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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tahoe34 said...

My favorite part of quilting is the FMQ. It relaxes me, it satisfies me so much to watch the quilt take on that new personality when its done being quilted. I would love love this book!

LindaB said...

FMQ you either love it or hate it....I think I have done 3 or 4 classes with different tutors and I still cannot master it...maybe I need a couple of glasses of wine to relax before I start to practice
LOL...but they all said you must practice - not everything in this world is perfect and not to be too critical on my efforts...so back to the machine I go...thanks for the chance to win this book ....love your blog ....love "Sunday Morning Quilts" it is one of my favourite books ...LindaB

Random Thoughts Tracy said...

I do FMQ, thanks to you and Leah Day! I have watched your little video dozens of times... its short with no sound but it's actually quite helpful.

patricia belyea said...

I just finished a big quilt commission on a tight deadline. In the last week, I had to FMQ non-stop for 2.5 days. When I started, I was rusty and not great. By the end I felt like I could FMQ anything!

Nessy said...

FMQ is my passion. I enjoy a lot do it.
Thanks for this giveaway.
Hugs from Spain.

Melissia said...

This looks like a great book, and I am adding it to my Christmas list. I want to learn FMQ but am intimidated by that need to do everything perfectly! I need to get over that and quilting is teaching me that day by day!

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

I haven't tried FMQ - unless you count trying to quilt in equally spaced diagonal lines without bothering to mark them out! I love what I've read about this book so far and would be so excited to win a copy. I would like to try a strip quilt where each strip is quilted in a different style.

Sara Fiedler said...

This book looks like it may speak to me. I am so afraid to FMQ and I'm not sure why. I have a couple of books, have taken a couple of classes and I'm STILL so scared to start a real quilt, compared to doing small sample pieces. I will be very happy to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jenna-Lynn Anderson said...

I would love this book for a source of inspiration when doing FMQ!

Megan said...

I would love this book! I love FMQ, and would love to be better at it ;-)

Qltr89 said...

I am a hand quilter but I do love FMQ on quilts. I think it takes skill to control a machine to make the various designs I have seen. I have tried FMQ on small squares. I like it but I am still learning. Because I value my completed quilt tops, it will take me awhile to be confident enough to quilt on one of my tops. So for now I will stick with hand quilting or send my bed-size quilt tops to be machine-quilted. Thank you for the chance to win.

Gab said...

I've always loved the look of FMQ, but have been scared of doing it until very recently. I certainly need a lot more practice, but am not scared of trying now! I need to expand the patterns I'm comfortable in doing - this book looks perfect for helping with that!

Mother Dragon said...

As a perfectionist, FMQ scares the crap out of me, but it love the look and hope one day to do it.

LittleGem Roberts said...

I love FMQ but am a very beginner who would love to improve my skills. The book looks fab, fingers crossed lol. Thanks for the giveaway

Unknown said...

I'm thinking that FMQ will become an obsession for me ... once I get my feet wet. This book could help me get my feet wet, don't you think?

Julie said...

I love FMQ....I am still learning and doing a lot of practicing but I love seeing the end result.

Cindy said...

I would to love to win this book to help me on my free motion quilting journey.

Béa said...

I love FMQ, but I'm not good at it ...

cbronso1 said...

I've never tried FMQ. I just started quilting but the projects I've seen from this book make it look doable!

kt said...

Looks like a great book! I am a newbie--still working at it, but I've enjoyed it so far. Thanks for the chance to win!

Christi said...

I have only been quilting for about a year and a half and have been wanting to try FMQ. I would love to have a book that helped with that. I'm not sure even where to begin. Thanks for the give away!!

Momma2Three said...

I haven't tried FMQing before but want to learn, just scared to take that first step!

Margaret said...

FMQ makes my hair stand on end, so I need all the help I can get!

Kymberly said...

I took the plunge into FMQ two quilts ago. I can't say I love it yet, but it's definitely growing on me and has me wanting to learn more.

ELNM said...

I've played around with FMQ just a little bit - I'm a pretty new quilter. This book would definitely give me the confidence to try more. Thanks for the chance!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

Margaret said...

