Pat Sloan — Book Tour Stop!

Pat Sloan — Book Tour Stop!

Today is my day on Pat Sloan‘s Book Tour! And it’s Pat’s birthday today I hear! So be sure to wish her a happy one!

Let’s just get right to talking about the book, shall we?

Pat’s book Teach Me to Machine Quilt is great one for machine quilting basics. What I really like BEST about it, is her constant reminder that Practice makes Perfect. When it comes to machine quilting, practice is the KEY!


This book is chock full of great, well-written advice with VERY clear photos explaining so many things. This picture showing pulling the bobbin thread up to the top when you begin quilting is just one example of many, many great such photos. And something I needed to be reminded of when I started doing some more of my own machine quilting recently.


There are two sections about quilting – using the walking foot and free motion quilting. I don’t have a walking foot so I didn’t delve into that section as much as I did the free motion section. There was really good advice about how to make everything you practice on be useful from making and giving away baby quilts to making dust cloths from your practice pieces. That Pat! She’s so funny; as if quilters dusted!!  Hahahahaha! I did some major practicing on the Thanksgiving placemats I just finished this past week. We needed placemats and it was a good small way to practice different concepts in quilting patterns, seeing what I did and didn’t like or do well and which needed more practice.


Of course, my go-to in any book is always the projects! And there are a couple that plucked the strings of my heart. This one below, Cherry Pie, was my favorite of the lot to be certain!

And for quilting, there is a lot of fun negative space to place with in it!


I mocked up three different blocks with the fabulous Deco States line by Tiffany Lerman for In The Beginning Fabrics. I obviously didn’t leave any negative space to let the quilting shine in as in Pat’s gorgeous model one, but they sure are wonderful blocks!




I also liked this Mini Charm Star made from 2 1/2″ squares! So fun, but I haven’t got time to even mock this one up this year (and BTW- This year is almost OVER!!  Jinxies!)


The best thing about the book is how friendly and genuine the whole conversation with Pat flows with you while you read it.  It really feels like she is right there with you, giving you tips and advice as you plunge into something new, or are going through a refresher on the subject as I am.


Now, go visit Pat’s Giveaway Page to enter to win one of the 5 copies of her book!

Physical Copies for US residents, digital copies for all other winners. Be sure to enter by Midnight Dec 1 and then visit the others on her Mega Fun Tour to learn more about Pat’s book, some have interviewed Pat, a few might have a giveaway, or have made a project… it’s all listed on Pat’s page!


AND HERE at the Blue Nickel, I am also having a giveaway! I will send a bunch of 4″ strips from most of the Deco States line that In the Beginning Fabrics sent me earlier this month – more than those shown here. I have a post coming up in few weeks with more pictures of that line and ANOTHER giveaway!  For now, leave a comment on this post telling about your favorite machine quilting technique or one of the other stops on Pat’s Book Tour. I will draw a name from all of the comments on November 30th sometime and send one lucky winner those 4″ strips plus one of my Blue Nickel Studios patterns (my surprise choice!).

Also don’t forget I am having a low key sale on everything in the Blue Nickel Shop now through Cyber Monday.  Everything is 30% off.  Just use the coupon code SMALLBIZ16  to get your discount.

So that’s it for today. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, US citizens and hope all have a wonderful end of the year.

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,



  • Teresa Keane


    Well, I’m new at free motion and feel like a preschooler. I watched a go-along video on one site and was reminded about the speed of the foot pedal and the speed of my hands moving the fabric. I have had trouble with speed “boosts” making smaller stitches. Now, I’m more aware and will practice some more.

    November 26, 2016 at 4:05 am
  • Thank you Scott for the offer from “Blue Nickel Studios”! Please HELP me complete some of my fabric pieces into wonderful quilted fabric pieces!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:41 am
  • Thank you so much for being part of my tour Scott.. big Smooches!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:45 am
  • Christy Miller


    Loved your stop on the tour. My favorite technique for machine quilting…any I can master. 🙂

    November 26, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • Thanks Scott – I love yo stipple.

    November 26, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • Sandi Cade


    Love In The Beginning fabric! To master anything it takes practice! Pat is so right!
    Quilt on!

