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.  :)

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Susan said...

Ooh how exciting! Sure would love to win this.

Amira Ameruddin said...

Lovely.. Great to win great books..

Mystica said...

I've never done free motion quilting and maybe that is why I am so very slow with my quilts because it is all hand quilted. I would love to win this book.

TheaM said...

I need to get better at quilting the 'negative space'! ...love to win this book - thanks for blogging about it!

eva said...

Oh, how wonderful! This is definitely something for me. I'm sure there are lot of great tips and new to learn. Would be thrilled to win this book! Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

amys said...

I need this book!! I have always wanted to try FMQ but never had the guts to just do it.

Linda said...

I'm a "fast and easy" free-motion quilter too. This book looks like a great way to expand my skills!

Jill said...

Ooh, this looks like a great book. I always play it safe, too - either loops or stipples. But I'd love to try bubbles or something a little fancier.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nikki Aldridge said...

I have wanted to do free-motion quilting, but have been scared to try it because it seems so overwhelming. I would love to read this book to help my try it out!

Jo said...

Wow this looks great. I've completed my three toddler sized quilts and a few smaller items. I've tried the meandering stitch (hated it!, the loopy stitch (love that one) and some straight stitching. But have yet to experiment with anything harder, so this book looks perfect!

Sheila said...

I struggle with quilting, but I manage. I think this book would be a great help to me and my quilts :)

ItsNurseJessi said...

I would love to win this! Woo hoo!
And, Yesterday was my birthday!
Have a great day!

Mar García said...

I want to win it. Thanks for the chance.

Peggy said...

Oh this book is excatly what i need!I am terrible at quilting!

Allison said...

Wow! This would be a great book to win. I just finished the squares for a new quilt and the top for a quilt for my mom and I am trying to work up the courage to try quilting it on my machine at home. I've done some REALLY simple quilting, but would like to try something new. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jean said...

It would be nice to actually see if you can indeed.... Teach an old dog new tricks! LoL... Please enter me.
This would be great to massage my ego a bit to learn something new.
Jean C.
djcogdill@q.com

Jamie Lee said...

I always play it safe too, but I just hadmy husband convert my table so my machine is dropped now and flush with the table. I got a slider and now I'm ready to give something new a try.

B Greene said...

I have done FMQ on one quilt top and I loved it! I need more ideas and practice. This books seems like it would give me exactly what I need. Thanks for the sneak peek and for the chance to win!

melissa said...

I would love to win this book, my mom keeps telling me about free motion quilting and how I need to try it!

Jocelyn said...

I'm just learning how to FMQ. What a great resource this book would be. Thanks for the chance to win!

By the way, you might play it safe, but your quilting is beautiful! I hope to become that proficient some day. :)

Michele said...

I've seen the other reviews of this book around the web and I so want it. I'm itching to try my hand at FMQ as soon as my Lucy comes home and this book would help immensly.

Anna said...

I've only just started with fmq and have tried 2 pretty basic designs so I'd love to have a look at this and improve my skills! Thanks for the give away!

CRISTINE GARRISON said...

I'm taking a crack at free-motion quilting for the first time on my sister's wedding quilt i'm making for her. and i'm freaking out a bit!! this book might just save my sanity. and my sister's quilt :)

Holly said...

Ooh! Maybe I could move beyond straight line quilting!

Pat said...

This book would be great to win to expand the possibilities when free motion quilting!

mama dub said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy said...

I too play it safe and would love to know how to try something different. Looks like a wonderful book! Thanks!

Anna said...

I play it safe and stick to straight line quilting. For my birthday a few months ago I got a free motion foot for my machine. It's about time I tried it. I think I need this book.

Christine said...

OMG this would be FANTASTIC!

Kara said...

I would LOVE this book. I've done long arm quilting at a shop that rented out their long arm and showed you how to use it, but the only one I did on my own machine was a offset x fancy stitch in a straight line. Not very inventive. I'd love to learn more.

Heather said...

I would love to add this book to my library. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ranee said...

I definitely need some direction in this area. Looks like a great read!

~Kelie~ said...

I'd love to learn more FMQ! I only know the basics right now but this book seems really awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

beth lehman said...

i have been so curious about this book!! i'm so glad FMQ at home is getting such attention. i'd like to try things other than stippling (even though i adore it!)