I attempted FMQ a few times but my machine at the time did not like it. So I now have a new machine and am eager to try again. I would love to own this book. Thanks for the great review.

Sandy said...

I'm afraid of FMQ. Gotta be perfect, y'know.

Carol C said...

I have a love-hate thing for FMQ. I love it when I can look at my project and know exactly what I want to do and hate it when the sewing machine decides whether or not it's going to cooperate. I swear it has a mind of it's own some days. Thanks for the chance to win.

GabiP said...

I am just learning FMQ! What a gem this book would be! I think when I become proficient in it, I will love it. FMQ is not something you can just sit down & do - you have to practice to become good at it - just like a musical instrument! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book.

Andrea said...

I love FMQ, I think it is my favourite part of making a quilt! I would love to have this book!!!

Karen said...

The peeks you showed us in this post have me itching to FMQ now :). Looks like a great book to have, especially for inspiration. I struggled with tension on my machine earlier this year with FMQ but resolved it finally so my stitches are good, just need to slow down a bit and break into new designs. Thanks for the chance!

Dorian said...

I'm new to fmqing, haven't tried it yet on a big project. Mostly some practice pieces and am doing a quilt as you go quilt, practicing my fmqing. I love it, and can't wait till I am better at it. I need to build up my book collection, so I can have inspiration and help when I get flustered. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Mary Gregory said...

This looks like such a great book. Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book. i have tried FMQ one and it didnt turn out so great and I have not tried since. Perhaps once I educate myself a little more and practice a little more it will be easier.

Lisa R (KMRdesigns11@aol.com)

Johanna Lovering said...

Free motion quilting is a daunting task as I am not happy if it doesn't look perfect. I guess this book could help as the author teaches that it doesn't have to be perfect.

Lynn said...

I haven't practised FMQ as much as I should have, however, I am inspired by Christina's book!

Lynn, Western Australia

Anonymous said...

I haven't had the nerve to try FMQ so this book would be a great resource. Thanks.

Andrea said...

I like to FMQ, but I could definitely use some tips. I'm stuck on stippling with an occasional cursive word thrown in. :)

leanne said...

I really need to have "it doesn't need to be perfect" as my mantra - maybe I'll print it out nice and big and stick it to my machine - I'm sure that would help me in my fmq journey !

Anonymous said...

This looks like such an amazing book! I really love free motion quilting. I still need more practice before I will love the results, but I enjoy the process, and there are so many possibilities. Thanks for the chance to win!

-Bobbi
amid.this.moment (at) gmail (dot) com

goecker said...

I really like to free motion my quilts unless they are too big to do on my small machine. I sit on an exercise ball when I sew and it helps me with posture, that way i don't get too tired moving the quilt around as I'm quilting. The quilt comes to life as I'm quilting. I would love to win this book, great ideas seen here to try also.

Amy said...

I would love to get better at FMQ! Thanks!

Dixie Torrech said...

Encouragement to try something new.

Nana-Bob said...

I am scared of FMQ but want to learn it. :) I have the 'foot' for it, but just haven't taken the leap yet. Fingers crossed

Born4Travel said...

I am just learning to FMQ on a strip quilt. I get easily frustrated. Maybe I need some instructions. :)

Laura said...

I always dread and postpone FMQ, though once I actually settle down to doing it, I am usually surprised by the fact that it's such a fast and efficient way to finish a quilt.

sayd80 said...

I am pretty new to free motion but love the results!

Laura said...

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway and for all your tips on FMQ! I've just started this...been a bit afraid for a longgggggg time! I would love a chance to win this book!

Sweet blessings,
Laura

Rene' said...

Looks like a great and resourceful book. Need to add this to my wish list. Love your scrappy project and your quilting sample. I'm sad to say that I don't like FMQ but I keep trying and refuse to give up ;-) Thanks for the book review and giveaway chance.

Cheryl said...

I love fmq, I am only a begineer though

Elizabeth said...

I love to FMQ and am improving. I'm always looking to try a new design and be more creative as well as be consistent in stitching.