    November 26, 2016 at 5:42 am
  • Gayla Lynch


    Beautiful work and fantastic fabrics

    November 26, 2016 at 6:11 am
  • Susan Brewer


    I think my favorite free motion quilting idea is to remember to relax and go with the flow.

    November 26, 2016 at 6:29 am
  • Just started practicing doing free motion quilting and practicing and practicing…

    November 26, 2016 at 6:38 am
  • Deb Enders


    I use a variety: a basic stipple, a loop pattern, using fancy quilt stitches to cover the seam lines, decorative stitching in each block, quilt as you go, etc. ALWAYS looking for something new. Quilting my quilts isn’t my favorite part of the process, but I want it done well, so new ideas help. Thank you for the giveaway! Deb

    November 26, 2016 at 6:41 am
  • Monica


    Right now im just practicing all over quilting.

    November 26, 2016 at 7:01 am
  • Christina S Albers


    This sounds kind of elementary but one of the first things I realized is it is best to have your top thread and your bottom match in color. If the tension is a little off you less likely to be able to see a pull through of bobbin thread to the top.

    November 26, 2016 at 7:15 am
  • Patricia


    I am a new quilter and have not quilted my quilts. Except first one ,it was horrible. I need her book and fabric for my stash!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:18 am
  • Gloria Cotten


    I am still learning to match up my quilting with fabrics and qult pattern. Until this year I have done all-over patterns, mainly spirals and loops. I am working on feathers and other patterns to feature in areas where there are solids or near solid fabrics. I am loving the learning process!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:23 am
  • Tesuque


    I’m an FMQer who quickly got bored with all-over meandering years ago and built other skills. Wish my sewing machine had a foot like the one pictured on your tour stop!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Janet T


    Before I read a tip about using self threading needles, I would do a couple small stitches to anchor the threads, then start my quilting. Then I read about the needles, and how you just start quilting, knot the stitches at the beginning and end of the stitching, and bury the stitches using the needles. So much better; no bird’s nests on the back of the quilt, no bumps at the beginning of stitching all over the quilt!!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • In was just looking through that book yesterday in between black Friday craziness!! I might have to take it home:) Have a great visit! Happy Birthday Pat!

    November 26, 2016 at 7:54 am
  • Pam S


    Hi Scott! I love the fabric choices in your mock up blocks! Your eclectic color sense is always delightful. My favorite machine quilting technique is happy loops.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Beverly


    Thank you for this opportunity. I am so anxious to get into Pat’s book and learn more about free motion quilting.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Kathy E.


    Pat’s book is on my Christmas list, so I hope someone buys it for me! I need to learn more about machine quilting. My favorite machine quilting that I’ve done is the Baptist Fan. It wasn’t the easiest, but the overall look of it is really impressive to me! I would do it again, but maybe a bit differently.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:17 am
  • Thank you for the giveaway! I’m very new to quilting and am in need of all of the fabrics I can get my hot, little hands on! And, this is such a pretty group. I can’t honestly give you a favorite quilting motif from Pat’s book, as I haven’t won a copy…yet lol. I did just buy a walking/even feed foot, so as soon as I get the nerve to take it out of the package, I’ll be in neck deep lol baby steps!

    November 26, 2016 at 8:22 am
  • Crystal


    Scott, thanks for the opportunity to win a prize. That’s always exciting. My favorite machine quilting technique is echoing. Something easy I can wrap my brain around is that repetitive motion around the main shape.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:31 am
  • Vickie Mone


    Hi – I love free motion and I do have a walking foot so I need to get Pat’s book so I can figure it out…thanks for being a part of her book tour…love it

    November 26, 2016 at 8:37 am
  • joan Hinchcliff


    I also am a new free motion quilter and so far have just been practicing.. Keeping everything, hand, foot and fabric, going at the right speed is the hardest thing for me. Right now the most important technique for me is practice, practice practice!.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:37 am
  • Donna F.


    My favorite technique is one not use by many. OK is actually two. Feed dogs up and go at half speed. Happy Quilting.
    Donna F

    November 26, 2016 at 8:40 am
  • carolyn montgomery


    i do organic wavy lines mostly.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:47 am
  • Kris Pierce


    I love freemotion, but I do get bored with the repetition, so a consistent all over design rare for me. But the the walking foot can be very fun in areas too. Really I just love the whole process.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:51 am
  • Beth T.


