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Finish Those Quilts in 2018!

If your New Year’s resolution is turn those quilt tops into finished quilts, then you might be interested in learning how to do that on your embroidery machine. About an year ago, Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons was published.  It is my best-selling book and no wonder – quilting with an embroidery machine is so doable!  And many of us have quilt tops that need to be quilted.  This book has been the culmination of over 20 years of quilting with an embroidery machine. I’ve done everything from embroidered quilt tops to quilt as you as go to quilting king size quilts on an embroidery machine.  I’ve learned an awful lot on this journey and you can still watch the Sewing with Nancy episodes online at

This book teaches you several different methods for quilting with an embroidery machine: quilting and appliqueing in one step; custom quilting and allover quilting.  Quilting and appliqueing in one step is a patented process that I designed in 2008.  Since then, I’ve created 16 Stipple Collections, and in this book you’ll find two projects that incorporate that revolutionary technique.

Custom quilting is no doubt the type of quilting that makes your jaw drop at quilt show competitions.  The quilting is designed to specifically enhance and fill a shape (block), applique or area. To be honest, custom quilting is probably best achieved through expert free motion quilting. When custom quilting is done on an embroidery machine, you do not have the ‘freedom’ to move the needle as you do in free motion quilting so the results are not as ‘customized.’  However, custom quilting is how many of us want to finish our tops. I show you how to do it in the Patriotic Pillow and Diamond table runner.

Allover quilting is often the result you get when you ‘quilt by check’. Quilt by check mean you pay someone else to quilt your quilt. When you send your quilt to a longarmer, they select an allover pattern that complements your quilt top unless you have specifically requested (and agreed to pay for) custom quilting.  There are two types of allover quilting: nesting and linking. You’ll learn the difference between the methods with two projects.

You’ll discover three different ways to handle the quilt during the stitching process: furniture you have on hand, the shortE and the Weightless Quilter.  My goal for this book is to help you expand your embroidery skills into the world of quilting and get more out of your machine.  I hope you find quilting with an embroidery machine as rewarding as I do. 

Want to win a copy of Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons?  Just leave a comment and tell me if have any quilt tops that need to be quilted.  Do you have one, two, three or more?  One lucky winner will be selected to win the book and the accompanying collection of 20 embroidery designs.  I hope you get all of your quilt tops finished in 2018!


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  • Cathy

    I have 5 quilt tops that need to be quilted. I don’t want to quilt by check. I feel like it’s not really ‘my’ quilt if someone else did the quilting. I would love to win this book. I just bought the Vintage embroidery, so I’m way over my sewing budget right now!


      With the help of this book I am ready to finish my quilts

  • Connie Englehart

    Just started using a motif to finish a quilt. I have the magnetic hoop for my machine and just move it around for each area. Amazing! I’m using a feathered heart and in 2 minutes a square is done. Can’t wait to try more. Now I have to find an edge motif to finish up. So much fun.

  • Shawn Holder

    I have never quilted on machine. (Even though I have a the elisimo gold) years ago I did atop and all the quilting by hand. Now with “failed back syndrome “ the traditional way would be impossible! I think that it is time to try on my baby lock. Your book makes this look easy?

  • Bev Weis

    Oh sure, I have several quilt tops that I’d love to quilt with my embroidery machine! I’d LOVE to win this book, naturally. Fingers crossed. ❤️

  • Maxine

    I have 8 tops needing quilted. Most all of the stippling designs for the embroidery machine are really tight. Are there designs I can get just to quilt with?

  • Debra Cole

    Good morning. I have 2 quilt tops. 1 is a bed spread that is for a king size bed. I have worked on it for 4 years. It’s a pineapple quilt. Also a beautiful Xmas top that I need to quilt around the activities on it , it’s so beautiful and I’d like to quilt it vs sending it out to some one else to do. I’d like to say I did it all. Thank you

  • Barbara Bryant

    Eileen I’m excited to read about your quilt projects. My friend found these hand stitched squares about 30 of them an gave them to me. I so want to use your steps and do this myself. Thank you so much.

