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Heirloom Machine Quilting: A Comprehensive Guide to Hand-Quilted Effects Using Your Sewing Machine
The acknowledged "bible" of machine quilting, this book made the sewing machine an acceptable tool for quilters.
Spiral-bound, 176 pages
Published 1995 by C&T Publishing
(first published September 1st 1990)
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This is a great reference book. While it has everything you need to know before you get started, I think this book is geared more towards those that have some decent machine quilting experience, which is not me! I will have to check this book out again when I give it a try. Oh, and don't let the cover fool you--though the author is a traditional quilter, the methods she teaches work for all kinds of quilts.
I like this book a lot. The name "Heirloom" is sort of misleading to me, because that makes me think that I'm going to make something from expensive fabrics with intricate methods. This book is, instead, a very practical book about quilting (not about piecing, but about actually quilting the three layers - the quilt sandwich) together. Harriet Hargrave, the author, has included many how-to features: creating stencils, marking the quilt, layering the sandwich, and straight line as well as free-mo ...more
Despite the heirloom name, this book is a comprehensive overview of even the more basic quilting techniques: I could see adding this book to my collection eventually. There are lots of great quilt pictures, but that's definitely where the heirloom part comes to play. The pictured quilts are the type meant to been seen and not used, which isn't my thing.
Feb 04, 2010 Ron Mohring rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I'm a traditional quilter--hand-piecing as much as possible and hand-quilting all the way--but even I feel the pressure of time and long for a faster, more efficient way to quilt some projects. This book has me nearly convinced to give machine quiltinga try. And that's high praise coming from me.
This book is an excellent reference and completely worth the price. I use it hand in hand with in-person classes. The author has moderated her tone in this book (vs her quilter's academy series) and I found the information practical and easy to apply.