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. Rhonda Desgranges

    I would really love to win this book!! I have done some FMQ (mostly just practice on some
    squares and mini quilts). Thanks for the chance to win!!


  2. I love the Piece and Quilt blog it’s full of so much eye candy. I can spend quite a bit of time there hopping from place to place. Maybe this book would help me quilt with confidence, I can do wild loops but that’s about it. Thanks for the generous giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

  3. I seriously NEED this book. The only thing I can do on my machine is stitch-in-the-ditch, and have done so a few times. But I have the free-motion foot for my machine, and only need a good book to teach me the ins and outs! I’m crossing my fingers, my toes, and my eyes in hopes that I win it! :-)

  4. I am currently quilting my first ever quilt – not free motion though, as I don’t really know where to start. I have seen some beautiful quilting that I would love to be able to do myself, on my machine.

  5. I’ve done lots of quilts on my domestic machine, mostly table runners, lap quilts or twins, but have also done a few queen size. I’m always looking for new designs. This book sounds great! Thanks.

  6. Valerie Boudier

    Have done a little quilting on my DSM – but I don’t make anything bigger than lap size usually. Would love to win this book

  7. I’ve machine quilted table runners, baby quilts and a couple of lap size quilts. I feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying anything larger.

  8. I’ve only quilted a few smaller projects like table runners and wall hangings. This sounds like a book I need to invest in. I get nervous doing smaller things and have never ventured out to bigger things.

  9. Because of budget restrictions, I quilt my quilts on my domestic machine. I could surely use some more instructions on different patterns.

  10. Ooooh, I’ve had my eye on this book since Natalie announced it’s debut!! I’ve only done basic machine quilting, in the ditch, crosshatch, and a little bit of meandering on smaller pieces. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win a copy. ~karen

  11. I’ve quilted a couple of quilts with FMQ but most have been stitching in the ditch. I have better control for FMQing when I rent the longarm at my LQS. :)

  12. I would love a chance to win this new book. I’ve free-motion quilted a lot of quilts on my Bernina, and am always looking for new patterns to try.

  13. I’d love to win this book. I’ve tried to machine quilt at home, but you wouldn’t believe how badly it turned out. Would love to learn some tricks on how to do it.

  14. I have quilted on my own sewing machine but all stitch in the ditch quilting and I am ready to
    branch out into FMQ so I would love this book. I’m very hesitant to take the leap into FMQ but if I had the book it would be like someone holding my hand while I leapt.

  15. I have not yet tried to machine quilt a quilt–I have just been hand quilting, but now that I have a few quilts close to the quilting stage, I really want to learn to quilt on my machine. I think I need this book! Thanks for the review.

  16. Bobbie BentNeedle

    I have quilted a couple of smaller things – and one lap-sized quilt… Mom and I have been promised a Grand Quilter and frame but, until we get Mom’s rooms added on to the house, there is no place to set it up, so I’d love to be able to share this book with her, since we have several regular machines between us.

  17. I’ve finished small quilts on my machine using my walking foot. I’ve played around with FMQ, but have only done meandering on a couple of table runners. I would love to learn to FMQ better!

  18. The Piece and Quilt blog is one I always enjoy reading. Her quilting is amazing. I have the same machine she does and she makes the quilts sing. I can’t get that to happen on my quilts so I would love to win her book and maybe my quilting would improve.

  19. I’ve quilted quilts up to lap size on my DSM, but not anything larger. I’d love to win this book and improve my FMQ skills!

  20. I started quilting my quilts on my little sewing machine a few years ago. I even did a 90×90 quilt on it and vowed to never do that again! I do work through the twins and big ones but the baby ones are easiest for me to do.

  21. My retirement goal is to learn free motion quilting. I’ve done lots of studying on the internet and now getting ready to give it a try. Sounds like a great book!

  22. I am just learning to machine quilt. I have been doing a lot of practice squares & baby quilts but would love to win this book to learn how to get all that quilt under my machine.

  23. Yes, I have quilted quilts on my regular machine–that’s how I knew I would love quilting on a longarm! I have been having fun on my Handiquilter 16 for nearly two years now!

  24. Oh, I’ve read about this book on Natalie’s blog. Sounds like a winner. She does beautiful work and I would love to own a copy. I have quilted on my DSM, but I would call it very basic. I would love to broaden my skills in quilting. Thanks for the offer. Happy Day!

  25. I’m taking a free-motion machine quilting class this week, so I’m definitely in the mood for a book like this! I’ve done a very little bit of quilting on my machine and want to do more.