  • Kathy E.

    This would be an awesome book to own and be inspired by, Eileen! I have one large quilt that I made last year…Postcard From Sweden…that needs to be quilted and a bed runner that I made from batiks. They are both on top of my UFO pile just waiting. I have never sent out a project to be quilted as I enjoy doing the entire process myself.

  • Carol Nichols

    I have several quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted and I would be thrilled to win this book!

  • Pauline

    I live using my embroidery machine but wish I could be more creative and quilt using it

  • Nicole

    A friend introduced me to your site because he’s trying to expand my horizons into machine quilting. Ordinary machine quilting doesn’t appeal to me, but I must admit I’ve always been fascinated by machine embroidery. Most of my unquilted tops are vintage or antique, so those will be hand quilted, but I can see where newer pieces would definitely shine much brighter with the addition of this machine technique. Let’s see where 2018 takes us.

    • Jan

      I have 5 quilt tops ready for finishing. I’ve been trying to get the courage to attempt it using my machine.

  • Wende gennardo

    I have at least dozen pieced quilt tops I; née of quilling. I sure would love to win this book and make a sizable dent in my to do list.

  • Sue

    I have a gazillion unfinished quilts!

  • Myrna Stephens

    I’ve tried to quilt with my embroidery machine and have not had great results. I think this book would help me achieve better quilts.

  • Celeste Breen

    I have several tops to be quilted plus of course more in the making. Doing this myself would be a big savings.

  • Ann Dickamore

    I have 5 quilt tops that I need to get done this year. I just need some help to do them on my sewing machine

  • Ann Dickamore

    Where can I buy this book of Eileen Roche?

  • Susan Perry

    I have probably 5 to 7 quilts to finish. There is one that would be very special again if only I could get it finished. I started the quilt top some 25 years ago as a wedding gift for my daughter. I finished the top in time for the first bridal shower. When it was time to begin the quilting I could not decide if I wanted to quilt it myself or pay someone to quilt. My decision was the wrong one and I have about 1/5 of it quilted. Every time I pick it up to work on it, it seems something very unfortunate happens and I put it back down. Now as morbid as I am I am afraid I could die before I get it finished. It was as joke for 25 years that I would get it finished for her 25th anniversary but it did not happen and I won’t go into detail as to what 2017 has been like for me. This all sounds morbid but truly it has all been taken very light heartedly.

  • Thurma Livingston-Morrison

    I have 6 quilt tops I need to finish. My only resolution for 2018 is to finish these quilts, but unless I get some help with “how-to” I probably won’t be successful. This book would be a god-send in getting me on the track to success!!!

  • Vicky K

    I have 3 quilts and toppers just need my handmade touch of love by machine embroidery quilting. I haven’t had good luck with my machine embroidery quilting as yet and can use all the help I can get.

  • Beverly Schulte

    Currently I have one quilt finished and ready to be quilted with at least 3 more ready to get started. I have a wall hanging started for my granddaughter which will also need quilted. I tend to procrastinate when I am not certain how to proceed and can recognize that is what my current status is now. I have never quilted by check and really don’t want to start now. Getting this book may get me off dead center and moving forward to finishing these projects.

  • C.K

    I have my first several quilt tops to make, it would be great to learn how to machine quilt them also!

  • Lana Howell

    I have several quilt tops that need to be quilted, some are my mother’s and some are my husband’s mother’s. I would like this book!

  • Laurie

    Eileen,I have a question. I have a Babylock 6 needle can I use it. Do you cover muli needle machines in your book? I have serveral quilt tops that my mom made and am trying to finish them. She had to give up quilting so I ended up with them. I would love to finish them using my embroidery machine. And your book sounds like it would be very helpful. Thanks for all you do to help us with our embroidery projects!

    • eileenroche

      Hello Laurie, This book does not address quilting on a multi-needle machine. However, I will keep your request in mind. Look for a future post on this topic.