    I am strictly a wobbly line quilter, all-over. Good thing I love that look. 😉

    November 26, 2016 at 9:15 am
  • Sandy A in St. Louis


    I haven’t been able to master free motion quilting yet. I can do straight line and stitch in the ditch quilting. Would love to learn how to do meandering and feathers. Thanks for the wonderful give away!

    November 26, 2016 at 9:17 am
  • Beverly Baker


    I am very ADD so can only deal with a straight lines placed strategically here and there. Can’t handle all over patterns, loops, spirals, twists, turns, etc., etc. Are there others out there like me?

    November 26, 2016 at 9:19 am
  • Carla


    I keep on trying the FMQ. But I can follow drawn curvy lines.

    November 26, 2016 at 9:42 am
  • Bridget


    For narrow borders, I like to do cursive Cs. It is my favorite.

    November 26, 2016 at 9:51 am
  • Mary Beth


    Still too much of a rookie to have a favorite technique, but I keep practicing!

    November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am
  • Katie


    My favorite is straight(ish) line quilting at this point because it is reliable for me. I’m in the practice, practice, practice phase of of FMQ. Let’s just say I’m improving.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am
  • Judy


    I just recently started free motion quilting and I love it. My favorite techinque that works for me is to just do it. I have found that just jumping in and stitching works best for me and I am pretty happy with how the quilt I am working on is turning out. There are mistakes but nothing horrible that I have had to take out and whenever I step away from it for a couple days and go back and look at what I have done I am very happy with it. It took me about 3 years to just jump in and start and now I am so happy that I did.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:14 am
  • Patty Galbraith


    Thank you Scott. I have not tried machine quilting yet but really want to learn.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:15 am
  • Diana Salmon


    So far my favorite and only quilting technique is stich in the ditch. I have a way to go!

    November 26, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Beth ByersSmall


    Most of my limited experience is with feee-motion quilting. I’m beginning to learn how to embroider with my machine so I can try that method as well.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:47 am
  • Pati Cook


    Thanks for the give away, Scott. I need to practice more free motion quilting, especially with my Bernina stitch regulator foot. So many projects, so little time.

    November 26, 2016 at 11:43 am
  • Kathy Slaughter Cummings


    I mostly use my walking foot, but use stippling and meandering at times too. Thank you.

    November 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm
  • Pam Morrow


    Recently I have been quilting using machine embroidery quilting. Cheating, I know! However it is not as easy as it sounds -all that hooping and trying to get everything matched up can be quite challenging. And I have learned that not all machine embroidery quilting designs are made equal. Mostly I do free motion quilting the regular way but I’m also a big fan of the modern straight line matchstick quilting. Looks spectacular.

    November 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  • Norma Jean Benz


    I am liking parallel lines across entire quilt about 3/8 inch apart using my walking foot.

    November 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Laura Robb


    My favorite technique is using the walking foot on my machine to create straight line patterns . . . I really need to get out of my comfort zone and work on free motion more!

    November 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Rosalie Roberts


    I have the book and have been learning so much. Yes, did a little dust cloth but not for me. I have allergic to house dust. Will let someone else test it. But a great book. Scott love the photo of you and Pat. Bet you two have a great time together. And your blocks are wonderful. Would love to wind the Four inch strips. Just am always amazed at your use of color. Pat and Scott. What better mentors could a girl find?

    November 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • BookLady


    I’m new at free motion quilting. Most of my quilting is stitch in the ditch. Pat’s book would be a great help in improving my quilting technique.

    November 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • I am working on feathers.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Lenore Rhodes


    I have loved following Pats book tour and visiting other quilting/patchwork blog sites. I only started patchwork since retiring last year, so I am very much a beginner. I ordered Pat’s book straight away to help me along the way. I am excited that I can now add your blog site to my daily blog visits. I can’t wait to read your older posts. Cheers from Australia. Lenore

    November 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Barbara G.


