Saturday, October 06, 2012

book review: beginner's guide to free motion quilting = {a giveaway}

I was so happy that Natalia asked me to be a part of her blog book tour! (all photos courtesy C&T publishing)

If you have followed her blog at all then you know that she does some amazing work.  Between the quilt designs (many with amazing applique) and the actual quilting, she is one talented mama!
Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Natalia has written her first book for the beginner home machine quilter!
Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

As Natalia said in her kick off post, quilting does seem to be a family affair! I learned to sew and quilt from my mother.  We didn't have formal lessons, I just learned as we worked on projects and as questions arose.  I love that at the beginning of the book she lays out simple instruction with photos of the different aspects of quilting: the type of feet you might need, thread selection, basics of basting, etc.  I love having all of that information so handy in one place!  I'm always learning something new!

Lately my littleslouwho are my reason for quilting.



I've made and am working on many quilts for them and me and the mrlouwho.  I wish I had Natalia's book when I free motion quilted my first quilt!  It's a good thing no one inspects each little stitch!!

The book has great step-by-step photo instructions to achieve many basic quilted patterns!
Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

There is also valuable information on achieving something more than just an all-over pattern of stipples or loop-de-loops.  Which as a beginner is mostly what I do these days!

I am finding that I really love doing the actual quilting part, but I need more practice.  I can't wait to dive a little deeper into the book and try out some of the techniques!  I have some more placemats to make, they are the perfect size on which to practice! I'll show you when I finish them.

Natalia, thanks for including me!  There will be a giveaway on each post during the tour and a grand prize on her blog at the end of the tour!! All winners will be announced 18 March!

Would you like to win a copy of Natalia's book?  Just leave me a comment here telling me who or what inspired you to start a current project you are working on!

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SewLindaAnn said...

My current project is an Art Journal that I'm sketching and coloring in with whatever strikes me. I have statements to go along with each picture and I want to incorporate it into a quilt. My inspiration for this project came from Jane LaFazio whose blog I love.

eckleinman said...

I just got a huge box of patterns from my grandmother. I decided to make a skirt from said box of patterns. When I opened the pattern, I knew immediately that it was one she had used because it smelled of her perfume! I swore she was standing next to me:)

Allison said...

this book looks great! FMQ is definately something I need to work on. Right now, I'm working on a patchwork quilt for charity, and a penguin quilt for my son who loves penguins :)

Lisa said...

I am making a simple nine patch with some lovely fabrics inspired by my non-stitchy sister. She chose a few of the fabrics and I've added to them. I think perhaps because she doesn't sew, she has a very fresh eye for colour and pattern. It's a really fun project!

moonlightsewing said...

I'm currently working on ... oh, about different things, including the "bird quilt", which is the result of the free form robin I participated in this year. The journey was a great opportunity, and really gave me the chance to stretch myself creatively. Not to mention, I have a quilt that the hands of 8 different helped to make. I need to finish borders, and then do the baste/quilt/bind steps. Every month was a different inspiration based on the quilt in my hands, but my daughters were the inspiration for MY starter piece. This is for them.

Angie said...

I would absolutely love to have this book!! Posy Gets Cozy inspired me to start a scrappy patchwork quilt that I'm cutting 4" squares for right now.

hueisei said...

I'd love to win this great book. Thanks :) I'm currently working on a Birdie Stitches quilt.

Jenny L said...

I'd love this book! Recently I've been inspired by my mom and her leader/ender projects to start my own leader/ender projects from my scraps. My project will become a baby quilt for my next door neighbor who is having a baby girl after two boys!

Rosa said...

I have many projects started but when I start a new one I like to see the pattern, and if I learn something new.I love QALs because thereare always something new to learn.
If you want you can go through my blog and take a look
moramargaritaster.blogspot.com

Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Staci said...

Granny Squares. Yes, I know everyone is doing them and I followed along, lemming like, with the crowd after seeing them all over blogland. These blocks are addicting and I love making them. I bought a fq bundle of fabric that really was a mistake. The fabric just wasn't me, so I chopped the entire thing up into 2.5 inch squares and I've been making grannies! And now that my fq bundle has been chopped small enough I'm just loving it! And when I finish I'll have a beautiful quilt to give as a gift.

Julie said...

I'm just beginning free motion quilting and would love to have another book as inspiration and direction. My children & grandchildren inspire me every day.

Linda said...

HELLO! MY CURRENT PROJECT IS A BABY QUILT FOR CHARITY>I THINK THE LADIES AT OUR CHURCH HAVE INSPIRED ME TO CONTRIBUTE FOR UNWED MOTHERS.

