Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

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Today I’m reviewing this fun book by my friend Natalia.
The book is full of detailed step-by-step instructions for free-motion quilting as well as 6 quilt patterns…this is my favorite:
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I tend to play it safe when I free motion quilt…I like fast and easy a little too much, so this book is a much needed kick in the pants to try something new.   I always do loopty-loops like this:
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I’d love to get good at something like this from her book:
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She makes it really easy and I love the section on quilting Negative Space.
To win a copy of Natalia’s book: A Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, leave a comment on this post and I’ll make my husband pick a random winner tomorrow.  :)

Giveaways/Comments Closed.

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MimiQuilts said...

I like fast and easy quilting as well...I'm always doing free motion stippling or meandering. I've done the loopy-loops before, but maybe I'll do more of those soon. I would love to win the book and try something new!

JaideyBug said...

Oh my gosh that looks awesome! I would love to venture out and try something besides stippling!
Thanks for the chance to win!
jacy468 at aim dot com

Erin Kathleen Thim said...

Would LOVE to win this book. Its already on my Christmas wish list.

Anya said...

I've got the same bad habit too - i go for the easy loop de loos too!! I would love to refine me skills to something a little me daring :)

Carla said...

Such a great book! Thank you for the give away

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Tanya said...

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway :) My daughter has been eyeing this book and it would be great to win it and give it to her. She learned how to quilt recently and this would make her day!!

bruinbr said...

Looks like a great book! I am just starting to learn how to FMQ and this would be so helpful!

bee said...

i love seeing other FMQ designs and ideas!

Kim said...

Pick me, pick me!!! I'm only beginning to dabble in quilting on my own machine and I'm sure this would be a great help!! Thanks for the chance!

Katri said...

I would love to win the book! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Ju Padilha said...

can be someone from Brazil?!! I hope so!

Lisa Merkley said...

This would be a fantastic book! I'm eager to get my hands on any quilting book I can! Thanks for the chance to win!

lisamerkley at gmail dot com

Shilts Shiella said...

Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

Margaret said...

I really need to get beyond grid, spiral and loop-de-loop quilting, too. This book looks great.

rebecka said...

This book would be a huge help to me! I need to get out of my squiggly line rut. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

ratama said...

This book would be perfect for my shelf ;-)

Julie in WA said...

This looks like such a great book to take the fear out of free motion quilting, from which I suffer a great deal!

Courtney Palfreyman said...

I really NEED this book!!!

Lauren H said...

I sure would like to win this book! I am going on a quilt retreat in early December, and plan to use the time to work on my FMQ'ing! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lauren H said...

I sure would like to win this book! I am going on a quilt retreat in early December, and plan to use the time to work on my FMQ'ing! Thanks for the giveaway!

thedoridog said...

I'm just starting to FMQ and would love another book to help me feel more comfortable. Thanks for the chance to win!

thea said...

I have yet to try FMQ. Honestly, I'm afraid. Thanks for the chance to win.

Emilie said...

I have been looking and looking for some clear instructions on free motion quilting with a home machine! This is perfect!!!

eahern at live dot com

Teresa said...

I need a push to start FMQ! I ahve been in the ditches for too long!

Michelle said...

This book looks great. I'm still trying to do something other than meandering! Thanks for the giveaway.

Michelle said...

This looks like a great book. I'm still trying to do something other than meandering! Thanks for the giveaway.

felicity said...

I'm always looking for FMQ ideas and tips. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lis said...

I would love to win this book! lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Samantha said...

Would love to learn the skills in this book :)

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

This is one book that I really really want to win (my quilting funds were spent at the doctor's office) as I'm a rank pre-beginner at FMQ. Thanks for the chance.

Samantha said...

Pretty! I haven't heard of this one, and it looks so useful.

Samantha -at- patterncrush.com

MugglePuggle said...

I'd love to begin free motion quilting! I'm just so scared to. Maybe this book will help with my courage :)

Lisa Marie said...

I also do the same things over and over because I feel comfortable that I can do them successfully. I need to branch out and would love to win this book to get me moving in a new direction.

Carla G said...

This book looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

beth said...

I keep thinking I need to try to quilt my own quilts - it seems like such a daunting task!

Amy said...

That book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win it :)

Sonia B said...

This looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance.

Jess said...

oh man! I'd love to get my hands on this!

ferne said...

This looks like a really well done book for beginners and advanced...I would really enjoy winning this!

