badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyI’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about free-motion quilting book, and how you can win a copy.

Machine Quilting: The Basics & Beyond, by Lynn Witzenburg, published by Landauer Publishing in 2008. And, as the cover page shares, this book is a Complete Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Successful Machine Quilting.

Publisher’s Insights:

Teacher and master machine quilter Lynn Witzenburg guides quilters through the basic steps of quilting on a home sewing machine. From the basics of doodling through marked grids, free-form curves, continuous-line designs and border tips to more advanced techniques and tricks to enhance quilting projects. The troubleshooting tips in each section guarantee stress-free quilting. Features include: Over 150 full-color photos; More than 90 full-color illustrations and diagrams; 12 projects ranging from wallhangings to full-size quilts; Close-up, step-by-step photography; Troubleshooting tips throughout the book; Techniques, such as bobbin quilting, trapunto, and free-form feathers, addressed in an easy-to-understand-and-do format; Basic quilting and equipment preparation; Border designs and how to make them fit any quilt; Original quilting designs.

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About the Author:

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Lynn has been professionally machine quilting since 1996. Shortly after she began teaching classes at a local quilt shop and lecturing for guilds in the area, teaching became her favorite “job”. The first lesson she teaches – there are no rules, relax aqnd have fun

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Lynn and Landauer Publishing also created a series of Youtube videos for “Machine Quilting The Basics and Beyond”.

If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to view it directly thru Youtube:

Click here to watch the Machine Quilting The basics & beyond videos!

My Review:

 This book is an excellent resource to beginner quilters who are interested in learning free-motion quilting.  The instructions are easy to follow with great visuals that will take you through every step of quilting.  You will learn about equipment & supplies, preparing your machine quilting, doodling, machine-guided stitching, free-motion stitching, using stencils, focal and background designs, feathers, bobbin quilting, trapunto and much more.

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There are also 12 projects included in this book that include complete instructions and great visuals to make the quilt, as well as designs you can use to free-motion quilt your projects.

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This book is an excellent value, especially when you consider what the cost of 1-2 standalone patterns would cost and the fact you get 12 projects in this book, plus comprehensive information to help you learn free-motion quilting.

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For those that already know free-motion quilting, this book may also be of interest to you to learn more designs, as well as placement of designs.  Of course, it would also be an excellent book for your quilt library that could be quite handy for those that also have or are building skills to teach free-motion quilting too!

Want to win a copy of this book?

Landauer Publishing is a sponsor of the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  A copy of this book has been added to a special “pool of prizes” that will be awarded by a bidding process with all participants in this challenge.  Participants will be awarded ten points for “every entry” in each monthly challenge (typically 3-5 ways to enter each month could earn you up to 50 points), and 1 point for every picture you share in the Flickr FMQ group (any project you created showing off your FMQ can be shared in this flickr group).  More details will be shared about the “pool of prizes” in upcoming challenges, but I wanted to share this “sneak peek” with you today.


I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop.  Don’t forget if you don’t find it you can let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  You can also find this book online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon 

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