Check out 180 Doodle Quilting Designs – Free Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond

I’m so excited to tell you about a brand new machine quilting book that I am privileged to be a part of. It’s called 180 Doodle Quilting Designs and it features a plethora of free motion quilting ideas for blocks, setting triangles, and borders. The book has been published by my friends at Martingale/That Patchwork Place (who published both of my machine quilting books.)


This book is different from most machine quilting books out there, in that it is more of a reference book rather than a how-to book with patterns. This clever idea was the brainchild of acquisitions editor Karen Burns, and it features 60 different motifs from 9 talented designers. Each motif is shown how it would work 3 different ways, for a total of 180 possible designs. Check out fun free-motion quilting ideas from:

  • Yours truly – I’m so inspired by seeing my fellow contributors’ designs!
  • Vicki Ruebel – One of my super talented BQF’s (best quilting friends).
  • Karen Burns – Be on the lookout for more collaborations you are sure to love!
  • Melissa Corry – This girl can finish more quilts in a week than most can do in a month!
  • Lori Kennedy – Shh, don’t tell – I have a quilter’s crush on her!!
  • Maddie Kertay – Irreverent and awesome founder of the BAQS (you’ll need to google it… :-))
  • April Rosenthal – I want to be her when I grow up.
  • Sheila Sinclair Snyder – Amazing award winning quilter.
  • Angela Walters – Need I say anything more??

Here’s an example of how the information is laid out for each design:


Plus there’s some handy-dandy info at the front of the book with tips on how to use it, such as tracing over the motifs to get a feel for how each design will flow. I love adding books like this to my reference library. They are great to look through whenever I’m stumped for a machine quilting idea!

As of this writing, 180 Doodle Quilting Designs was ranked #1 new release on Amazon in quilting. To help it stay there, click here to purchase your copy and then be sure to leave an Amazon review. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂 Now I’m off to a do a little more doodle quilting of my own…..

Update – Video Tutorial

Check out this clever video that my friends at Martingale made, showing how to use the book. Simply trace, doodle and quilt! You’ll gain confidence in no time! (Press the play icon to view. )

7 thoughts on “Check out 180 Doodle Quilting Designs – Free Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond

  1. lilquilter says:

    Thanks for promoting this book, Christa. I ordered it immediately after receiving your e-newsletter and it arrived today. I’m excited to start using it because when I try to doodle quilting designs on my own, I get bored and give up, so I think this book will be a big help! I do wish, however, that the book was spiral-bound so that it would lay flat when open. I can probably take it to an office supply store and have it spiral bound, but that would cut off the center of the two page diagrams. No worries, I will persevere nonetheless! Along with your two books, I shall be one step closer to better FMQ skills! Thank you for helping to further out quilting education, and for all your inspiration. Quilt on!
    Lil Koster
    Wilmington, DE

  2. Debby says:

    like I don’t have enough quilting books………………but I went over to Amazon to take a look, did the inside view and just loved not only the designs but the suggestions of how putting them together in different ways gave totally different effects……………..and thus couldn’t resist so I bought it. Thanks for reviewing it here for us

  3. Paula S. Pike says:

    I actually had this wonderful book until my computer crashed last week. I lost everything, files, pictures, treasured downloads. I’m rebuilding….finally did a little quilting for the first time in a week last night.

  4. Renee' Turner says:

    I had pre ordered this book and received it two days ago. I bought it for reference and also for practice tracing (which I love to do with a glass of wine in the evenings on my porch) 🙂

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