Renea said...

I'm like you. I always do the loop de loop or stippling. I would love to learn the more complicated free-motion quilting. Thanks for the great giveaway.

melissa.cureton said...

I'd love to learn this before my baby is born in February. I have a feeling I'll have a lot less time then!

Sara said...

I am trying to branch out from the same old stipple. I have tried a few designs so far,but would love to extend myself further with Natalia's book!

jabeybaby said...

I' m the same way, I mostly just stipple quilt, so I would to learn a few new techniques.

Jennie said...

I play it safe with meandering loops too. I'm trying to branch out as well. Would love this book!

Lori said...

I want to be better at FMQ so badly! Thanks for the chance to win!

alli b said...

I've been thinking about getting this book to broaden my free motion skills. I am like you where I keep to the same way to quilt each time :)
Thanks for the giveaway!
allisonbright{at}gmail{dot}com

Jodie said...

I need to try something like that too!

Tiffany Ray said...

I just got a bernina...with BSR...and would love to learn better free motion skills! Thanks for the give away!!

Kara @me_and_elna said...

I am terrified of FMQ... but I love the way it looks! Would definitely try it on a mini or two should I win this book. :)

Joan and Kevin said...

The book looks great!
Thanks for the giveaway!

made by ChrissieD said...

What a great book - I could do with anything that gets me away from my 'safe' straight lines :)

Malia said...

Ooo I'd love this book, It would be a good kick in the pants to really get into FMQ.

The Trusty Blog said...

Natalia has always been a quilter I have followed and looked to for tutorials and help. Her book would be awesome to have to learn more from her! Plus...she is a "local" quilter here in Utah which makes it even more fun!

Karenkay said...

I also play it safe when I am free-motion quilting. This looks like an amazing book with clear pictures and directions!

kutiequilter said...

Really working on my free motion quilting so this book would be wonderful!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

I would LOVE this book!!

shayne said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Cotton Blossom said...

Boy could I use a little instruction in Free Motion Quilting! I have plenty of victims, I mean tops to finish. There has to be more to life than cross hatching with painters tape! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this wonderful book!

Sue said...

I haven't ventured into FMQ because I'm being a chicken ;) Maybe this book would be the kick in the pants I need!

Kat said...

I'd love to learn FMQ! I'm still pretty new to patchwork and quilting and need all the help I can get. :-)
Thank you for the chance to win.

Joyce said...

Would love to be able to FMQ my own things...maybe there's hope yet!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

Love the orange and white quilt on the cover. How pretty!

Logan O'Bier said...

I'm not a fan of machine quilting myself...this might help! Look like a great book!

Logan O'Bier said...

I'm not a fan of machine quilting myself...this might help! Look like a great book!

patty a. said...

I do the same patterns all the time too so I could use a kick in the pants too!

MamaLadyBug said...

My loopty-loops have looked like yours . . . well sortof. Mine are more wonky and have points in them, go figure. I've heard that practice, practice, practice makes it all better. LOL

Lisa Lisa said...

I would love to learn how to FMQ! I've practiced a few times but just not enough confidence to actually do it on one of my projects. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book :)

The Baldwin Family said...

Yes, please! I have the FMQ foot... I need to put it to use!

Jackie said...

Would love to win this book! I've been looking for a book to help me tackle free motion quilting. (Just got 2 books from the library and they are not helpful. Rats!) Thank you for the chance!

Allison C said...

Looks like a great book and I would love some pointers on FMQ.

Jacqueline said...

I would love, love, love to win a copy of this book. I am so intimadated by fmq.. I need all the help I can get.

Kristy said...

I just started free-motion quilting a few months ago and haven't moved beyond stipple...this would certainly help me branch out a bit.

Thanks for the opportunity!!

Chay said...

FMQ is like learning to write in kindergarten. At the age of 60.

Christy said...

I would LOVE to win this book! I've been making quilts forever, but have been too chicken to try to machine quilt them.

Raechel said...

I would love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

Alexis said...

Great giveaway! I'm too intimidated by quilting to do it myself so I always send it out to be done. Hopefully this book will help me get over that fear. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heidi said...

This book looks awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Nana said...

I could really use this book! Have just started quilting by machine and need to learn more.

