Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting…

Last week JoAnn’s was having yet another SALE…so using my coupons, I bought this wonderful book, “Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting” by Natalia Bonner!  And what a book it is!!  GREAT! 

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First off, if you follow Natalia’s Blog then you KNOW what a talented quilter and Free Motion Quilter she is!  She is so good that that she does it for a living!  Her quilting takes your breath away!  So when she told us that she wrote this book I was a wee bit sceptical…I wondered if she could tone it down enough for us ‘beginners’?  You know, make it easy enough for a beginner…?

WELL…after flipping through this book it quickly went into my shopping cart!!  In a glance I could tell Natalia did a superb job at reaching all levels of FMQ…making it look very easy to boot!  I knew that it was just what I needed to improve my FMQ skills…or should I say LACK of skills!

Let me show you a couple of pages…Natalia talks a lot about filling an empty block…something that we all struggle with!  Love all of her suggestions and I love the way she breaks it down into easier steps!


And what to do with those small simple nine patch blocks…LOVE it and SEW do-able!…with practice!


I loved her section on letters…I would have never thought to incorporate names and letters into a quilt…and she makes it look quick and easy.  I can’t wait to try this!!


Yup…I’m loving this book!!…and I’m loving the price I paid for it!  My BFF, JoAnn, REALLY knows how to make a quilter feel welcome!

As I have said, Natalia has a great BLOG called Piece N Quilt !!  Go over and say HELLO…but be prepared to be in awe…mouth watering, delicious Free Motion Quilting…I’m hoping that if I hang out over at her blog long enough, some of it will rubs off on me!  Oh yeah…and there is that little thing called..practice…

I am up bright and early this morning…all dressed and raring to go to the annual Spring Fling Quilt Shop Hop…involving EIGHT Quilt Shops! These shops are all along the I-10 Freeway from Palm Desert to Corona in Southern California.  We have a truck and van going with a total of 11 fun loving quilters!!  YeeeHaw…first stop is my personal favourite …Stars and Scraps!  Oh yeahhhhh…bring it on!!

Have a thrilling THRIFTY Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. I have been following her work for a long time and picked up her book over the holidays. I love the pictures and great info in it.
    I had the pleasure of sharing a shuttle bus with her mother and her last fall. She is such a sweet heart!

  2. That looks like a great book - I need to venture out of my safe zone - it's just kind of scary after all the work that goes into piecing that I tend to not take risks on the quilting part.

  3. good luck with that fmq thing, hope the book helps. I'll check out her site. thanks for sharing.

  4. I have been wanting this book! I wasn't sure about it though... so thanks for the review!

  5. Paulette, I have this same book and it is terrific. I keep reading it over and over and someday soon I will be ready to FMQ! Have fun at the shops!

  6. Double arcs are also called continuous curves. I have a sign in my studio at home--"continuous curve takes FOREVER!!" If I am going to do continuous curve on a quilt, I let the owner of the quilt know ahead of time--"this could be an expensive quilting job!!" :))

  7. Paulette! Thank you so very much for sharing such a kind review! I'm sitting here reading your post, through tears in my eyes. I can't believe you'd write such sweet things! Thank you! You made my day! :)

  8. What a deal. Great find. Great book too! And, I enjoy Natalia's blog also.


  9. Thanks for the book review! I am always lost for a while whine I try to decide WHAT to quilt in spaces. Looks like a good book!

  10. I will have to check this book out! Sounds like a great one! Can't wait to hear how your day went with all the other quilters!:) And I'm loving your chevron quilt and I'm sure your daughter will too! Have a great weekend!