The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on September 26th, by Amy in give away, review. 152 comments

Hi friends! There are a number of new machine quilting books, and I think they all have something to offer the home quilter!  Personally I love to collect books, and was happy to receive a copy of The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting for review.

Joanie Zeier Poole has collected her knowledge of quilting and teaching quilting in this concise volume. She encourages the beginning quilter to jump in, and the experienced quilter to try something new!

The chapters are well organized, full of details about your sewing space, preparing your quilt, and quilting. Joanie also includes a few patterns to develop and practice new skills. Finally, there’s a chapter devoted to quilting designs, she includes multiple motifs, and examples of how you might use them in your quilts.

Part of setting up your machine is testing the tension, there’s specific suggestions for any issue you might run into.

One of the examples at the front of the book caught my eye -

Along with all the quilt details, Joanie shares how the quilter approached each quilt. Sometimes having a second perspective is all you need to get started!


If you would like to win a copy of The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting, leave me a comment about the most challenging part of quilting for you. 

Maybe you noticed the background for all these pictures….I have had my quilt basted for a week, and haven’t decided how to best quilt it! I need to look a little closer at the suggestions in this book and another new book in my library, and get started!  Yes, getting started is the most challenging for me!

Your turn ;)

The giveaway will be open through the weekend, and I’ll update the post on Monday, October 1, 2012.

Good Luck!

152 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting :: Review & Giveaway

  1. I am paralyzed with fear about anything except straight line quilting and would love to get some confidence to do something else. Maybe this book would give me a hand!

  2. This looks like a beautiful, informative book, whoever wins will be delighted with it – I know I would
    One of the hardest things about quilting is taking that initial first step of actually sitting down at the machine and deciding to tackle the fear and just ‘give it a go’ and also being able to adapt your plans and ideas. I’ve found that often what I considered the ‘perfect’ quilting patter just doesn’t work and sometimes I sit down with a quilting plan only to have my hands take me in another direction / quilting pattern ;o)

  3. Getting started in the 1st place!

    I need that book! I’m about to get started on quilting my first quilt on my home machine and I could use all the tips and advise I can get. There are so many books on this topic out there that it is hard to decide which one (s) are worthwhile and I always look for recommendations before deciding to buy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Oh wow!!! I would love to own this book…with me; just about anything to do with machine quilting scares me! The want to learn how to be comfortable, but I will put off practicing at any cost!! I seem to be afraid of the no control thing.

  5. My biggest challenge is deciding how to quilt it…I can procrastinate over this for years! I get the top done and then it goes into the cupboard and waits…sometimes for a very long time!

  6. I am at the point where my biggest challenges are coming up with the design itself, And, trying to avoid bunching. I need more technical knowledge, as I think having no walking foot or free motion foot might be part of the problem. Almost a complete newbie, but very enthusiastic :D

  7. Wow what a prize for a novice or even seasoned quilter!! I find the most difficult part of quilting having the confidence to try something other than straight lines!! I have a beautiful new machine but have no idea how to do anything ther than straight lines!! This would be a great book to help me try something new!

  8. The most paralyzing portion of quilting for me is deciding what to quilt where. I need to look more at detailed examples and think more creatively next time. Thanks for the chance to win this book – it sounds wonderful!

  9. Machine quilting is definitely intimidating for me! I have tension issues and do not feel comfortable machine quilting. awolk at rogers dot com

  10. Tension problems and puckers on the back are what’s most challenging for me. Looks like an informative book, thanks for the giveaway! ;->. Toni Anne

  11. The most challenging part of quilting for me is getting started. Once I get started I get excited and usually finish fast. But it seems to take me forever to get down there and do it!

  12. Getting started. I’ve bought and read some books, I’ve signed up for a class taught my Joanie but I’ve yet to even try it. :(

  13. The most difficult part of machine quilting for me is deciding what designs will work best with the pieced top. It’s especially difficult with a boy’s quilt because I tend more naturally to the flowing, feathery or flowery quilting designs, and avoid the more angled, straight line, pointy designs that seem more masculine. So, I love books that have a wide variety of designs plus detailed sketches showing how they are achieved, step by step. Also difficult for me are the all-over flowing designs – avoiding trapping myself in a corner and having to break thread too often.

