Tuesday, October 01, 2013

first steps to free-motion quilting

Today I'm happy to be a stop on Christina's blog tour for her new book First Steps To Free Motion Quilting. When I teach FMQ classes, I refer to Christina's blog as a resource. Now I'm thrilled to be able to recommend a full book written by her on the subject! This isn't just a book for beginners, though. No matter how long you have been free motion quilting, there is always more to learn. I personally love the reassurance that she gives that it doesn't have to be perfect! I can always, always use that reminder.


In this book Christina covers the necessities, the basics, tips and techniques, LOTS of quilting designs (about 23 pages, with multiple designs per page) and 24 fun projects to quilt up. There is also a comprehensive section on troubleshooting. It's nice to have a list to run through when you are ready to throw in the towel or pull out your hair. :)

The strip quilt pictured above is one of the projects in the book and I have added it to my to-do list. Each strip is quilted in a different design. SO many fun possibilities and such a great way to try/practice new designs.
There are several smaller projects in the book, too, and I was immediately drawn to the loopy bucket. Linen plus scraps? Sign me up! It was a fun and quick sew....easy to start and finish in one afternoon. LOVE that! (I am also pleased to be able to count this as scrappy project 15/101.)
I re-discovered how FUN it is to quilt on linen! I've used this loopy design on a few quilts in the past and it's a favorite.

I also wanted to challenge myself a little bit, so I picked out this design from the book and gave it a shot.
Here's my trial piece on muslin. Not too bad for a first try! Not exactly the same, but it doesn't have to be. I'm excited to try more. It's good to branch out!
So, there's just a peek at the book. Christina did a great job on it! Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour to see what they have to say about the book, too.

9/25: Allison Rosen at Stash Books Blog 
9/26: Jessica Alexandrakis at Life Under Quilts 
9/27: Monica Solorio-Snow at Happy Zombie 
9/28: Susan Beal at West Coast Crafty 
9/29: Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk Studio 
9/30: Angela Walters at Quilting is my Therapy 
10/1: Amanda Jean Nyberg at Crazy Mom Quilts 
10/2: Megan Dye at Megs Monkey Beans
10/3: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts 
10/4: Katie Pedersen at Sew Katie Did 
10/5: Christina Cameli at A Few Scraps

If you would like to win a copy of the book, compliments of Stash Books, please leave a comment on this post. In your comment I'd love to hear your thoughts on FMQ. Do you love it? Hate it? Have you made great strides in this area? Please, only one comment per person. A US winner will have the choice of either an e-book or a hard copy. An international winner will receive an e-book. I will pick a name randomly on Friday, October 4th.

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Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I don't have a lot of experience with FMQ but would like to try it some more. Don't know why I am so intimidated by it. I would love to win this book and give some new ideas a try. Thanks for the chance.

Rachel said...

Great blog post -- and you've just inspired me to go quilt something. I'd love to win the book :)

jenn said...

I haven't done much FMQ, partially due to my very-old-and-impossible-to-lower-the-feed-dogs-not-to-mention-control-the-speed-with-the-foot-pedal-but-I-still-love-it sewing machine. One day I will get a more modern machine - I love how it looks and it looks like so much fun to do!

Kristine said...

I've only free motioned a couple things, but I love it so far. I hope to do a lot more - it's fun!

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

What a wonderful resource this would be. I've only quilted three quilts so far; all straight-line, and I really want to try FMQ (on a small project first!) Would love to have this to guide me!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I really like to machine quilt my own quilts, but find it a bit challenging. Maybe this book would give me the tools I need to learn more. Thanks!

figmentofcogitation said...

This post is perfectly timed because I had already decided to tackle FMQ today. My first attempts were not impressive, but I love the way it looks on other people's quilts.

figmentofcogitation said...

This post is perfectly timed because I had already decided to tackle FMQ today. My first attempts were not impressive, but I love the way it looks on other people's quilts.

Pam in Cincinnati said...

FMQ is on my list of new skills i want to try. this book sounds like it would be helpful in doing just that. :)

Linda said...

Hi, I'm kinda in the middle with FM stitching! Have practiced for quite a while and am now doing some hearts and leaves and vines that I'm happy with,so on to the next step! This book looks great! Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

MaryAnn Guappone said...

