From: Penny Halgren
Dear Quilting Friend,
If you’re anything like I am, at times the only way something really “clicks” is when you actually see it done with your own eyes.
Think about some really simple task – using a pair of scissors …
Of course, using scissors is second nature to you now….BUT at first someone had to show you how to do it a few times. They had to actually take the time and demonstrate exactly how to put your fingers in the holes, spread your fingers apart in order to open the blades of the scissors, etc., etc.
Go ahead and try explaining how to cut with scissors to someone without actually showing them. It’d be downright impossible (and super frustrating for both of you)!
Surprisingly enough, making a quilt and machine quilting on your home sewing machine can be almost as easy if you have someone (who has been there and actually done it successfully) take you through the entire process, step-by-step, right in front of your eyes.
You Had No Choice . . . In the Past
If you’ve been afraid to start a making a quilt or tackle machine quilting, gotten frustrated at some point along the way, or have given up learning how to quilt completely . . . don’t blame yourself. I’ve read the books, seen the patterns, and have experienced the frustration – firsthand – of incomplete directions, wrong methods, and instructions that are so confusing, I don’t know which way is up, let alone which is the right side of the fabric.
When it comes to machine quilting, all of the books make it sound so easy. “Just layer your quilt, put your gloves on, and stitch away.”
I’ve tried machine quilting dozens of times, and found that it isn’t as easy as they say. First there’s the issue of what is the right design for your quilt. Once you get past that (which could take weeks), consider:
Before I machine quilted for the first time, I didn’t buy a book to learn how to do it. There weren’t any books to buy. And I didn’t take a class. There weren’t any of those, either.
There were just the ladies in the quilt shop talking about how Sharyn machine quilted. And what Diane was trying. They were all just mavericks out there trying stuff, learning by doing, and spreading their knowledge by word of mouth. The walking foot was just out, but I'm not even sure anyone was using a darning foot - I don't even know what they were using for free motion quilting.
But things are different now.
Years later, quilters have developed shortcuts and techniques that make machine quilting much easier. And now, there are books. Scores of them – Machine Quilting Made Easy, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques, Guide to Machine Quilting, Machine Quilting Solutions, just to name a few.
They all make it sound so easy. And it is easy – for them! Maybe it’s their years of experience, maybe it’s because they have special talent, or maybe, just maybe – it’s because they had someone actually show them how to machine quilt.
It’s tough learning new information out of a book. Statistics prove that only a tiny percentage of people naturally learn from a book. The rest of us need to be SHOWN what to do, and - - most importantly - - HOW to do it!
You probably just need a few key skills. Have you ever said to yourself, “If someone would just show me how to do all of this once or twice, then I could do it for myself.”
But the bad news is that you really didn’t have a choice . . . until now.
Most beginning quilting books have chapters describing individual steps or processes. One chapter shows you how to sew triangles. Another chapter shows you how to make binding and sew it on. Yet another chapter describes how to machine quilt. All of that is great information, if you know what processes you need, when you need it, and how it applies to the quilt you are making.
Using those books is like looking at a picture of a finished house and then going to Home Depot, buying a book that includes a chapter about plumbing, one about wiring, one about drywall, etc., and then expecting you will be able to build the house just looking at the book.
And books about machine quilting have even less information for beginning quilters. They assume you already know how to make a quilt. So they just give you some pattern pieces, a picture of the finished quilt, and expect you to know how to stitch it together.
Granted, some people can do that. Just as most of us quilters have taught ourselves how to make a quilt.
But just imagine how much faster of a jumpstart you could get by actually watching someone else do something first, then simply copying exactly what they do?
Makes sense, right?
Years ago, right here on this website, people interested in learning how to make a quilt were introduced to The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting – the first step-by-step-from-start-to-finish guide to making a quilt. The Guide is illustrated with full color photographs and detailed descriptions of every single step to make a quilt. Beginning and intermediate quilters alike realized immediately that this was exactly what they needed to show them the way.