    Most of my quilting is stitch in the ditch. I need lots of practice with free motion quilting and need all the tips I can read!!
    Thanks for your give a way.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Laura


    Book tour has been loads of fun. My best quilting method is with walking foot. I just can’t get the right rhythm with FMQ, but I keep on trying and practicing on small pieces.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Marcia


    The only machine quilting that doesn’t kill my back is to drive to my favorite longarm pro!! I do stitch in the ditch on small pieces. Hope I win!!

    November 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Patti pitzer


    I tend to use a walking foot mostly because I have more control but that’s pretty limiting….need to learn how to do designs

    November 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Susan


    Well, since I am a beginner, so far I am only machine quilting by stitching in the ditch. I don’t have a walking foot either. I keep practicing my FMQ. I liked your humorous review of her book. Fir dusting, I use rags.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • kbaby29


    I like to quilt swirls or flowers the most. But I just really enjoy quilting so I will just see what I amm “feeling” for that quilt and go with it!

    November 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Donna Pfost


    I love stippling!! 🙂 and I love the opportunity to win the fabrics!! 🙂 Thanks!!

    November 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Janna


    I stitch in the ditch.

    November 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Carol S.


    I really don’t quilt = I do it by check as E. Burns says! However, I’ve really enjoyed checking out the other stops on the book tour! So much talent and inspiration!

    November 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Cory Hight


    I am completely new to quilting so I do not have a favorite yet but I am like a dry sponge soaking up as much as possible and excited to get started on quilting.

    November 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Joanne


    My favorite quilting is free motion loops and swirls.

    November 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm
  • Linda P


    Thanks Scott.. I NEED this book. Machine quilting is my weakest link.

    November 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm
  • Debbie Hawn


    I love machine quilting. I usually just meander and wavy and maybe a circle or two. I have no set pattern, I just love to do it.

    November 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Jan B.


    I mostly do small projects — in the ditch & straight line quilting with the walking foot (built into my Pfaff). Thanks for the giveaway!

    November 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • joolz


    I haven’t machine quilted a lot, so I really yet could use this book. And the 30th Is my birthday!!! It . Would be an awesome birthday present.:-) then I could do something with the strips!

    November 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Charald Comeau


    I have found I enjoy using my walking foot for quilting. I’m still working on FMQ.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Brenda Krigner-Himmelrick


    I am new at quilting. I could use a new book to help me learn all of the tips on FMQ. I have a walking foot that I am going to try and quilt with some day. I haven’t even tried it yet. Happy Birthday Pat. Thanks for giving away this great book.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Linda Heaslet


    I am just starting to enjoy quilting with a walking foot. Always looking for tips to help me.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm
  • Maureen Dixon


    I love to use my walking foot to quilt. I’m still a little scared of free motion

    November 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • LoAnn Trowbridge


    Since I don’t do much free motion quilting (haven’t mastered it yet), I like to use the walking foot. In doing “Woodland Critters” by Wendi of Shiny Happy World, I learned you can do gentle curves with the walking foot. Thank you for the chance to win

    November 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Gay McGee


    I am just learning to free motion quilt and need all the help I can get! Thank you so much for the opportunity to have a chance to win the strips. I love working with them.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Leslie T


    I love doing little ‘e’s’ – they are so versatile – you can elongate them or flip them for a whole new pattern.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Elizabeth Hogueison


    I’ve only been quilting a short time so my favorite would be the walking foot. I’ve tried FMQ but I didn’t like it as much. I’ll just need to practice more.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm
  • Janet Crossman


    My favourite part of my Bernina is the special stitches that I can use on applique.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • carol n


    I like the Bernina Stitch Regulator, I think I can use it to machine quilt, better try it tomorrow. Thanks!

    November 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  • Renata Schroeppel


    I am learning paisley from Angela Walters book.

    November 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Joni Giancola


    I use stitch in the ditch or symmetrical stitching–I have not tried free motion yet….

    November 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  • Debra Ingle


    Not real good at free motion yet, mostly do stitch in the ditch! Would love me some strips and a pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm
  • Debbi white


    I as well as Joni G. have not tried free motion yet but excited to learn soon!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Judy Chastain


    I’ve branched out from stippling and tried straight line and some motifs I learned from Lori Kennedy. Thanks for the opportunity.

