Four friends of mine, HollyAnne, Vicki, Kristin, and Jen have been working their way through mine and Angela’s book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. The book includes 10 different quilts with different machine quilting motifs to practice in each chapter. These fun bloggers have been diligently practicing their machine quilting skills, week by week, and it’s amazing to see how far they’ve come in just a short period of time!
I highly recommend visiting each one of them and spend some time looking back through their journey. It’s one thing for me to tell you that machine quilting success is possible; it’s quite another for you to see actual results!
Here’s a sampling of inspiration from each of them this week with a link to each of their blogs in bold. Please visit them, and get inspired in your own quilting journey!
HollyAnne applied many of the quilting techniques from the book to “Modern Birds in the Air,” a pattern designed by our good friend Frances of the Off-Kilter Quilt, that goes along with her book of the same name. Be sure to visit HollyAnne’s blog for the big reveal!
HollyAnne’s work is a great example of my favorite machine quilting tip: when in doubt – add more quilting! All you see is there gorgeous texture rather than individual stitches.
Vicki has been quilting on a longarm and practicing both mine and Angela’s motifs. No stranger to quilting, she’s been quilting for others for years and it’s been fun to watch her work her way through the book on her longarm. Click here to see more of Vicki’s progress this week, and be sure to go back and check out her previous posts.
Vicki is also a podcaster. In case you missed it, she interviewed me on a recent episode where we chatted about the book, the hop, and machine quilting in general. It was so fun!
Kristin is no stranger to good workmanship with contributions to many magazines, and her newly published book with Minki Kim, Sew Illustrated. It’s been fun to watch her develop her machine quilting skills and try out all of the different ideas! Visit her blog for more closeup pics!
I love seeing how each person combines the motifs in their own unique way!
I first met Jenny when I taught at her quilt guild last year and we hit instantly hit it off! Since then, I’ve been able to get to know all of the bloggers and I love how they are also cheerleaders for “do it yourself” quilting! It’s not hard to be instant friends with others who love machine quilting as much a I do!! Be sure and pop over to her blog for her favorite tips and tricks!!
Look at all that yummy texture!!
If you’ve been following along, I hope you are encouraged to give machine quilting a try. Next week, they will share the “grand finale” which combines every thing they learned. I’ve already seen a few sneak peeks on Instagram, and it’s quite amazing!!
But just remember: whether you quilt by hand, by machine, or even “by check” – I’m here to encourage you every step of the way!!