I like it, enjoy the creativity it brings, but could really use some help!

Sam said...

I enjoy FMQ, but only feel comfortable with stippling or meandering. Guess I need to practice, practice, practice. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Irene said...

I love to FMQ and I have a full collection of fancy thread to prove it. Love to win the book for more inspiration.

Courtneysews said...

I'd love to learn!! Looks like a great book! Thanks!

sarahquilts.com said...

I haven't tried it yet, but if I win I'll take it as a sign that it's time. :)

Irene said...

I love to FMQ and I have a full collection of fancy thread to prove it. Love to win the book for more inspiration.

Unknown said...

I love the look of FMQ but am nervous to take the plunge. This book looks like a great resource. Friday is my birthday so maybe I'll get lucky and win this one :o) Thanks for the chance to win!

amandasandrews at gmail dot com

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

This book looks like a great reference to get inspiration. As I quilt for a living, I do a lot of FMQ.

Megan said...

I haven't tried FMQ yet but I would love to learn.

the mrs said...

I am scared to death to ruin my quilts by actually quilting on them. So far it's been straight line quilting only, but I would love to be able to FMQ too.

Pamela V said...

Always looking for more help on my FMQ journey

chelsea said...

I've only FMQ one quilt so far and I was not thrilled with my skills. I understand the need to practice but if I only have a little time I often end up piecing instead.

DianeY said...

I've mainly meandered on my quilts, but I've been practicing a lot of designs I hope to use. I seem to have trouble figuring out how to put them in a large area, but I think I need to get brave and go for it!

Laura said...

I quilt by checkbook and use a longarmer most of the time, but I'd love to be able to quilt my own tops!

Nicole Hannah said...

I love it and love practicing. Each time I get just a bit better....

Tiffany said...

I love FMQ! I only wish I had more quilts to practice on!

QuiltLaughLove said...

Looks like just what I need to get me sorted with FMQ!

thriftstorecrafter.com said...

I hate FMQ, but only because I feel I'm not very good at it. That's why I need to win this book! thriftstorecrafter at yahoo dot com

Linda in PA said...

I like to do FMQ, but I'm not very good at it. I run out of ideas for designs. This book looks great! Thanks for the chance.

barbara woods said...

i have tried it but this book would help so much. thanks

NorahS said...

Looks like a wonderful book. I love the variety that FMQ can add to a quilt! Love the design you did on the muslin.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great giveaway!! I am learning FMQ...tried on my domestic machine,but didn't like the bulk. So; I bought the Tiara sit down longarm. Need more time with it though, but getting there.

Grandma Ruthie said...

Of all the ways to quilt, free motion is my favorite. I love the freedom that it gives to do your own thing. Still have a ways to go to make my FMQ more consistent in stitch length and learning more structured designs. Also, I seem to get backed into a corner or blind spot more often than I like. Thanks for the posting on the book and a chance to win.

Denise Russell said...

Amanda, it sounds like a must-have book! I have been FMQing since I began quilting in 2005. I use my Bernina, and love it. I have marked quilts using Golden Thread paper, but by far I prefer just winging it. I am yet to have my quilts done in a long-arm machine... It might be fun to have a HandiQuilter some day as it would accommodate larger quilts better (it was 'interesting' when I had to quilt a couple of queen size projects!).

Joan said...

I am a beginner at FMQ. This book looks like a great resource. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Mama Spark said...

FMQ and I have a love hate relationship. I am working on changing that. It is slow going! Maybe this book could help!!

Melzie Belle said...

I just finished my first FMQ lap quilt and I love it! I never thought I'd be able to do it :) I would love this book to branch out and become more experienced.
xoxo melzie4boyz@aol.com

Nancy said...

Hi, I actually prefer FMQ to straight line. I thinks is more accepting of mistakes! My problem is I do more on large quilts--need to practice on small projects.

Anita said...

I like FMQ on smaller quilts. Bigger quilts are a challenge for me, especially the center of the quilt. I can always use more practice.

Debbie said...

I've done only a bit of freemotion quilting, only on small stuff. I'm not too confident, so I keep putting off doing it. I know I need to practice a lot more to get some confidence!

Kim M said...

I would love to learn how to FMQ and this book looks like it would be so helpful!