Shelor Robin said...

Just started fmq--practice, practice,practice . . . .

Dee said...

Getting started is the hard part of FMQ for me. Once I get started I get more comfortable, but not always. I need this book to help me improve my FMQ.

Thanks
dw7645@charter.net

Always In Stitches said...

I would like to receive this new book. It looks fantastic. And by the way your quilting is great!

TravelingModern Quilter said...

I love FMQ, but am still not that great at it. But, it is soooo fun to keep trying. I think my biggest problem is that I tried to start on a large (Queen) quilt in my little Grace (Babylock). I think I would do better starting smaller and getting comfortable with moving the fabric around! Serina

janie said...

I just bought my first LAQ machine and this would be just the thing I need, this book. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance. weeeeee heeee

Laurel09 said...

I haven't done any FMQ. I am really anxious to try it, though, and am currently shopping for a new foot for my machine so I can get started.

ann said...

I am too critical of my FMQ and too restricted in my design choices. This book looks like it could kick start me into branching out and being more forgiving of my attempts.

Nancy said...

I am just getting my feet wet in FMQ. Love your basket
Thanks for the giveaway

ml said...

I'm new to FMQ and love the discovery of new useable designs. Appears this is a book that will get a workout! Thanks for taking the time to make it available for us wanna bes!

Ellen Williams said...

I don't have a lot of experience in FMQ'ing but I do try. At the moment I am trying to find a thread and needle that will make it a bit easier. I would love to win this book.

Becky said...

I'd love to win - I need FMQing lessons! Thanks

dirtyard designs said...

I like FMQ but it makes me nervous. I like to look at books about it to see real life examples of what it is supposed to look like. I have a lot of issues with keeping my stitches even. Thanks for the review!

limivadygirl said...

I love FMQ, but every time I try it on my machine, I get crazy skipped stitches. I took a class last year and the instructor couldn't figure out why, so offered for me to use her machine to check my technique on. No skipped stitches and SO MUCH FUN! I still haven't figured out why my machine doesn't like it, so am curious to read Christina's trouble shooting guide. I can't afford a new machine - esp. when mine is awesome otherwise.

Karen's Vegan Kitchen said...

Looks like a good book to have. I need all the inspiration I can get to finish those UFOs.

Kristi Brown said...

I've just started with FMQ and I can see that this book would be a great resource!

Kaye M said...

I've done free motion quilting but don't have alot of confidence in my skills. My bottom tension isn't very good and I wish my stitches were more consistent. I know I need lots more practice! tkmattson@hotmail.com

ConGhin said...

I most enjoy fmq when I rent time on a long arm machine because I can see a bigger area. I do tend to get too small, so I would love to win this book to try to broaden my stroke a bit. When I do fmq on my home machine, I have found quilting gloves a real benefit. Wearing them definitely reduces the tension in my neck and shoulders. Love all the comments. I always learn so much.

Jan Baker said...

I love FMQ. I have only done a couple quilts but it is wonderful to finish up your quilt. I have a lot of quilt tops finished that I didn't have funds to get quilted and it was wonderful to figure out I could do it myself.

Stitches said...

I have done some FMQ but need a lot more practice..I would love to win this book, I am sure it would help to improve my quilting.

Donna Phelps said...

This book makes FMQ look so easy and there are some great techniques that I would love to learn.I really like the sample you did.

Cathy said...

My machine is so old I am not even sure what foot to use. Last time I tried FMQ, an attached spring-loaded part flew off mid-stream. It was a bit of a shock, but I kept going till I broke a needle and had to stop. So for now my quilting consists of anything I can do with my regular foot. But I'm sure I will either get the right foot or the right machine for it some day, and this book would just be great!

DaniQuilts said...

Definitely love, but definitely challenged. I need to practice, practice, PRACTICE! ;-)

cjmont said...

i am totally lost when it comes to fmq. maybe this book would unblock my mind.

Pattie said...

Wow! Your "trial piece" is amazing: I'd be thrilled to do that well!