  26. I have taken a class in free motion quilting and tried it once – I was surprised at how good it came out. Would love to win the book and learn from Natalie !! Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Oh my! Great giveaway, thanks to you & CT for a chance to win! I haven’t done free motion quilting, but have used my domestic to cross hatch. Love the quilt designs you showed from the book. Fingers crossed!

  28. Oh pick me, pick me… I am so trying to learn how to quilt on my machine but so far can only do sitd or straight line.. I need all the help I can get to get past the mental and hand block to do fmq.

  29. Thank you for the the great giveaway, I have not tried free motion quilting on my machine but I really would love to learn and I think this book would be a great tool to get me started. I am a fairly new quilter and have only done a few quilts and have only done stitch in the ditch with those.

  30. I have not quilted anything on my home machine but I want to so badly. It just intimidates just a little so I need a good guide and this book seems like the answer!

  31. This is just the book for me! I have tried several times to quilt on my regular sewing machine, then I HATE the results and rip it all out. I need all the help that I can get as my pile of quilt tops is growing…

  32. eileen in spain

    I´ve only quilted 2 baby quilts on my sewing machine, and sure could use some guidelines ! I would love to win the book, thanks for the chance!

  33. I would like to win the hard copy of this book. I have quilted several quilts on my domestic machine, but all on the diagonal, even two queen size quilts, and many smaller doll quilts and table runners. I’d like to learn to do the free motion quilting, and need help getting my machine set up so I don’t have tangles of bobbon thread on the bottom.

  34. Tammie Stephens

    I tried once to quilt on the machine and a LOT of ripping followed. This book might be able to change all that.

  35. I have been quilting for about 3 years now. I love picking fabric, piecing, ironing, and everything about quilting. I have so many tops finished but they are sitting because I am not confident about quilting them on my machine. Of course I have done simple straight line quilting but I would love to be able to successfully stiple or make a pattern. I would love to try this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  36. I have quilted several quilts on my machine, but only straight line quilting. I have never learned to free-motion quilt, but have always admired it. My last quilt, I quilted one block at a time, then put them together. That was the easiest, tho time consuming. I would love to win this book!! I daily enjoy your blog!

  37. Have only quilted table runner and small wall hanging with my home machine. I do have a long arm and have quilted for other from “92”-“10” and now only quilt mine, and have a large stack of tops. Would love to win the book. Thanks

  38. My 2012 goal is to learn FMQ on my domestic machine. So far I have quilted a few baby quilts, lots of table runners, and some small pieces. I will begin my first large quilt later this week. I would love to win the book! ~Jeanne

  39. I too love Natalie’s blog and I have done a bit of machine quilting on my home sewing machine. I definitely have to have a hard copy of this book. :)

  40. I have done some quilting on my home machine, but mostly straight line quilting. I think the largest thing I have attempted to FMQ is a potholder! But always paying someone to do it gets a bit expensive, so would definitely love to learn to do it myself.

  41. I have taken 2 machine quilting classes for my dsm but still can’t do it very well. I keep trying but am thinking a different book might help. Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. I would love to have a hardcopy of this book. I have tried FMQ, but need way more instruction. I have not been pleased at all with the look of it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. I would love to win a hard copy of this book. I have never quilted a quilt on the machine before. I have only done hand quilting. I would love to learn how to quilt on my machine.

  44. Ohhhh I would LOVE to win this book! Yes, I have quilted quilts on my home sewing machine…VERY badly!! Now I own a ‘mid arm’ so I am HOPING all that changes…and I’m sure that this book will help..a lot!! Thanks for the chance!

  45. I quilt most of my quilts that are lap sized and smaller, the rest go to the longarmer. I took a free motion quilting class once, and did a little bit of it at that time, but now I mostly do straight line quilting with the feed dogs up. I would love to get back into doing some free motion and this book would certainly be helpful in doing that!

  46. I bet this book is just full of wonderful ideas I could use! I quilt all my quilts on my domestic sewing machine. I would love to learn how to improve my skills and do more intricate quilting. Thanks for reviewing the book so I can add it to my Christmas list, unless I get lucky and win it!

  47. I have long wanted to learn how to machine quilt. Oh I can do straight lines with my walking foot, but I’d really like to learn how to free motion quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  48. Judy from Ontario

    I would love to have this book. Just finished diagonally quilting a disappearing nine patch baby quilt and am now left with some wide open spaces that are calling for something. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy and thanks for a wonderful blog … I look forward to reading it everyday.

