Try it on Tuesday: Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion

Today C&T Publishing is providing me with an ebook version of Natalie Bonner’s book, Free Motion Quilting:  Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine.    If you are familiar with Natalie, then you know she is the quilter/designer over at the blog Piece N Quilt.  Natalie is also one of the featured Moda Bake Shop Chefs in the new book Sweet Celebrations.

The book features over 50 designs for free motion quilting along with 6 quilts.  The book starts with lots of information about thread, needles, batting and everything you need to make your experience successful.  The book is designed so that you can use your regular sewing machine to quilt quilts.  She does some amazing work with her regular sewing machine!

The book has a great progression of easy quilting designs to harder designs. You could start with some easy single loops and graduate up to feathers.  There is great inspiration page after page.

The book is HUGE…175 pages!

The book also features patterns to make these six quilts.

If you love modern quilts, you’ll love the patterns.  As with everything that Natalie does, the design book has very clean and organized appeal.

I have read MANY books on free motion quilting so some designs I had seen but there were several that I hope to try with my long arm.

All in all I would really recommend this book for those looking to start to do their own quilting on their sewing machine.  If you could quilt just one quilt on your machine, it would quickly pay for the cost of book.

Great news…C&T Publishing is offering one of my readers their choice of either an ebook or a physical hard copy.

If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment here telling if you have even machine quilted a quilt on your traditional machine.

159 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion”

  1. I have quilted a few quilts on my basic Singer and it wasn’t without frustration! I had broken needles, bunched up thread on the underside and skipped stitches just stitching straight lines! I could definitely use some help in this category! awolk at rogers dot com

  2. Glenda in Florida

    I’ve quilted up to a twin sized, but mostly baby quilts, using the walking foot and stitching straight lines along a piece of blue painter’s tape. I’d love to win this book and force myself to learn free motion. I’ve taken three classes, but never mastered the art of even stich length.

  3. This is the book for me! I haven’t been brave enough to do more than stitch in the ditch on my machine. I SO want to learn to get out of the ditch!!

  4. I’ve quilted several quilts on my home sewing machine – but nothing larger than a throw sized quilt. Most have been quilted with a walking foot, but I recently tried some FMQ. I need lots more practice but I may get there yet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I have seen this book listed on a few blogs – I’d love to handle and read it in person. I have attemped quilting on my home machine (Janome 6600) My hubby did recess it in a table for me – which is a huge help! I still have much learning to do with machine quilting and this book sounds like it woudl be a big help in that area! I’d LOVE a long arm – but right now that’s not in the family budget :( So must make do with what I have . THanks for a chance to win! And also – happy puppy hunting! I know the sad feeling when you lose a four legged family member. :(

  6. I have quilted mostly miniature quilts on my home machine. I would love to win the book to learn some new designs!

  7. The largest quilt I have quilted on my sewing machine has been a twin size, and that was all stitch-in-the-ditch. I would really like to learn to FMQ.

  8. I have done several quilts on my machine but mostly straight lines with the walking foot. I’ve only done FMQ on two large quilts and then only meander. I’d love to win a hard copy of the book and learn yo do more complicated designs.

  9. I have straight line quilted several dolly quilts with my sewing machine. Nothing large and no fmq. Very simple following the seam lines. I would love to have a good book to help me along.

  10. I straight line the quilts I’ve made using my machine. i would love to graduate to something fancier. Thanks for the chance at winning this book.

  11. I have quilted several quilts on my sewing machine. Most were very simple. Would love to learn to do some fancier work.

  12. I just finished quilting a bed runner on my domestic machine. I am looking for another machine that has a 10 inch area to the right of the needle hoping it will make it easier to handle a larger quilt.

  13. Yes, I have quilted small projects …baby quilts and table runners. I am always looking for ideas to improve my machine quilting skills. Please put me in the draw!

  14. Oh, I’d love to win this. I have done a little bit, but…I’m just chicken to do more.
    There. I said it.
    If I win I’d like the hardcover. And thanks for the chance.

    p.s. Is the Millenium in yet?? :-)

  15. Oooohhh, this would be a sweet sweet surprise to win in hard copy. I have tried a few times but usually feel out of my league.

  16. A hardcover copy sounds wonderful. I have quilted some lap quilts and a king single size, but have stuck to straight line quilting so far. I have just started experimenting with free motion circles and stippling on some mug rugs. It’s….coming along!

  17. Would love to win this book. I’ve cross hatched a baby quilt with my walking foot. Have been practising the FMQ but I sure have not mastered it yet. Will just keep plugging away at it until it feels comfortable doing it and it starts to look decent.

  18. I look forward to adding this book to my library. Machine quilting is my preferred method. Sadly, my quilting skills could use some improvement. My husbands says I make amazing quilt blocks, but my quilting….well, as I said it needs improvement.

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  20. Would love to win the hardcover book. I have quilted with my Pfaff that has the built in walking foot. Love the Pfaff, hate my skill level. Straight quilting is OK, but FMQ needs much improvement and patience on my side. Thinking of doing FMQ on blocks then putting them together to eliminate bulkiness of full size quilts.

