Try it on Tuesday: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting

C&T Publishing sent us a great book First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.

I have to say, I’ve reviewed lots of free motion quilting books.  Of all the ones I have seen, I rank this one in the top two.

The thing I like so good about this one is that it walks you through the stitches and free motion quilting then the author offers some great fun practical projects that will allow readers to practice those very stitches.  Most of the projects are small and are great confidence builders.

Here’s an example.  This chair cushion is easy to construct yet gives great opportunities to practice a few of the free motion stitches.

Small successes on projects like this will give quilters the boost to try bigger and harder projects.

This little purse is my favorite project.  I can see me making this for a little someone.  I can also see me making it for a baby present and filling it with little fabric fish…so cute!!

Can you believe that are 24 projects packed into the book??

I’d love to show you more projects but I got mine as an ebook and it’s virtually impossible to take pictures and show the projects off.

This is great for beginner wanting to learn to free motion quilt.  It’s great for intermediates who want to add a few more stitches to their repertoire.  It’s great for expects as the projects are just plain CUTE!!

I’ve done quite a bit machine quilting and there were a few stitches in there that I hadn’t seen that I want to give a try.

C&T Publishing has offered to give a free ebook copy to one of our readers..want a chance??  Just leave a comment here and we’ll pick a winner next week.

131 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting”

  1. I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to give free motion quilting a go so this book would be great. You said it’s in the top two books – what’s the other one?

  2. I have seen this book several times on Websites, but thought it was just another quilting book. Thanks for the review. It helps to make a decision. Have put on wish list for next book!

  3. I would love to win this book! I’ve looked to order but never could decide if they were worth it! Love YOUR recommendation!

  4. Deborah DeBerry

    I want to learn free motion quilting, but I am chicken. It is on my list to do this year. This book looks like a great guide.

  5. Cynthia Malphrus

    I do free motion on me DSM, but need more practice and inspiration, This book fits the bill!! I would love to win a copy! Thanks Jo!!!

  6. I would love to own this book!!! Ever so often I try free motion quilting on little projects! then don’t get back to it for awhile. Of course, the next time I am scarier I will ruin a project that HAS to get done so I don’t even try. I need more practice!!!!

  7. Like so many others, I would like to do some free motion quilting with my DSM. Thanks for the chance to win a great resource.

  8. I’m so happy to hear you liked this book! It was on my Christmas wish list but I didn’t get it! I also thought it looked like a good guide for a successful start to free motion quilting. Curious …what is the other book in your top two?

  9. I work in a Viking Sewing Gallery and we have the new Platinum 16 free-motion quilting machine. I am working up the nerve to quilt my smaller ufo’s on it, and this book would be a great help! I have been practicing on it (playing!) and I think I can do it! Debbie in WV

  10. Can you give an example of what other kind of stitches are in the book? I’ve only seen free motion quilting done with straight stitches. Does the author use decorative stitches?

  11. I have accessed a couple of books, each one different and special and very helpful, and this one looks like another winner!! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  12. I would love a copy of this book. I have taken classes for free motion but still not much confidence in doing it. This book might help !

  13. Would love to win this! I just received a stitch regulator for Christmas to go with my Babylock machine and so I only have 1 thing to pay attention to – the pattern I’m stitching. I have just recently started following your blog and am enjoying making my way through the older posts (I’ve managed to get back to August). Thank you for the give away.

  14. machine quilting is the one part of making a quilt that is the hardest for me to complete to my satisfaction. Any thing that would boost my confidence would be great.

  15. I have bought a few books and took a couple of classes on fmq and still can’t do it very well. Maybe this one will be the right one for me. Thanks for a chance to win.

  16. I think this is the ‘push’ to try. I bought a walking foot for machine last year but do not know where to start. Looks like some great small projects to build confidence. Thanks for hosting!

  17. Yes, I’d like a chance to win this book. I follow the blog of the writer of the book. She has some amazing designs.

  18. This one sounds like a great help to a person try new designs. This Christmas was the first time I free motioned some table runners I made for gifts. I’ve done plenty of practice pieces, but have never given someone something I quilted before. I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  19. I have tried free motion quilting on a couple of small items but I don’t have the imagination to dream up my own patterns. This book would be very helpful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  20. I have tried free motion quilting and am inconsistent and not fully confident. I would like to increase my confidence and possible patterns to use. This would be a fabulous resource. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  21. First let me just say that I love reading your blog every day!

    This looks like a book that I would like to have, especially since it is an ebook. That would make it easy to just open it on my ipad next to my sewing machine and hopefully quilt away. I have been wanting to try free motion quilting on my sewing machine but haven’t worked up the courage to do it yet.

  22. Thanks for the chance to win . I like the idea of e-books – no postage, no need to find/buy an envelope and straight to the winner to try. Brilliant!

  23. This looks like a fun book. I have the books you listed on your post the other day; especially like the dot-to-dot quilting book. Stay warm!