The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting has taught thousands of quilters how to make a quilt, and has helped intermediate quilters sharpen their quiltmaking skills. The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting shows you how to cut fabric, sew your blocks together, add borders, quilt, and add binding to finish your quilt. It’s all about one simple nine patch quilt.
From start to finish, you can follow along with the book and make the exact quilt using no extra resources, scouring through other quilting books, taking yet another workshop, searching on the web or making hysterical phone calls to other, more experienced quilters for help. Or, even worse, posting a question in a discussion group, and having nobody answer, or getting a never-ending stream of answers that make you feel like you asked the stupidest question on the face of the earth.
Quilters are raving about The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting:
I just wanted to tell you how easy to understand your directions are. It has made it simple for me. Thank you very much. If you have any thing else please add me to your list.
The book is very helpful to me with each step being explained and pictures showing "how-to"...I have been sewing since I was a teenager (I am 67 now) but I have always said if it wasn't for the pictures of the "how-to" I could never have completed many sewing projects!
Quilting is not something I have done a lot of until now..and your book is helping me not make big mistakes. Small ones I still do tho..I failed on the flying geese pattern I tried at Christmas time...am looking forward to getting your instructions on them.
Carolyn J Henderson, Tampa Bay, Florida
I read through the How to Quilt, I was amazed how easy each step of quilting was explained in detail. I started on my first quilt, and in the process of putting this together. I am having so much fun doing this.
Thank you so very much, and I look forward to my finished quilt.
Carol Barbieri, Stockton, California
I am so glad my friend talked me into learning to quilt and I found your book to be the best and the most helpful. Some of the other ones I looked at talked way over my head but yours helped in step by step way.
Leann Davis, Plymouth, Indiana
I like this book as it is a very handy reference tool for me to use. It is
all in one spot so I can get maximum use out of it at any time.
Anne Rule, Corunna, Ontario Canada
I just love how easy it is to follow - it starts at the VERY beginning and covers everything you would need to know. I like that you repeatedly guide me to HAVE FUN with it.
I've got this crazy design for my son's quilt that I JUST LOVE! I'm sort of a control freak, and having your "permission" to have fun kept me from being so particular about a specific pattern.
Kathy Kilgannon, Berryville, Virginia
I have both A Beginner's Guide to Quilting and How to Bind by Penny at how-to-quilt.com and I am finding them both very useful. I had the How to Bind first and used it on my very first quilt and it made binding the quilt so easy. The instructions are very clear and easy to understand. I got the binding on and looking great the first try.I am in the middle of making a quilt for my husband in his football teams' colours. I am using Penny's A Beginner's Guide to Quilting to help me with piecing of the quilt and I am finding it a very handy reference tool with hints on putting together the blocks. As this is only my second quilt I need all the help I can get and I am finding it in "A Beginner's Guide to Quilting". I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Pam Holloway, South Australia, Australia
Beginning quilters have made beautiful quilts using this practical, no-nonsense guide. Intermediate quilters have refined their quilting skills using the Guide, and have learned new techniques that make their quilt making easier and quicker.
But that wasn’t enough.
Several of you sent emails asking for DVDs with my step-by-step process. Scores of you said you wanted DVDs when I asked what you wanted in a survey. And when I asked what was most important to you, you said DVDs.
I got the message, and spent last summer painstakingly designing a quilt block, and then filming and editing the video. After filming more than 40 hours of quilting instruction – with takes and re-takes – I was ready to edit. Three weeks of looking at each frame and deciding what to cut out and how to paste it all together for making this and all of your future quilts, and it was ready to convert into a disc that could be played on your computer or home TV.
Quilter Sharon made this wall hanging using the DVD mentor. This was her first quilt, and she made it in less than 2 weeks. You can do this, too!
After several starts and stops, last Fall, we introduced the amazing Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, Vol. II – Robin’s Nest Quilting DVD Mentor. And the sales have been brisk since the first day the Robin’s Nest DVD was introduced.
You see, for that mentoring project, I designed a brand new quilt block. One that is easy to make for a beginner, yet offers some interesting embellishment opportunities for intermediate or more advanced quilters.