Joan said...

I'd love to add this book to my library. It looks great. Thank you for the giveaway.

Pennie said...

Wish I'd read this before hand quilting the raw edge applique circles!!!

Nikita said...

would love to win this as I am interested in learning how to free motion quilt..this would be awesome!

Jessica said...

Just what I've been looking for!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Such beautiful quilting! I'd love to learn how to quilt like Natalia.

Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win a super book.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Deb said...

I'm not good at free motion quilting so I could use this book! Thanks

Denise said...

I am ready to move beyond stippling and would love to win a copy of this book.

Kacey said...

I make quilt tops and then get scared to quilt them...perhaps this book will help me be brave! :)

brooke said...

I tend to stick with the loops as well. I need something new!

brookeali(at)hotmail.com

supersara20 said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. I need all the help I can get with my quilting because I am terrible at anything that isn't a straight line!

Sandy D said...

I am glad Natalie wrote a book that those of us that have not done much machine quilting can use to better ourselves. Thanks for a chance to win it.

sewhappy said...

I also like quick and easy too! Really MUST learn to be a bit more adventurous with my FMQ

wilcoxdesigns said...

Would love to win this and try my hand at free-motion quilting.

Georgi Sears said...

I'm still learning how to loop-de-loop (I'm a newbie, can you tell?) Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book! Fingers crossed ...

Sarah said...

So many projects, so little time. I think this would give me a needed kick in the pants too!

~Sue said...

I am a safe, straight line quilter but I have to say this book looks like I would be inspired to give free motion quilting a try.

Blogger said...

Love the look of this book - could sure use it to gain a bit of bravery with FMQ! lol.
Thanks for the opportunity!
mummyquilts@gmail.com
mummyquilts.blogspot.com

Kricket said...

I would love to have this book!

DnD_Saga said...

This looks amazing... free quilting has always scared me! I would love to have some extra courage with this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Judith said...

Since I haven't yet ventured beyond stippling (no, not even the loopity loop design) this might be just the motivation I need to tackle something more challenging. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

Katie said...

Super fun!!

jlhoeting said...

Would love this book! I have only quilted one quilt and I'm just learning to experiment with some free motion designs on table runners. Just found your blog today and I'm so excited about it!

Jenny L said...

I need to learn new techniques/ideas as well!

kmanzano said...

I have done a few "safe quilts" with multiple loopty-loops! This book looks like it offers so many alternatives. Better start working on the top!

Sewgirl said...

Natalia has done a beautiful job on her quilts, and the photography is wonderful. I love the different ideas she shares for different spots on her quilts. That is where I always struggle. Looks like her book is full of lots of great inspiration!

Tamie said...

I'd love to add this book to my library. Thanks for the giveaway.

Schulz Family said...

This looks like amazing inspiration. I am like you, I fall back on my two fast, easy and reliable patterns. This might boost me to do more. Cheers Karen karen.schulz@paradise.net.nz

evamarie said...

I'd love to win!

Jantine said...

I am ready to get further than loop a loop or meandering too. This books sounds like just what I need!

Mommy B said...

This book looks fantastic! Our quilt guild speaker this month talked about machine quilting on a home machine and I am feeling inspired to try something new. Fingers crossed I win this book to help me out!

VBarnett said...

I have not tried my hand at rfee motion quilting, this may be just the kick start I need!

stumps said...

oh my goodness i saw another blogger review this book a few days ago! i have just started my hand at free motion, following all your instructions! They are truly wonderful, thank you so much! Winning this book would be AWESOME! help a poor college student out ;))

Nat said...

I also fall under the "quick and easy" fmq category! I'd like to get out of that rut!

April said...

I'm still new to free motion quilting and have only done messy circles. But I'm building up steam to jump into trying something harder and have had my eyes on this book for a little while. Thanks for the chance!

stitching under oaks said...

I would love to learn how to FMQ...this looks great!

Nicole said...

I've been wanting to try free motion quilting but have been too scared. This book would be great!

Hany Von Gillern said...

I am eager to learn about free motion quilting. I have tried your The Raw Edge Circle Quilt trutorial, was not a perfect one. However I am planning to make a another one and want to free motion quilt the result myself. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. Love,love your blog, very informative!

shanley said...

I've never had the guts to do anything other than straight lines when i'm quilting (weak, I know). this could be just the ticket to push me to be braver!

Cecilia said...

