Many of our customers have taken classes from Diane Gaudynski and really love using the YLI 100wt silk thread for their fine machine quilting. She teaches beautiful, tiny stippling, feathers, grids – and small shapes showing little or no build up of thread.
Her book educates the reader on all aspects of machine quilting from how to set up your workspace to finishing tips. There are plenty of photographs accompanying the instructions. And of course, images of the finished quilts.
As the popularity of fine machine stitching has caught on YLI have increased the amount of colours in the 1000 yard mini cones so you can really go to town.
The chapters cover:
- A machine quilting overview which includes a paragraph on your mental attitude. Now that’s something I have never thought about! And there is a chapter at the end about Preventing Pain and Fatigue. Really useful information which we don’t think about until our necks are sore or our back aches unbearably.
- The usual sections on equipment, supplies, batting, backing fabrics.
- Chapters on how to mark your quilt, and pin basting.
- A plan of attack, thread tension and the quilting technique.
- There are two sections of the different styles of quilting. One on walking foot quilting and the other on free-motion quilting. Both these chapters are chocka block with information and there are frequently asked questions included.
- A small section of quilting samples.
- Some finishing tips on how to square your quilt, binding, washing and drying the quilt.
- Three machine quilting projects to work on.
I am a fan of technique bibles and this is a machine quilting bible; especially when using very fine silk thread. Using Diane Gaudynski’s tutorials results in delicate and very beautiful heirloom stitching.
Published by The American Quilter’s Society.