Izzy said...

I love FMQ! I consider myself a beginner still, but I have quilted a couple of really big quilts using FMQ designs. Would love to get the book. Thank you so much!

Grandma Helen said...

I too love FMQ. My Bernina QE400 w/ BSR can do some basic stuff (it can't be my fault!) but the throat depth isn't enough for some real free movement on a larger project. Even a kid's quilt can be difficult to get that motion going. I WANT A LONG-ARM!

JudyBL said...

I have quilted for about 17 years but really only started FMQ about four years ago when I retired. Before that I just did straight line quilting. I enjoy making progress and have collected numerous FMQ books. This looks like it would make a great addition to the collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lana said...

I NEED THIS BOOK!!! No, seriously, this is a very nice giveaway and I will count my jumps up and down if I am lucky enough to win it!

knottygnome said...

I enjoy FMQ and i've found that it looks better the more practice i get but sometimes i'm lazy and don't feel like setting up my machine to do it.

Sonia B said...

I love FMQ. I need to branch out and try new designs. Thanks for the chance.

Jean said...

This looks like a must have book for this beginner. I like the pictures and that there is a trouble shooting section. I just need more time to practice, and these little projects should help me to do that. I'd love to win the book.

Tammy said...

I love free motion quilting and do a lot of my quilts on my sewing machine. This book sounds awesome for ideas to make my quilts even better.

Barbara M. said...

I love FMQ, but I have to learn a lot yet...so I would like to win to improve my technique !! :) Barbara

Allison C said...

I have a little experience and so far really like it. I could use some pointers

Beth said...

I love FMQ! I'm far from an expert, but I am getting better.

Beth said...

I love trying out new FMQ designs so it would be so fun to have another resource to refer to!

Lesley said...

This book looks wonderful! I have only tried FMQ on a practice quilt sandwich...I am just so afraid to try it out on a "real" quilt. However, you make it sound like it is doable with this book. Would be nice to win it...thanks for the chance!

S Staum said...

HI, Amanda- I have not really ever tried FMQ but have embraced the straight line or wonky line, if you will! But I am thinking this book is just what I need to give me the boost to try it!! I like what you have done and think that I have a little of the loopy stitch in me!!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Cindi said...

I am a beginner to FMQ. So far I love it!

Diane said...

I love free motion quilting! your first try on the new design is fantastic-of course, it will not be exactly the same-it's yours! (I always have a hard time remembering that myself). would be great to win the book-thanks for the chance, you can never have too many books with pictures, ideas and good suggestions!!!
hope you're having a great week!
:)

Carol said...

I consider myself a beginner only because I don't feel that it comes "natural" to me and I have to struggle through. I have taken several classes, both local and in Houston and I still don't feel comfortable.....just need to sit down and DO IT....but procrastinate. I do LOVE all the wonderful creative ideas in fmq and would love to have this book to give me a nudge.

Joolz said...

Never tried FMQ, but would love to try it one day....

Kelly Cole said...

Love fmq but also love my walking foot! So fun to get new ideas for the FMQ and support too! Thanks for a giveaway!

Tricia said...

I love FMQ, but I'm not all that good at it. :)

Renee said...

I love to FMQ--it is my favorite part of the quilting process!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Novice here! I won't venture to try it. It scares me. Straight lines only for this girl. Maybe I'll break down my own barrier and give FMQ a try.

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

I love the look of FMQing but wished I was better. I hope I win this book so I can practice and learn from the best!

Judy said...

I love FMQ. I tell myself I am needle dancing on my quilts whenever I do loops and swirls.

ranniroo said...

I've been wanting to try FMQ, but I'm so nervous! So far, I've only done straight line and hand quilting.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I've been too intimidated to try, so I would LOVE to win the book and have "lessons"!

Julie

mailergoat said...

Thread tension always plagues me with FMQ! Hopefully the book can help with that...thanks for the giveaway!

Laura said...

i will be buying this book!!i have just dipped my toes in fmq i find i really like the safety and predictability of straight line quilting but want to learn how to fmq just to challange myself

stitchinpenny said...

Sadly all my FMQ is uneven no matter how much I practice. The answer is - I embrace my ability and continue to practice. I would love to see what insights she has to ffer.

Rachel said...