  • Lorraine Lucero

    I have purchased your book and I have also purchased some of your embroidery classes on Craftsy. I find your instructions via video are just easier for me to comprehend and to learn since I am a beginner. You do a really excellent job on video. Your book is also excellent and as a visual learner, the book is just not as easy for me to understand. Do you have any plans to create an accompanying dvd for the book in the future? Thanks.

  • Marilyn Mobley

    I am the same as all the others above. I have at least 6 unfinished quilts. I have a new embroidery machine and want to get them all done! I am slowly learning the ins and outs of my new machine, but have not tried to machine quilt a project yet. It sounds like I could use your book!

  • Grannie Connie

    Oh yes ondeed! I have a couple of quilt tops ready to quilt. I think I will enjoy being able to do my own as opposed to taking to a long arm quilter.

  • Deana Guardado

    I have the materials to make a new quilt for my granddaughter. I bought the fabric before she was born…she’s 2.5 years old now. I have a crazy quilt pattern in mind but I’m open to anything.

  • Marylee Maury

    Your episodes with Ms Nancy Z. were wonderful! I recorded and rewatched them several times… How this prize could help quilt the 3 tops already pieced is without words! I cross fingers, eyes and toes awaiting the announcement. Our Local Viking dealer hosted you and your sister Marie once and that was my favorite Event by far. Love all things DIME!!

  • Cathie Scanlon

    I have 3 ready to be quilted! This would be wonderful to win.

  • Cathie Scanlon

    I have 3 tops ready to be quilted! This would be wonderful to win. My embroidery machine is ready, and willing to give it a try.

  • Cyrill Long

    Do I ever need this book! I have a baby quilt for my 5 year granddaughter. I have grandma shame. I have to finish this!

    • eileenroche

      No Grandma shame!!!!! It’s all in the thought!

  • Janet Rettig

    I have 1 quilt top that needs finished.

  • J K Willliams

    I have 5 quilts in progress that I will need to quilt.
    I have done piecing but not the actual quilting.
    Putting the quilt sandwich together fills me with foreboding

  • Denice

    I have a rainbow quilt sitting there and instead of being the bright happy quilt it is ment to be it is looking forlorn and sad. It needs completing so it can find its happy place again and I obviously need help to get it done.


    With the help of this book I am ready to finish my quilts

  • Kathy

    I am a new quilter and have several wallhangings and a crib quilt to finish. I have several of your publications and have no doubt that this book is the same high quality!

  • Cheryl Guthrie

    I have 7 quilt tops to be finished. One is an old double wedding ring quilt top made by my sister in laws mother that passed several years ago before she had time to finish it. I would love to be able to get it quilted in time for her daughter’s wedding anniversary.

  • Diane Mettler

    It would be so helpful for me to win the book as I am struggling to learn how to use my sewing/embroidery machine.. I have made some pieces but still am overly cautious about doing what I want to do — just need some directions and help to get over my fear of embroidering with my machine.

    • Diane Mettler

      Oh, I forgot to say that I have 8 quilt tops ready to quilt and I would be so happy to get them finished with my sewing/embroidery machine.

  • susan b james

    I have two quilts to complete and one to piece together. Would love to be able to finish on my embroidery machine.

  • Brenda Kennedy

    I have four tops that need to be quilted.Just purchased the Brother Dream Machine. I need to do something to justify the cost of the machine.I also have a Quattro 2 .

  • Suzanne Cubberley

    Isn’t that part of being a quilter, having unfinished projects? Right now I have only 1 that isn’t completed. But is quickly becoming 3 more.

  • Donna G

    I have several quits that need to be finished. This book would be an excellent reference to help with that!

  • Cathy

    I usually stitch in the ditch, so my quilt tops are finished, so this would be amazing to win. Thank you for all your helpful advice.

  • Patty Graham

    I recently joined a local quilting guild, and getting more involved with quilting. It would be nice to add my embroidery machine into quilting and help some of my fellow members with their projects. I also have joined a quilting group at a local church that produces quilts for charity. Sewing, and quilting helps me feel good again.

  • Barbara J. Frangella

    I try to finish the quilt tops as I go but I am always stumped as to what design would enhance the the idea of machine embroidery…..