Dee said...

Thanks, looks like a great book.
Dee
dw7645@charter.net

Erica said...

I would love to win:) I have never attempted free-motion quilting out of fear. I only straight line quilt. This book looks like it might take the fear out of free-motion quilting.

Alissa said...

Looks like a great book! If I don't win I think I will have to put it on my Christmas list :)

Kelly O. said...

I'd love a copy of this book! i can use all the help I can get in the quilting department.

dewdew said...

Wow, this is a much needed book for all of us trying to figure out how on earth you can do this on a home machine. I would love to know how to do this.
Thanks for keeping us all up to date on the quilting world

Nono said...

I wish I win!!!
The book sounds great, and thanks for the giveaway!

ERNA said...

Me gustaria poder tener este libro para aprender bien las distintas tecnicas de acolchado libre!!!!

Dorian said...

I really want this book! I need to quilt about 25!!! quilt tops :) Thanks for a fun blog hop.

Andrea said...

I most definately need to read this book! My first loopty-loop free motion quilting escapade was a semi-success, but I certainly have a lot to learn!

Sallie said...

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

jenimur said...

Would love to get this book!

Tiara said...

Yes please! I keep seeing this book, it would definitely be some much needed fmq help!

Dee said...

I have never tried FMQ but would love to! I may have to add this to my Christmas list!

Betty said...

This book seems to offer opportunity for me to get out of my safe loopy loopy quilting decisions.

SewLindaAnn said...

Throw my name in the hat!

Donna said...

I need to learn how to Free Motion Quilt - sounds like a great book.

ThirdMargaret said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! Perhaps it would help me get over my FMQ fears!

mindingmomma said...

thanks for the chance to win

Leslie said...

I usually just stipple and would love to try something new. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kristan said...

I'm so intrigued by this book. I really need help in the FMQ area. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Wow that looks like a really good book. I just got my new long arm quilting machine and like you I have really mastered the Loopy D Loo's / double loops. I just love the feather circle you've shown. That would be really awesome to give it a try. Tell your husband to pick me:)

Katri said...

Ooh, pick me, pick me!

(91 comments in 2 hours--I'm impressed).

Judith said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This would be great to help me along FMQ. Judith, Texas

babiesdoc said...

I have tried FMQ without much success but, would like to try again

Anne Depue said...

Looks like a great book! I just took a free-motion class at my local quilt shop 2 weeks ago and am anxious to hone my skills.

Laura said...

I have never attempted to free motion quilt on my machine. I think it would be awesome for me to try it out, finally. I just have no clue where to start.

Melinda said...

I'm trying to get decent at a simple stipple, but once I get that down, I'd LOVE to have this book in my hands! Natalia's quilting is so beautiful!

patsy said...

I'm really scared to try this... so I am thrilled to see this book!

Leila said...

I could use some new ideas and tips too! Thanks!

NW Patchwork said...

I just started FM quilting and I too like the loopdy loop. Would love to know how to branch out from that. Thanks for the chance to win.

deshacrafts said...

I am a little afraid of FMQ, I have tried it on little projects, but need to move up to a quilt. This book would be a great resource to have.

Sherrye said...

I was just thinking I need to branch out and start trying FMQ....so tired of straight lines. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

Angie said...

I really really need this book, please. :) My FMQ skills are sorely lacking. :/

Sfredette said...

I'd love a chance to improve my quilting skills. Thanks!

Sara said...

I need to break out of my stippling rut! I'd love this book!

Beth said...

Looks like a great book!

Paty Z said...

Hi! I would love to learn new things. I´m kind of new in the quilting world and have done several quilts but I only used straight lines and stippling. I´m a chicken I know!! Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

knottygnome said...

i would love a copy of the book! i'm always looking to improve my FMQ skills.

aeundrw said...

I've been wanting to learn how to free motion quilt. This book would be perfect for that!

Eliany said...

I need to get my free motion going! I would love this book!

Linda said...

I have a hard time with free motion quilting. This is on my to read list. Thanks for a chance to win!

LeAnne said...

I've had my eye on this book! I need to branch out on my FMQ too! Looks so good! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jaci said...

I have been eyeing this book, and would love to get simple instructions to free motion quilt! Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

Nana Vicky said...