  14. I find that actually making a start is the most difficult thing. Particularly if it is a big quilt, when I know that I will have to wrestle it through my domestic sewing machine.

    Lovely book.

  15. I have had a hard time delving into free motion quilting. I hate to fail so I haven’t thought I could do it. I recently tried some free motion words and it worked out well, so now I have to cross that hump into a quilt filled with free motion designs.

  16. Choosing the design is the hardest part for me. I’m always afraid that what I pick won’t be right. Thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

  17. The most challenging part of quilting for me is basting. Not only is it a mental hurdle to actually get down on the floor to do it, but I don’t have a lot of confidence that I end up with properly flat layers. Next up though – FMQ, I have yet to try it!

  18. I think the biggest challenge for me is keeping my lines straight and stitches even while I try to move a quilt through my small sewing machine. I haven’t tried anything complicated in terms of machine quilting because I just don’t think I can maneuver properly on this machine. I want to get a book like this and try a quilt as you go project, though, to address that problem! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. The most challenging part for me is the quilting. I am still learning how to machine quilt and I don’t want to mess up any of my really big quilt projects so I keep putting them off!

  20. Wow, this looks like a fantastic book to have. So far what slows me down is when I have put all three sections together and am ready to quilt it all together. There is so much fabric I think Im a bit indimitated.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  21. Machine quilting is all a challenge for me..I know I need to practice, practice, practice but I am intimadated before I even start. One has to come up with a quilting pattern/design that works with the quilt before anything else and I have a hard time even getting past that.

    I will take any help I can get.. Thanks for a chance at the book.

  22. Honestly, the hardest part for me is cutting the fabric. I’m such a chicken about that. Once it’s cut, I work quickly, but sometimes I’ll stare at those piles of neatly folded pieces for months before I finally get brave enough to start cutting.

  23. I recently watched a video on free motion quilting that told me one of the things I was doing wrong, and have been tempted (but still nervous) to try again! Maybe this could help!

  24. the hardest part for me was returning to the machine after being frustrated with thread and tension problem…finally one day i just decided to stick it out…took several hours and my husband said he heard “some not very nice words coming out of that room”…lol but i did it and now can work those problems out more easily

  25. My biggest challenge is quilting on a domestic machine. No way i can even try FM with that little throat on my machine. I sew need help!

  26. Working with all the bulk – trying to deal with that while holding all the fabric to get a nice even feed….I’ve only attempted wall hangings, table runners, mini quilts – have not even tried a bed size quilt on my sewing machine yet=)

  27. I suppose this isn’t the most challenging part of quilting but the part that I am liking the least which makes it challenging ;) Trimming. It is so tedious to trim when I want to just get everything together.

  28. The most challenging part of quilting for me is to find the time to get to the Innova dealer to rent a machine. I like the looks of that book it has so much inspiration in it. If i don’t win it I’m going to buy it. Thanks for the chance.

  29. The most challenging part for me when I fmq is pausing in my design. I always end up with “bumps” in the design when I have to pause quilting, and so as a result I tend to not want to pause, which causes me to rush and not take my time. I’ve discovered that I tend to prefer geometric designs over swirly ones because the corners give me a natural place to rest.

  30. Most challenging is getting started! LOL. I am hoping to give machine quilting a try in the near future and I would so love a book like this to help me get started! Thank you for a chance to win.

  31. For me, the hardest part is getting started. I hate basting, and I want my machine quilting to be perfect, so I get too stressed out by it. It is something I am going to work on. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. The most challenging part of quilting for me is cutting the fabric. I just hate doing it and it seems to require more thought than any other part of the quilt for me. Once I get past the cutting, I’m a happy camper.

  33. Hola gracias por la oportunidad. Para mi la parte más difícil del acolchado es cuando las labores son muy grandes y olvido la dimensión del espacio y no recuerdo por dónde iba acolchando.


    Costa Rica

  34. Deciding how to quilt the top is my biggest problem. By the time I get to actually quilting it, I’m usually sick of the project and just want it done, done, done.