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

My daughter went on a trek 3 years ago now and I had the idea for a memory quilt--and I'd never pieced or quilted before. It's all put together now; I'm just getting up the courage to actually quilt the designs I've outlined ...

Karen said...

My current project is just a small pencil case for my 11 yr old daughter to gift to her friend next week; we just chose the fabrics, trims and zipper together. She is going to have a go at sewing some parts too!

cherylj said...

My current project is a whole bunch of x,as pillow for my family because I wanted to try to a mostly homemade Xmas this year.

Taryn said...

I am working on a ton of quilts right now, mostly inspired by the fact that the holidays are quickly approaching!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Nice book!!!! My current project is inspired by Christmas - I am in a mad dash to get lots of things made to send home for gifties :)

SewCalGal said...

I'm cutting Fall fabrics for a new project. A newly released book inspired me! It focuses on Fat Quarters, but I wanted to use Fall Fabrics so bought my own yardage to make the quilt as I couldn't find the right colors in fat quarters.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

KerryQ said...

Not quilty, but Halloweenie! :). My current project is a trench coat for my middle guy's costume. He's very into detectives and spies, so we're doing an updated Sherlock. The deerstalker hat is next! This books looks like just what I need to get going on FMQ!

OhioLori said...

Currently inspired by my Daughter, that lives in NC! We are workin' on 3rd project "together" now. We pick a pattern, then both make it up...& when we get to visit each other..we Exchange what we have made! So we each get a special Hug from each other! Has been sooo fun... I miss her bein' so far away...and this is a way for us to feel close to one another! SHE is my Inspiration...for this, and sooo much more!

Thanks for chance to win this coool book! :)

Sinta Renee said...

That book looks amazing! I am working on a yoyo quilt right now. Before I ever quilted or knew anyone who quilted I bought raffle tickets for a gorgeous yoyo quilt from the late 1800's. It has always been on my mind... since I didn't win it! So, now I can make one of my own. I could really use help with machine quilting... the last frontier:)

Sharon S said...

I am working on 2 Twister quilts in red.white & blue. I belong to a group that makes quilts for wounded soldiers. After quilting for 32 years it was time to quilt for those in need. Love all the inspiration from the modern quilters.

Lisa Marie said...

My sister inspired my current project. She loves sunflowers and I have this gorgeous fabric with giant sunflowers on it. I cut out a section that looks like a big sunflower painting and now I'm piecing scrappy blocks to go around it. So far I'm loving the way it looks. I think I know what my sister is getting for Christmas!

Leslie said...

My current project is a scrappy quilt with Fall colors. I just pulled some stash fabric and started cutting and sewing. I was inspired by the weather cooling down and the season turning to Fall.

Katy Cameron said...

I'm currently working on some infinity scarves so that I don't freeze this winter - so many people had them last winter, I figured it was time to catch up as many people started posting about them again!

Thanks for the chance to win, that looks like a really useful book

Cecilia said...

My current project is a Turning Twenty pattern using batiks selected by my oldest daughter. This will be a queen size quilt for her and her husband. I will be quilting it on my home machine and would love to have this book as a reference. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Margi said...

My current project is a table runner inspired by Pat Sloans Pick a Pear design that I am calling pear-a-licious! I'm taking the base pattern and wonkifying it. I would love to learn, with guidance, more actual quilting. I do just the basic quilting so far.

Rachel Booth said...

My current project is a Tula Pink quilt that I designed and am using the Birds and Bees fabric!! It's my first pieced quilt and i'd LOVE to win this book! :)

KaHolly said...

My current project is an applique quilt from a back issue of Fons and Porter magazine called Hannah's Flowers. While I am in TX during the winter and early spring months, I sit with an elderly lady who has Alzheimers a few days a week so her husband can go out with the boys, bowling, as well as any other time he needs to be away from the house. I started this quilt to work on while we shared time together and so she'd have something sweet to throw over her lap. It should be ready for Christmas!! ~karen

Dyann Cox said...

My current project is a full size quilt. I am using Eleanor Burns stripping method for "Courthouse Steps"...I am making it as a thank you gift for a dear friend:)Would love this book for ideas for the quilting!

Gill said...

My current project (one of them!) is a 'Groove' quilt! I saw it on a blog (pileofabric) and Just had to make it! It's my first 'solid' quilt so I'm looking around for quilting ideas!

Monica said...

I am currently working on finishing up a quilt for my cousin who just had a baby girl! I love making baby quilts, but I'm so unsure about the actual "quilting" part. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

~Kelie~ said...