This DVD Mentoring program is so complete and easy to understand, that in less than 2 weeks, quilter Sharon made this wall hanging, using the instructions in The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, Vol. II – Robin’s Nest DVD Quilting Mentor: And that was her first quilt – ever!
Here are comments from just a few quilters who purchased The Robin's Nest DVD Mentor:
I really loved your DVD, I have watched it through once and plan on going through it again. It is so nice to see things close up and get a clear explanation of the project.Gayle Leone, Salem, New Hampshire
I have not had a chance to start a quilt yet but I did take the time to review the DVDs to see if I had made a good investment. After watching the DVDs I was eager and still am to start on a quilt by myself. I am new to quilting and have only made three with the help of the teacher working with me. The classes go rather fast and sometimes I am left with unanswered questions.
With the way the DVDs are done, I am taken through the whole process as if someone is standing beside me showing me exactly what to do and answer my questions before I even ask. Creating these discs was a wonderful idea especially for a person as myself and others new to the quilter world. It will also continue to be of value to me as my experience increases for review. Thank You for your help. I now have a renewed spirit for quilting.
What I liked best about the DVD mentor is that you could WATCH Penny (over, and over, and over, sometimes..) and refer to the manual as needed. It has proven to be a great resource for me.
Liz Pilon, Cheboygan, Michigan
|I thought that the Robins nest DVDs are a great help to someone like myself who has never quilted before. I especially like the way you describe everything in such detail, and all the close ups are just wonderful, I watched all the DVD's and thought that I can do this, well not quite, but I have made a small cot size for my best friend Tiny (dog) and it came out quit well with only one mistake.
Penny you have done a wonderful job on the DVD's and I would highly recommend for any would be quilter to have a look at the DVD's first. I have learnt a lot from them, without them I would not of started Quilting.
Thank you so much for all you input, and keep up your good work.
Kindest regards, Inge K., NSW, Australia
But that wasn’t enough, either.
For years, machine quilting has eluded me. I’ve done a fair amount of it. Usually on small wall hangings, and generally only straight stitching-in-the-ditch.
And, quite frankly, my results were less than stellar.
Like the ads for many other items, the ads for sewing machines make machine quilting look so easy. And the ads for the books about machine quilting make it sound like learning the process is a piece of cake.
One day many years ago, I was in a quilt shop, and overheard a teacher giving some machine quilting tips to another quilter in the store. The “big two” were to start with a small project and to “secure” the quilt layers by machine quilting around the outside border first.
I was excited. It was like I had gained some secret knowledge that would finally unlock the door to great accomplishments in the machine quilting world.
This was one of my first attempts at machine quilting - after I learned the "secrets" from expert machine quilters. Check out the picture below to see my "secret" - how really "good" my machine quilting was
I had the perfect project. It was a small wall hanging; three tulips, to be exact, in a simple setting, using just squares and half-square triangles.
My daughter, Stephanie, had drawn it for a first grade art project – that’s how simple it was.
Sewing the wall hanging was easy, and the top was complete and ready for machine quilting within two days. (I had two little kids at home then, and quilt making was squeezed in between diapers, meals, laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping, and whatever else happens when there are small children, a dog, a cat, and a husband. Whoops, I forgot…..I was just a “stay-at-home mom, being bored all day.” argggh!)
Anyway, I took my 24” by 36” wall hanging, laid it out on the dining room table, layered it and pin-basted it, just like the teacher suggested.
I put the brand new walking foot on my machine, changed the needle, and threaded the machine with the best thread I had.
Then, I started straight stitching “in the ditch.” How hard can that be? I wasn’t taking any chances with a fancy design or getting creative. No, not me! I wanted success – I just wanted a finished wall hanging that had simple machine quilting on the front, and no puckers on the back.
This was the puckered surprise I found when I turned my beautiful wall hanging over. With just a few simple tips from The Machine Quilting Adventure, this won't happen to you.