  49. Yes I have free motion quilted a few quilts on my domestic sewing machine but still a learner in that area. This book would be awesome to win and so helpful to improve my skills in that area. Thanks for giveaway. Also enjoy your blog everyday.

  50. I would love the opportunity to win this book! I have done some projects on my own, but they’ve either been straight line or in the ditch. My confidence is not huge with regards to quilting on my regular machine, but I’d love it if I could do more on it.

  51. I need to practice more, so far have only done pot holders, but do have some small quilts ready to be quilted, just need the time and nerve to start. Would love to win this book.

  52. I have quilted up to a twin-size on my domestic machine, but pretty much only straight-line quilting. I am teaching myself to FMQ and have done a few samples, but I’m still pretty inconsistent. This book sounds like it would be a great resource. Thanks for the opportunity!

  53. I am currently trying to machine quilt on my new machine. I put the quilt away for a week due to the frustration I was having. I would love to read this book!

  54. I’ve quilted small projects, baby quilts, runners and a few lap quilts, on my home machine. I’ve done mostly straight line and stippling. I would love to be more comfortable and consistent with FMQ designs and would love to have this great resource for inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.

  55. Yes, I’ve machine quilted all my quilts. At first it was stitch in the ditch and then graduated to cross hatching. Now I’ve bitten the bullet and loaded that darning foot and I can do a mean meander. THis is my new favorite way to quilt. I’m ready to take the next step though and this book sounds wonderful.

  56. Awesome giveaway! I’ve quilted a ton of baby quilts on my home sewing machine. Just in the past few years, I’ve tried some free-motion quilting on my home machine, with reasonable success, and lately, I’ve even tried a couple of bigger quilts. Learning as I go …

  57. HELLO! Yes, I do my own FM machine quilting;however I do mostly crib size for charity. I’ve never done a full size bed quilt, that sounds difficult on my home machine,space wise. I’m still learning FM,started out with circles in circles,kinda scroll-like;also find hearts trailing one to another+leaves trailing one to another easy to do. There’s definitely a learning-phase with this.I’ve been doing these simple patterns for about 3 years. This book could help me advance,possibly? LOL Thanks for sharing!

  58. I’ve only quilted table runners and mini quilts on my machine, and had my quilts quilted by a professional… I’d love to learn how to quilt larger quilts in my machine…

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  60. Sandy A in St. Louis

    I’ve only done a small baby quilt with any type of design on my machine. All the others have been done with straight line quilting and the walking foot. Will have to check out this book!


  61. Straight line quilting – – yes!
    FMQ – -no!
    I am rather intimidated by FMQ. I purchased my Juki specifically so that I could machine quilt my creations. I took a class on FMQ. I have read books and blogs on the subject. So what is stopping me? I am a CHICKEN! I don’t want to practice and I don’t want to mess up. Bok bok bok..

  62. I used to FMQ on my domestic machine until I purchased my longarm. I still do smaller project s on my domestic machine, but mostly with a walking foot. I ocassionally FMQ on my domestic machine. I love her work, and I would love to own the book.

  63. This looks like the book I need as I am just getting ready to learn how to machine quilt on my own sewing machine.

  64. Jo, I have a queen sized quilt top that I would love to quilt on my own machine. I have quilted a table runner and a couple of wall hangings but nothing as large as a queen sized quilt. This book would be fabulous. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  65. Wow… this looks like a great book. I would love to win it! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat.
    Yes, I have quilted on my DSM. Recently did 4 borders for a QAYG project… an old UFO. It was fun, but I have so much more to learn! Thanks again.

  66. I quilt all my quilts on my domestic machine – well over a hundred. I make mostly large bed quilts, but I am not willing to pay big bucks for longarm quilting.

  67. I free motion on my mid-arm machine, but I have also quilted larger quilts on my regular sewing machine before I obtained the mid-arm. I would love the eBook version.

  68. I machine quilt a lot of my charity quilts because they are of a smaller size for wheel chair patients. I would really put this book to good use expanding my machine quilting skills. Thanks for the chance to win it. Jane in PA.

  69. I am trying to learn how to do free motion quilting. i started a quilt but it was coming out bad so I stopped until I could learn more. LOL So far I have done several dozen place mats and hot pads for friends and family. I have conquered parallel curvy lines. Yay! I just got a quilting machine with an attachable table and am ready to start on the quilt again. I have learned that the pounce pads that use chalk rub off the fabric too fast for me, and I do better with air dry markers to mark the perimeters of where I want to quilt. I would love to have a book about machine quilting.

