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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160705535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055358
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Walters thinks machine quilting is more fun than cutting or piecing. She amply proves that quilting is “another layer of art” through careful instructions in the art of free-motion quilting. Her book is not rule filled: she insists throughout that she’s describing what works for her, and she encourages quilters to experiment to find what works for them. The book falls into three sections. “Getting Started” includes definitions and supply lists; “The Designs” presents 28 patterns of swirls and circles, squares, lines and vines, and arcs and points. The final section on working with designs of modern quilts considers designs of squares, zigzags, strips, and off-kilter (“wonky”) pieces. Instructions direct quilters step-by-step in text and graphic illustrations, backed by closeup photographs of the designs quilted by Walters. In the final section of tips (followed by a helpful glossary), Walters exhorts quilters to answer a question to reveal the most important thing about the quilt at hand: the fabric? the piecing? the image of a child hugging the coverlet? -- Publishers Weekly, (June)



Walters is the go-to machine quilter for many modern quilt designers, and her first book is an introduction to the basics of designing for machine quilting. To make it appealing to a variety of quilters, it isn’t specific to a type of machine—any of the designs in the book could be created using a standard sewing machine or a long-arm quilting machine. Walters organizes the content by geometric shape (swirls and circles, squares, etc.), allowing quilters to quickly reference the designs when needed. A useful section on choosing what to quilt based on the design of the quilt top is also included. VERDICT Machine quilting is very popular, and this book is suitable for quilters of all skill levels, regardless of the machine they use for quilting.
--Library Journal; 06/21/12




I chose this book because I wanted to extend my free-motion quilting skills (as hand quilting and long arm quilting are not options for me), but it may just have revolutionized how I look at quilting my quilts. Angela says, ”But over and over, I see quilters piecing such beautiful quilt tops only to resort to an allover quilting design, unsure of how to quilt it or doubtful about their quilting ability.” These words really resonated with me. I hadn’t really contemplated using multiple quilting patterns in a single project, but Angela does with stunning results and it has changed how I look at quilting.

This book features step by steps for a number of quilting designs with very clear instructions and diagrams. There’s also an extensive introduction and general guide. It is specifically geared to modern quilters and includes a section on using the designs in modern quilts.

I have already drafted my first quilting design using ideas from this book and I know I will be referring to it often. This book is truly a must have for any modern quilter. --Jane Kelly; 7/24/2012



Angela Walters is the talented, well-known machine quilter from Quilting is My Therapy and the author of the new book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Angela works with many modern quilters to make beautiful designs even more extraordinary. Angela's gorgeous free-motion quilting enhances modern quilts, taking each piece to a whole new level. She learned to quitl from her husband's Grandpa and never looked back, becoming one of the most sought-after machine quilters in the industry.
--sewmamasew.com; 09/18/12




The big, bold, graphic designs that are often used in modern quiltmaking aren’t necessarily enhanced by quilting designs created for more traditional block-based patchwork and applique. Modern quilts, with their irregular shapes and random placement, are enhanced by a different type of quilting pattern altogether. Professional longarm quilter Angela Walters will open your eyes to countless possibilities for working stitches on your quilt tops that will turn them into true works of art. This is not a step-by-step guide on how to free-motion quilt by machine – you’ll need other references to learn the basic skills. Rather, Angela shows you how to consider the type of quilting designs that will enhance your quilt top, how to draw them, and how to work them by machine, whether you are using a longarm, midarm or domestic sewing machine. A very stimulating and practical workbook that will enable you to lift your quilts from ordinary to extraordinary.
--Australian Homespun Magazine; September 2012




If you've ever admired a quilt with beautiful free-motion quilting, you'll surely marvel at the skill Angela Walters embeds in her modern quilts. Her most recent book demystifies her techniques and lays out her building blocks for modern machine quilting.
She presents her approach in three well-illustrated, easy-to-follow sections: Getting Started is essentially Walters's "what and why" materials guide. The real meat of the manual, The Designs, provides a progressive tutorial and step-by-step guide to learning each quilting stitch. And lastly, Using the Designs in Modern Quilts is a gallery of inspiring quilts that illustrates the techniques in the book and provides insight into her artistic and technical implementation.
--Christine French, International Quilt Festival Magazine - Quilt Scene, 10/24/12




Angela brings a fresh, modern take on free-motion quilting that will make the reader want to run to the sewing studio to try her addictive stitching ideas. The relatively large negative spaces that are frequently seen in modern quilts, often featuring fabric in solid colors, seem to cry out for interesting quilting designs to complement and complete the overall look. Angela's 28 step-by-step stitching designs, along with her tips for successful quilting, will help give machine quilters confidence in choosing the right designs, thread and batting for each modern quilt that comes under their needle.
--Machine Quilting Unlimited; Nov/Dec 2012


From the Author

I first started making quilts when I met my husband's grandfather. He patiently taught me how to piece quilts and encouraged me ever step of the way! One day, he suggested that I buy a quilting machine so that I could quilt our quilts. I agreed wholeheartedly, even though I had never even seen one! Once I started quilting our quilts, I realized that I loved it even more than making the quilts. I started taking customer quilts and spent the next 9 years honing my craft.
     Writing this book was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I wrote it to  encourage people to try quilting their own quilts, just as Grandpa had done for me. I hope that machine quilting brings the reader as much joy as it has brought me!

