Your Guide to Free-Motion Quilting
Free-spirited Quilting Techniques Gives You The Freedom To Create the Perfect Design. Create decorative quilting designs on any sewing machine that fit your quilt the best. Use the troubleshooting guides to solve common free-motion quilting problems. Create stunning designs using your own doodles as patterns. Add movement, personality, and texture to your quilts. Discover the beauty and ease of working with decorative and metallic threads Are you looking for a faster way to create custom quilting designs? Then you’ll love free-motion quilting! Not only is it relaxing and calming, but the free-style approach is so much fun you’ll want to make a quilt for everyone you know!
Have you ever gazed at one of Ann Fahl’s lovely quilts and wondered how she makes her quilting look so charming and effortless? Using delightful dance metaphors, Ann shows how to incorporate several of her quilting designs and motifs into your quilting in ways which will enhance and add movement and texture to your quilts. From ballerina to improvisational dancer, and choreographer to jazz dancer, find the style that best fits you and start quilting! (Machine Quilting, 9/1/10 )
Ann Fahl says you must practice when doing free motion quilting but; after you get the basic idea and become comfortable with the process, you will find that it can become relaxing and calming. In her new book Dancing with Treads Ann gives you free spirited quilting techniques that will help you create the perfect design to fit your quilt. You will find many photos of her quilts and detailed comments on threads and quilting designs for each quilt. Tools and supplies are covered in detail, including thread, needles, marking pencils, bobbins and batting to name a few. You will learn how to create your own quilt motif from doodles as well as the basics of assembling a quilt. The photos and instructions are clear and very easy to understand. There are five projects in the book ranging from beginner to experience that will give you a great chance to create a small project and quilt it. There is a trouble shooting section that offers suggestions on solution to problems you may encounter. Ann is an expert on machine quilting and this book is a must have for all those interested in doing their own machine quilting. (The Applique Society newsletter )
Have you ever gazed at one of Ann Fahl’s lovely quilts and wondered how she makes her quilting look so charming and effortless? Using delightful dance metaphors, Ann shows how to incorporate several of her quilting designs and motifs into your quilting in ways which will enhance and add movement and texture to your quilts. From ballerina to improvisational dancer, and choreographer to jazz dancer, find the style that best fits you and start quilting! (Machine Quilting, September 1, 2010 )
From the Author
Machine quilting is the most exciting part of the quilt making process. When all three layers are sewn together the surface comes to life! In years past all the quilting was done by hand, and it took forever to finish even a small piece.
After many years of machine work, I’ve polished up a system where the quilting can be beautifully done on any home sewing machine. In this book, I begin with a gallery of my machine quilted original quilts; then move on to a step by step description of how it is done. At the end of the book are problem solving pages to help with challenges that may come your way.
With practice and a little dedication on your part, you may also be successful at machine quilting. Throughout the book I compare the quilting process to dancing. As I work on a new quilt my spirits soar as I "dance" across the surface with my machine, and bring it to life. Quilting is more than the physical process of stitching the layers together for warmth; it is artistic as well. When stitched, the surface becomes sculptured with highlights and shadows. An interesting texture will begin to cover the surface that will complement the design of the quilt top. I find this process so exciting that I wanted to share the process with quilters everywhere.
It is time to stop sending your quilts out to be quilted. Learn to do it yourself, it is worth the effort. Other important features of the book include sections on: supplies, using decorative thread, preparation for quilting, how to dance on your quilt, and 5 projects for beginners to advanced level quilters. There is something in this book for every person that wants to machine quilt.
Please give my book a try, then come and dance with me!