The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

2012 Quarto Publishing, London and St. Martin’s Griffin, New York

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When Quarto Publishing, London, was seeking an author for a title they knew they had to add to their line, they put feelers out for machine quilting teachers in the US where the technique had been developed. Their journey ended when they discovered an accomplished machine quilter with three books to her credit on the topic. Published both in the UK and US as an invaluable resource for machine quilters around the world, this book will show you how you can get the most out of using your home sewing machine for quilting.

For those new to the wonderful world of machine quilting, you will find all the help and advice you need to get started. Whether you have just completed your first piece of patchwork and find quilting a daunting prospect, or have been quilting your own work for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of machine quilting, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.

Included is an array of basic templates for quilting patterns to help you get started plus beautiful projects to test out your new skills.– Get the same polished effects as the professionals with this collection of techniques, tips, and templates.

Starting with the basics you will learn:

  • How to set up your machine
  • All about Attachments and accessories
  • How to choose a quilting design
  • How to prepare your top for quilting
  • Fabric preparation and marking
  • Starting your stitching and getting form place to place
  • Stippling, echo quilting and free-motion quilting
  • And much, much more!


“Essential and well organized information is given for every step of the quilting process in this instructive guide.”
– From the Publisher of Machine Quilting Unlimited

“The subtitle for The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting by Joanie Zeier Poole is: How to use your home sewing machine to achieve hand-quilting effects. Serendipity! This book entered my life at a time when I have some special quilts to quilt but can’t afford custom quilting by a professional long-arm quilter. Since I developed a major case of hives the last time I tried to quilt with my domestic machine (the truth), this book provided hope that I could achieve quality results to honor the quilts.

Joanie Zeier Poole states her goals were: to write a classroom in a book, to show quilter’s how to use their home sewing machine to create heirloom quality projects, and to focus on an economical quilting method using the equipment they own. Her background, and the topic of her previous books, is heirloom machine quilting. In this book, written for a broader audience, she gives specific suggestions for supplies and techniques from start to finish for the quilting process. Several interesting background fillers are explained. The text is well-illustrated and uses examples from quilters around the world. Projects include a sewing tool caddy, polka dot lap quilt, toile twin bed quilt, and lovely heirloom baby bib. Armed with the author’s detailed advice and techniques to practice, I am now eager to tackle my special quilting projects with confidence!
– Staff review, Ann at Connecting Threads