I need all the tips I can get for FMQ. This would be a great book to have.

GSGC StrongFamily said...

Ahhhh! I'm always scared to mess up my quilts by quilting it myself...maybe this book could help me out! So you know any good machine quilters in the Seattle area? Just moved here, need someone for a few things.

Thanks for a chance to win!
Sabrina

HeatherGirl said...

This would help me get over my fear of free motion quilting!:)

Lindsey said...

I am very new to quilting. I will be finishing my very first one with in the next few days. I came across your page looking for help and I've got to say that after browsing, I can't wait to start another quilt.

CJ said...

My Free Motion Quilting could use some help - PICK ME!

Alix Broadfoot said...

what a great book! It will go on my christmas list if I don't win...

Peter & Kelli said...

Looks like a great book!

-Kelli

Marsha said...

I'd love to have the opportunity to win this book.... it looks really interesting and full of great ideas...

Peggy said...

I really need to improve my free motion quilting. Crossing my fingers and my toes.

Laura V said...

I would love a chance to win this book! I need to work on free motion quilting.

Julie said...

that orange and white quilt on the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! i instantly want to make that. beautiful quilting.

Bea GarcĂ­a said...

I really have to learn how to FMQ!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Renae said...

This is something I'd love to learn! I have yet to tackle free motion quilting.

Anna and Sarah said...

We would love to have a copy of this book! It's always fun to try new machine quilting. Thanks for the opportunity!

quackadoodlequilt@yahoo.com
quackadoodlequilt.blogspot.com

JustPam said...

I would love to have those feathered wreaths be easy!!!

melliebean26 said...

That book looks wonderful! I am totally a loopty-loop and meandering kind of girl! Definitely would help push me to try something new :)

Danny.April said...

I would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Helen said...

I would LOVE to win this book. I took a class in machine quilting, but never felt that it was good enough for my quilts. I would love to learn how to make them look so good! Thanks for the chance to win.

hl3smith@yahoo.com

Bailey said...

I love this book, I really think it will expand my skills beyond loops and stipple.

Fran said...

Looks like a wonderful book!

Sally Evans said...

I need an excuse to buy a new sewing machine!

Kelly said...

i know what you mean. I always resort to stippling when I free motion quilt. I figure noone can tell if I mess up that way. Time to step out of my comfort zone; maybe this book will help. Thank you for the giveaway!

heather said...

ha I like easy and quick too! I tend towards stipples first loop-de-loops second :-)!

Sally Evans said...

I need an excuse to buy a new sewing machine!

barbara woods said...

would love to win thanks

JackieJo said...

Love it!!!!

Kelsey said...

A good giveaway, as I need to branch out from straight lines only...

reubenandemily said...

Looks like a useful book!

Janelle said...

I'd love to get some ideas on how to quilt things. I do the same a lot as well.

Jenny said...

Definitely a beginner here. Not only would I like it, I need it! Thanks!

Jessica Young said...

I'm finishing my first queen size quilt later this year and I would love to attempt to quilt it myself :) this book would be a great help and I would love to win. Thanks!

Leucophyllum said...

This book looks awesome! I'm putting it on my to-read list right now. :)

Mona said...

Thank you for a great blog with lots of inspiration! I would love to win this book.
Greeting from Mona in Norway

Lucky said...

I love the fact that you are doing this book review. I cannot wait to see what comes out of it. I am looking to purchase this book myself.

Lisa E said...

You sound just like me. I do loops also and need to expand my horizons. Thanks for the chance to win.

Elisabeth Woo said...

My fingers are crossed and I hope hope hope he randomly picks me! :)

kgibson said...

I would love to win! I need all the help I can get!!

Katie Dold said...

Oh, I really need help with FMQ...my quilting is a random zigzag pattern, and I have 3 quilts to make by Christmas! :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This book looks so awesome! And one that I could really use. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennie P. said...

I need to win this book for sure!! I need all the help I can get with FMQ! Thanks for the chance.

Jen said...

Oohh.. I have been trying to learn this on my own. It would be great to read about someone else's experience. Thanks.

Unknown said...

I really need to make myself do the quilting...have a wall hanging that is a present...need to finish it.....procrastination rules...to bad :( I certainly would put that book to good use !!
Vickie

Linda said...

HI! WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

CitricSugar said...