My current projects are inspired by each person they are for! A quilt for my step son who is all about football (field goal quilt) and a Nightshade Quilt for a friend that is inspired by the fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenny Wren said...

My little girl's love of tea parties inspired me to make some Dresden Fairy placemats for her. I'm at the hand quilting stage and I'm sure that they have been taken out of the sewing room for trial runs already.

marie said...

Right now I am helping a friend finish some quilts she is going to donate for the local high school football fund.

Judith said...

Today, I found out that I am a Great Aunt once again with joy and will start his quilt. I had the fabric, but did not know where to go with it. Now that I have seen a photo of him, a sweet, but cuddley quilt it is. Judith, Texas

Amy said...

My current project is putting together the blocks I have received from my inspirational International Stashes bee group!

Lisa Lisa said...

My current project is a quilt for a friend who's going through cancer treatment. I just finished a quilt that was raffled off at a benefit for him and am making his quilt out of the same fabrics. I'm a cancer survivor, so this is very close to my heart. It'll be a surprise for him :) I would love to win this book! Free motion quilting scares me but I want to learn how because it's so awesome!!

Deb said...

I am currently putting together a quilt top from the last 2 bees I have been in. So awesome to have quilt blocks from all over the world.

Karen said...

My current project is a baby quilt to place under the Christmas tree at church, for donation to young moms with babies, struggling to "make it work"... I'm making it a scrap challenge for myself, too, as this will be only the second scrap quilt I've done... I really like it... now, as for quilting, I had planned straight stitches, but, perhaps inspired by some of the pictures over the next couple days I'll take a risk... thanks!

barbara woods said...

i am making a baby quilt for a grandson who's wife is p g

West Michigan Quilter said...

My great grandson inspired my latest project. I took a block from Monster Patch by Kids Quilts and made it into a wallhanging because it reminded me of my great grandson when I go to see him, arms spread wide in greeting and saying Hi! Hi! Hi! I'd love to see Natalia's new book!

Bea GarcĂ­a said...

My Mom is my inspiration for my WIP... Thanks for the chance to win!

Jill said...

I am currently making a quilt that is the Irish Flag. My aunt and uncle go above and beyond for my kids and I want to give them something really lovely this Christmas. I love to quilt and am anxious to get my hands on this book!

Denise in PA said...

Looks like a fabulous book! The inspiration for my current quilt is my brother's wedding - which is NEXT weekend!!!

Caryn said...

My seven year old's need for a weighted blanket is my current inspiration.

Marla Nelson said...

I just signed up for a machine quilting class with three friends. My next goal is to learn how to machine quilt. This looks like a nice book for a give away. marlaruthnelson@gmail.com

sandra said...

I love Natalie's quilting and have followed her blog for two years so I am really interested in her book because I can't seem to master machine quilting. I have a number of projects under way right now one is a baby quilt for a grand nephew so I am busy because Christmas is coming.

Hitch and Thread said...

I'm always inspired by artwork, I'm working on a clamshell pillow right now but I wish I had time for all my ideas!

Shannon said...

My current projects (tablerunners and a quilt) are inspired by 7 year old son who is now with Jesus. :)I'm sewing to raise money for a family in need in Ethan's memory. I can't wait to get a copy of this books!!! Natalia is so sweet, and even emails people (me) back personally, answering questions. :) Thank you for the really nice and thorough review!

Karen said...

My current project is a fall leaf quilt inspired by my husband and a blog hop. He's always wanted something that matches our apartment which is in all fall/Tuscan colors. I've tried a few all over FMQ designs, but haven't tried to break out, so winning this book would be great. Even if I don't win I'll probably check it out. :) Thanks for the chance!

Sue said...

I am inspired by all of the quilting blogs I follow...so many wonderful projects to try. I am currently working on Christmas table runners for a upcoming sisters only weekend.

JuneBug said...

This might sound lame, but my most current project is inspired by Heather Ross. Which sounds so cliche, because really she inspires so many, but her recent book and release of so many of her designs has really made me less scared to use some of my HR prints, so therefore... I'm actually starting a HR fairy tale princess quilt! Phew. I can stop hoarding that now :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Actually the current project was inspired by a pattern in an older McCalls Quilting magazine. I love house quilts, and this one was made using only my stash. Yay! Now on to the quilting. BTW, are you not doing Sew and Tell anymore?? Missed you yesterday.

Michelle Jensen said...

