Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beginner's Guide to Free Motion-Quilting Blog Tour + Giveaway


I am so excited to be reviewing Natalia's first book. Natalia is a beloved friend, renowned quilter and talented author. Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a realistic approach to entering the world of machine quilting, complete with meticulous detail and well-crafted diagrams. For those wondering about machine quilting, this is a must have.


If you have ever shied away from quilting on your own (who hasn't), this book is the right tool to give you the confidence to free-motion quilt from on home machine. The book starts with the basics, thread selection, required tools to free-motion quilt on your home machine and assembling your quilt.

Once you are prepared to begin the quilting process, Natalia takes you from simple to ornate. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.


Natalia has deemed quilting a family affair and I couldn't agree more. My journey as a crafter started early. I grew up living in the country with little to do and not much TV to watch. My granny taught me to crochet the chain stitch at Christmas when I was five years old. I would sew skeins and skeins of thread in just the chain stitch. When I was seven she taught me to do the single crochet and by 10 years old I was reading patterns, making afghans, stockings and booties for anyone that would let me. I took a sewing class in middle school but didn't get the hang of it quick enough. I was finally able to muster the patience to embrace quilting at 25 and have been hooked since.


Quilting is a family affair both off and online. The rich online community of crafters and quilters inspires my business and has sparked friendships across the country and the world. This industry is a unique one and I'm so glad that Fat Quarter Shop is a part of it.


Be sure to follow along with the rest of the tour for more fun. There will be a giveaway on each stop, so don't miss out!

As for our giveaway, one of you lucky Jolly Jabber readers will be winning a copy of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting! Comment below letting us know if you are itching to try free-motion quilting on your home machine. Giveaway will close 10/17 and the winner will be announced here on 10/18. Good luck!

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Nancy said...

I definitely NEED to try this! LOL!

Stephanie Cake said...

I'm just starting to learn FMQ... this book looks like an incredible reference! Thanks for featuring it and for the chance at the giveaway! :-)

Families Are Like Fudge said...

I would love to get your book so I could actually finish my Mother's Christmas gift ...from last year.
Janet
Jchlangley@gmail.com

free indeed said...

I am so in need of some guidelines for fmq. I am ready to venture out past stitch in the ditch and meandering. I'm hoping this book will give me doable ideas to work with.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I have been experimenting with a bit of fmq but would love some excellent instruction that the book could give me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

Marg P. said...

I've tried free motion quilting but I have been disappointed with the results. I'd love to win a copy of the book and start afresh.

Lis said...

I've got three quilt sandwiches ready to be quilted right now, so this book would be super helpful. I really want to learn how to free motion quilt.

sharon schmitz said...

I've been 'itching' to try free motion quilting on my home machine but I am very intimidated by it. I think this book is just what I need! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

All I have ever done is SID but would love to learn to FMQ.

M.W. said...

I too would love a great beginner book. The feathers look so beautiful but seem so very hard to do.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Shawn

BLT said...

I just started quilting a couple of years ago with one quilt that was professionally finished. Mainly, I finish little projects like table runners, etc. with my walking foot. I have since finished 3 quilt tops and would love to learn FMG because I have been hesitant to try it.
Thanks for the opportunity to win such a useful book!!

Elisabetta said...

I never quilted before and home machine quilting has always worryed me, maybe this book will defeat my fears =)

Theresa Waite said...

I would love to learn more about quilting on my home sewing machine. I haved so many questions about the many details of how to get a nice looking quilt.

Darlene F. said...

I've tried so hard but can't seem to "get it". I would love to have this book and give it another try! thanks

kate brown said...

I really could use this book! I am learning FMG and am just so unsure about so many things. It looks like this book covers it all. Thanks for the chance!!

Mom2three said...

I've been doing FMQ for a few years now and but my feathers and echoing still don't look terrific. I love the freedom of stippling, but always put adjectives or special words describing the person the quilt is for hidden in the stitching. i just use my regular machine, but just learned how to adjust the bobbin case for tension! Wish I'd known this years ago!

Please help me bread out of my stippling shell and branch to some other beautiful way to finish my quilts!

ozone3 said...

I learning to FMQ on my machine, but can use all the help I can get!! I would love a copy of this book..thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sara said: I am super excited to try FMQ on my Bernina. It's time to get moving on my UFOs!

Beth said...