  35. What a great giveaway, thank you. Everything about machine quilting scares me especially anything free motion. It has been difficult to get the hang of it.

    Have a super great sewing, stitching, and quilting day!

  36. What doesn’t intimidate me when machine quilting? I’ve made several attempts, but only because I had no choice. Would love to feel more confident about my quilting abilities. This book sounds marvelous. Nita

  37. I am still working on my free-motion quilting — I am still terrible at it, so having options for other types of machine quilting would be great! Thanks so much for giving us a sample of the book!

  38. The most challenging part for me is being able to freely and evenly repeat a design around the whole quilt top without getting stuck or having the shapes change size too much. That and good tension. My machine doesn’t always cooperate even after changing tension, thread, needles etc. uggg!

  39. This is a book I need to add to my Quilt Library. I struggle with choosing what to quilt on my quilts and how to make it look just right. She makes it look so easy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. I have a hard time deciding how to quilt my quilts. The only thing I am really comfortable with is stippling. I don’t have a walking foot (they are so darn expensive for Berninas!), so straight line quilting actually makes me nervous.

  41. The Complete Guide looks like a Fab book.
    I have 2 challenges when I machine quilt. The first, which I think is a challenge for most people, is just making a decision about what to quilt where. Once I make that decision, I’m good to go, but sometimes that takes a bit of struggling. My second challenge always comes when I’m about half way through quilting a quilt and I stop and look at the finished part and think, “I don’t think I like where this is going.” Once I get my quilt finished, it always comes together, but I always seem to have some self-doubt. I could really use some guidelines on better ways to get there. Perhaps this new book would give me a helping hand.
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  42. This book looks amazing and esy o read. I’m still trying to learn how to do free motion quilting and this book looks like it will be a great teaching tool.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. Well, the hardest part for me is the quilting… Can’t quite get the hang if it…
    But I’m not giving up! Just started another top, and the quilting WILL BE DONE!
    I would love to have this book ;-)

  44. My biggest challenge is to select the designs I will use for quilting the top, and in second place, selecting the best thread (colour, type and size) to do the job! Thanks for this giveaway!

  45. The most challenging part for me is figuring out a quilting design. I tend to want to do more than my abilities can handle. More practice needed!

  46. The most challenging part – deciding on the design and then taking that very first stitch. It seems so final and permanent though I know anything can be ripped out. It is hard to stitch in one of many choices and feel for sure that it is the right one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. The most challenging part for me is actually getting started as I have put so much time and love in my quilt, I would hate to ruin it with unattractive quilting. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  48. I’m a book junkie too. I’d love to have this one :) My most challenging part of quilting is my quilt space. I’m hoping to remedy that real soon….so I’m ready to learn more very soon!

  49. Starting and stopping and wrestling the quilt through my little machine’s throat is the most challenging part of quilting for me.
    This book looks like a great resource! Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Thanks for the great review! I have a couple of tops made but just don’t have the confidence to take that first stitch… this is a book I would love… love… love to have in my quilting arsenal!

  51. I have always been a hand quilter, afraid of machine quilting. I would love a book to help me delve into that. I would like to do more charity quilts but most of them require machine quilting. Thank you for your consideration.

  52. The most challenging part for me is taking that first step! I can piece everything on the machine, but when it comes to doing the actual quilting I’m stuck. (I have a lot of Quilt tops…lol)

  53. The hardest part for me (after being color challenged! LOL) is to decide what to do for the free motion quilting….I’m always stuck not knowing what would look great with my design. Maybe this book will help! :)

  54. The most challenging part of quilting for me, used to be, picking the fabric. Seriously, I have a hard time with that. That was before I got a long arm system (quite ancient but, new to me) Now the most challenging thing is quilting!! I would just love to win this book, thanks for the chance :)

  55. The hardest part for me is deciding what the quilting pattern should be. Whether I’m doing it myself (straight lines, with the walking foot only!) or taking it to a long arm quilter, choosing the quilting design is the hardest. Hope the book would help with that! Any inspiration to help me make that leap into free motion with my domestic sewing machine would be great.