As I sewed, the front looked pretty good. I managed the corners, carefully lifting the presser foot and turning the quilt to start down the next line of quilting. And, it went fairly quickly.
Within a couple of hours, it was done, and I was pleased. All the way up until the time I turned the quilt over.
Little did I know that while the front was looking pretty good, the back was looking pretty back-ish, and screaming “Hide me, I’m puckered!”
Kids have a way of putting life into perspective for me. I looked at the quilt, looked at my precious kids, and thought “Well, now I’ve tried machine quilting, and discovered that hand quilting makes me happier.” To tears, no anger, no reason to throw a tantrum, I just quit.
I bound the quilt, and hung it up for a short time. It is a bright, cheerful, simple quilt. Stephanie was proud because I had transformed her design into a quilt. This wall hanging was a lesson of many things, but not one of my proudest accomplishments.
Yes, I’ve machine quilted a few more quilts with similar results. And for baby quilts, I’m somewhat satisfied – mostly because it allows me to finish the quilt before the kid graduates from high school! But, I had never tried anything but stitch-in-the ditch, and – frankly – the notion of free motion scared me.
As the quilting world has expanded and more quilters have learned to machine quilt, I feel like I have been somewhat left behind.
Then one day I read that Ricky Tims, Harriet Hargreaves and Alex Anderson were on stage at the Super Quilt Seminar about an hour north of me. Seeing those three quilters in one place at the same time seemed like a rare opportunity, so I decided to go.
The seminar was fabulous, and there was some talk about machine quilting. But even more interestingly, Bernina had a bunch of home sewing machines set up so we could play.
And play, I did! After about 30 seconds of instruction, I was turned loose with a small fabric sandwich and a beautiful Bernina sewing machine.
Granted, the Bernina sewing machine has a lot of fancy stuff to make machine quilting much easier, but the bottom line is that I was able to get my feet wet with some free motion quilting. At that moment I realized that I could actually do this machine quilting thing.
Because I knew that I was not alone in the feeling of lost and confused about how to do some good machine quilting, I decided it was time to begin again and take advantage of the knowledge and experience of expert machine quilters.
But, to machine quilt, you need a quilt. So, I decided to take a traditional patchwork block, make the quilt top, and then machine quilt it.
Making this particular quilt offers some interesting options in both color and design. And all of these options are explored in The Machine Quilting Adventure.
If you’ve ever bought a book or pattern about making a quilt, there’s a good chance you have seen a few paragraphs about selecting fabric for your quilt. Most of the paragraphs give some general hints about fabric, but nothing that you couldn’t figure out by just looking at the pictures in the book.
Not this one. The Machine Quilting Adventure devotes one whole chapter to picking colors for your quilt. In addition, there is a 5 page Bonus Report devoted to the color wheel and how to combine colors in your quilt.
From color selection, you will jump right in to figuring out how much fabric to purchase. Most other books just tell you how much fabric to buy – for some “standard” size quilt. Yes, I give you the list of fabric requirements for this quilt, but I also realize that you may want to make yours using 4 inch patches instead of the 3 inch patches I used. And you may want to make yours for a king size bed, while mine is for a couch-size throw.
So, then, what do you do? Throw a dart to figure out how much fabric to buy? Take the pattern into a quilt shop and ask the clerk? Buy one of those block-re-sizer-thingies and try to figure out how to read it?
Nope. I’ve got you covered there, too.
As I figured out how much fabric I needed for my quilt, I wrote down each and every step and calculation. Then (because I used to be a financial analyst) I created a fill-in-the-blank sheet and made it easy for you to figure out how much you need for your quilt. All you do is take the paper, count the number of each shape and color, fill in the blanks, do some quick figuring, and you’ve got it!
Plus, with the popularity of the FabriCalc, I realized that lots of quilters would appreciate step-by-step instructions for figuring fabric yardage using their FabriCalc as well. So, those are included, too.
And that is just what's in the Step-by-Step Guide, which includes 98 pages of quilting instruction and 136 full color photographs of each step of the way. Add the Bonus Reports and you get 136 pages and 157 full color photographs showing you exactly what to do and how to do it.