I quilt all my own quilts, so I'm always looking for more FMQ patterns and opportunities to improve my skills.

Applelace said...

Wow that looks a lovely book and just perfect for starting me off on FMQ, thank you for recommending it, I hope it is available in the UK :) I love your blog, it is so inspiring, thank you :)

Amanda K said...

Looks like a great book! I'm still learning FMQ and depending on the day, I either love it or hate it! :)

Kim said...

I'm trying so hard to learn FMQ but it is not coming easily to me.
Thanks for the chance to win this helpful book :0)

Happy Sewing

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I've never tried it, but I hope to soon!

Francesca Celeste said...

I would love to take a look at this book! I have very minimal experience FMQ on my regular sewing machine but I love to do free motion on my mom's innova long arm. It's so much fun, therapeutic really.

Francesca
SwinkGirlsQuilts.blogspot.com

Gunilla said...

I haven't done uch free motion quilting. Last time I tried it just looked too bad, and i don't want to try on my wuilts. Guess I have to practice more on smaller bits at first.

Ramanda said...

I need lots more practice, that's for sure!

Char said...

I remember thinking I'll never get the hang of this FMQ stuff. Well I've discovered that it really does take practice. If you think you'll never get it you will, keep trying!

Farm Road Ramblings said...

I'm a beginning-to-intermediate free-motion quilter, and would just love a book to give me ideas and tips. I used to be opposed to machine quilting (it wasn't personal enough), but now have been converted (I now see how personalized it can be)! And I think the idea about having small manageable projects to quilt is a winner!! Thanks for the opportunity.

Dyan Renee said...

I just got a new machine that is capable of FMQ so I can't wait to learn! I'm so impressed by the quilts I've seen that have FMQ.

→lisa said...

I finally have a machine with an fmq foot and feed dogs that drop, but I'm still trying to get my nerve up!

Allison said...

At first I found fmq to be really stressful, but quickly ended up really enjoying it (at least on smaller quilts), which surprised me.

Suzanne said...

Christina's book is a gem and I was so happy to see you were reviewing it. I'm a novice at FMQ but as you know, it only takes practice and more practice to get better at it.

rockgranny said...

I'm not bad in FMO on smaller projects, but bigger projectes as quilts are still challenging.

Jade said...

I've done about 3 quilts using FMQ. It took a lot of practice but once I sort of got it I found it quicker than other types I had tried. I love the texture too. Can't wait to learn more techniques. :) Thank you for the opportunity Amanda, and for the reference.... Got to go check out her blog now. :)

Kat said...

I'd love to win this book! I am still a beginning free motion quilter. I've pretty much gotten the hang of the stipple, but that's it.

Jessicka Herman said...

I'd love to win this book. I'm just new to quilting and need all the help I can get!
Jess
Buonaserababy.blogspot.it

Kimberly said...

I love this book. Christina is a FMQ master! I don't mind FMQ but haven't ventured far from an all over loopy type design. I'd love to branch out some.

Paula said...

I'm still struggling with FMQ! I dream of those days, when I can just pick a quilting design and go for it!

veronicamade said...

I love FMQ. It still scares me every time I go to quilt something, though. I'm afraid I'm going to ruin a quilt. I'd really like to getting better at FMQ. This book looks like a great resource for it.

Kremer's Kustoms said...

Haven't done any free motion quilting. Would be blessed to get a book like this to get me started!!

Anna F. said...

Have only tried FMQ on a small practice piece. Just finished quilting the borders of a quilt with curvy lines using walking foot. Oh my! It really added a nice touch to the overall quilt. Love it. Maybe, just maybe I'm ready to try some FMQ : )

Kathy said...

I find FMQing to be a necessary evil. I haven't found the joy in it. So maybe this book and trying some smaller projects would help me find some joy! Every time I try it - it leaves me wishing I could send all of my quilts out to a long armer!

Beth said...

This book looks great! I keep wanting to try FMQ but I'm scared of ruining a project I've spent so much time piecing. Maybe this will be the push I need.

marcella said...

I am loving seeing all of your little scrap projects! I do know how to free motion quilt pretty well, but it never seems to be my first choice of quilting. I generally gravitate toward patterns I can do with a walking foot because I love the perfection of it - I have to let my perfectionist self relax to enjoy the look of fmq on my own quilts. I have no problem appreciating it on other peoples quilts though.