  56. I often get stuck in two different areas of quilting: how to proceed with a border and then how to plan out my quilting stitches. Sounds like a great book for my smaller quilts.

  57. The most challenging part of quilting for me is probably finishing the quilts off as they deserve to be finished. We make so many for our quilt ministry that sometimes it’s just “do it the fastest way possible” when I’d really like to do some really cool quilting on it!!

  58. I’m new to quilting and find most of it challenging! I guess so far the most challenging part is using my rotary cutter to slice fabric and not have the fabric unravel on me because I didn’t use the pinking shears. Does this mean I have to sew zig-zags around all of those quilting squares? I don’t have a serger yet. Thx for the chance – great giveaway.

  59. Not being a super fmquilter, the challenge is to do something other that stippling and not end up cornered and the other problem is having an even look to the quilting. Looks like the book I need.

  60. The actual quilting on my home machine. I know I need to practice, practice, practice but I feel like I’m wasting good fabric and my time! So frustrating!

  61. The biggest challenge for me is getting started. I’m not sure if I even have the tools for FMQ (I do have a walking foot for straight line). I know my sewing machine can accomodate it. There are so many books and DVDs, so which will be good for me? Thanks for the recommendation of this book and the chance to win.

  62. As a true beginner I need all the support I can get. I’ve been piecing and I have alot of squares done but going that next step of putting batting and a back and start quilting scares the daylights out of me. I don’t want to ruin all those squares that I’ve already done. I’m slowly practicing on small projects before I jump into something bigger. Thanks for the chance.

  63. The most difficult part about machine quilting for me is to baste the quilts together. My husband and I both have bad backs and knees, and it’s difficult to do. We prefer spray baste, because we don’t have to spend as much time on our knees. I’m also a beginner.

  64. Actually deciding what pattern to use! I have so much fabric sitting ready to be cut up to make quilt tops, but no idea what patterns will suit the fabric best. Buying the fabric is literally as far as I have got so far with making a quilt, the rest of it seems like it’s impossible given that I haven’t even cut the fabric yet!

  65. Oh dear could I use that book! The most challenging part is everything :( But probably the worst thing is trying to wrangle all the fabric around so that it doesn’t do strange things to the stitch lengths. Thanks for the chance!

  66. fmq is the most challenging for me–and yet, it’s fun, too. i’d like to be super proficient at it, but it does get better. because of bad shoulders, i’m limited in sizes i can quilt. am going to try quilt as you go on a king size quilt that’s comprised of huge 23″ blocks. not sure how well it will go when it’s time to put them all together, but anxious to try. this is a marvelous giveaway! thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

  67. The most difficult part of free motion quilting for me is relaxing so that my stitching looks smooth and natural. Thanks for the opportunity to win some much needed help.

  68. Machine quilting is something I haven’t been able to conquer especially free motion. I can do straight quilting lines but I still can’t get my stitches the same size. I have tried several books but haven’t found the right one yet.

  69. The most challenging part of quilting for me is getting out of a rut. I tend to keep doing the same style FMQing, or straight line, and not venturing out and trying new things. I say I’m trying to perfect it, but I know I’m lying to myself and doing it because it’s gotten easy.

  70. The most challenging part of quilting for me is deciding what to do. I am usually happy with the way the quilt looks without quilting, and worry that what I do will spoil rather than enhance my project.

  71. Well, this may be too obvious, but machine quilting is my biggest challenge. I love piecing the top, but I am not good at the quilting part so I worry about the finished product not being good. I clearly need this book!

  72. I have trouble deciding on a pattern usually, but even when I am set with that, I find finishing the quilting difficult. Somewhere in the middle of quilting a project, I get tired and take a break. Having that “break” only be day or two instead of two months is tough.

  73. This sounds like a good book for me as I find the quilting the most difficult part. So many almost-finished tops (almost because if they were finished the need for quilting would weigh on me). I may just need to get this book regardless and push through my mental barriers.

  74. Hands down, the most challenging part to me is the quilting. I live in terror of ruining my quilts with my own quilting. So, my best efforts go to the long arm quilter. Thanks for the giveaway! You’ll make someone’s day!