But that’s not the big deal here.
If you've ever looked at quilting videos, they are just the same as quilting books! A two minute clip here about how to cut fabric, another one minute clip about chain sewing. And, yet another one or two minute clip about binding a quilt.
If you're lucky, the entire video is more than an hour - but most other quilting videos are about 45 minutes long. And what can you learn in 45 minutes? If you just needed to see a technique here, and some quick shortcut there, a 45 minute video might be great.
But, you can't learn to make an entire quilt, just by looking at a 45 minute video - even if you watched it 6 times! Because, you still are missing the answer to the "what do I do next?" question.
Not with this video! We take all of the guesswork and mystery out of what to do next, and show you exactly what each and every step is - from start to finish.
Here is a taste of what's in store for you in The Machine Quilting Adventure:
Step One – Learn exactly how to plan your quilt and figure out how much fabric you need, saving time and money
Step Two – Cutting Your Fabric:
Step Three – Sewing Patches into Blocks:
Step Four - Sewing your Blocks Together:
Step Five – Adding Borders to your Quilt:
Step Six – Layering and Basting your Quilt:
Step Seven – Machine Quilting Techniques:
Step Eight – Binding:
Step Nine – Label Your Quilt:
Special Bonus Secret:
Watch the finishing touches go onto the quilt and discover my method for creating a secret hanging sleeve for your wall hanging or quilt. Imagine having a way to hang your quilt or wall hanging without spending more time hand stitching yet another piece of fabric to the back of your quilt
Want to take a peek at what's inside the DVD?
This clip shows you how to set up for machine quilting.
This video clip is hosted by YouTube and the quality is limited by your Internet connection.
When you load the actual DVD into your player and watch it on your TV or computer, you will be ready for the goodies you normally enjoy at your local theater.
This clip is taken from Step 7, where you learn exactly how to set up your sewing area for machine quilting.
In this short video clip that you can preview for free, you will see a well-known quilters' sewing area and how to use even limited space to create beautiful machine quilting.
You get these and many more tips and techniques for perfect machine quilting. It's not only the stitching, but it's how you get ready to begin stitching - setting up your work area, choosing your thread, using the right needles, and much more.
You see it all in this great quilting resource.
Special Behind-the-Scenes Footage!
Take a peek inside my real quilting world. See the various quilting spaces in my home - - from the sewing machine on the card table in the corner of my front room to the ironing board in the other corner of my front room - - and see that any tiny space can be used for making a quilt.
Eavesdrop as I discover mistakes as I sew my quilt. Yes, some of these problems were discovered live on camera! Listen as I realize the problems and see how I solve them. Learn as I discover another problem off camera and come back to show you how to fix it.
Marvel as shortcuts and techniques unfold right before your eyes. These techniques took years to learn, and you will see them in a short 5 hours and 42 minutes, without having the pain and suffering of going through making mistakes yourself, or attending more than 45 workshops, classes and quilting retreats.
You get all of this information jam-packed in 6 DVDs and 2 CDs that will motivate you, teach you, coax you, propel you and PUSH you to succeed in making this quilt or any other quilt.
As you can see I don’t leave any stone unturned to provide you with all the “nitty-gritty” details you really need to make this Attic Windows quilt and give you a solid foundation for years of stress-free quiltmaking and machine quilting.
Everything you learn as you make this Attic Windows quilt will serve as a solid foundation for every other quilt you make; squares, triangles, binding, machine quilting, cutting, measuring. None of those things will be a mystery any more. Every quilt you make from now on will be “a piece of cake.”
Never again be left guessing what to do next. If you could pin me down and sit me in front of your sewing machine with you, this would be the result. This is the first “watch-me-then-you-do-it” video tutorial for making a quilt that includes machine quilting techniques.
Just look over my shoulder as I perform a specific task or teach you the next step in making a beautiful family heirloom. Then just “Pause” the video and do exactly the same thing yourself. Don’t worry if you forget something or didn’t get it the first time around, just hit “Rewind” and it’ll be right there again. Or highlight the spot in your manual as you turn the pages and follow along with the DVD.