  • Connie Clabaugh

    My house has several donation quilts that are just perfect for learning from this wonderful book! Thank you for all your great ideas.

  • Susan Spiers

    Wonderful idea! I have four (4) quilt tops that need to be quilted! Thank you, Susan

  • Connie Doster

    I have so many quilt tops that need to be quilted – from tablerunners and toppers, to wallhangings and bed quilts. I’ve toyed with quilting with my embroidery machine recently when I quilted some fabric then made a custom purse with it. I would love to learn more and gain some confidence in the process. Thanks

  • Anna Cameron

    Hi there, I have always loved the advice you give and as a beginner quilter, I don’t have any tips finished but would love to learn and add the quilted top affect with my embroidery machine. Thanks for all your valuable information.

  • Cathy

    What a fabulous way to add to the pleasure of owning an embroidery machine. I’d love to learn more about how to quilt on an embroidery machine!!

  • Diane

    My New Year’s resolution last year was to make my first quilt. I pieced a simple top but when it came to the actual quilting I was lost and didn’t finish it. I’ve been sewing garments for many, many years so I thought quilting would come easy for me, but I was so wrong and I’m determined to learn a new skill with my embroidery machine.

  • Geraldine Blackwelder

    Oh my, so many answers. I have none right now, but am getting ready to do my second grandchilds graduation quilt, and this would be a godsend! Thank you! PS. 15 to go after this next one.

  • Earlene

    I have at least three, probably more, that need quilting. Hate paying someone else to quilt them for me. Had rather learn to do it myself.

  • Nancy Tucker

    I really need this books. I have many finished quilt tops from years ago, a brand new embroidery machine that I am hesitant to touch and a lot of material crying to be used. I think this book would be a great motivator. Plus I love to learn.

  • Sue Reifschneider

    I have about four quilt tops that need to be quilted. When you put it off on a weekly basis, you find out very quick there just isn’t a quilting fairy.

  • Ann Beckemeyer

    I have about 10 quilt tops that need to be quilted. I would love to try to do this with my Brother Dream Maker Embroidery Machine, but I’m afraid. So I’d love to have a copy of your book to walk me through the process and get my quilts finished so that I can gift them to my loved ones.

  • Diane Graham

    I have 4 wall hangings and a couple table runners done except for the quilting. I’m so afraid that I will ruin them. I’ve thought about doing embroidery quilting but just have not found anything that really tells you how to do it and make it look natural. Knowing of this book is great makes me want to get it an start practicing. It would be awesome to win such a great prize.

  • Karen

    I don’t have any finished tops. I have one quilt started I need to finish and one more to make. I made a quilt as a wedding guest book. The quilt is finished I have to applique the signed pieces on it.

  • Julie Downer

    want to try machine quilting, disabled so hand quilting is not possible. my embroidery machine is the friend that helps and i would like to learn new ways to use it your book looks like it could help me achieve that so i hope i win.

  • Kay Schroeder

    Sounds like this book would maybe light a fire under me to get me too actually put my blocks together that I won back in the day when I belong to a quilting group before life got in the way.

  • Wallie

    I have your craftsy class called the machine embroidered quilt and love this technique. I need to make a baby quilt and even for table runners with quilting your techniques make things to get it done easier. I use the embroidery machine to do all my quilting it’s the only way I know how. Would love to win your book.

  • nancy thompson

    Have done 2 of my UFO’s, but have 5 more to go…..oh my. This would really be an incentive to finish all by the end of 2018.

  • Diane Kowal29

    I have done both Quilt by check, and quilting by Bernina. I would love this book to learn more. THANK YOU!!

  • Vickie Bell

    I have a paper pieced table runner and a small applique quilt that both need quilted. I have been putting them off because I need inspiration to do the quilting.

  • Doreen Linehan

    At this moment I don’t have any quilt tops that need to be quilted.

  • Chris

    What a great opportunity. I have one quilt and a wall hanging awaiting the finishing touch and two table runners to make, I could do with the book now (or DVD) as it is cold and snowing in England, a good time to be inside.

