Here’s Why You Need The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting
There's a giveaway of a signed copy at the end! Read on, friends!
There’s a giveaway of a signed copy at the end! Read on, friends!

You know what?  There are a ton of reviews about The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. And I pretty much agree with them, that this book is dead useful when it comes to learning such basics as dealing with borders on a longarm or a domestic machine, how these two quilting rockstars approach the tops and pick designs, etc., I’m here to talk about a totally different application that I think is going to be critically important to you and your future quilting education.

Now, at first, this seems like something totally out of left field. Shouldn’t I be talking about these ladies and their quilting? How they’re so accomplished and make it look so easy? Well yes, but this book is SO much bigger than that. What The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting shows you how to do is to think your way through a quilt top no matter what type of machine you’re working on, and for a quilter who’s looking to go to a show or an event and take classes, it means you can take any class you want from whomever you want on what machine you want and be able to translate that to your home machine. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard over the years that people feel uncomfortable taking classes with seriously stellar teachers because it was on a machine they were less comfortable with, an opportunity missed for learning from a great talent.

For example, let’s say you have a longarm machine, but you really really want to take a class with a domestic quilting goddess who is only in town once every 15 years. Knowing how Angela breaks down her designs and why, and the choices a domestic quilter like Christa does can help you figure out the transition for yourself. Likewise, if you were to take a longarm class you could more easily decide how to apply that to your home machine.

Think about it: The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting gives you all the information you need to take whatever quilt class you want from here on out. That’s a heck of a big deal for a quilting book, and Angela and Christa make it work because of their experience and know-how.

To win a signed copy of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, leave a comment below telling us what quilting class is on your bucket list! One entry per person, please, all entries submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016 at midnight EDT. Winner will be notified by email, so leave us one to contact you with!  Good luck!

27 Responses to Here’s Why You Need The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

  1. I am a first time Janome owner and I could use any and all help available with my machine quilting on this machine!

  2. Angela is coming to our guild this summer and I have signed up for a machine quilting class she is teaching. That means I will get to check one thing off my bucket list. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  3. My bucket list is really, really long, partly because I’m a really new quilter. I would love to take an Angela Walters class “in person”. I’ve experienced her teaching on Craftsy, and seen a recording of one of her lectures at QuiltCon. From the beginning she has impressed me by her feet on the ground while reaching for the sky attitude. The idea that other people’s success shouldn’t scare you, and that your own mistakes aren’t that earth shattering, and that the important thing is to quilt, for heavens sake. Oh, and to enjoy quilting for the meaning it helps you give to your relationships with the people important in your life. For a young women, she has a good deal of wisdom.

  4. A free motion quilting class. I have several – ok quite a few – tops needing quilting that I want to do myself. I have a decent machine so know it can handle it – but the problem is user error (me!). Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy – but I think after reading this review I will need to get a copy anyway.

  5. I want to take a free motion quilting class. I have taken a class by Angela Walters already and want to take more.

  6. I think a free motion quilting class would give me more confidence to dive right in!

  7. I would love a class on 3 dimensional quilting. Not just flowers and such but trees and mountains.

  8. I’ve taken two classes with Christa Watson. What a pure pleasure and a wealth of knowledge. So glad I took a day off from work to attend. Best quilting investment ever!!!!!

  9. I want to improve my skills at FMQ on both a domestic machine and a true longarm. I have a domestic machine and a midarm. I have a long way to go to get what I consider reasonable looking feathers. Both these ladies are really nice. I wish I could travel and take classes from them in person.

  10. I’m looking for a class to walkme through the process of breaking down a quilt design so that I’ve quilted the quilt, the design is interesting and yet unified…don’t know who would be doing this…

  11. After reading and absorbing as much information ad I can, from multiple sources, Christa Watson continues to be the best teacher. She inspires me to do something special, without being intimidated. I want to learn the best techniques and designs, while utilizing my own imagination. Thank you, Christa, for this amazing gift you bestow on us. Quite a journey!


  12. I would love help, a class on fillers and free hand
    Borders. I am hoping to find a class somewhere in the Midwest to find the help that I need.

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