You get it all and it couldn’t be easier! Absolutely everything you need is right here - on the video, explained in words you can understand - not some quilting mumbo-jumbo secret language that you need a translator to understand.
Nothing is left to chance with this amazing DVD tutorial. You’ll know how to cut, where to sew, and when to press. What to do. The right resources you need (and ones to avoid) so you can make this Attic Windows quilt a quilt to be proud of.
What’s the cost to put Me on Your Quilting Team?
By now you may be wondering about the cost of this valuable resource.
Well, put it this way.
If you hired me to consult with you to cover all of the points on these 6 DVDs and 2 CDs, it would run in the neighborhood of 20-25 hours, including special time for the machine quilting portion. And at a rate of $40 per hour, that would set you back about $1000 – and that doesn’t count travel or telephone expenses. Plus at the end of that time, your head would be spinning, your notes would be flying, and you still wouldn't know exactly where to begin.
Or you could spend $40-$50 for some beginning quilting books, plus $20-$30 each for some books with machine quilting tips and then try to figure it all out yourself.
Remember, though, it’s taken me 30 years of making all different kinds of quilts, plus an investment of thousands, of dollars to sort through all of the clutter of information and give you only the best. And I know you want to get to the heart of making beautiful family heirloom quilts and bypass all of that torture and unnecessary expense.
You could copy the picture of the block, draft it yourself using your ruler, pencil and eraser. Oh, and remember to add seam allowances when you make your templates.
Then take your calculator and figure out how much of each fabric you need, go out and buy the fabric, come home and figure out for yourself each and every step along the way – scouring the books to see what might come next, reading through the five different ways to do the same thing, picking one, making a mistake, and then either re-doing it or giving up!
Then when you are ready to machine quilt, you could spend another $60-$70 on books and weeks talking to machine quilting experts to try to twist their arms to give you their secrets.
By now you would have spent hours trying to figure this all out yourself and you still wouldn’t have a finished quilt.
Maybe you have already made a bunch of quilts and think you have seen it all already. Maybe, but if you are anything like I am, every time I pick up a quilting book or magazine, I learn something new from just one little article or picture. Just imagine what you could learn from 98 pages of step-by-step quilting and 5 3/4 hours of live quilting on DVD.
Every quilter has unique shortcuts and techniques that she has developed over time. The big difference is that I am happy to share mine! (Not all quilters are.) And because I am sewing exactly the way I sew when the camera is off, you get every inside tip and technique I have.
Your time is worth something, isn't it?
This 6 DVD set covers practically the same thing you would get in a personal consultation for a mere fraction of the investment.
And, you can look back at each and every step of making this quilt whenever you want to and how ever many times you need to – without feeling stupid or embarrassed for reviewing it eleven times. (You can even watch in your jammies or sweats or while the kids or grandkids [or hubbie] are taking a nap!)
Special Bonus - Value $57.00
Print this Guidebook out, and you'll be able to follow along easily with the DVDs.
You get 98 pages of incredible quilting instruction with 136 full color photographs on a CD that you can print out one page at a time, or all at the same time.
Many of the photographs are taken from the actual video, so you are getting the real deal, not just some made-up afterthought. You can follow along as you watch the video or as you sew the quilt.
This Special Bonus alone is a $57.00 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure - DVD Mentor.
AND, I’m going to sweeten the pot even more because the feedback from the survey said that you needed more information about specific quilting topics, so I am including five special Bonus Reports:
Bonus Report #1 – Value $7.49
A Quick (but maybe not so quick) Preparation Checklist to get you ready for The Machine Quilting Adventure.
It’s never too late to get organized. And I’m convinced that lack of organization should never prevent a quilter from making a quilt. (You should see my house right now!). Here’s a checklist of items will probably make your Machine Quilting Adventure easier and more successful.