  • RoseMary Scott

    Not sure just how many, but 5 or 6 at least. I saw the video conference on this and was very impressed. Now just to get the book. I should have ordered it then, but didn’t, so hoping I will be be an owner of this book

  • JD

    It is embarrassing to admit but I have quilt tops that are over 25 years old that need to be quilted. I have done several on my sewing machine and I have even embroidered a king sized quilt on my embroidery machine. I just don’t seam to enjoy quilting on a sewing machine. It can be very strenuous. I have only quilted one on a long arm. That seemed more manageable but I don’t have access to one. Guess I will have to figure out a way to get them finished. They aren’t much use in a Box in the closet.

  • Ann Cotton

    Eileen, I have 7 quilt tops pieced; 3 have been ‘sandwiched’ for a while, but I haven’t figured out what quilt designs to try. I’m working on another quilt top for my hubby. I bought one of your cheater quilt tops and software for practice – just need to start.

    • eileenroche

      Awesome! Cheater quilts are the way to go to master quilting with your embroidery machine.

  • beth

    I have two quilt tops that need to be quilted. would love to quilt it on my embroidery machine.

  • Sara Redner

    I have one of my own plus 2 that were my mother-in-law’s. The quilters in both my family and my husband’s always hand quilted and that was just so boring to me, and impossible now that I have arthritis. I recently quilted some pot holders and table runners on the sewing machine to see how that went and can’t even imagine quilting an entire quilt that way!

  • Shirley Guier

    I have 7 tops to quilt. I enjoy embroidery and would like to learn your techniques.

  • Lynn Rhoades

    I have 2 ready to quilt and many that I have fabric for. Just like everyone else, I’d love to win.

  • Karen Poole

    Oh my gosh I have so many quilts that need to be finished!! I would so love to win this book and finish some of them with Embroidery!!!

  • Paula

    I don’t have any unfinished quilts, just unstarted ones. This books sounds like it would be perfect to help me get started.

  • Lynn Barstow

    I have 3 quilts that need to be quilted as well as the fabric and patterns for about 50 more (slightly embarrassed!) I am hoping to do some string/scrap quilts to use up some fabric and to make some quilts that are compilations and memories of lots of other projects. I love your other products i’ve purchased and would love to learn more with this book

  • Joan Maier

    I am always in need of quilting a quilt and would love to do it myself.


    When will this drawing be held, please? The one for the book “Quilting with your Embroidery Machine.”

    • eileenroche

      Today! We’ll pick a winner this afternoon.

  • Katie

    I have a huge stack of finished quilt tops that are in need of custom quilting! Would love to learn to quilt them in the hoop!!

  • Irene Nottoli

    I would love to win this book as I do have two quilts that need to be finished and I just bought an Accuquilt which I plan on making many more in a much more timely manner. I do have an embroidery machine and would love to learn more than just the stippling that I do now.

  • Saralyn

    I have one quilt top that needs to be finished. I have been reluctant to make new quilt tops because of having UFOs around.

  • Ann Acquilano

    I have three quilt top just waiting for me to quilt them or send them off. I would prefer to quilt them myself. I have done some quilting on my embroidery machine. But only for small quilts. I believe with you book I would be able to quilt larger quilts on my embroidery machine.

  • Cheryl Allen

    I have a southwestern quilt top that I’m just about done with. It’s made with scarves my niece asked me to use to make quilt for her. I backed the scarves with a light fusible pelon. First time I’ve ever done this. Having the ability to quilt with my embroidery machine sure would be a blessing.

  • Dorothy Wright

    I have a friend Who just turned 84 years old I was talking to her on the phone the other day and she told me that she had just got through going through her closet and she has 15 quilt tops that need to be quilted wasn’t sure if she would ever get to them she has a brother ULT 2000 And loves her machine she doesn’t do much on the Internet though I would love to win this book for her she is a beautiful woman always doing for others. She has some for her three children or grandchildren and now her great grandchildren . It would truly be a blessing for her to have this book and be able to finish all of those quilts that were started so long ago