    November 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  • Gaye Whittington


    I love trying all the quilting stitches on my Brother HC1850. It will even make my quilt labels!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  • Jody Dunn


    I would love to learn to free motion quilt – the closest thing to actual quilting that I’ve tried is stitch in the ditch. Would love to
    get the book and love your red and white quilt – gorgeous!

    November 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm
  • Diana Gates


    I like to do curved lines from side to side…I make the first one curved g around my basting pins, then I mirror the next rows to each end from the middle…

    November 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Earlene


    I like using the programmed stitches on my Bernina to quilt

    November 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm
  • Mary Green


    I’ve only free motioned meandering but have been practicing some swirls and curves on my dry erase board.

    November 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm
  • Michelle


    I’m still new to free motion quilting. But look forward to practicing more patterns

    November 26, 2016 at 5:29 pm
  • Michele Norman


    Oh my, wow! Your quilts are beautiful! I’m all about straight line quilting, but I am working on my fmq skills.

    November 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm
  • Quiltwench


    I have been terrified to try machine quilting so your reminder that Pat says that practice makes perfect is… well, perfect. I have started a table runner that I intend to machine quilt. Thanks!

    November 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm
  • Linda Isfeld


    Any quilting technique I can master on my domestic machine is the one I go with. I hope Santa will leave me the Rulers for machine quilting, and I hope to master them!

    November 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm
  • Yvonne Hamilton


    Glad you’re following your quilting muse, but gotta tell you…Bartell’s isn’t as fun with you gone….for one thing, they only carry ONE quilt magazine. Sigh…

    November 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  • Beth F


    I’m a beginner machine quilter & recently attempted an entire full-size quilt on my home machine… yikes! I finished it & it was… okay. For a beginner. Slow & steady is the best advice I got & it is true!

    November 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Marie Eddins


    I’ve done only a few machine quilting projects. I feel more confident with using the walking foot with straight line quilting or even decorative quilting. However I’ve done free motion as well a few times. It’s more intimidating to me ~ especially keeping the stitch length the same! But I think I enjoy it because I can be more creative. But like Pat says, I know I need to practice, practice lots more!! Thanks for the chance to win your strips!

    November 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm
  • nancy seitz


    I love to quilt using the walking foot. After I read Pat’s new book which I have ordered, I will know more and have more ideas.

    November 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm
  • Teresa Renner


    I need plenty of practice on machine quilting! I usually hand quilt because I don’t like my machine quilting.

    November 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm
  • Janice King


    I am a novice at free motion quilting. Love Pat’s book and am currently “preparing” my five panels to get started with her. Thanks for the giveaway.

    November 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Patricia


    Hi Scott. I absolutely love what you have done with Pat’s blocks. And thank you for the great opportunity to purchase your quilt patterns. I couldn’t resist! I believe the first quilt I may make is the “Beauty In The Bark” using fabrics I brought home from Guatemala where my daughter lives. I think the fabrics will be perfect where you have used the blue pieces. I am excited to get started. As for quilting, I am very happy to see Pat’s book as I am just really starting to explore using my domestic machine for quilting. I do have a walking foot so I am anxious to try that before I venture more into the free motion area. I have quite a number of quilting videos/classes from various quilters and those are helping me quite a bit. Putting those together with Pat’s book will be extremely helpful. I can’t wait to get her book. Take care Scott.

    November 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm
  • Bev Giger Hess


    FMQ is my favorite thing to practice/do right now – my latest Bernina has the BSR & I am loving playing around with it….ordered Pat’s book yesterday so looking forward to getting all of her tips and advice – plus I love that star!! Its a “must sew” for this Oregon girl!

    November 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  • Lori Morton


    I am still in the very early FMQ stages… only in the practice stage really.. but have many Potholders now!! giggle… This Tour have been soooo Awesome…have learned alot of Tips…and have loved the different reviews & pictures shared! Definitely neeeeed this book (or Pat to come live with me..or be my neighbor! lol)

    Thank you too…for chance to win your Give-a-way!! 😀

    November 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Edna


    I am still a beginner to home FMQ ing, but love the process. I am practicing and practicing.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Denise Nash


    My favorite machine quilting techniques involve our wonderful new longarm machine!

