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Quilting Wide-Open Spaces

Quilting Wide-Open Spaces

At last! Down-to-earth advice about enhancing large open areas with modern machine quilting. The 'modern' look in quilting is quilting: lots of it, in large, unpieced areas of the quilt. Caught somewhere between making a wholecloth quilt and something that is all pieced, many quilters seek inspiration for the quilting to do in those wide open spaces. This book provides both the technical advice and the creative ideas offering seven striking quilts as practice projects. The projects and quilting designs in this book can easily be used with any quilting method. The simple-to-sew projects can be hand pieced, if desired. Includes CD of full-size quilting designs.

Item Number: 1418
By: Judi Madsen
From: American Quilter's Society (August 01, 2013)

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Regular Price $26.95

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At last! Down-to-earth advice about enhancing large open areas with modern machine quilting. The 'modern' look in quilting is quilting: lots of it, in large, unpieced areas of the quilt. Caught somewhere between making a wholecloth quilt and something that is all pieced, many quilters seek inspiration for the quilting to do in those wide open spaces. This book provides both the technical advice and the creative ideas offering seven striking quilts as practice projects. The projects and quilting designs in this book can easily be used with any quilting method. The simple-to-sew projects can be hand pieced, if desired. Includes CD of full-size quilting designs.
SKU 1418
Weight 1.00 pounds
ISBN 978-1-60460-106-0
Binding Softback
Number of Pages 96
Number of Illustrations 65
Dimensions 8.50" x 11.00" x .30"
Publisher American Quilter's Society