  24. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve been afraid to try free motion, but with these small projects, I am willing to give it a try. Looks like an easy way to get my feet wet! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. I would so love to get into free-motion, but so far my efforts have been terrible; and I don’t really have the ‘stick-to-its’ that I need. Other a big kick in the rear, maybe this book would help.

  26. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I need all the help that I can get in free-motion quilting. I’ve only done the straight lines with my walking foot.

  27. I’ve looked at several books on the subject but never found the right one. I like the fact that it comes with a recommendation. hope I win!!

  28. I have a goal this year to learn to free motion quilt that is acceptable. This book would be another resource to accomplish this goal.

  29. FMQ sits on my shoulder and stares at me saying “well, when are you gonna give me a try”? Why oh why does the thought of FMQ scare me so? I have two books on the subject but they just didn’t inspire me to take the big leap, so here’s hoping I will be picked for this e-book since you rate it as a top 2.

  30. I just keep putting off and just don’t do free motion quilting. Any help to get me over the hump would be wonderful.

  31. Looks like a wonderful book! Of all the things the online quilting community has helpd me with, FMQ-inspiration is probably my favorite. I realized a few months ago what a change there’s been in my quilting style: I used to think machine-quilting HAD to go in straight lines only!

  32. Learning to quilt my own – have a Grand Quilter on a wooden frame so am limited to what it does but have used my machine to do some free motion. thank you for the chance to win . Sew Piecefully- thanks

  33. Sandy A in St. Louis

    I need to learn how to free-motion quilt so badly! I have several quilt tops that are waiting (im)patiently to be quilted. :)

  34. I would love to make the chair cushions. Took one class on FMQ and still don’t get it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy Jo.

  35. I love machine quilting books. I believe I always learn something from each one. I would love to win this one, thanks Jo for the chance.

  36. Glenda in Florida

    I’m hoping that 2014 is the year that I finally learn to free motion quilt. I can use the walking foot, but it’s sort of like riding a bike with training wheels. I need to learn to quilt with the big kids!

  37. I would love this book. Learning how to free motion quilt is on my To Do list for this year. I think that this book would be perfect to get me started. Thanks for the opportunity.

  38. This book looks just perfect – I love the idea of small projects to build up confidence. I have my first quilt top all ready for quilting – like for a year now and haven’t been near it in case I ruin it lol! By the way, love the blog and reading about your life and your journey – thank you for sharing that with us.

  39. I’m kind of curious what it would be like to have a quilting ebook. I read novels with my Kindle, of course, and have used a few recipes from an ebook, but i’ve never seen a quilting ebook. Interesting idea.

  40. This looks like a great book! Love the stitches shown, and they all look do-able. Appreciate the fact that you’re “practicing” on an actual project as that’s how I like to do things.

  41. Cindy Wienstroer

    I have been looking at the info of this book wondering if it would help me with free motion. I would love to win it because of what you have said. thanks for the chance.

  42. Here I go again. Love your site & insight (lol). Thanks for the review. I’d say I never win anything but last week I won a basket at a local event . Now let’s see how my “luck ” goes.

  43. I would love this book—I have been saying that this is the year I finally learn to machine quilt my own things—I love the idea of small projects that are confidence builders….

  44. I stick to stippling or straight lines, so this would be nice to learn how to branch out! The chair cushion looks cute!

  45. I’m dedicating my stitching this year mainly to guild projects, and this book would be of great value to me, as I plan to do all my own quilting! Thanks for offering this chance to win.

  46. I could use some help with free motion quilting and would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks! Your woodwork is going to be very pretty there is nothing that they sell now days that can compare with the beauty of vintage and antique wood work.

  47. I would like to know how to free motion quilt. It’s one of my goals for this year. This e-book sounds like a great information type book.

  48. I really could use help with free motion quilting. I like the idea of the small projects to get started. A lot less intimidating. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  49. Barbara Pellico

    I’ve been sewing for years, but just started quilting. I would LOVE this book to help me learn how to free motion quilt! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  50. Charlene McCullough

    I’ve not tried Free Motion quilting. I guess I’m working up the courage. This book would be a great help. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  51. I’d love a chance to win this book! I’m not that great with my FMQ skills right now and I really want to get better. Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. This book looks like just what I need to help me get better at FMQ. I have done some straight line stitching on baby quilts and on one twin sized disappearing 9 patch quilt. I have used some of the paper tracing quilt patterns to do a lap quilt. But I really need to perfect my stitching. Hope I win it!!

  53. I feel so intimidated by free motion quilting. The one time I did try I sewed over my finger & took that as a sign from God that I should send my quilts to my quilter.

  54. I am just now getting my longarm up and running, and I have only done one free-motion project on my regular sewing machine. This would be a wonderful resource!

  55. Wow, it would be great to win the free motion quilting book. I’m trying to learn and I have a few simple tops that I could use for practice. Also, our guild loves for us to “practice” on some of the charity quilts.

    Congrats on your and Kelli’s quilt in the current Quiltmaker magazine. That’s super!

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