This Gift alone is a $7.49 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus Report #2 – Value $9.97
Keep a record of your quilts using this quilt journal.
Every quilter should keep a Quilt Journal - a kind of scrapbook of every quilt you have made with some information about the quilt. Just "fill in the blank," and you'll have your quilt, it's story, and all of the information about the fabric in it.
As you begin your quilting journey, keep track of your quilts and their stories. Believe me, you will be glad you did.
I have given away quilts, and regret not having pictures of them.
Years from now this will be a fun book to share with your grandchildren - showing them all of the quilts you have made over the years.
Have you ever run out of a fabric and wanted more? With a record of the name, manufacturer and when it was purchased, you might be able to get some more. Without that information, you'd probably be out of luck.
Make copies of these pages and use them for every quilt in your future.
This Gift alone is a $9.97 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus Report #3 – Value $27.97
Finally you can understand color in quilts.
This is your opportunity to make your very own color wheel using fabrics from your stash.
The idea is not to create perfection, but to get a sense of:
- What color fabrics you have in your stash and where there might be gaps (ah, a great reason to purchase more fabric!)
- How colors compare to each other in terms of the color wheel – for example, what does a yellow-green fabric look like compared to a blue-green
Quilters spend years trying to figure color out. With this 5 page Bonus Report, you will uncover some of the mysteries of color that will make your fabric shopping easier.
This Gift alone is a $27.97 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus Report #4 – Value $7.97
Bed and Quilt Sizes
You could spend hours searching through books and on the internet to find out how large to make your quilt so it will fit a king size bed. With this report, you will have the information right at your fingertips - every time you need it.
Do you want to make a quilt with or without a pillow tuck? (That is the extra you need in order to tuck the quilt under the pillow on your bed.) Decide, and then look at the chart to see how large your quilt should be. From there, just count how many blocks you need, and you are 2 steps closer to knowing how much fabric to buy.
This Gift alone is a $7.97 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus Report #5 – Value $5.97
Quilt Size Calculations
Step through the process of figuring out exactly how many blocks you will need in your quilt. This sounds pretty easy, but you need to know how large the mattress is that the quilt will be on and how big you want to make the patches and the blocks. Then figure out whether you want any blocks to hang down the side of the mattress, or only to fit on top of the mattress. From there, you can determine how many blocks you need for your quilt, and how large the borders should be.
This Bonus Report takes all of the confusion out, and makes all of those decisions easy and straight forward.
This Gift alone is a $5.97 value and it’s yours free with your order of The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus Report #6 – Value $27.95
Figuring out Fabric Requirements including How to Use the FabriCalc
Step-by-Step description of how to calculate yardage for the Attic Windows Quilt.
This also sounds pretty simple, but when it comes right down to figuring out exactly how many yards of each of the four fabrics you need to make this quilt, it gets a little complicated. After all, you can't just take your measurements and divide them into the width of your fabric. If you did, you might end up sewing half squares together in order to get the right number of square patches. I'm sure you don't want to do that.
On the other hand, you could just go to the fabric store and buy a couple of yards of each fabric and hope for the best. But what if someone came in two days later and bought the last fabric on the bolt, and then you discovered you needed more? You might be out of luck, and end up with a scrap quilt instead of a nicely organized and matching quilt.
This fill-in-the-blank sheet will walk you right through these calculations, and you will know exactly how much fabric you need.
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Bonus Report #7 – Value $15.93
How to Fussy Cut
Because this quilt has large spaces, you might want to use fabric with some special design features.
The only directions I have ever seen about fussy cutting is how to actually cut the fabric, so you capture the flower or bunny that is in some random place in your piece of fabric.
This report takes it one step further. If you do fussy cut some of the fabric, it shows you how to cut the fabric and sew the quilt top together in a different way, so you eliminate seams where you don't want them, and you get the quilt you want, and one that will be fun to machine quilt.
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Bonus Report #8 – Value $19.95
Tips for Basting and Layering
The information in this Bonus Report could easily be made into a book of its own.