More About the Author

Since being encouraged to start machine quilting by her grandfather 9 years ago, Angela Walters has been quilting, teaching and writing. With a deep appreciation for traditional quilting, she has found a niche quilting modern quilts. She is the author of two books, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and In the Studio with Angela Walters. She shares completed quilts and tips on her blog Quiltingismytherapy.com

Customer Reviews

Easy to follow instructions.
Heather
This is a great book for those starting out in free motion quilting.
deejay512
Free-Motion Quilting by Angela Walters is a book for modern quilts.
goldendog

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Ledgerwood on July 2, 2012
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This book makes machine quilting the modern quilt accessible and fun. What I love the most about the book is the diagrams that take you step by step through creating a quilting design, along side a photo of that design used in a real quilt. The book shows you how to create everything from simple swirls to some of the author's signature designs like the plume feather. It even shows you how to combine two or more designs. The book details how, specifically, to quilt elements of the modern quilt. It even explains how to decide which design to choose for your quilt. This book is a must-have resource for every modern quilter.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2012
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This is an excellent resource for free-motion quilters. I have a new BSR foot on my Bernina sewing machine that I have been waiting to use for about two years. Since I am new to free-motion quilting, I wanted to learn the designs behind this technique. When I received the book, I read through it (it's thin enough to do in one evening) to familiarize myself with the process. I have been practicing drawing the designs ever since I read it. I am seeking to train my mind before I go and practice on needle and fabric.

I think that this is a great training tool for quilters who seek to learn simple free-motion designs. As I mentioned, I am a beginner FM quilter and it has been a tremendously resource for my level.

Thank you for writing this book to help home quilters achieve beautiful design results.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Galaxyblue on July 28, 2013
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I was excited to get this electronic version of the book for a good price but was soon disappointed when I noticed the instructional images are cut off. Most of them show, for instance, steps 1, 3, and sometimes 4 while 2 is trailing somewhere in space. This is a big problem for a book that relies on visual instruction.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane on July 24, 2012
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I chose this book because I wanted to extend my free-motion quilting skills (as hand quilting and long arm quilting are not options for me), but it may just have revolutionized how I look at quilting my quilts. Angela says, "But over and over, I see quilters piecing such beautiful quilt tops only to resort to an allover quilting design, unsure of how to quilt it or doubtful about their quilting ability." These words really resonated with me. I hadn't really contemplated using multiple quilting patterns in a single project, but Angela does with stunning results and it has changed how I look at quilting.
This book features step by steps for a number of quilting designs with very clear instructions and diagrams. There's also an extensive introduction and general guide. It is specifically geared to modern quilters and includes a section on using the designs in modern quilts.
I have already drafted my first quilting design using ideas from this book and I know I will be referring to it often. This book is truly a must have for any modern quilter.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AnnaO on June 28, 2012
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I just received this book yesterday and already love it. The instructions are clear and the diagrams really simplify how to go about making the quilting designs. The recommendation of sketching the designs before quilting is such a great exercise. It really helps you figure out how to fill a space. The designs are really beautiful and I'm really looking forward to trying each one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Quilt on June 27, 2012
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WOW ! ! ! Angela's book is so amazing. She seems to have "magic eyes" that coordinate so well with her brain and hands. There's something special about the way she makes her designs fit anywhere. She has provided me with the inspiration I so desperately need. I love this book. Beautiful close up photography and easy to follow illustrations of her designs. Highly recommend!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kati R. on July 7, 2012
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This book totally exceeded my expectations. I love her style of quilting and She did not disappoint. I read this book from cover to cover in record time. The diagrams are super easy, and the language is simple and totally understandable. No wondering what She means when She explains the techniques. Love the picture quality and the drawings for the step-by step instructions. I would totally recommend this book! It's a great reference.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Morrison on June 23, 2012
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I've been a fan of Angela Walters for a long time. The ideas she uses in her quilting are now in a great book with lots of easy to follow instructions and color photos to create your own magic on modern, traditional or even art quiltsFree-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts. This will be my "go to" book for quilter's block for sure!
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