I have so so many projects right now that I am working on. What a multi-tasker I am but really I think it is a crazy person all over the place, :). The biggest project that I am working on is a quilt for my aunt. I saw a picture on interest with floating churn dashes. I thought it would be perfect for the quilt for her. It is just ready to get basted so in a matter of a few days I should be free-motion quilting it and I am super impressed with the book because I am a beginner and I would love to get better and be more creative with my free-motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Mary said...

My most current project is inspired from a post Bonnie Hunter did with the Word Play Book. I am collecting shirts to use in the next mystery Bonnie will have through the holiday season. I'd love to have Natalia's BOOK! Quilting is my favorite part, it means it is almost DONE!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I was listening to a podcast and she talked about completing one UFO a month next year. I decided to take that idea and run with it now. I am currently working through my boxes of UFOs. All of which will need to be quilted. By me. So this book would be a HUGE help!

Bonnie58 said...

My current project is a BOM quilt that I am FMQ on my home machine. It is taking me a LOT longer to finish than I had anticipated, but I am doing it myself. And my stitch tension and length is getting smoother all the time. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

justacraftymom said...

My mother is my quilting inspiration! She was the one that taught me how to sew many years ago when I was just 7. Now I enjoy getting together with her for a weekend of sewing together! Thank you mom

Allison C said...

I'm working on journal covers to donate to a benefit auction for a friend's husband who has brain cancer. It is inoperable, he is only 33, and they have a 3 year old. Very sad story and I'm happy to do anything to help them.

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

One of my (many) current projects is "The Shirt Quilt" I'm making out of men's dress shirts. A lot of the style-inspiration for it came from a foundation-pieced string quilt top that I quilted for a friend. My friend's mother made her quilt top 40 years ago ... and I got to quilt it this summer. Beautiful quilt, and great inspiration!

Tracey said...

Today I gave my current project to it's new owner. My friend's daughter has Lupus and I decided to make her an encouragement quilt. At last year's lupus walk I had a large blank block and had all our team members sign it. It took me way to long to complete it, but I think giving it to her at this year's walk was awesome.

Barb and Sharon said...

My current project is a vintage quilt top I won on eBay. I am using it to practise my LA skills as I am a new LAer.
Barb@Witsend

P. said...

I was inspired to make a little something with a fat quarter bundle a friend gave me last Christmas. So I made my first Swoon block yesterday which I intend to bind and give to my friend this Christmas as a table mat.

Unknown said...

I recently attended a Fiber-Adventures retreat taught by talented artists, Louise Schotz and Jamie Kalvestran. They are my inspiration! I never believed I could do free motion quilting, but the results were amazing! We also worked on a thread painting project that brought out my inner artist!!!

Jeanne Gwin said...

Halloween inspired me this time, well and Madame Samm (watch her, she is addictive). Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book.

Carol in E TN said...

I have a quilt that I started at least 8-9 yrs. ago. It won't take too much to finish it and I'd love to do my own quilting, so if I win this book it would be great. If I don't win, I will definitely have to purchase this book!

nicole said...

I am currently working on a quilt for my boys. so, we'll see how that goes! lol
thanks for the giveaway!

Kate said...

My current project was inspired by my niece, I felt the need to make something girly!

YC said...

Lots of new babies (coming and arrived) for my friends. Baby quilts galore! I could use some more-than-stippling quilting inspiration.

I Love You, Evie said...

My current project is for my granddaughter: a pillow to coordinate with the quilt I just finished for her. Her 11th birthday is coming up in a few weeks. soparkaveataoldotcom

Fran said...

My current project is a postage stamp quilt that I'm making for my Mum for Christmas, I was inspired to use the pattern from Elizabeth Hartmans' first book & also by the Echo fabric line by Lotta Jansdotter that I'm using, they seemed to be perfect together. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

Seams Inspired said...

Today's inspiration is from a pretty harlequin fabric that I'm stitching into a ruffled tunic. I'd love to win this book! I have 2 quilt tops I have completed, yet I'm afraid to finish them because I don't want them 'ruined' when I attempt to quilt them.

Beth said...

I just made an improv mini, and was inspired by a conversation with my best friend, in which I expressed a desire to set aside some time and give it a try. When I got home after that talk, I thought, "Why not? What is stopping me?".

Michele said...

I've been waiting until this book came out. It sounds terrific and just what I need to get started actually quilting my own projects.

I am working on so many things at the moment...the mini mystery roudn robin piece, 2 Halloween swap pieces and a baby quilt. Then the quilt for my mom is next and I hope to have it done by Christmas.

Cheri C. said...