Expert Machine Quilter, Pam Bauer, shared many of her machine quilting secrets with us, and this Bonus Report includes all of her most important tips and techniques. Pam has spent many years experimenting, studying, and sorting out what works and what is just quilting "hype."
Using the machine quilting tips and techniques in this Report will make your Machine Quilting Adventure much easier and more fun (and rewarding!).
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Bonus Report #9 – Value $16.95
Machine Quilting Designs
Choosing a design for your machine quilting is one of the most difficult parts of making a quilt. The Follow-Along Guidebook shows you how to look at your quilt and create a design. But, if you are still confused and want some ideas, here are some very specific designs that will fit into the spaces that are perfect for some machine quilting designs. And these designs are the right size!
You don't need to take them to the copy center and increase of decrease them - you can use them exactly the way they are for your quilt.
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Bonus Report #10 – Value $6.95
Fabric Requirements for Bias Binding
Why do the math when you can just look at a chart and see what you need? This handy chart will show you how many inches of binding you can get out of a square of fabric.
I used to just guess how much fabric I would need, and would end up with either way too much binding or not enough, and need to go back to the cutting mat. With this chart, I can just glance and see what to cut. This information was hidden deep inside a years-old quilting book.
Some things never change, and this is one of them. But I think sometimes book writers and publishers think everybody must know some particular bit of information, so they don't include it in their book. This is one of those gems of information. And now you don't need to get lucky and stumble across it.
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Bonus #11 – Value $27.97
Eavesdrop on an Telephone Conversation Audio CD Interview with Machine Quilting Expert, Pam Bauer
In this telephone interview, expert machine quilter, Pam Bauer reveals all. She shares all of her secrets for successful machine quilting. You will hear the details of every one of her secrets in her own voice. This interview lasts about an hour, and the questions are based on a survey of our quilters - answering the things quilters want to know. Not just what Pam wanted to share.
Hear her tell how it took her years of workshops and trial and error to get to the critical basics of machine quilting. Listen to Pam, and save tons of aggravation. She shares what she tried that hasn't worked, so you don't need to waste your time and money.
Quilters paid money to just listen in on the call, and then they paid to get a copy of this audio CD. But, not you!
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Bonus #12 – Value $27.97
Eavesdrop on an Telephone Conversation Audio CD Interview with President of Superior Threads, Bob Purcell
Just like the interview with expert machine quilter, Pam Bauer, President of Superior Threads, Bob Purcell, shared secrets from the thread industry, and told us stuff that other thread manufacturers don't want quilters to know.
Quality thread can make the difference between success and frustration, and Bob reveals how to tell the difference between good thread and not-so-good thread (sorry, it's not on the label). And he tells you what results you can expect when you use different types of Superior Threads.
Quilters take their thread for granted - either they just buy what the shop carries, or they are confused with all of the choices, and just close their eyes and pick a thread. Nevermore.
After you listen to Bob, you will understand how to choose the right thread, and why it is important. After all, you want your quilt to last generations, and using the right thread may make a difference in the life of your quilt.
Quilters paid money for this CD, too, and here it is - included in The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
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Bonus #13 – Value $27.97
Eavesdrop on an Telephone Conversation Audio CD Interview with
Expert Longarm Machine Quilter, Paula Rostkowski
Paula is an professional longarm machine quilter with decades of experience. Using the techniques she shares during this Eavesdrop on a Telephone Conversation, you will master machine quilting. Whether you use a longarm quilting machine or your home sewing machine, Paula's tips will help you decide what is right for your quilts.
And, if you decide to seek a professional quilter, her guidance will help you find a professional that will finish your quilt perfectly and within your budget.
Quilters will be paying money for this CD, too, and here it is - included in The Machine Quilting Adventure DVD Mentor.
Bonus #14 – Value $49.94
Special Introductory Membership in TheQuiltingCoach.com
Resources abound in TheQuiltingCoach.com. Hundreds of quilt block patterns, articles about quilting, pictures of quilts and quilt blocks, step-by-step guides of quilt blocks and quilts, discussion forums and tons more.
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