I'm ok doing FMQ on small projects (table runners, mug-rugs and such) but find it VERY stressful on lap size or larger quilts. I just don't feel like I have control of my machine.

Serendipity said...

I love to free motion quilt but, sad to say my experience is limited. I need help with branching out and getting new ideas. I see quilts other people do and try to figure out how they make it look so good. I need all the help I can get. I love trying though.

SIMPLESEW said...

I am just learning not to be afraid of my machine eating my hands, I immediately bought the book because I love FMQ and love love linen, plus I am decorating my sewing studio and some of the projects will serve a great purpose..

Sally Ann Flecker said...

I love FMQ, although I'm not yet confident beyond stippling. My paisley attempts always seem flatter on one side than the other. I love the chrysanthemum-ish design you did from the book. Very nice!

aiah23 said...

This book looks like it's so much fun! I'm a bit intimdated when it comes to FMQ but I sure want to jump into it!

Fawn

Ann Dunn said...

I'm intimidated by FMQ. I need to practice, practice but I don't and then wonder why my projects don't come out right. Thanks for the give away, hope I win. Thanks too, for telling us about Christina's blog. I'll have to check it out.

Anonymous said...

I have a love/hate relationship with
FMQ. I love it and would like to get good at it, but I hate it since I can't just do it and get it perfect.

Anonymous said...

POSITIVELY TERRIFIED!!! I do not like how my FMQ'ing looks after I am done. I usually end up doing some sort of straight-line-quilting on my quilts. This would be a great tool to better my skills at FMQ.

Terri Mosier said...

I have been experimenting with FMQ lately, and I have a love/hate relationship with it! I'm still working on all the qwerks with it, the tension, stitch length and all that good stuff. Once I get all that leveled out I love it! And as long as my thread doesn't break, I'm on a roll. Still learning though, so I can't wait until the hate is gone out of the relationship cuz then I will really be on a roll :) This book looks awesome!

Alexis said...

FMQ is totally intimidating to me. I only send my quilts out to have someone else do it. I recently decided that that has to end and I'm going to learn to FMQ. I'm pretty excited about this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

katybee said...

I've always admired your FMQ and am hopeless at it myself. This book looks so useful at helping fumblers like me.

Nexxxus Ramblings said...

I have never FMQ but would love to try one day.

Unknown said...

I only machine quilt but I do smaller quilts. Always enjoy learning more and especially have more design options for the quilts. This book sounds really great. I am ready to win.

Helen in the UK said...

I have had to learn to FMQ or I wouldn't be able to make any finished quilts as long-arm quilters cost far too much to be viable in this part of the world. I love trying new patterns :)

Cassie said...

I'd love to learn free motion quilting I hand quilt all of my designs because I don't know how to machine them.

Donna W said...

i am starting to love it. For the longest time, I was afraid of it, but have been practicing and getting more relaxed! My FMQ is starting to look a lot better.

Gloria said...

I am somewhat intimidated by fmq and spend time practicing before resorting to stippling (again....). I would love to win this book and give some new ideas a try.

Anne said...

I don't love it, but have become better at it with practice. Always ready to learn more.

Laura Mourning said...

FMQ scares me silly!

Kim Geiger said...

FMQ is something I am currently struggling/confused with. I can't seem to get the right speed, motion and the glide of the quilt under the machine. This book seem like a great starting point :)

GrannyTo8Boys said...

Here's my take on FMQ. I was so afraid to try it. I didn't want to ruin all my hard work and I am not a ripper (too lazy), so I watched many, many tutorials. I watched hundreds of them. I said, "I can do this." So, I made lots of pot holders out of my practice sandwiches. The first real quilt I did--I hated it. It was not a good try. Well, guess what?? Everyone who saw it was in awe that it was so beautiful.. What???? OK. I CAN DO THIS!!! Woot. So can you. It is called FMQ for a reason. You can freely quilt whatever you want and it will look good. I know, right? Go FMQ right nwo.

GrannyTo8Boys said...