  70. Jenelle Boxberger

    I have tried quilting with my Brother ULT machine, some times I like how it comes out and other times I get a wrinkle or pleat. Thanks the the chance to win.

  71. I’ve quilted on my home machine….and it’s not a big one! It’s a small Bernina 330. I’ve done a bit of FMQ, but the results have varied and I’ve stuck with random patterns like stippling and loops. I’ve done a lot of straight line quilting and feel more successful at that. The book sounds great! Probably has some much needed tips!

  72. Someday, when the kids are finished with college, there is a longarm machine in my future. Until then I work on smaller quilts with my home machine after lots of practice on paper and a white board. FMQ is a fun challenge, and new ideas from a new book would be a treat!

  73. Your timing is PERFECT! The reason I did not do my quit square quilt-along-this weekend is because I free motion quilted a lap size quilt!! I have done straight stitch quilting on my machine before, but this was the first one I did free motion. I even sewed the binding totally by machine for the first time. By Sunday night it was washed, dried and on my bed.
    No long arm in my future, so I am encouraged now to do more of this. Why did I wait so long?!

  74. maureen prendergast

    I’ve been wanting to try/ avoiding free motion stitching. I have done stitch in the ditch, and a few straight diagonals on small quilts. I’m afraid, and don’t really know where/ how to even start. This book sounds like it might be just the information/ push I’ve been needing!

  75. I have quilted several quilts on my mother’s old blackhead Singer. I don’t know how to do patterns, so I’ve always stitched in the ditch. It is hard to do with that big roll in my lap, but I press on!

  76. i have quilted quite a few quilts, but it is usually only stitch in the ditch. sure would like to learn free motion quilting. :) thanks!

  77. Hi! I haven’t FMQ. But I am actually going to do my first FMQ on my Brother this weekend. Have my top ready so all I have to do is sandwich it , smoothly I hope and off I go. I would love to win this book. I’m sure it would help me in my quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. Wow, what a great giveaway! I just purchased a sit down quilting machine, so I need lots of help. I have done straight line on my regular machine, but no fancy stuff.

  79. I’ve quilted a few baby size and lap size quilts on my domestic machine. Mostly straight lines. I would love to win the book and broaden my horizons.!

  80. I have straight line quilted a few small quilts ; have only ‘practiced’ FMQ without much luck and then never went back to it . I have had Natalia quilt 2 quilts of mine and she did an amazing job ! I’d love to win the book , since I have not ordered it yet ! thanks !

  81. No, I have not machine quilted a quilt, yet. I bought a new Pfaff not too long ago and had the seller show me how to set it up and now I need to practice, practice, practice. I would be thrilled to learn!

  82. This looks like a lovely tutorial. I am definitely a beginner when it comes to quilting. I have done stitch in the ditch and simple corner to corner x’s. I would love to get a copy to help me improve my skills of this art. Thank you for the opportunity.

  83. I haven’t done much machine quilting thus far, but I just bought a Janome Memory Craft 6600. I think there will be much more machine quilting in my future!! Thank you for the chance to win the book….it looks great!!

  84. I’ve Quilted on my Machine and have a Mid arm machine now. I have seen her work and had her quilt one for me. I know the book would be a great one to have. Thanks for the giveaway.

  85. I’ve done some quilting on my Janome and would love to learn how to do more than simple stippling or stitch-in-the-ditch so I can work on larger projects. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  86. I have tried stippling with much success but on small projects .. I would love to do feathers
    but on a small machine is can be challenging. I have admired Natalies’ quilting for a while now .. this book would be awesome to have.

  87. I have quilted a few quilts that were twin size or smaller on my machine. I have 3 queen size tops that are waiting for me to get enough confidence to quilt. So, I could really use this book. :-). Thanks for the chance to win a hard copy.

  88. This sounds like a great addition to my library. I have started this past year FMQ on my home machine. It has been both exhilerating and frustrating, sometimes both at the same time. I have learned a lot and am enjoying the journey. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw.

  89. On my first embroidery class I took after getting my first embroidery machine in 2003 I did just basic stitch in the ditch quilting on the project we made. That’s about all I have done to date but once I get the quilt making process down a bit more I’ll be playing around with the free motion quilting since I need to learn that to save money. I know being able to send any quilts I make out to someone else is probably going to be tricky budget wise so doing it myself means saving money and the ability to be proud to say I created the entire quilt all by myself.

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