  75. One of the most challenging things for me is stitching that “scant quarter inch” seam. No matter how I try by the time I put all of my blocks together the finished piece is crooked. It as led me to develop a personal design feature; an extra border usually only on one side. It looks artsy and only I know why it’s really there!

  76. The most challenging thing for me…. is the quilting. I don’t want to pay someone to do it so I am trying to tackle the quilting on my little sewing maching. Help! This book would be a great help. Thanks for a chance to win. janita

  77. Thanks for the chance to win. The hardest part for me is to get all my piecing lined up right. I tend to get frustrated if it’s not exact. It’s hard not to compare your work to the seemingly perfect quilts out in blogland.

  78. The most challenging thing for me is free motion quilting. I love to have a beautiful pieced block but I just can’t bring myself to take a chance on ruining it with messy FMQuilting.

  79. For me, the most challenging part is finding time! With three children, two of whom are not in school yet and no sewing room, it’s hard to find time and get everything out and put back up when I’m done.

  80. Free motion quilting is the most challenging part for me. I see all these nice designs other people make…The thing is to dare to try, and then try again and again until it gets better. I know practice makes perfect, so I just have to get on with the next project!

  81. My biggest challenge is to pace myself. I’m so excited about starting a new project that i sometimes go too fast and that’s how your cutting ends up not being so precise, the piecing not so tidy etc…

  82. The most challenging thing for me is patience. I’m so excited to have it finished, that once I start and realise how much is left to do, it takes a lot of patience to slow down and take my time to do it properly, rather than rushing just for the sake of seeing the finished product :-)

  83. I tend to use the same quilting designs over and over. My challenge is taking the time to practice new ones until I’m good enough to use them.

  84. My most challenging part is having the room on my home machine to move the fabric around. I can now see how valuable a larger machine for quilting would be!

  85. The most challenging for me is Free motion quilting it. It’s kind of a mystery how/where to start in a quilt and how to keep the design going without getting trapped.

  86. I know that my problem with free motion quilting is practice, practice, practice! I end up with lurches and very sharp lines once in awhile instead of those lovely soft curves!

  87. The most challenging part of quilting, for me, is deciding how to quilt the piece when it’s finished.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. It would have to be the free motion quilting. I enjoy doing it but I’m always hesitant about choosing a design and I worry it might not be good enough. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this very informative book.

  89. Basting! I just hate breasting. Once a quilt is basted I am off and running with machine stippling but many of my quilts never see that phase for lack of basting. Lyn

  90. The most challenging part of quilting for me is just getting started. I’m so paranoid about messing up my beautiful quilt top, that I procrastinate when it comes to quilting. I just need to suck it up and stitch it up!

  91. Basting! I just hate basting. Once a quilt is basted I am off and running with machine stippling but many of my quilts never see that phase for lack of basting. Lyn

  92. Most challenging…. The pattern decision !!!!!! HOW TO? Ahhh will I destroy it…or will the quilting go like a breeze this time…. The ever ever question…:0))))
    This book looks like IT!!! :0)

  93. There are two places I get stuck. How to quilt it and what fabric to choose for the binding. I could hem and haw for hours (and days) over those things. Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. I think the most challenging for me is sandwiching and pin basting – once that is done I am fine but getting to that stage is hard. I think it is because where I live has basically just the kitchen floor to do it on (still not big enough) and it is such a chore to do. Give me a lovely room with open space an I’d be fine, but to have to move furniture and to have to sweep and mop first puts me off!!!

  95. The most challenging part of quilting for me is my tension. I have a lot of issues with my tenuon being too tight that it breaks my thread every couple of minutes while quilting, but if I lower my tension, my top thread comes through to the bottom and there is no in between. I’ve tried different tensions, different threads, different needles, etc. and it all comes back to me top thread having to come through to the back or my thread breaking every two minutes or less. It SUPER frustrating.

  96. I find that I have trouble determining what design to quilt and then relaxing while quilting especially when using free motion. My shoulders always end up at my ears. So far I have not found the quilting portion a pleasing experience. I know I need to practice, practice, practice!!!

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