Shelley said...

Im scared to death to try fmq on my quilts. I spend so much time piecing them and I dont wanna mess them up ;) But I could totally make a bucket ... right?!!

JoyceLM said...

I don't hate FMQ but I don't love it yet either. Need lots more experience. Thanks.

Lindsey said...

I need all the help I can get with fmq because my only try at it turned out so bad! Thanks for the giveaway!

kervei said...

I would love to win the book! I love FMQ, but it is challenging to use new patterns....

Ilse

Kim said...

I want to FMQ but it scares me! For now I just straight line quilt everything but I need to branch out!!

Glenda in Florida said...

I've taken classes on FMQ, but never seem to make the time to practice. I'm hoping to make it a priority,as my walking foot needs a rest!

Quilting Tangent said...

Just starting to experiment with FMQ. I love all the different stitches that people do.
24Tangent@gmail.com

Josie McRazie said...

I could have used this today! Lol I was going to try something else... but I reverted back to my good old meandering!

Schulz Family said...

Oh I would so love a copy of the ebook. I love FMQ but keep reverting to the same patterns that I know well. I would like to branch out a bit and I know this would help. Thanks for the chance in this giveaway. karen.schulz@paradise.net.nz

Gill said...

I've only done FMQ once - I need to practise more!!!

Frau Hiltrud said...

I adore free motion quilting and am eager to give it a try. Until now i went with straight lines for my quilting. But i am currently working on a quilttop that is supposed to befree motion quilted. I wonder how that will turn out. Anyway, i guess this book would be great help. Hope i am lucky.
Martina

Brittney said...

I haven't tried FMQ yet, I've been too intimidated! This is exactly the kind of book I need to give me the confidence to give it a try.

Becki said...

I love free motion quilting and am so happy to have another resource to go to. Thanks so much for your post and for the opportunity.

Ida said...

I love FMQ but feel I'm still inconsistent. Sometimes I'm amazed at what I can accomplish and other times it's a huge losing battles to do the simplest of meander stitching. I wish I could get great results every time!

Kelli said...

I've been too intimidated to try FMQ so if I'm quilting a project, it's solely straight line quilting. A book like this might help me build my confidence to try FMQ on a few small holiday projects!

Melanie said...

I would love to win this book. I need to improve my FMQ...currently I just straight line on a quilt.

Yvonne@thatssewcreative said...

I love free motion quilting and trying a new motif. I would love to try all the techniques and learn something new from this book.

Birlot said...

I have to say I either LOVE or HATE free motion quilting depending on how it is going. When it is all going smoothly, it is incredible exciting and rewarding. But when I am struggling with the tension, or my smooth lines are just not at all smooth, I want to just send all quilting off to my friendly professional. I'd love the book to help turn more of my "hate" days into "love" days.

Lynn said...

I'm definitely more comfortable with fmq than I was a few years ago, but I need to branch out more and there's always more to learn. I think practice is the key (and a new book to guide me through it)!!

Anya said...

Free motion quilting used to drive me nuts...until I bought myself a mid-arm! Thanks for the chance!

Cat Palmer said...

I love to FMQ. I love being able to make a quilt from.start to finish all on my own. Thanks for the giveaway

Penny said...

That looks like a good resource. I can manage stippling and loopy lines but that is about all. I'd love to develop more skills and designs.

Living in the Bay said...

I love the rhythm and pattern of moving the fabric under the needle. Thanks to helpful hints about needle height, tension, and styles, FMQ is my favorite way to quilt! I'd love to learn much more. Thanks for the giveaway

joanold said...

One of my goals for this year is to learn Free Motion Quilting. I haven't started yet as I'm afraid I won't be very good at it, so winning this book could just be the kick-start that I need.

sue said...

I would love to learn how to free motion quilt. I try, but get discouraged. Right now my problem is the tension. I've tried every number on the dial, but the back looks terrible. Next class isn't until November!

Leila said...

I only recently got a walking foot so all of my quilting was free motion. I would love to continue to improve and this book looks like a great resource. Thanks!

Jazz @ My Oh Sew Sweet Life said...