Here's my take on FMQ. I was so afraid to try it. I didn't want to ruin all my hard work and I am not a ripper (too lazy), so I watched many, many tutorials. I watched hundreds of them. I said, "I can do this." So, I made lots of pot holders out of my practice sandwiches. The first real quilt I did--I hated it. It was not a good try. Well, guess what?? Everyone who saw it was in awe that it was so beautiful.. What???? OK. I CAN DO THIS!!! Woot. So can you. It is called FMQ for a reason. You can freely quilt whatever you want and it will look good. I know, right? Go FMQ right now.

lauraluvsloons said...

I love it! It's been so fun and rewarding to be able to quilt my own quilts. And as I doodle, practice and quilt my quilts, I learn something new everyday.

Sharla Trueblood said...

I want to learn FMQ, so far I've only done straight line quilting.

Shauna said...

I want to learn, and will soon have a long arm, so I can learn on it. :)

Tarmy said...

I fell in love with how FMQ looks when I discovered your blog and Oh Fransson! back in 2008. I took a quilting class and read a whole book about it, but have never had the patience or the time to actually quilt anything, babies and toddlers and no sleep sure cut into creative time Ü. I still dream and love reading your blog. This book sounds great.

Jennie said...

Love it, and hate it. Love it when the planets are aligned, the tension is just right and things go smoothly. Hate it when things aren't working out right. But I want to branch out and try more patterns of FMQing.

Karen Dobbs said...

I haven't done any machine quilting yet, but I'd love to try it out - maybe soon. This book would be a great help. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

MomMom said...

Love this!!Altho my thread tension is always an issue!!

Rhonda Davis said...

I haven't tried FMQ yet, still learning the basics of quilt making. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Patricia said...

I have a longarm and can do simple all-overs like those you showed but have yet to master feathers.

Jude Jones said...

I am getting gradually better, but like others, the throat of my machine is small. I am really interested in your Juki, it looks like it would make the job more fun! I really do love doing it though! I have a longarm, but there are some quilts that I love to do FMQ on my domestic machine. Thanks STASH, for the giveaway. This is one book I would love to read and have for a resource.

ccquilts said...

FMQ terrifies me!! I think if I try it I will ruin my quilt top. So I stitch the top, make the sandwich and ...... It just sits. Maybe this book will get me on track!

Samantha K said...

I would LOVE to add this book to my collection! I want so bad to do FMQ and perhaps convince the Hubs that I should have a Tiara to do the FMQ on. I get ideas in my head on how something should be quilted as I'm making the quilt top, but then usually don't have the time to try to work out those plans and end up either tying the quilt or just doing a stitch in the ditch. I'm hoping that come winter I will be able to start getting into more FMQ while working on baby quilts and work my way up to attempting to do some work on a bed-sized quilt on my domestic machine. Thanks for the chance to win as well as sharing your projects and creations--you inspire me all the time!

Karen Dobbs said...

I haven't done any machine quilting, but I want to do so some day. Maybe this book will help me get started. Thank you for the giveaway.

Teressa P. said...

I would love a copy of this book. If I don't win I'm going to buy one for sure. I need all the help I can get with FMQ. I just did my first quilt with FMQ and like you said I wanted to rip my hair out. But I'm determined to learn it!! Thanks so much :)

Sewbarton said...

I'm new to FMQ but working on it! I need/want to learn much more about it and would love the chance to win this book. Learning about it is almost a love/hate relationship for me. I love seeing how it turns out if i'm doing it properly and taking my time.. but if I start to rush it's a mad time... lol. :-)

Nita said...

I've never tried fmq. I think I just need someone to show me how :)

Candias said...

It is something that I have always wanted to do but without any real instruction, my projects have stunk. I always look at your beautiful projects and say "How does she do that", so I would love to win this book and learn how to do it.

Unknown said...

I have tried FMQ on scrap pieces a few times, but have always been too intimidated to try it on an actual project. Like you, I think I set my sights too high and look for perfection. I am putting this book on my "to purchase" list!

Mary Sunshine said...

