It is my turn to write about the new book, Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson and the quilt I made using one of the patterns, Broken V. The book was just released by Martingale and is for sale, Here (signed copy from Christa).
I met Christa last November at Sewtopia in Salt Lake City. We sat at the same table and really hit it off. I was excited when she asked if I wanted to preview her first book and take part in the blog tour showing off some of the projects featured. Regular readers of my blog have seen this quilt coming along for the past month or so, but I am really happy to finally share it all finished! Read more about my experience with the quilting in This Post. I used fabrics mostly by Tula Pink, Alison Glass plus a few others others. Thread by Aurifil and batting by Hobbs batting.
When I first looked at Christa’s book, I was immediately struck by how well written it is. That is not something you often say about a quilting book! It contains so much more than the usual stock text and graphics of quilting basics…it actually reads like a book and contains great ideas and new (to me) instructions. Christa provides great tips on quilting and sewing basics…from thread choice and batting to the actual construction of the quilt start to finish.
What makes this book unique among other machine quilting books is that it contains full patterns for piecing as well as ideas for quilting the projects. This means that even if you have no plans to do the free motion quilting part of it (lots of us are intimated by that, myself included), the book is a worthwhile addition to your library just for the patterns.
There are two parts to the book: walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. I feel pretty comfortable with walking foot quilting, and that is what I do most frequently on my quilts. It is a great place to start if you are new to quilting on your home sewing machine. For my Broken V quilt, I used a combination of walking foot quilting (straight lines, and wavy stitches built into my machine) and free-motion quilting. I feel so proud of myself for trying the free-motion and found that I really enjoyed it. Thanks, Christa, for inspiring me to plunge into this!
Christa and Martingale are giving away e-copies of the book during the blog tour. If you would like to win a copy of your own, be sure and follow along all the other quilters (find the list, Here). To enter now, leave a comment on this post. Tell me what type of quilting you like most (modern straight lines, traditional FMQ, a certain pattern, or anything in between). I would love it if you include any tips or tricks you have learned along your quilting journey.
I will choose a winner next Wednesday, September 23. Edited: The giveaway is now closed, the winner is Diane B. Thank you all for your comments! I love reading them.