When I heard that my good friend Jenny Lyon was writing a book I knew it was going to be one that I would want to recommend to anyone wanting to improve their machine quilting!
And I was right 🙂
I am delighted to be today’s stop on Jenny’s blog hop.
Here’s the book…Yes, you can take your machine quilting from ordinary to extraordinary… but guess what it takes practice, or plactice as Jenny calls it, because all practice is play time for her!
Jenny’s book includes lots of information that will help you get good results. There are sections on set up, choosing your batting, fabric, needles and thread. Then she covers basting, marking and tension issues and even gives some tips on controlling the bulk of a big quilt.
Once you’ve got all that sorted it’s time to stitch!! There is a 21 day plan to follow, starting with learning stitch motifs and going all the way through to small projects.
One of my favorite play things to do is to quilt from the back, following the design of a large scale print. Jenny has a project doing just that!
Life has been a little busy in my house so I just layered up a 14″ square of one of my Kaffe Fasset fabrics from my stash.
Now might be a good time to show you one of the things I brought back from Quilt Market. I have always said that I will only pin baste… well I might be changing my mind, at least on small projects. I used Quilters Select Free Fuse to baste my squares. It’s a powder that you use very sparingly between the layers, with a warm iron for a semi permanent fuse. (follow the link for proper instructions!)No smell, zero mess!
Once basted I stitched from the cabbage leaf side, outlining the leaves and some of the veins. I did make sure my tension was good before I had got very far because it’s the wrong side that we are interested in…
Ta-da!Too much fun and great plactice for getting into the rhythm of an even stitch length and smooth curves!
There are five projects in the book to work on, all designed to shape your skills, and then a gallery of Jenny’s wonderful quilts for inspiration. It’s a super book to add to your quilting library, designed for experienced beginners and beyond.
And you can win one!
Leave me a comment on THIS post and you will automatically be entered to win a free, signed copy of Jenny’s book. For your comment, tell me what your favorite method of basting is and why. It will be interesting to see the answers.
Then you can visit all the other people on the hop and leave comments on their posts…
A few notes about the hop:
– You can enter on each day’s special post but can only win once.
– Each blogger will leave the comments open for 8 days and then will choose a winner using a random method.
– Jenny will send winners a signed copy of her book.
– If you find a blog along the way that you find interesting, why not sign up to receive notices of future posts? (you can use the follow me on bloglovin button up near the top of my page)
– International winners will receive a digital copy.
The more the merrier-feel free to pass my post on to others so that we can all play along.
Here’s the list of everyone taking part.
Dec 1 Jenny K. Lyon https://quiltskipper.com/
Dec 2 Lisa Chin http://www.lisachinartist.com/
Dec 3 Catherine Redford – That’s me!!
Dec 4 Lyric Kinard http://lyrickinard.com/
Dec 5 Heidi Proffetty https://www.heidiproffetty.com/
Dec 6 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown https://www.debbybrownquilts.com/
Dec 7 Libby Williamson https://libbywilliamsondesigns.blogspot.com/
Dec 8 Barbara Black http://bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com/
Dec 9 Cindy Grisdela https://www.cindygrisdela.com/
Dec 10 Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com/
Remember, if you want to improve your free motion quilting, you will need to spend time at your sewing machine but Jenny’s book will certainly help you find more joy along the way!
If by some chance you are not the winner at the end of the hop then you will still just about have time to buy one for yourself wherever you usually buy your quilting books and get it in time for the holidays 🙂