  21. How I would love to win this book! I have a Bernina and know it is just waiting for me to learn FMQ on her and a quilt I am piecing.

  22. I would love to win this book. I have quilted table runners and small wall hangings, but have never gotten the courage to do a full quilt. Maybe this would be the push I need. Thanks.

  23. Yes I splashed out and bought a Brother QC 1000 with a wider throat so I can quilt my quilts but as I am learning as I go here in australia I avent seen a book like this.

  24. I’ve quilted a couple of quilts on my sewing machine but it isn’t something I enjoy. This book would help a lot.

  25. I did straight lines, as I chickened out. I did try a sample block of FMQ. The first one was an epic fail. I was very much afraid to try again. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I tried again just last week, and it was better, but still the quilting on the back didn’t look correct. It was pulling off to the side a bit, and I am not sure what I need to do to correct it. I am sure this would be a great book to help me over my fears of going further with my Free Motion quilting. I really want to have those beautiful quilts that I am seeing all over bloggy land.

  26. Yes. I have been playing with fmq for more than a year now. Really see an improvement from the start but not where I want to be yet. Currently sewing on the bernina 820. The room on this machine is awesome for quilting big quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. I have free motion quilted on my Bernina 1230 with the help of quilting gloves, a slider, fresh coffee, and some extra patience; I definitely need more practice!
    Thanks for the giveaway-

  28. I have tried to machine quilt on my traditional sewing machine once, but was not very successful. I am preparing practice “quilts” and reading everyything I can find to make a better effort at trying again. This book looks very promising!

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  30. I have quilted several lap quilts or wall hangings on my Husqvarna Lily sewing machine before I took the plunge and bought a LA machine. My Lily is amazing at free motion quilting. Now I have to relearn on my long arm machine :)

  31. I would so love to win this book! I’m a free motion wanna be quilter. I would love to be able to do something other than stitching in the ditch. My first quilt was a queen size one that I tried to quilt by stitching in the ditch. Needless to say, my conventional machine was not big enough to handle the whole quilt. One of my good quilting friends took pity on me and finished it on her machine. Thanks for offering the chance to win!

  32. I quilted on my machine for the first time last week. It was a table runner. Didn’t turn out too bad, but it could have been better.

  33. I have quilted a couple of bed-size quilts on my domestic machine, but I have never been brave enough to do anything other than straight-stitch designs. This book would be the thing to break out of my box!

  34. Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters shows you how to move beyond basic machine quilting with your longarm or home sewing machine. The book is focused on how to quilt modern designs, and includes instructions for everything from continuous-line swirls, circles, squares to vines, arcs, and points.

  35. I have quilted quilts on my machine – a couple twin sized and several baby and smaller projects. It is not something I really enjoy, maybe this book would help. I’d like to find out – thanks for the opportunity.

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  37. Free motion quilting on my own machine eludes me, I’ve tried and tried. Here’s hoping this book will be my salvation!
    Regards from England.

  38. Marcia de Aguiar

    This book is exactly what I need, so far not brave enough to machine quilt anything bigger than lap or wall hanging size! This looks fabulous!

  39. I am in desperate need of a few good quilting books… am getting ready to try and free motion my first quilt. It’s for me, so it won’t be terrible if i make a mistake or 2 on it… just adds character!

  40. Wow!…. reading through the comments..let’s put them ALL together and it describes me: tried, chicken, stitch in the ditch, frustrated, maybe, exactly what I need, willing to try — then there are words in my vocabulary that just don’t reach my hands: free motion quilting, patience.

    I would so love to win this book! Heaven’s knows I need all the help I can get! lol

  41. Yes, I have mainly done stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting on my regular machine. I have admired Natalie’s talent for quite some time – so great to swe her book! Thanks for a chance!

  42. I started machine quilting on my home machine & love the freedom it allows me to make my own designs. I have quilted up to a king size quilt. Now, I have a Brother 1500 on a Grace Start Right frame. It will do up to a queen sized quilt. This is the only size of frame that would fit in my home. It has worked out great for me. Would love to have a new book with more ideas for machine quilting.

  43. I do try and practice using my machine to quilt with but I am not very good at it yet.
    I’d love to win the book to have some guidance on how to get better and those 6 patterns look really fun to try also. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    Happy Sewing

  44. I have quilted one on my traditional machine and I am basting another today. It will probably just be straight-line quilting though. I need more practice and more ideas, but it is surprisingly do-able! I really enjoyed it and a tumble in the dryer hides a multitude of mistakes.

  45. Yes I have quilted quite a few but only straight line quilting for me, I’m terrible at FMQ! That book would be really useful… terrific giveaway! Thanks

  46. I have quilted just one small quilt on my machine. Needless to say, it is way over quilted because my hands move faster than my brain, lol. Need lots more practice and I’m sure Natalie’s book would provide additional inspiration. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and I hope somebody deserving wins – like me!

  47. I was just looking at this book on Amazon last night! I had just taken a Craftsy class from Angela Walters and was looking at her books, and this one was on the suggested list at the bottom of the page. Sounds like a great book. I have done quite a bit of machine quilting, but I am always looking for new ideas to try and patterns to get ideas from. I just quilt on my domestic machine–no longarms. Thank you!

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