Book Review: Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt

I've been catching up on my quilt book reading over the winter holidays and found one that I'm sure will be a big help for beginner quilters. It's always a struggle to learn something new, but with Pat Sloan helping you, it's a piece of cake.

In her latest book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat is helping you learn how to quilt on a domestic sewing machine. Learning to machine quilt is always a challenging technique for new quilters and can be quite intimidating. Pat takes the "fear factor" out of machine quilting. In Teach Me to Machine Quilt she explains the entire process: choosing batting, learning how to set up your sewing machine and how to actually quilt that top.

 
 Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

 

I like how Pat eases you into this process. She doesn't jump into free motion qullting right off the start. She starts by showing you how to quilt using your walking foot and demonstrates the various quilting designs that can be achieved with it. This is a great place for a beginning machine quilter to start as it is similar to the piecing process: you're using the machine's foot to create the quilting design.

 
 Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

 

Once you've mastered this technique, she gently guides you through learning how to free motion quilt. Again, Pat chooses simple designs to start before moving on to slightly more complicated quilting motifs.

 
 Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

 

To make it easy to try these different machine quilting motifs, Pat includes patterns in the book and suggests which designs would work well with these projects. You get to make a new project and quilt it at the same time. No "quilt as desired" in this book (a term I really don't like).

 
 Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

Photo courtesy or www.martingale-pub.com

 

Watch my video review of Pat's book below or on my YouTube channel.

If you're a beginning quilter or a more advanced quilter who wants to try some different motifs, you'll want to add Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt to your quilting library. 

Creatively,

 

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