This is for sure a book I need. I haven't attempted free motion quilting but have been thinking about it for a while. Btw ur muslin attempt looks great.

Patchwork and Play said...

I have had limited experience in FMQ so this book would really give me a push to improve my skills! Love your leafy quilting too!

Elizabeth B. (blue.crab) said...

I'm bad at it...but I don't practice...which is why I'm bad it....

Erin M. said...

I'd love to win this book as I'm just finishing up twin quilt no 1. and I have many more tops that need some quilting and I just haven't tried enough. But this is the year of trying FMQ for me. Thanks for the intro and the giveaway.

Gretchen said...

I like to FMQ, and have improved over the years, but would love to try some new designs!

Patty said...

I love free motion quilting. When I first started learning how to do it the internet was a very big help. However, my knowledge is very limited; but that's okay because I am taking my time learning new techniques as I go along. Oh, by the way,I really love your recent quilt top made from the 3-inch square. It looks wonderful :O)

Doreen B said...

I love the look of FMQ but not so eager to practice!!!
But this book would sure give inspiration to keep trying!

Rita@ Pinpricked Fingers said...

I'm a FMQ newbie and can use all the help I can get!

Sue H said...

I am quite new to quilting and I promised myself that in 2013 I would attempt FMQ. It is October already and I am running out of time - maybe this is the incentive I need!

Kate said...

I'm a free motion quilting newbie - I've made 4 lap quilts and a twin quilt FMQ, but I would love to learn tips!

Amy said...

What a great book! I've taken baby steps in FMQ, and would love to expand my horizons.

Amy Friend said...

I'd love a copy! I first visited her blog 2-3 months ago and have already used a couple of the quilting tutorials on her blog. Her approach is very forgiving and intuitive.

Kacey said...

I'd love to learn, but am terrified. But I don't say that, I use the excuse that my machine has a tiny throat and that it'd be too hard ;-)

Becky said...

I love FMQ! I just need a ton more practice at it! Missbecky1 at gmail.

Andrea said...

I love the fact that so many quilters are trying free motion quilting on their domestic machines - thanks to resources like these! They've been a huge help to me.

Angie said...

I would love love love to have this book. I am not very accomplished but would love to have this book to learn by. :)

Dianne Mitzel said...

I would love having this super reference book. I took a class, loved it, and I know my downfall is expecting that I be perfect. This is a practice, practice and practice more art..but I love it, and won't let that stop me. Thanks for great giveaway..
diannemitzel1@hotmail.com

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I am struggling to learn FMQ and just finished my first baby quilt that was FMQ'd. I love being able to quilt my own quilts in different ways, but definitely need a lot of practice! It sounds like this book would be really helpful!

Anne said...

I've always been scared of trying FMQ on my machine because I am unsure of where to start. Recently, I have tried wavy lines on a small project and loved it - it has made me want to try more. This book seems great in figuring out the how-tos, thanks for the chance to win!
(majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

BRD Girl said...

I've been quilting for years, but I am new to FMQ - and have just started practicing and challenging myself...I find it to be quite relaxing. Thank you for spotlighting this book on your blog (and for the chance to win) - it looks right up my alley!

treadlemusic said...

Wow! That looks to be an awesome book! I love FMQ and encourage everyone I talk with to give it a try.......you don't know if your 'thing' til you give it a try!!!

Katherine said...

I'm trying to improve my free-motion quilting, so far I don't have much experience. I would love to win the book!

quiltnlady said...

OK. I'm ready to take the plunge. I have toooo many quilt tops. I've promised quilts to all my friends but I haven't delivered. I really need this book!

Linda Kay said...

I have played around with free motion quilting, but haven't worked up the nerve to try it on an actual quilt!

Lisa E said...

I can do basic stippling, but I feel so limited with that. Would love to branch out and do something more challenging.

allierae said...

I took a class from Christina this summer but I definitely need more practive to get better. I'd love a copy of her book!

Rebecca said...

I've never tried free motion quilting, but I would really like to learn!!

Brittany said...

I currently dislike it, but I think it is because my machine is shredding the thread. Before that started happening I loved it. I would be doing some of that right now if I could figure what I am doing wrong.

quilt455 said...

I love the look of FMQ on any quilted project. I have tried to teach myself and the results have not been very good. I just think you can be more creative if you are able to master this skill. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book, I could sure use it.