    November 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  • Noreen Trotsky


    I think the best technique to machine quilting is to relax, breathe and keep on practicing.

    November 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm
  • Gail K


    Hello Scott, I really love your blocks from Pat’s book! You’ve provided inspiration for two sets of identical fat quarters that are categorized as “what was I thinking?” Ha ha! Bet they will make the most marvelous quilt when I finally settle on a design. Anyway… I have enjoyed Pat’s book tour and have met lots of new friends in this quilting world. It’s a wonderful world indeed

    November 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm
  • Gail K


    Oh I forgot! My current favorite machine quilting is spirals – one single spiral covering the entire quilt or several spiral portions. Just love them. I use a walking foot.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm
  • Chris


    The only thing I can really do is a stipple. I bought some rulers for my MidArm in hopes of learning straight line. I have a Red and White Vortex I wanted to quilt myself. Not happening, it will have to go out to be done. I so wanted to learn how.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm
  • Margaret C.


    I am so excited about Pat Sloan’s new book. I have so many flimsies that need quilting and I know her book will give me the confidence to finish them. Thank you, Scott, for being a part of her tour. I love getting acquainted with new shops. My favorite machine quilting technique is anything that will get a quilt done! Ha!

    November 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  • Judy Forkner


    I really like the walking quilt quilting that is so popular with the Modern Quilter’s! Straight lines & spirals are equally intriguing!

    November 27, 2016 at 12:29 am
  • Paula L


    I am new to free motion quilting….so need to remember Relax, Relax, Relax and let it happen!!

    November 27, 2016 at 12:30 am
  • kay


    I have done a little machine quilting but always just a meandering stitch. I’d like to be bold enough to try a definite pattern.

    November 27, 2016 at 3:15 am
  • Darrell


    Scott, you are correct.. it is practice..practice.. practice that is the key to quilting. Also.. practice.. practice.. practice drawing the designs/motifs on paper before ever trying to quilt them on the quilt itself so that your mind has learned the flow.. dhardenburg (at) prodigy (dot) net

    November 27, 2016 at 4:14 am
  • I try to doodle new designs and then practice them a little before jumping in on a quilt. My favorite go-to FMQ is stippling, though–so easy and can be quick. I am still intimidated by feathers and need to take the plunge. Thanks for the give-away!

    November 27, 2016 at 4:41 am
  • Dianna Eickhorn


    Love your blocks you made! Not sure I have a favorite quilting tip, so, I’ll leave my new concept… machine quilting the Pat Sloan method. Love her new book. Love all her books.

    November 27, 2016 at 5:42 am
  • Claire


    Since I am such a novice/beginner at machine quilting, stippling is my favorite pattern, but I’m BORED- need more! Gotta Win!

    November 27, 2016 at 6:35 am
  • Kristine Clay


    I want to get better at burying my knots. I love overall patterns but also dense quilting within negative space and more open patterns on prints and blocks.

    November 27, 2016 at 6:57 am
  • I love reading about stippling, and any kind of machine quilting….have yet to accomplish this!

    November 27, 2016 at 7:04 am
  • Mitzi Bojar


    I keep trying – but I seem to keep my long armer in business!

    November 27, 2016 at 7:05 am
  • Lori D.


    You have a wonderful site, I love to do feathers when I’m quilting!

    November 27, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Patricia newhouse


    The tips for practice, practice, practice,

    November 27, 2016 at 9:23 am
  • Dianne Young


    I am starting to experiment with ruler work in free motion quilting.

    November 27, 2016 at 10:24 am
  • eLISA


    WANT IT!

    November 27, 2016 at 10:47 am
  • Rose Petri


    I am new to machine quilting so I loved Pat’s entire book.

    November 27, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Kathie L


    I’m such a newbie that I’m still experimenting and learning.

    November 27, 2016 at 11:51 am
  • Wish I could say I have a favorite quilting method, so far it is stitch in the ditch. That is why I have purchased Pat Sloans book. Just getting tired of having to wait for others to quilt my quilts. After so many machine quilting classes, I gave up when I was told I needed to try and have a bottle of wine next to me to keep my shoulders away from my ears.
    Thank you for your opportunity to win such an interesting line of designs.

