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Freemotion Quilting Paperback – Illustrated, October 5, 2010


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About the Author

Judy Woodworth is the author of the top-selling Freemotion Quilting (AQS, 2010). She frequently teaches at machine quilting shows and is a regular on the competition quilt circuit. She lives in Gering, Nebraska.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574326716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574326710
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This free motion quilt book really steps your quilting up a notch.
Mello's Ma
The photos are clear, the quilts are fabulous and inspiring, and the drawn illustrations are very helpful.
Amy
Would recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve quilting abilities.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
2010 has been a great year for AQS Publishing. This publishing house has a knack for delivering books that are somewhat artsy (but not too much so) and somewhat technical (ditto), while still appealing to all skill levels.

And Judy Woodworth's Freemotion Quilting is no exception. This is a wonderful how-to book in so many regards:

1) How to get inspiration for quilting designs from everywhere and everything (even the bottom of a shoe)
2) How to move from a squiggle and a doodle to a fine feather and a rolling wave
3) How to use " gadgets" in your machine quilting to create perfectly uniform and reproducible patterns
4) How to use background quilting appropriately for your project and add drama at the same time (Finally this topic gets proper depth and treatment!)
5) How to break away from marking motifs in your borders and sashes

And that is only half of this 95 page book! The latter chapters are quite short (one is only one page in length), but address significant issues such as thread, batting, and finishing.

My favorite chapter is "What And Where To Quilt". Here the author likens quilting to "creating music with the stitches". Most striking is her "South Of The Border" quilt; as if its front were not beautiful enough, she also shows off the back of this quilt, revealing her amazing talent and artistry. In fact, the back of the quilt could be an art quilt in its own right. (I, however, am usually very embarrassed and apologetic when someone looks at the back of my quilts. This book succeeds in making me want to improve my skills and become more holistic in my quilting approach.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K Hendrickson on January 23, 2011
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Not for the beginner. If you are looking for a book that offers more technical information on how to do free motion quilting you will be disappointed. The author leaves you in the dark on the technical side of how to get started free motion quilting. And, if she did you would be at a loss as to where to find it in the book anyway, no index for quick referencing and finding the important information that you might want to reread. There is some technical information at the end of the book on how to block your quilt and bind the edges. Sorry, but if I had wanted a book on finishing my quilt I would have bought one titled, finishing your quilt. The book does provide lots of inspiration in the form of pictures of the authors quilting, which are beautiful. And lots of general information for you to draw on and experiment with. Normally I do not purchase a book that I cannot review the contents, but knowing that the author is a well know instructor I made the mistake of assuming that it would be a wealth of information on free motion quilting. Unfortunately it was not. :(
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert on February 11, 2011
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I am thrilled with Judy Woolworth's book Freemotion Quilting. The close-up photos are phenomenal, and I love being shown photos of real-life objects and then the resulting quilt design. Best of all, there are countless line sketches showing how to achieve the pictured design. I don't have a longarm so I need ideas I can adapt to manageable areas. And I need LOTS of ideas--they're here in this book. I've noticed some people's concerns about a lack of beginner level instruction, but there are plenty of things out there like that. Four of my favorites--books that really got me to start getting those tops of mine quilted--are Heirloom Machine Quilting: Comprehensive Guide to Hand-Quilting Effects Using Your Sewing Machine, 4th Edition, Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy: 186 Designs from 8 Simple Shapes (That Patchwork Place),Hooked on Feathers, and Machine Quilting Solutions: Techniques for Fast & Simple to Award-Winning Designs. This new book has an inexhaustible supply of photos and sketches to match to fill all sorts of places and take me to the next level. Thanks for a great book, Judy!
Elizabeth
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LynnEl on April 1, 2011
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This book is fabulous! I have MANY "how to quilt" and "quilting designs and patterns" books, but this book TEACHES you how to quilt by showing you each step, giving you patterns to pencil over so you can actually practice, and tells you each step of the way to get a great quilting product. I would highly recommend this book to everyone interested in doing the actual quilting on their pieced quilt top. I personally own a midarm machine, but have also quilted using my sewing machine. This book explains how to use all machines no matter which one you have. Very well written, great pictures, terrific instruction!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2011
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Judy Woodworth starts this book with a great pep talk for new free-motion quilters. After providing lots of suggestions for ways to find design inspiration, she gives quite a few step by step pages on her own designs, including a whole chapter on feathers. She includes several close-up photos of her prize winning art quilts. Her design shapes are wonderfully suited to organic, curvy shapes or traditional blocks. I found this book to be a better intermediate book than a first book on free-motion quilting. If you already know how to set up your quilt and machine to quilt, this book will show you how to make shapes that fill any space.
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