I have only tried FMQ once and I'm halfway through that quilt. I haven't worked on it in months. Using minky as backing makes it harder to work with because it is so heavy. It is hard for me as a perfectionist but I love the look of it from a distance! Anyway, I would love to drool and dream over a lovely quilting book!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

I am just learning to FMQ, it is a lot of fun (and less frustrating now that I have a machine designed to do quilting rather than dressmaking!) Your bucket looks great and I will have to try that pattern out too! Have a good week, Jenny

Judy B said...

Looks like a wonderful book! I have done some basic FMQ on my domestic sewing machine, small projects only, lol! Thanks for the chance to own Christina's book.

bee said...

i love Free Motion Quilting! It's so much more fun than straight lines and I love trying new designs - this book sounds very intriguing. thanks!

Janarama said...

I haven't tried FMQ yet. This book is on my buying list now. Looks like this would help tremendously.

charlotte said...

I'm still learning, but never giving up. This looks like a great resource. Love to win a copy.

Fiberquilt said...

love free motion quilting, this book lots so inspiring

tnthomas1 said...

I really want to try FMQ. I took one class several years ago but did not continue to practice. Maybe this book would be just the incentive I need.

Thank you!

quiltzyx said...

Sometimes I love FMQ, sometimes I curse those initials! Isn't that always the way?

Thanks for the chance to win - this looks like a great resource for some peace of mind!

Annie said...

I've done very little free motion quilting so far, but I'm giving myself lots of pep talks to give it a try in the next month or so!

Allison said...

I love the look of FMQ, but I'm terrible at it! I always have back tension troubles, but I'm not giving up :)

Dawna Caplin said...

Love it! Can always use more inspiration on FMQ.

lory said...

sto cercando di imparare il free motion da tanto tempo ma non ho eccellenti risultati.mi piacerebbe poter vincere il libro.ciao lory

slopez45s2000 said...

I would love to learn how to do this. I am afraid to do patterns, I have only done straight lines. Thanks for the chance to win.
Shari

Natalie said...

I love FMQ! I do all my own quilting so I'm always looking for new designs to try. This book sounds perfect. Now I'm off to check out Christina's blog!

grandmarockton said...

wish i could get FREE to do the FMQ! thanks for the chance to WIN book

Cloudmom said...

I am learning FMQ and love a great resource!

Terri Hessler said...

I FMQd my very first quilt all since except for one. I've meandered them all and really want to try something else but need the kind of direction and practice this book offers. I'm trying to win it, but if all else fails, I'll be buying it!

Teri said...

I have been wanting to try free motion quilting, so this book would be great. In the past, I have only hand-quilted.

Sandy O said...

Your FMQ looks good to me. This book is just what I could use to get me started. I have practiced FMO before but did not like my results. I know it is practice,practice etc. Thanks for doing this

Brooke @ little b quilts said...

I love fmq but I need to branch out and try some new designs. It's too easy to just fire up the machine and quilt loops all over ;-)

brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

Irene Ellen said...

I touched a long arm at the state fair and now I'm reworking my budget to fit one in before Christmas! I am having difficulty comparing brands and finding something in my price range (very much south of a new car!) That means a used machine with just the basics. Up to now I've done all my FMQ on my simple Singer, but I've outgrown it now that I am making Queen size bed quilts. My FMQ suffers and I just can't do justice to my quilt tops. Would love to share the book with my quilt club peeps.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful design! It looks like mums to me. You are a very creative lady seeing these patterns and getting them to paper and then the quilting. Keep doing what you are doing.
Debby H

Jill said...

Love toe free motion quilt! There is always more to learn and to try!

Monica patricia said...

I would love to win the book because not long ago I am learning to patch and quilt and would be a great help to have it. Greetings

Hannah said...

I've not yet tried FMQ.

Catrin Lewis said...

I'm quite new to fmq so this book would be great for me. I'm so excited by the limitless possibilities that fmq brings.

jenni said...

I have made 3 quilts that I FMQ. I really like it but am not very good at it! I would love to have this book and get better at it!

Cecilia said...

I am scared of free motion quilting! Yikes! But this looks like a really great book and hopefully it will help me get over my fear.

Naomi said...