    November 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  • Karen P


    I love feathers and pebbling.

    November 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Kimberlee Boerner


    My favorite technique (or lesson) is learning to maintain one speed when I’m going around corners or stippling. Practice makes perfect.

    November 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Nancy


    I always fall back to echo quilting. Love the blocks you made from the Deco States.

    November 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • Corinne


    Thank you for the opportunity! I love doing loops and squiggles on small quilts.

    November 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm
  • Well here is my third try to leave a comment… if it works if not oh well…

    Love your blog! Thanks for review. I’ve not been using a machine domestic sewing that is, to quilt but for acouple of months, I use a Gammill Longarm, but on smaller jobs I like using rulers, or straight or focus lines to emphasize aaa within my quilt… thanks for chance for anither drawing! Happy Holidays!

    November 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm
  • It worked!

    November 27, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • usairdoll


    I’m still a beginner at FMQ but want to learn all I can. One helpful tip someone told me was to practice doodling on paper to get my hand used to making certain designs.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers crossed ;-D


    November 28, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Anita Jackson


    Hi Scott! I’ve began FMQ with my walking foot as I was fortunate enough to have one come WITH my machine when it was purchased. It works lovely in keeping all that layered stuff together. I am the one in need of much practice though, so it is a true journey for me. Thanks for the chance to win beautiful fabric!

    November 28, 2016 at 7:29 am
  • Kris V


    I’m getting to be a pro at ditch stiching, but I would love to get better on FMQ.

    November 28, 2016 at 9:06 am
  • I love your work. I like to use my walking foot to quilt….I like to make organic wavy lines. I make fewer mistakes this way.

    November 28, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Julie B


    I use quilting tissue to draw out my stitching/quilting pattern. I then stitch through the paper and quilt sandwich and remove the paper when I am done.

    November 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • I just got a walking foot for my machine and would love to read Pat’s book about how I can use it.

    November 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Angela Tonyan


    I love your DesignS!!!! It is so much fun to see them and use them. I have a long arm, but I also free motion on my Janome machine!!!

    November 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • reeskylr


    Those are some great mock up blocks!! I love this tour, thank you for sharing your creativity. As for machine quilting, I am a bad beginner. lol, so this book will be wonderful to win. I am working on my skills though with a walking foot and found an interesting machine quilting design, called a Serpentine stitch. You find either an interesting zig zag on the machine or its own serpentine stitch and set the width to 4 and the length to 5. I am also using 50 wt Mettler thread that a shop owner suggested.

    November 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • I love paper-piecing! -my favorite technique-so precise and results always amaze me!

    November 29, 2016 at 3:43 am
  • I love these blocks, too! My favorite quilting method is still organic straight lines—i love the texture that the quilt gains when it’s quilted fairly densely. Thank you so much for the giveaway—i’m fascinated by the prints!

    November 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Since I’m SO new to quniting, and am now piecing my first quilt top, I don’t have a favorite machine quilting design. I did just buy my walking/even feed foot to make up a set of place mats as a birthday gift for my mom. I intend to quilt them with a straight cross-hatch design, so I’ll call that my favorite for now lol.

    November 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm
  • Cindy M


    I’m so new to quilting I haven’t a favorite yet! For now it’s pretty much whatever I’m able to accomplish before my crazy cat pounces whatever I’m working on!

    November 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Jenni


    So far, it has been only straight line quilting for me – a lot of echo quilting, but one of my goals for the new year is to delve into free motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway – that is beautiful fabric!!

    November 30, 2016 at 8:34 am
  • Nikki Mitchell


    Hi Scott and Pat!! I really enjoy the freedom free quilting. It gives me the freedom to just have fun and really work the quilt as it speaks!!!

    November 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • I love machine quilting! I’ve done some on a long arm that my LQS rents, and on my own machine at home. I like to just wing it with swirls and loops. Sometimes I try to plan out a border. It’s fun to see what my hands and brain will come up with!

    December 31, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Rosemary


    QAYG is my favorite machine quilting technique because as of yet, I have not done much machine quilting, but recently bought a walking foot, so it’s somewhere in my future.

    December 31, 2016 at 8:14 am

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