Pauline said...

I struggle very time I pop that fmq foot on- not only with the technique, but also the design. One day, I hope to master it! (and an e-book would be just fine!)

Jana O'Brien said...

I love FMQ! I am always looking for a great FMQ book and this one looks like one that should be in my book stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

mac said...

I haven't tried to FMQ for years and am very reluctant to start again. This weekend I quilted with my walking foot a small quilt and am very happy with the result. I am working my way to start quilting a bigger quilt using FMQ.

Trish said...

Hello! I was always afraid of fmq. Swore I would never do it. Two months ago I decided to give it a try. What a disaster that started out as I spent more time ripping stitches and pulling me hair out that night. Walked away from the machine with the decision that I would go back to hand quilting. I was mad and frustrated when I woke up at 4 am went downstairs looked at it again took a deep breath and said it doesn't have to be perfect and jumped in full force . Actually ended up being late for work cause I just couldn't stop. This past weekend I finished my 8th quilt with fmq. Each one gets better and they are defiinitly not perfect but they make me happy!

Sandra said...

Looks like just the book I need to conquer my fear of FMQ! I received a new Janome at Christmas, (and have a grace frame gathering dust), now I just need to take the plunge. Once I learn how to do free motion quilting my family may never see me again...!!

Coloradolady said...

I need this book so I can stop spending all my fabric money getting my quilts done by a long arm. I need to lose the notion, that I can't quilt unless I have a long arm. Yes. I do.

Thanks for the chance.

Jayne Willis said...

I have tried FMQ. It scares me, thrills me and tests me! I want to do more. I would love to learn different techniques and designs. My biggest problem is making my stitches the same size! That, and I'm still freaked a bit after FMQ through my finger once! I think this may be a must have book!

Barbara said...

I like to FMQ because the repetitive motion is soothing. As a perfectionist, though, I find it hard to accept the mistakes. I'm working on being more accepting. It's a process.

Christina said...

I've never ever FMQed before. It scares me. But I want to try! christina112358 at gmail dot com

Barb said...

I have tried and failed to FMQ but I will try again. I want so much to do swoops and swirls and feathers.

Kathy said...

I haven't worked up the courage to try FMQing as yet, but I do want to try it. I like the approach used in this book...she makes it look so easy!! Maybe I need to win this book to give me a kickstart!! :)

Aliceart said...

I can't even tell you how bad I need this book. All my projects are backed up because I can piece and appliqué very well, but quilt, not so much! Thank you for this opportunity.

EW said...

I have been working hard on my FMQ. I started with lots of reading and then moved onto quilts. With each quilt I try and practice a new design. I love the process but have a long way to go in always loving the result. I do keep trying and reminding myself that it doesn't have to be perfect and no one will see my imperfections the way I do.

ruthsplace said...

I took a class with a teacher who was very negative and dismissive towards me and my FMQ skills.

I put FMQ aside for several years thinking it was beyond my capabilities. Last year I decided to try again. While not perfect I can see the potential for growth and progress and my quilt looks pretty good.

I'd love to win the book to extend my skills further.

maureen said...

I've never tried free motion quilting. I keep wanting to try it, but it intimidates me.

Tamie said...

It is a skill that I really want to learn and develop. Really.

Bailey said...

I actually like FMQ and need to move beyond basic stippling

macbeaner said...

I've been practicing, but it's so frustrating once I get past table runner size items. I could use some help!

Tammie B said...

I recently finished m first free motion quilt! It turned out great. Very good advice that i have read is: It doesn't have to be perfect and if you just try it you might surprise yourself!

SewingKaren22 said...

I have done a bit of free motion quilting, practicing on little doll quilt for my daughter to play with. I plan on doing more once I get a newer sewing machine!

Laurie said...

I'm am anxious to learn more about FMQ. I have only done it once on a wall hanging. This book would be a huge help!

Julie said...

I've done a little stippling, but other than that I'm a bit afraid. I love the flowers that you did in green-so fun and happy.

DeborahGun said...

I haven't yet tried FMQ but would love to give it a go.

2sew4fun said...

I have been making strides in FMQ. Just need more practice!!

2sew4fun said...