I have done very little free motion quilting. I am definitely not comfortable doing it but am willing to keep trying!

sarahlozecki said...

I am afraid of FMQ. Sewing machine issues have only complicated the process for me. I think I am ready to try it again!

Kristine said...

I've tried and failed a few times so I'd really love some help! This is a very timely post for me...2 quilt tops done and not sure how I want them quilted!

SarahZ said...

I have had FMQ on my to-do list since 2008! Still working on my straight line!!! The book looks like a wonderful asset! Thanks!

Paula said...

I loooove FMQ!!! It's so fun and relaxing to me.

Dara said...

I have agreed to quilt two Christmas quilts for my cousin so I have been practicing my various stitches. This book could come in handy!!

Lisas Mom said...

I took a class in FMQ and failed, so many eye lashes on the back I was embarassed to flip my project over. This book would help keep the eye lashes on my lids where they belong.

Terry said...

I love FMQing, thanks to YOU, Amanda Jean, and the great weekend I spent with you last Mother's Day! All that time to practice, plus your guidance and the inspiration from all the other students gave me a huge boost of confidence. I would love to win this book to get more ideas and tips. Thanks for the chance!!

PT in SC said...

I would love any FMQ help I can get and this book looks like it would deliver. Love your sample. Deciding how to quilt something is my biggest struggle. Thanks for the chance.

Toye said...

I have been trying FMQ on scrap squares. I can't even draw with a pencil much less with my sewing machine. I can however seem to fmq in cursive lol. I would love to have some guidence.

Robin Woods said...

I've FMQ'd a couple of quilts and I'm making progress. Much more fun than straight line, at least for me, but I have a long way to go to get consistently even stitching. I need to learn that it's not a race! Would love to win the book! Thank you.

Jodie said...

I love stipple quilting but haven't tried a whole lot of other free motion designs. I'd really like to try pebble quilting - I love how the little circles look and I bet it feels divine. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carla said...

I like doing free motion, but am usually not happy with it. Thanks

Yvonne said...

I just recently bought a Baby Lock Tiara sit down midarm and am loving it. Always looking for new quilting tips and designs.

Amy said...

This book looks amazing! I've bought the foot but haven't been brave enough to try yet...

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of well done FMQ. Some quilting doesn't help the quilt at all and other quilting makes it POP. I'm trying to teach myself free motion quilting but I don't have a dedicated space. It's so hard with the set up and take down. ll_gee (at) hotmail dot com

Therese said...

I have been thinking I need to branch out and try some new FMQ designs. Mine has always been very basic. Will have to take a look at the book. Thanks

Liz said...

I'm definitely a novice in fmq!

Melamoo said...

I love FMQ, but I'm not very good at it. I've taken a couple of classes, but just seem to freeze up when I try it on my own. I'd love to add this book to my quilting library. Thanks for the giveaway!

margaret said...

I said no more books as I have so many but looks like I will have to check this one out and add to the pile and I do not have one on FMQ so do not feel too guilty

Debbie said...

I would love to win this book. I am really bad at FMQ so all I do is stitch in the ditch and some echoing. I could really use some guidance in this area.
I just started quilting 4 years ago and wish I could enter what I make in the shows I go to. Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance to win.

Katelyn Vawter said...

I would love something, anything, to help me with free motion quilting. I think it is SO beautiful and it really adds to a quilt. But mine - not being perfect - is an understatement. I am always looking for tips. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Vicki Posten said...

I have just started to learn this summer. I love it! This book is a great resource.

Jules said...

I am just starting to get into FMQ and really don't know much about it... I am kind of just doing my own thing. This book looks like just what I need to learn the right way to FMQuilt!

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Sandra Dee said...

Oh I wish I had brought this book now! I saw it on holiday but my bag was full of fabric and didn't want to be charged with excessive baggage. I am a newbie at FMQ but love it! It is on my wish list now.

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teresa said...

Hi - thanks for the giveaway! I have tried FMQ but need more practice! I think it is great for smaller pieces.

Gigi Pereira said...