I have not had much luck with machine quilting so far. Maybe this book could help.

P. said...

What a cool book! Thanks for the peak inside and chance to win!

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Lindsay K said...

I have always wanted to machine quilt. I hand quilt and it just takes forever! I think I am just to scared to try. I bet this book would help me with that :)

Allison said...

My FMQ needcs all the help it can get! thanks for the chance to win this book :)

Kirsten said...

Oh this book looks like something I really need to get my hands on! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Jess said...

Still working up the nerve to try FMQ. And I like the loop-de-loops... Thanks!

Cassie said...

That looks like a super helpful book. I, too, like quick and easy a little too much and really need to branch out....

sue said...

I'm getting ready to buy a quilter, the sit-down kind, and I would love to learn from Natalia!

Fankle said...

That would be really cool :D

Colleen said...

That is a really pretty quilt. I would love to have this book. I have admired Natalia's quilting for many years and now I can learn her secrets.

Krista said...

Oh fun! Looks like a great book.

Whitney said...

Oh wow! I am just learning how to quilt - I would love this book! :)

Dee said...

What a fun book this would be to own! I love the idea of being able to make feathers like that!

susana said...

I would love to have it, I am very afraid of free motion!
Kisses

Debra said...

I need to have a book like this and practice my quilting skills. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Kelsey said...

I always do loopies too!! I'd love to learn some more!

Kathy Gordon said...

Oh how I hope I win....thanks.

HallieBerryQuilts said...

I'm stuck in the loopies or straight lines...I need this book too!

Jennifer said...

I just found your blog through this blog hop...your work is beautiful. Would love to win Natalie's book and learn FMQ.

Katrina said...

Exciting! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I can't wait to get my copy of the book! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

mom said...

I desperately need to get better at machine quilting! I don't think I'm good at it, so I'm afraid if I do more than stippling I'll ruin my pretty quilts that I work so hard on. I would love to win!

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

That's an interesting book!
I haven't mastered the art of FMQ yet, either my quilting is too tight or the motives become smaller and smaller, so this book would really come handy!

Michaela Hetherly said...

I am trying to master this and would love to have the book

Sarah said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I could really use this book!

Gill said...

I would love to progress from straight line quilting!!

kathy-o said...

I love free motion - yep! And I love her designs - I actually "pinned" some of them! Good choice in friends! I would love a copy - thanks!

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Judy Chain said...

I'm getting better at FMQ, but still would love to learn more. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book by a very talented lady.

Lauren said...

I need to learn how to free-motion quilt! Thanks!

Peris said...

Would love to win this book. Can't wait to try things out!

Miss Lola said...

Free motion quilting is something I have been wanting to learn but have been afraid to try. I think I NEED this book!

Amber @ fromtheseeds said...

I have been slowly trying to teach myself how to free motion quilt. Would love this book!

Susie Johnson said...

I am getting excited about the possibilities of machine quilting!

Maxine said...

I have tried to teach myself how to free motion quilt...mmm I'm all thumbs..Thanks for the chance to win..Looks like a great book

RaeLyn said...

I usually opt for fast and easy too, usually because I'm too scared to try something new (and I hate practicing on scraps!). This book would be awesome.

Bethany said...

Can you make your husband pick meeeee??
:)
Bethany
sweetbeebuzzingsATgmailDOTcom

Shar said...

I have the same issue with quilting (doing the same thing). I have mostly hand quilting my quilts. I just started machine quilting and I'm looking for advice and ideas. So this book would be a great help.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous. I would love to learn how to make my own quilting better.

Jennifer said...

This book looks amazing!

Jo said...

I would love a copy of this book to learn some more patterns and get more confidence. :)

Collette said...

I do very little FMQ but would love to try it more. This looks like a great start!

Thanks!

Lins said...

Free motion quilting has always scared me to attempt. This book would be so helpful!

Anna said...

I love that blue, green, and white circles quilt with the pebble quilting. I really want to try free motion quilting on a surprise quilt I'm working on for my MIL who is going through chemotherapy right now.

Janeen said...

I would love to win! I like to play it safe with loopty-loops too.

Liz G said...