Customer Reviews

Great Quilting Tips & Projects — Review by Patty Martin
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Like many of the others who have reviewed Judi's book, I also have followed Judi's blog and have admired her quilting for some time. This book is all about filling the empty spaces on quilts and Judi certainly has some new and refreshing ideas for doing that! Included in the book are some great projects with plenty of empty spaces to practice her quilting ideas in. I have to tell you, the one statement I enjoyed most in her book is where she says, "I will let you in on a little secret - I never practice a quilting design on paper, not ever." That made me laugh till I cried! I never did see the correlation between drawing on paper and stitching with a needle—they are two different animals!!! (Posted on 1/26/14)
Love, love, love this book! — Review by Jean
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Loved the detail in this book. Not just pictures, but actual how to info. Very good long arm reference book. I love Judi's fresh approach to design. Everyone needs this book! (Posted on 12/28/13)
Quilting wide open spaces — Review by Helen
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I just received Judi's book last week and am so happy with it! Even though I don't have a long-arm machine, I bought it for inspiration in quilting on my home machine. It has wonderful quilting motif's, some great quilt patterns with the "wide open spaces" to practice quilting in, and great step-by-step directions for achieving the patterns that she supplies for the quilting. It's going to be a great resource so I won't be so afraid of the quilting stage of making quilts! (Posted on 12/27/13)
Worth waiting for! — Review by Nancy, Alaska
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Judi's book is well worth the wait, so inspiring & helpful for the "modern" look in longarm quilting. She writes in such a conversational style that I feel like I know her (& I certainly would like to). (Posted on 12/23/13)
Great Book! — Review by Ann
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This book was worth the wait. Great ideas for quilting those large open spaces. This book even comes with a CD to print out the templates. Since I love modern quilts this book has given me another resource for quilting customer quilts. (Posted on 12/20/13)
5 but if i could i would give a 10 — Review by Nancy
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This is the very best quilting book I've got, because Judi gives you the pattern to make the quilt and my very favorite is she also gives you the pattern to quilt it so you have a complete quilt, not just the top. I can't wait for her next book, hope she does another one just like this one. Love your Quilting. Thanks for making this book. (Posted on 12/20/13)
Fantastic quilting ideas and instructions! — Review by LynnEl - Beema - Grandma Nell
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As soon as I received my book from Judi, I read it all (except for all the detail in the patterns). She has done a fantastic job with her step-by-step instructions as to how she quilted the quilts - which is what I am most interested in! the patterns are beautiful as well and the beginning of the book is fantastic! Loved it and will be one of my all time favorite 'go-to' books! You won't regret having this book in your library! (Posted on 12/20/13)
Great help for any quilter — Review by Bernd
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I am sure, my Longarm will be my best friend from now on :-)
Kind regards and thank you from Denmark (Posted on 12/20/13)
excellent — Review by Kim
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Judi has written an excellent "go to guide" for quilters. So many ideas and beautiful designs. Not only are there quilt top patterns but actual "quilting" patterns to go along with the piecing. I love this book and Judi's clear cut step by step instructions. Thanks Judi for giving me inspiration to push myself forward in my own quilting! (Posted on 12/20/13)
I hope Judi is bringing some of her books to AQS classes — Review by Elizabeth
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I don't have Judi's book yet but I am taking one of her classes at AQS Phoenix and would love to buy a signed copy from her there. I'm not sure if she is planning on doing that though but I can't wait to buy her book and if the quilts from her blog (Green Fairy Quilts) are anything to go by then I don't think anyone will be disappointed. She is my favorite quilter :) (Posted on 12/19/13)
Love Judi's quilting! — Review by Gail
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I love this book. She is an amazing quilter and I'm very happy that she is sharing her techniques on long arm quilting with us. With a lot of practice I think I can do a small bit of her designs. I've already read very word in her book and now I'm ready to start trying it out. Awesome book...you will not be disappointed! (Posted on 12/19/13)
The most amazing book!! — Review by Chris
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I was so absolutely thrilled to receive Judi's book. It is so inspirational and full of wonderful ideas and helpful hints. The quilting patterns are amazing. I have been FMQing for the last 6 months and have eagerly been reading Judi's blog every week and when I read about her book coming out, I almost couldn't wait!! Everyone should have a copy, thank you so much Judi. (Posted on 12/19/13)
EXCELLENT machine quilting workbook for domestic as well as longarm quilters! — Review by Rebecca Grace
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I have drool all over my computer keyboard, and it is all Judi Madsen's fault. I have been following her blog for about a year now, and I continue to be mesmerized by her approach to machine quilting -- her uncanny ability to create the perfect quilting designs to complement any style of pieced or appliqued quilt that comes her way. I tell myself that, one day when my piecing and applique skills get good enough, maybe I could hire Judi to work her magic on one of my own quilts, but in the meantime I am delighted to finally have been able to purchase this book. Judi walks readers through her creative and technical process with clarity and a fresh, conversational voice, like she's standing right next to your sewing machine, cheering you on. Her enthusiasm and warm personality comes across on every page -- a breath of fresh air. When she breaks down her spectacular quilting step-by-step, anything seems possible -- and I haven't even looked at the additional resources on the included CD yet. I usually don't make the projects in quilting books, just use them as references, but the "wide open spaces" concept is very appealing to me. I spent hours practicing free-motion quilting on fat quarter "practice" quilt sandwiches throughout most of last year, and have nothing to show for that but a pile of samples. Judi's projects are a logical next step in the quilting journey, moving on to simple pieced quilt tops with plenty of "wide open spaces" just waiting for quilty goodness.

I hope Judi writes more books in the future. I would especially love to see a book with before and after photos of her quilts, or possibly several identical quilt tops with totally different quilting designs. Often when viewing a finished quilt with absolutely spectacular quilting, perfectly suited to the quilt, those quilting designs seem like the only possible quilting. I think it's hard for many beginners, myself included, to envision the different quilting possibilities when we're staring at the wilderness of a freshly-finished quilt top and trying to decide what to do with it. (Posted on 12/19/13)
Wonderful Eye Candy! — Review by Teresa
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This book is just fabulous. I received it and have not stopped looking at it. Judi even makes these intricate designs look like I could actually do it. I love that. My husband has even been looking at it and is so amazed. Wonderful book that I would recommend highly! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Get this book! — Review by Liz
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Received your book and it's beautifully written and has great illustrations. The inspiration is such that I am going to have to push myself more. With your guidance I think I can do it! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Great book!! Buy it! — Review by Ellen
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I received my copy of this in the mail yesterday, and am already drooling on the pages. Lots of quilting eye candy, and the instructions are very straightforward.
I really like the quilting diagrams and sensible explanations on how to grow your skills & achieve the quilting results you want. (Posted on 12/19/13)

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