Since i have 8 quilt tops pressed and hanging up ready to be quilted, this book might be just the ticket for me not to use my two standard (only) FM designs - meandering or leaves and vines. Thanks for the great opportunity to try something new!

Karri Symanitz said...

I enjoy FMQ. It would be fun to win a great book. I like to stipple so trying other things would be fun. Thanks for the chance.

Quilting in the South said...

I like anyone can do free motion quilting on their home machine. I am good at pieceing quilts, but need to work on increasing my free motion skills. This book sounds like a great "textbook."

Jill Ash said...

I'm on thr brink of trying fmq for the first time. I've made a scrap quilt but was too daunted to try it in that. Instead I've made some decorative pillow shams, also crazily pieced to try it on.

I'd love to win a copy.

Thanks so much for your inspiring blog :D

Jilly

claire said...

I really want to get into FMQ but am not sure how to start. This book would give me a kick in the pants to get on with a new challenge.Thx

barbara said...

I love the look of FMQ, hat the thought of jumping in and just doing it. One ogf these days though I will start. Always goos to remember it doesn't have to be perfect!.
Thanks

contentncm said...

I love fmq. Recently I finished a large lap with some very small swirls. Love It!
contentncm at yahoo dot com

Katherine McNeese said...

thanks for the giveaway. I have a love-hate relationship with FMQ!

Jacque Dunn said...

I have done very little FMQ but I would love to use it on all my quilts. This book sounds like just the push I need to become confident enough to do it!

Donna said...

I love free motion quilting on my Gammill!

Lisa said...

I love the look of FMQ but I certainly have NOT mastered it.

Melissa said...

I have a pile of quits to quilt in my house. Evenually I just say only quilting for a month and then it's great because I can build on what I was doing with the previous quilt.

Neese Family said...

I am new at Free Motion Quilting. I am having a lot of fun with it! How wonderful that there is a book out there to help us beginners and help us to move to pro's like yourself! You always inspire me!

patty a. said...

I has been FMQ for close to 15 years and I love it! I am interested in this books as it would expand my go to all over designs.

Jessica Young said...

I'm quilting my first project with straight lines. FMQ is up next! I have no idea what doing but I'm definitely going to check out her blog & book. Thanks!

Kelly said...

Love FMQ!!! It relaxes me :)

Rebecca said...

This looks great! I love the look of FMQ, but I've been afraid to try on my quilts; my perfectionism gets in the way. I probably just need to jump in.

Joyce said...

I always hesitate because I don't want to mess up the piecing that I worked so hard to do! Need to just do it.........

Sara said...

I am hooked on FMQ - even though I have only finished one quilt - I cant wait to learn more.

Shanna said...

What a wonderful book, thanks for the chance to win!! I love to FMQ, but I often get stuck in deciding the pattern I want to go since it feels so final. I have been much more brave with trying new things in the past year!

cheeky monkey said...

I am to scared to try FMQ on a quilt.Only used it on little mug rugs or place mats but it looks gorgeous! Need to practice ....

knitterb said...

Just tried FMQ for the first time, and the results were not good. Maybe this book would help!

Sue said...

I would love to have the confidence to try FMQ on a large quilt. I have done large stippling on the children's quilts, where they dont mind how it looks. haha!
Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

Barbara Pricola said...

I really want to learn how to do free motion quilting. I have always quilted by hand, and sometimes that just isn't practical.

Angela said...

I just started learning to FMQ, finished my first small quilt this week! I'd love, love, love to win this book!! Now I'm off to check out her website. :-)

Mary said...

Free motion machine quilting rocks! I really have fun with it and am anxious to learn more.

Trepmom said...

I've practiced a little fmq but mainly have only used my walking foot. I want to fmq. There is such possibility for beautiful quilts! I'm afraid I will mess up my piecework though :(. I would love a copy of that book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Amber Dawn said...

I love FMQ but have only done two (small) quilts so far. I need a lot more practice.

imsewn said...

I love to free motion quilt but rarely do anything beyond the boring stipple. Bring on the challenge! I am ready to spread my wings! This book looks like a great place to start!

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