I’m back with another fun book review today. I recently finished reading Natalia Bonner’s Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting. I ordered it from Amazon a couple of months ago (yay free shipping!) and finally had some time this weekend to sit down and finish reading it!
First let me tell you something special about Natalia if you haven’t made it over to her blog Piece N Quilt yet. She’s an amazing long-arm quilter and she’s teaming up with some very smart organized people to put on the Small Town Quilt Show in Utah next June. I can’t wait!
But back to her book… It includes over 50 different visual tutorials to get you started, like this one shown below:
It’s extremely helpful for me to know where to start and stop stitching and how to form the shapes whenever I tackle a new quilting design. The back of the book is filled with pages of quilting motifs that you can use to copy the design onto your quilt with a water soluble marker (and a light box).
They are also wonderful to trace around with a pen or pencil to get a feel for the movement of the design. Once you’ve done that a few times, you can try quilting these motifs without marking. I personally enjoy collecting a library of machine quilting designs to try!
After you read though all the excellent information on the basics of free-motion quilting, the book includes 6 quilt projects to try. Each has a little bit of a modern flair and 5 of the 6 quilts feature machine applique (another one of my passions).
The book also includes a few basics talking about batting, basting and some useful tools (which I recommend also). There are some helpful pictures on getting those pesky ending strips to line up while binding so that’s an added bonus. :-)
No matter which type of machine someone quilts on, I get really excited when they encourage others to jump in and give it a try.
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