Loops are my favorite look for most quilts. I would love to learn some of the beautiful quilting that Natalia does too! Thanks for the giveaway!

lory said...

ohhh,mi piacerebbe assai vincere questo libro,qui in italia non ci sono libri così belli,con spiegazioni dettagliate. ciao lory

Sharon said...

Morning....I am praying so hard that I win a copy of this book. I am new to FMQ and from what everyone says this book is the one to have so please add my name to your long list..Thank you somuch.

Taos Sunflower said...

Yay!!! This looks great. I'd love to learn some great designs. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Lori said...

I am always doing a stipple or loopy quilting. How fun to learn to do something that beautiful!!

Marina Brito de Campos said...

I would love to win this book... I am learning free motion quilting with my home machine on a frame. I can use every bit of advise!

Erica said...

This book looks awesome. I think it would help me improve my skill and my confidence!

Sherryl said...

It sure would be nice to be able to do something other than straight line quilting! Thanks for the chance to win.
- sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Anne-Marie B. said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for this giveaway!

just-b-healthy said...

I would love to get better at free motion quilting. I am trying to get out of my "rut" with stippling. I am afraid that I am ruining a quilt right now, trying to do loops and such.

Jill said...

I've got a quilt to do, and I've never tried free motion quilting. This book would help me out a ton! I'd love to win.

Sharon said...

Wow! Sounds like a must-have book. I go for quick and easy myself...the fancier stuff I send out. Maybe not with this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Veronica said...

I've free-motion quilted a quilt for my sister and it was so fun, but very loosy goosy. I'd also love to learn more precise methods. :)

Simplify said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book! Just looking at the pictures you posted from it, I am super optomistic I could learn to do DECENT! free motion from this book,
as opposed to the not-so-great free motion I do now!

KathyD said...

There's nothing like a giveaway to draw out the lurkers :) I love your blog, I've bought a couple of your quilt patterns and love them, they're very easy to follow. I would also really love a copy of this book, I think it would great!
Thanks :)

lindsey s. said...

for some reason, i just can't get the hang of it... you don't know how many 12x12 quilt sandwiches i have gone through learning to try :)

Sallove said...

Looks like a fun book to help me try free motion quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.
Best.

Paula said...

Ohh I would love to win this!!!

debstokes said...

Oh, man, do I need this book! I'm also stuck in a rut when it comes to FMQ patterns! Thanks for the give away! Deborah

kate said...

I need to get out of the ditch!

Heather said...

I've only quilted on my machine once. It was straight vertical lines and it still didn't turn out the best. I'd love to learn how to FMQ.

Thanks,
Heather

lindaroo said...

I've been branching out a little, trying vines, and flowers, and really goofy-looking feathers. I could use some guidance!

Kathleen O'Grady said...

How I would love to win this book. Can't get past the basting on my quilts, am afraid I will ruin them trying to quilt them.

Olivia said...

That looks like a great book! I would love to win one1 :)

Jody said...

Ain't nothing wrong with the loopty-loop! It happens to be my favorite (only) one, too! LoL I'd love to get my hands on that book, though, to add more spice to my stitching . . .

Peanut-Butter Kitty said...

Maybe winning the book would help me finish my first quilt. I started it when my co-worker was 4 months along and now Alana is 4 years old! Maybe it will be ready for Graduation (from High School) LOL.

Nati said...

Oh how exiting, thanks for the chance to win

Anita said...

Looks like an awesome book and I would love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway and review :)

Elizabeth said...

Yay! Hope he picks me...

Jeanne W. said...

My mother-in-law is just getting into this, free-motion-quilting, so this would be a perfect gift for her!

Texas JennyWren said...

I think I am ready to jump into the free motion quilting river. I need a book to help me learn how. thanks for a chance to win this book.

Laura said...

This book looks wonderful! I would love to learn some new techniques!

KaHolly said...

I've been following Natalia's blog tour, and with each review, I'm more and more convinced that this is a must-have book!!

Khris78 said...

Looks like a great book ..... Will definately be buying it :)

capello said...

i've heard so many fantastic things about this book, i must take a look at it soon!

*~Tamara~* said...

OK...maybe this will help me. Because I'll be honest, I am a straight-line and meandering fool. Ha!! I could use some inspiration here... Thanks for giveaway!

EG said...

This book is on my wishlist, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Jennifer said...

Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance

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