachments, accessories, and even setting up your working space.
Chapter 2 is all about planning and preparations. It helps you choose and plan quilting techniques for different types of quilts along with techniques for transferring them to your quilt. Joanie discusses fabric preperation and even when to starch (answer: lightly and often!) as well as thread and needle types and how to choose wadding.
Chapter 3 discusses the varieties of machine quilting – channel, stippling, background and echo as well as others. You’ll learn about moving from shape to shape on the quilt.
Above is an example of filler designs, and you’ll also learn how to plan and quilt designs based on straight lines – there are more than you think! She also discusses how to practice designs before sewing them.
Finally there is a small library of quilting designs for making your own. I think this is a book which would appeal to the beginner and intermediate quilter – many quilters are terrified at the thought of free motion quilting, but a little knowledge and practice will get you a long way. There are also 4 projects that aren’t very difficult and offer the opportunity to practice your free motion skills.
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