I NEED this book. I am a straight line quilter and desperate to try FMQ. I just need to know how to start. It looks as though this book should be step 1! Thanks!

Liz G said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book! I would love to learn FMQ on my machine!

MollyP said...

I have always quilted on my home sewing machine. I usually study the finished quilts in my books and try to figure out how they created their patterns and go from there. I love Natalia's work and I love the idea of a book giving guidelines for producing beautiful quilting patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelsey said...

I'd love to learn more about doing FMQ on my machine outside of my usual loopies!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Ooooh what a fabulous prize! I would love to win this :)

lauraluvsloons said...

I am already a FMQ and love quilting without any fixed design. I am always looking for new designs to try so this book would be fun to own.

Donna S. said...

Am beginning to dabble in free motion. Would love the book

Marcia W. said...

I'm itching to try free-motion quilting on my home machine! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this helpful book.

Laurie said...

this was actually one of my New Year resolutions -- to "get over" myself and take the leap in to free motion quilting. And here we are in mid October...I still have time! Thanks for a chance to win! laurie

llsbaskets at comcast dot net

Jeanne Gwin said...

My biggest challenge has been pinning the quilt sandwich together and not being satisfied with the back after pinning. I am finally going to try the spray baste and see if I get along better. Thanks for a great review and a chance to win this great book.

Mi Ha-Pea said...

i am still learning so much and there is a great online community. I love your blog and have even bought one of your publications!! I know realise the piecing is only half the quilt and am really interested in free motion quilting. this book looks great

Lisa Lisa said...

I would SO love to win this book. I tried practicing some FMQ earlier this year but I'm too chicken to actually try it on a project that I've worked so hard on. I'm afraid I'll ruin it. Thanks for the chance to win it :)

corinne said...

I have tried to machine quilt and it end up terrible looking. I sometimes have go back to tying my quilts. Thanks for a chance to win

Kathy ~~~ said...

I've been practicing fmq this year and just finished to wall hangings. I need a lot of practice and look forward to doing much more. practce practice

CaroleM said...

I've been trying FMQ but have a lot to learn!

Jen and Eric said...

I've tried, but haven't been very successful! I'd love this book - I think it would really help!

Carla G said...

I would love to learn to FMQ! I'm a little intimidated by FMQ, but know that I have to try to learn it. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Helen L said...

I've done a little free motion quilting, but could sure use some great tips!! The illustration of the 3 different circle patterns sure make me think that I could gain a few great tips from this book> thanks for the chance to win it!! :-)

Mara said...

I haven't tried free motion quilting yet, but I would like too!

Beth said...

I just started quilting on my home machine. Two mug rugs and a mini quilt later, I'm hooked!

Mary said...

I am the one drooling at my computer over that book. Oh how I would love to win that! I have 5 quilts to finish before Christmas!

Wendy said...

I have stippled 3 baby quilts but would love to branch out and have a queen size I have to attack. Thanks for the chance!

carol l said...

Would love to win this book. Am trying to learn to free motion quilt right now.
Carol L

Evie Jones said...

I'm about to finish the top of my first quilt, I'd love a copy of this book. It would be perfect timing.

Andrea said...

I have only tried free motion quilting once. I'd love to try some more and this book looks like the help I need. Thanks for the giveaway.

Deb said...

YES, I'm definitely itching to try free motion. I have this book on my wish list just in case I don't win a copy! I'd love to be able to quilt like Natalia.

JD said...

I have just tried a little free motion quilting and I am not sure if I like it or not.

Phyllis said...

I have only hand quilted never by machine. I think I have been a bit intimidated - maybe, this will be the push I need.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I have done some FMQ but could always use lots more practice.

Paula said...

I LOVE FMQ. I soon want a longarm!

Linda said...

This book looks wonderful. I have tried a little FMQ but feel pretty inadequate. Enjoyed checking out your blog.

scottylover said...

I am so wanting to learn how to free motion quilt on my machine! I have 6 or 7 tops that are waiting in line to be quilted and I would love to be able to do them myself.
Sandy A

The Rx quilter said...

This book is exactly what I need....I love my Bernina but FMQ with it is so difficult for me! Lisa in Texas

Mie said...

I would love to learn how to FMQ. It just looks like so much fun!

ledamewood said...

