Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 9 – And a Giveaway!

I have to give a quick shoutout to Michele B. and Lou B. who were the winners of the last two book giveaways for Rock Solid and I Love House Blocks! Now it’s time for another fun book giveaway with 4 chances to win!

Machine Quilting Blog Hop

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!

Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

To celebrate their progress, they are offering a chance to win the book on their blogs. 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 – String and Story

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!

Machine quilting by HollyAnne Knight

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 – My Creative Corner 3

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.

Machine Quilting by Vicki Holloway

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 Esser – KristinEsser.com

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!

Kristin Esser Machine Quilting

I love seeing how each person combines the motifs in their own unique way!

Jen Greer – Quiltin’ Jenny

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!!

Jen Greer Machine Quilting

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!!

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7 thoughts on “Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 9 – And a Giveaway!

  1. Lou Brewer says:

    Thank you for the book I won through your drawing. I can hardly wait to make a quilt from the “I Love House Blocks” book. You are so creative in your designs.

  2. Lisa says:

    Hi Christa. I just checked your book out at the library and I think it is wonderful so I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking it up. I have your earlier book and several of Angela’s. You are both very encouraging and I really appreciate it.

  3. quiltinjenny says:

    Thanks Christa! This has been such a fun hop. I’m so impressed by how much my quilting has improved and my anxiety about it has lessened. It has been so fun to get to know you and learn from you!

  4. Glenna D. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your machine quilting experiences. I am learning so much from you! I especially appreciate your reminders to relax and enjoy the process rather than fretting about every little detail.

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