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!

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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!