I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance…

My own FMQ is fledgling at best and while I'm improving at it, I would like to learn how to do something over that pebbles and stipples. :-)

arajane said...

i've never done any fmq... gasp! i'm sure this book would be just the kick in the pants i need to get started, though.

aerialkabuki said...

This would be so great to win, thanks!

kay said...

I'm like you - I usually take the easy way out. I love that Natalia's book makes other options more doable. I think her book will get me out of my rut.

Valerie said...

I love your loop-d-loos! ;)

Liz said...

Wow, that looks awesome. I am totally new to quilts (1 finished and 1 way to big to quilt at home top)and I am about ta start another top and have already been fantasizing about trying some free motion on it (so far leaning pebbles) I think I will have to check this book out before I actually start to quilt it.

Patti said...

I'm just like you! Doing the quick and easy method, and you are so right, a kink in the pants is in order! Thanks for the chance to win,

Linda K said...

I've tried meandering, I've tried loopy loops, I've tried in-the-ditch.I'm not good at any of them. I NEED some instruction!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but that cover is stunning!

Deanna said...

Looks like a good book! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

This book looks like a winner for sure! I can't wait to learn from it.

PS... just LOVE your blog -- I'm a new follower!

Karen

Tiffany said...

I need some confidence for free motion quilting, I still haven't done anything more adventurous than straight lines!

Carol said...

would love to have this book. want to free motion quilt but I am still in fear of even starting!!!

jennyg said...

I would love this book because I am in a bit of a rut with my FMQ designs .

Rana said...

yes, i think that we all have our default designs! this book looks fabulous.
as a side note, what do you think about the new quilt /craft book publishing format? i like it a lot, so fresh and clean, and the color is great.
anyhoooo, thanks for the great giveaway
rana (say renee)

Erin said...

What perfect timing!!! I'm just getting ready to quilt a quilt that has been sitting in my "need-to-desperately-finish" pile and this would be so perfect to try something new!!!! I would love to win it so I'll cross my fingers and toes

DEAN FAMILY said...

I've been waiting for this book to release ever since Natalie announced it on her blog a while back. I to am a little to comfortable with loops and meandering.

Paula said...

I haven't been brave enough to take the plunge and try free motion quilting....would love to win this book to break free of straight line quilting!

rvquilter said...

Looks like a great book. The quilts looks amazing!
Hope I win this great giveaway

janice said...

I'd love to win a copy. Natalia does some wonderful quilting.

Unknown said...

Pick me please!

CHD said...

I'm just making my first quilt our of vintage sheets. I started because I had a go at free motion sewing on my machine. This book would be so great to have when I get to the quilting part. Thank you. Cx

Mimi said...

This might be my last chance to win this awesome book!! I'd really love to learn to machine quilt... although it makes me nervous, so far in this blog hop, everyone has convinced me that it is easy enough!!!

Lori said...

Would love to win. Looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win!

Karen said...

Thanks for the blog post about the book. Reading everyone's posts is making me want this book even more.

Leslie W said...

I really need to learn the art of free motion quilting! My machine has the capability, but I don't!

Caitlin T. said...

I'd love some more tips on free-motion quilting. I tend to stick to either straight lines or an all-over meander. Thanks for the giveaway!

Annette said...

I'm afraid of free motion quilting. I would love to learn and I think this book would help with that!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This would be a great book to win. I can use all the help I can get with quilting!

Slowpoke said...

I would really love to win as I am afraid of Free
Motion Quilting and
perhaps this book could cure my phobia please.

chris.luba@sympatico.ca

Donna said...

I've always been afraid to try free motion quilting. I usually stick to straight lines or in the ditch. This book sure would help. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Jayme said...

Pick me!!! Cuz you miss me as your annoying neighbor who's kid breaks your windows and who knocks on your door late at night to show your wifey my super gross and flat puddle of chocolate chip cookies!!! :)

Gwen said...

The first time I tried to free motion quilt... I kind of broke my sewing machine.. Hopefully I win this book :D

gwenyzjun@gmail.com

maris said...

I have been wanting to start free motion quilting but have been terrified of how to even start. This book seems like a wonderful resource to help get started!

maris said...

I have been wanting to start free motion quilting but have been terrified of how to even start. This book seems like a wonderful resource to help get started!

Bonnie said...

I am trying to dabble in free motion quilting and improve my skills, but get different approaches from each person you ask about it. I would love to "de-mystify" the whole process from such a wonderful author. Thanks for the opportunity to win. My craft budget doesn't seem to exist lately and so buying it isn't a current option but so badly want it. :)

Suz said...

