🚫No Christmas UFOs: the 1 skill you need to machine quilt at home (+ sale!)

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With Christmas just a few weeks away, it’s time to put the (machine) pedal to the metal! For many quilters, that means machine quilting is in your very-near future.

If you feel like your machine-quilting skills aren’t what they could be, if you’re stuck on what and where to quilt, or if you’re terrified about even trying machine quilting, today’s post is for you.

Machine Quilting with Style author Christa Watson is a champion of machine quilting your quilts at home, on the machine you have right now. In her book, Christa reveals the single most important tool you need for machine-quilting success:

Christa Watson“The concern I hear most often in my quilting classes is, ‘I don’t have a fancy machine. How can I quilt my own quilt?’ My answer is that the most important tool you need for successful machine quilting is a can-do attitude. Often it’s my students with the least expensive machines that have the most success. What these students lacked in bells-and-whistles features they made up for in determination and creativity. It’s taken me nearly 20 years to afford the machine of my dreams (a Bernina 710), yet if I’d waited until I had the perfect machine, I would never have gained the experience I needed to write Machine Quilting with Style.”

Just like most anything in life, right? With a positive attitude from the get-go, much can be accomplished. Moving beyond fear and doubt is key.

So let’s breathe in, breathe out, and state the mantra of all machine quilters, beginner to pro:

I can do it!

For instance, have you ever stitched in the ditch? Then you’ve already got the basic skills to master Christa’s eight walking-foot motifs. Try straight and wavy lines, spirals, and even decorative stitches on your machine. You’ll be surprised at the texture, movement, and beauty you can add to your patchwork with a walking foot. At home!

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Walking-foot designs from
Machine Quilting with Style

Ready to take your free-motion foot for a spin? Christa’s 10 free-motion quilting designs start simple—no marking needed. Try easy loops, boxes, and triangles on practice pieces to feel the rhythm of the motifs; then give it a go on that Christmas quilt.

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Free-motion quilting designs from Machine Quilting with Style

If you choose, you can combine walking-foot and free-motion designs in a single quilt too. Christa’s anchoring technique in the book works wonders.

With easy-does-it motifs, tips, and advice every step of the way, you can do it—and you can do it all on your home sewing machine.

Christa’s been celebrating the one-year anniversary of Machine Quilting with Style on her blog by reimagining every quilt featured in the book. The transformations are fascinating.

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Broken V (original at left; alternate colorways at right)

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Color Crystals (original at left; alternate colorways at right)

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Ripples (original at left; alternate colorways and layouts at right)

You’ll find more of her fun switcheroos on her blog. They’ll inspire you to think of your quilts in new ways too!

Machine Quilting with StyleSave 20% on Machine Quilting with Style this week only—we’ll even pay your shipping in the US and Canada. And when you buy the book, you’ll get to download the eBook version immediately! Christa’s quickest quilting motifs will help you sail through your holiday gifts, and her skill-building lessons will help you improve through 2017 and beyond.

What level of machine quilting would you say you’re at: a true beginner, a just-the-basics quilter—or do you love that you’ve made the leap from quilting by check to quilting at home? Tell us in the comments!

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