I have been making strides in FMQ. Just need more practice!!

Mary Resch said...

Amanda Jean,
Please enter my name for an opportunity to win this book. Until recently I have been a stubborn hand quilter. I have finally had some success with FMQ and could use a book like this. Recent success has come particularly with sewing a version of Sunday Morning from your book. I FMQ'd each strip differently as a sampler, just as the strip quilt in this book. Thank you for your blog and the many inspirational ideas that you post.
Mary Resch

Misty Bowie said...

I took a class at my LQS and had a blast, though I haven't committed to FMQ on any real projects yet.

Polly said...

I'm so scared of FMQ. I've tried it a little bit, but I haven't conquered it. Since I'm a perfectionist I find it difficult to do things that I'm not good at. But I will keep trying until it becomes something I love.

Heather said...

This looks like a great resource! I just began long arm quilting this summer and need A LOT of practice! To be honest, I'm terrified of messing up! I'd LOVE to read this book and I'm going to check out the blog, too!

Whitney M said...

I've never tried it! But I'd love to win the book to give me that push to try.....long arm quilting all my projects is getting pricey!

Sarah Craig said...

I've had lots of experience with FMQ, because of our quilt ministry, but I'm always looking for new designs. And wishing I had more time to spend on the quilting, so I could finally perfect my feathers!

Linda Frankiewicz said...

I I love free motion quilting, but I need to practice more to get to the consistency of being good! This book would be so helpful and such a great resource. I would be so happy to get this book!

diane said...

Since I discovered the right combination if thread and needle I now love FMQ and would really like to add this book to my library.

Julie said...

I have taken one class on machine quilting but have only done straight lines! I want to be able to make a quick baby quilt in a week or two so I want to be able to do the free motion patterns. :)

Carla said...

I refer to my FMQ as utilitarian....I'd love to get better...the book would help!!

Leez506 said...

I'm a total beginner with machine quilting...need lots of help!

Brynn said...

I haven't been brave enough to try FMQ yet but since my FMQ foot just arrived at my LQS, I guess it's time to give it a go!

Jenny said...

Can't do it. YET! Gimme the book and I'll try again.

Dona said...

I am always a little hesitant to start a quilt and let a few build up before I quilt them all. I think I like the piecing better but once I get started quilting, it's just fun and I like having several on a row to do. I am looking into a class to expand so this looks like a perfect book for me. Thanks!

Dona said...

I am always a little hesitant to start a quilt and let a few build up before I quilt them all. I think I like the piecing better but once I get started quilting, it's just fun and I like having several on a row to do. I am looking into a class to expand so this looks like a perfect book for me. Thanks!

Kendra Watson said...

I'm just getting up the courage to free motion for the first time (all straight lines so far). Thanks for the chance to win, I'm off to follow up those links now.

Jeneta said...

Not too bad for a first try? I think you're a bit hard on yourself Amanda Jean - it looks brilliant! I love free motion quilting, but need lots more practice! My sewing space doesn't accommodate FMQ, so I usually put a few quilt sandwiches together and then take over the dining table for a while!

Jody Polen said...

I have never done any FMQ. I like to learn new things and this book would help me learn.

Patti said...

The more FMQ I do the more I love it. Mine is far from perfect but it stretches my brain (and a few muscles in my shoulders, lol!) and it always provides a challenge. A very generous giveaway from Stash Books and thanks to you for hosting.

Barbie Mills said...

I just saw this book for the first time today. I'm currently doing a 3-day longarm training, and I'll have to take a closer look when I go back tomorrow.
Personally, I really struggle with FMQ on a domestic machine. I never did try gloves, but it wasn't something I enjoyed either. I love doing it on my longarm though!

Annette said...

I love. The feeling of accomplishment but hate how long it takes and wrestling the quilts through my tiny, tiny, tiny did I say tiny,sewing machine's throat.

bluebear said...

Loving FMQ so far. Just started learning so too afraid to do it on anything other than practice sandwiches. I've got this book on my wish list so I can follow it and practice on small projects. Thanks!

supersara20 said...

I really want to try FMQ but have never tried it. I am kind of scared!

Dawn White said...

I have a love/hate relationship with FMQ. Maybe winning Christina's book will push me over more to the love side! Thanks for the chance to win.

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