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Foolproof Machine Quilting: Learn to Use Your Walking Foot - Paper-Cut Patterns for No Marking, No Math - Simple Stitching for Stunning Results [Kindle Edition]

Mary Mashuta
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Intimidated by free-motion machine quilting? You don't need it to beautifully machine-quilt your own tops. Well-known teacher Mary Mashuta's classroom-tested methods guarantee quilting success. Mary teaches you to use heavier-weight threads on the top of your machine, rather than in the bobbin, so that all your stitching is done on the right side of the quilt.


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About the Author

Mary Mashuta is an award-winning quilter who has been teaching quilting for more than twenty years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17991 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (November 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GCK7G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, but practical it isn't January 9, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because I feel I'm still a "newbie" in the area of Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). This book touts the use of a walking foot, as opposed to using a FM foot, and a regular stitch on your machine (as opposed to regulating the stitches with the speed you are moving the quilt)

While I found the pictures of the techniques used inspiring, the book offered no demo or pictures to show how to use the walking foot effectively. I found I was having to "manhandle" my quilt, tugging and pulling it through my machine to get it to pivot. No, it wasn't the size of the quilt (my quilt was 48 x 65), nor was it the size of my desktop (45 x 60 inches, with an extension on the left side to hold the quilt. The bottom line was that the author forgot to insert pictures of how she specifically performed the technique.

There were pointers on using daisy head pins (flat tipped straight pins which are usually a No No in quilting) to pin down the freezer paper templates. The reason why these pins aren't used much is because you stick yourself trying to move the quilt. And yes, I did get stuck; many times. You don't know the pain of having a pin stuck in your hand while you are trying to move that hand to move the quilt around. Ouch! What I ended up doing was pressing the sharp point of the pin down into the fabric (so it wouldn't stick up and thereby stick me). This helped a little.

The book would have been better if the chapters were broken down into demos that the author used on her quilts. After all the subtitle states: "Learn to use Your Walking Foot", but there was no teaching to "learn". I wouldn't think that this information would be so proprietary that it should be omitted--it's important!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource February 11, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for beginning to intermediate quilters who are looking for ideas and inspiration beyond stitching in the ditch. It's amazing how much you can do with just your walking foot. No months and months free motion practice required. I turn back to this book for ideas again and again.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful October 5, 2008
Format:Paperback
I took both of Mary's classes that correspond to this book. It is an incredible way of machine quilting. Mary is wonderful, the book the wonderful, the system is wonderful. Even if you have not taken the class, the book contains beautiful, vibrant colors of examples and Mary's directions are very easy to understand. They covers it all. Can't recommend this book enough. 5 stars without question!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can quilt!! December 14, 2008
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book to teach yourself to do quilting. I bought two, one for me and one for a friend for Christmas and she is thrilled. The author has other books printed but for me this one is the best and will help me the most. Great price on them, too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! An alternative to Free Motion! December 29, 2009
By L. Avny
Format:Paperback
I keep this book ny my sewing table. It is very user friendly and teaches you an alternative to free motion quilting. I like the opportunity to move slower with my walking foot and have a controlled stitch.

The ideas presented in the book are very good and presented in a step by step logical manner.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta August 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta is the answer to the "quilt as desired" dilemma so many quilters are faced with at the end of pattern directions. It is also the answer for those who find free motion quilting difficult or who simply don't enjoy it. Free motion quilting is not required. Instead, quilters will learn to use a simple straight stitch to create surprisingly beautiful results.

Mary teaches us to quilt with our walking foot with feed dogs up and introduces us to all of its advantages. She goes beyond the usual stitch-in-the-ditch which, unfortunately, is often the only use most quilters make of their walking feet.

Valuable information about our sewing machines is included along with how to select projects and supplies, basic sewing tips, selecting projects and supplies, and important information for working with monofilament and other types of thread. The very useful section on preparing the quilt top and quilt sandwich will ensure problem-free edges for our quilts.

The lessons in the book quilters will appreciate most especially are how to create our own quilting designs and make the templates for them. The book is chock-full of quilt design ideas for a variety of block sizes and patterns in full colour. Borders are not neglected. 16 pages of of directions and photos ensure that our quilts will be finished beautifully.
This book is definitely a must-have for our personal quilt book libraries!'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration! with one caveat for the Kindle version December 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has many wonderful ideas, practical tips, and detailed instructions. I'm an intermediate quilter who has been frustrated with free motion quilting, so this book was particularly welcome. I had quite a few "why didn't I already think of that!" moments. The written instructions are very clear with many picture examples (of what it ought to look like,) and multiple pictures for multiple steps.

The Kindle version has one flaw, so be aware: the pictures and captions do not always divide properly. You can be looking at a photo with only the caption for the previous photo showing. Once you learn to look on the following page for the appropriate caption, it gets less frustrating.

Great ideas for avoiding having to mark the quilts and good direction for using the techniques to make up patterns of one's own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't buy this
Published 1 month ago by Joan Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars she had great ideas.
Lots of ideas. Had a class with Mary Mashuta and learned a lot, she had great ideas.
Published 1 month ago by Milleniagrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
Delivery as promised. Very good book!
Published 3 months ago by mick
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was so looking forward to getting this book; but was very disappointed after I looked through it..... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 5 months ago by Betty Steverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
Mary recently taught a class on machine quilting that I attended and we used this book in her class. Mary is a great teacher and I have learned a great deal from her book also.
Published 7 months ago by Darlene Cano
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine quilting advice to avoid long arm quilting costs.
This is the perfect solution to spending money when making a beautiful quilt for someone special -- without the high cost of sending it out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chicken Little
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and nice book
This book will teach you a new way to do the final quilting on your things. It is really a good one for beginners, because it very clearly teaches one how to do nice quilting, if... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karen W.
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I have not used it, but, I read through it and it has a lot of useful information for a beginning machine quilter.
Published 9 months ago by Saundra Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information
I have been looking for something this for a long time. Great. Thanks. Great resource to have when you are just learning.
Published 10 months ago by H8509
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