Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: Technical Aspects of Quilting...6
Frequently Used Terms............................. 8
Tools ........................................................ 9
The Sewing Machine ........................... 9
Sewing-Machine Accessories ............. 10
Optional Accessories ......................... 11
Notions ............................................. 12
Thread .............................................. 15
Needles ............................................. 17
Preparing the Layers............................... 18
The Quilt Top ................................... 18
Marking ............................................ 18
Preparing the Backing Fabric ............ 20
Batting .............................................. 21
Layering the Quilt Sandwich .................. 23
Layering a Small Quilt ...................... 23
Layering a Large Quilt ...................... 26

Setting up Your Quilting Space............... 30
Setting Up the Machine .......................... 31
Straight-Line Quilting ....................... 31
Free-Motion Quilting ........................ 32
Thread Tension ...................................... 34
Balancing Thread Tension ................. 34
Starting and Ending Lines of Quilting .... 37
To Begin a Quilting Line ................... 37
To End a Quilting Line...................... 38
When the Thread Runs Out .............. 38
Practice Exercises ................................... 39
Straight-Line Practice ........................ 39
Free-Motion Practice......................... 39

SECTION TWO: Quilting Patterns ............... 44
Straight-Line Quilting ............................ 46
Stitch-in-the-Ditch............................. 46
Parallel Diagonal Lines ..................... 47
Diagonal Squares .............................. 48
Diamonds ......................................... 50
Squares ............................................. 52
Echo Quilting.................................... 54
Special Designs.................................. 54
Unmarked Free-Motion Quilting ........... 55
Stitch-in-the-Ditch............................. 55
Random Meandering ........................ 56
Loops ................................................ 58
Flames............................................... 59
Landscape Texture ............................ 60
Swirls and Curls ................................ 61
Try-Angles ........................................ 62

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Unmarked Free-Motion Quilting
Combinations....................................... 63
Teardrops .......................................... 63
Pachysandra ...................................... 63
Leaves and Flowers ........................... 64
Easy Border Solutions ....................... 65
Marked Free-Motion Quilting................ 66
Tracing and Pre-Printed Panels.......... 66
Vines ................................................. 67
Stencils .............................................. 68
Wavy Lines ....................................... 69
Clamshells......................................... 70
Quilting Individual Blocks ................ 71
Putting It All Together............................ 73
Technical Considerations .................. 73
Artistic Considerations...................... 75
Quilt Work Sheet .............................. 79

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SECTION THREE: Projects.......................... 80
Pillow and Tissue-Box Cover ................. 82
Rag Quilt ............................................... 87
Sweet Hearts .......................................... 91
Americana Place Mats ............................ 94
Table Toppers ........................................ 98
Autumn Nights .................................... 103
Binding ................................................ 117
Templates ............................................. 120
Practice Patterns ................................... 122

About the Author ................................. 126
Resources ............................................. 127

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