I am going to be teaching a young girl to piece a quilt top. I have been wanting to take the leap to try FMQ, but have been terrified. Perhaps this book could help me conquer that fear, and also help this young girl be able to finish her quilt entirely - young people are fearless!

Rachel said...

I taught myself FMQ from online YouTube videos and tried simple stippling on a small baby quilt. I got a bit comfortable with it by the end of the quilt. You can literally see my progression on the quilt. Would love to continue my learning process.

Tessa Marie said...

Looks like a great book. I am not a beginner, but still a newbie always wanting to learn more!!

Annette Z said...

Itching can't describe it.....how about a rash covering my entire being?

Katie said...

I would be the perfect candidate for a beginner's guide for quilting as I've only tried a few on my machine. I need lots of help I'm finding out!

Carmen Nuland said...

I wouldn't have thought I could do free-motion quilting, but the results shown are so beautiful, and this sounds like the book that would inspire me to try it!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I love seeing all the beautiful quilting Natalia does. I would love to have some knowledge on how to expand my free motion quilting experience (2 quilts) :) beyond a pseudo-stipple.

quilary said...

I've had a few tries - nothing spectacular so this would help scratch the FMQ itch!

Maryjo said...

I continue to struggle with free motion quilting...and I hope to win this book so that it will soon become easy for me:) thanks for the giveaway:)

Jacklynn said...

I have tried a few times to free motion quilt on my machine - frankly it scares me!! I would really benefit from this book. Thanks for the give away!

Kris said...

I have been trying to gain up the courage to try FMQ on my own. A book like this would be SO helpful.

Dairygal said...

I have done a few simple fmq, but I would love to learn how to do more complex patterns. I am looking forward to this book!

Margaret said...

Well, yes, I am itching to try more free motion quilting on my home machine, but I lack confidence. And knowledge. For my current project, I am doing an overall grid pattern, which is certainly lacking in creativity, but fits in w/ the quilt. But I really, really do need to learn to FMQ.

Haru said...

I've tried FMQ once. Even though it didn't turn out perfectly, it was better than I thought it would. Now I can't wait to do more of it and to try it with different patterns.

Cori said...

I totally want to learn!!

Mystica said...

I have nev er done free motion quilting and all my quilting work upto now has been hand quilted. I think that is why I hardly do any because I just dont have the time for it. This would be ideal for me!

Jennifer said...

Yes, I am dying to try FMQ!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I anm itching! I only have the one machine so I'd love to learn all I can to be able to quilt half as well as Natalia does.

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

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

I've been doing FMQ for over 10 years and love it.

mtnquiltr said...

I already quilt all my quilts on my home machine. I would like a more professional result though, and more patterns to choose from!

MLM said...

I would love to learn FMQ. The Beginners guide to Free-Motion Quilting would be the perfect confidence builder. I can't stand the thought of ruining a quilt top I've worked so hard on!

Colleen M said...

I would love to win this book. I have a Queen sized top that needs to be quilted but I'm afraid to try it. I've only straight line quilted a couple of small projects.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

I could always use more help with fmq thanks for the chance to win.

Unknown said...

I just fmq my first lap size quilt and I cerntainly could use this book, need lots more practice. Thanks for giceaway. Barbara

just-b-healthy said...

I have already done some free motion quilting on my Janome, but I certainly am itching to learn some new design techniques and get out of this boring stiple rut that I find myself in!!

Karen said...

I have been doing free-motion quilting on most of my quilts for the past two years. I love it, but I'm always looking to learn more and expand on my abilities.

Anya said...

I would love to learn how to quilt swirls! They so intimidate me :)

Sara said...

I have been FMQ for about a year now and I am finally getting comfortable with it. It is becoming FUN!

Sew Very Sherry said...

I am a machine quilter on on my home machine (Singer Confidence). I love trying new quilting techniques and learning all I can to make my quilts unique and better than the last one!

Anonymous said...

I am most certainly excited to try free motion machine quilting. As soon as fall cleaning/purging is done in my home, it's at the top of my list! -- Lena S.

ocd-ang said...

Looking forward to trying my hand at free motion quilting. I've been nervous to try without some guidance.

Judy1522 said...

I am definitely wanting to try free motion quilting on my home machine.

Anonymous said...

I've been practicing free motion with the meander, but this book would take me to the next step. Hope I will be the lucky one to win this GREAT giveaway.

jwhitaker0629@yahoo.com

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