If you ever get to read this comment (after all those 358 comments already) - does the book have the construction details of the quilt that has the swirl pattern on it?

Amanda Corbet said...

I would love to win this book! I wish i could just do nice loopy loops, I need to practice more. These patterns looks fabulous and inspiring though!

I Love You, Evie said...

FMQ has always been a challenge for me. This book would help me become more proficient and confident in my ability to quilt. soparkaveataoldotcom

Lena Wilkinson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like an awesome book!!

bioyarn said...

Looks like a great book! Thank-you for the chance.

Heather said...

I NEED this book! I, too, use loops and meandering way too much. It is time for me to broaden my horizons!

Jacqueline said...

Would be a great book to learn about free motion quilting. I have never done it before - most of my quilts are hand stitched. It'll be a challenge

Amy said...

I would love a new book! :)

b1c8e906-1b6a-11e1-81bf-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Would love to win this book!

Joanna said...

I usually do loops too, so I would love a copy of this book :)

Julie said...

Would love to learn how to do this...am finishing up my first big quilt but am afraid to try free motion quilting!

Thanks!
Julie

Helen said...

I've got little guy's quilt basted and ready to go, but I'm stalling from fear and indecision. Maybe I just need a good resource and inspiration! :) Looks like a great book!
Helen

Fran Daoust said...

I am afraid of free motion quilting. Maybe this book will help. fran.daoust.@yahoo.com

Eileen said...

Oh does this book look like something I need....please pick me :)
If not I guess I will just have to go buy the book ;0)

Kimberly said...
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N/A said...

I'm so interested to learn more about free-motion quilting. This book sounds like a perfect source. If I don't win I'm gonna have to buy! Is it available on Amazon? :)
PICK ME! I'm a young quilter (only 21) and there's so much for me to learn!

JD said...

I think I need this book to help me learn more about free motion quilting.

Dara said...

I would love to be inspired.

robin chapa said...

I NEED this book.... I have only been successful with straight line quilting (and, uh, that's not inside the ditch, I should add-- eek!). Can't wait to learn some things from this one! Thanks for the chance to win! Robin, welchrobin@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

Ooooohh! This book looks awesome. I'd love to really try some free-motion quilting.

Carmen Nuland said...

I really could use this book to get me past the fear of FMQ

paige said...

I could use some help with my quilting. I usually chicken out and go with straight lines. :)

Bumble Baybees said...

I would love this book! I have wanted to learn free motion quilting for a while.

Suzanne W said...

Ha! I do loopty-loops too...and could I ever benefit from that book. This is a great contest and thank you for this opportunity. By the way, I made your Dottie quilt and entered it in the Washington State Quilters show this weekend. Wonderful pattern! Maybe we will win something...

Jenn Thurston said...

This looks like a great book and who doesn't need to improve on their FMQ?! Thanks for the chance to win!

lindsey said...

I need this! I love piecing so this is the next natural step.

Heidi said...

I would love this!

JaneB said...

I also need the proverbial kick in the pants & would love to win this book. I love the circles quilting. I think it would be fun to learn.

Judy1522 said...

This is exactly the book I need to get started on free motion quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Thanks for reviewing this book! Looks like a great one to add to the quilting library :)

Peggy said...

wonderful! I am still fighting FMQ so I need all the help I can get!

Emilie said...

Oh my gosh, I need this so badly! I have searched the internet for help when it was right here all along!
Thanks!

Clyda and John said...

I would love this book. I am just starting to branch out myself and I wonder why I have waited so long to do so, but I need some serious help! Thanks for the chance and if I don't win, I know what is going on my Christmas list!

Anna said...

I also do the loopties. It can cover up my iffy bits quite well, as I am fairly new to this FMQ business.
Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

Becky N said...

Thanks for letting us all have an opportunity to win this!!!
Sure hope I win.

jenni said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Spendlove said...

SWEEEEET! Thanks for the chance :)

Heather D. said...

Thanks for the chance. I'd love to win this book!

natski said...

I would love to win a copy of this book :)

Quilting with Kinsey said...

I'd so love to win this book as I have lots of work to do to learn better machine quilting skills!

Mary said...

Would love to learn from this book.

Sheri Smederovac said...

Oohhh!! Pick me, pick me! I would LOVE to have this book! Just these few pictures have me DROOLING!!!

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