My family inspires me. I want to do more to show them that I can create and start a business one day when I learn the final steps in quilting. So, this book would be great to help me get there as I would learn to finish a few tops that I have started.

gpc said...

My current project is a fish quilt that I made up myself after seeing a photo of a woman with a lap robe that had fish on it. My brother is so hard to buy for but he is an avid fly fisherman, so I decided to piece a throw for him. The top turned out well, rustic and manly, but now I have to quilt it, so I need some free motion help! :)

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Dorian said...

I am currently working on two baby quilts for forum members and one for my 6 month old, so babies is what is inspiring me :) And I would LOVE to have this book!!

MIss Sherry said...

Making some awesome jewelry rolls for Christmas gifts for some dear friends. The pattern is not hard but involved so I only make them for very special people- you all know what I mean. BTW, I do believe I would LOVE Natalia's book!

sheddy said...

My current project is a baby quilt for my son's namesake. I was going to send it out to get it quilted, but now I think I'll give it a try!

Phyll said...

Right now I am working on some corn heating bags fall finally arrived here & have several requests. Thanks

Melinda said...

I'm currently working on some Halloween stuff inspired by my kids, of course, but I'm squeezing in FMQ practice when I can and hoping to get back to my scrappy quilt with some new skills!

kay said...

My sister, who loves dogs, inspired my current project, which is a quilt covered with whimsical dog designs. This book should give me some great ideas for the quilting step...

Laura said...

I have always sewed clothing and just in the last year I have taken up quilting. I am on my fourth quilt, but I have yet to quilt it myself for I am paranoid! Like how in the world do I put this under my little machine! This book will inspire me to do the quilting myself!

MamaLadyBug said...

My sweet niece just gave birth to her adorable little girl and I just have to make her a baby quilt. Can't wait to see Natalia's book in my hands!

aerialkabuki said...

I felt like making something christmassy, so I'm quilting a christmas tree wall hanging.

Lee Ann said...

Hi...I just found the blog hop. I am new to fmq. I have been working on UFO's that the tops were constructed over 8 years ago. Now it is time to quilt them. I am too cheap to pay for them to be quilted. lol thanks so much for a chance to win! Happy Quilting

sallgood said...

I'm working on a bright polka dot quilt-I thought of it while I was working on something else, and I quickly put aside the first project. Sometimes you just have to go where inspiration takes you! :D

tlcala4me said...

I have wanted to learn to quilt since I received my quilt from my grandmother, oh so many years ago. I knew that someday I wanted to create such things. But sewing wasn't a big thing in our house. A little mending went on but not much else. Zip forward a bunch of decades and my oldest daughter learned to quilt from her grandmother [my MIL] and won a prize for her first quilt. Another decade or so and I finally found my window of opportunity when I came across the CRAFTSY BOTM with Amy Gibson. So I am learning quilting while sharing it with a few of my children at the same time. Having an incredible time at it and being wowwed by all the creative women that can be accessed through the internet now.

Ms De said...

I am currently working on a quilt for a little boy whose brother passed away from cancer a couple months ago. It is "The Neighborhood" fabric which has kitties, doggies, tic-tac-toe, hopscotch...all the things they loved to do together!
this book looks wonderful! I need free-motion help!!

Barb N said...

I almost didn't comment because the book looks so intriguing, but having to wait until March 18 is just about five months too long to wait to get my hands on it! Looks like a great resource.

pinksuedeshoe said...

I just decided to make a quilt for my dad for Christmas using his parents clothes, his dad passed away this last summer and I am hoping that I can surprise him for Christmas! (I really need to get my act together!)

Karen said...

Amylouwho -- Love your blog posts! I was inspired to make my recent Kim Diehl "Penny Garland" by my friend Debbie. She has many many sweet little wool projects in Kim's books and they are always beautiful!

Thanks for the great giveaway and have a blessed day!
Karen

Jevne said...

The project I am working on was inspired by a quilt made by Wanda of Exuberant Color.

Carrie P. said...

My current project is a row quilt along that is going on with Lori Holt from Bee in My bonnet. thanks for a chance to win the book.

Pam said...

I'm making a quilt for my sisters 60th birthday ...so I'd have to say she inspired me on this project.

ritainalaska said...

my current sewing project: mango salsa stars that i cut some time ago and kitted. love the tonga treat that it was and the free pattern featuring it. thanx for the chance to win a copy of this book; i need all the help i can get for free motion quilting.

Rebecca Grace said...

Well, my CURRENT project is participation in SewCalGal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, a commitment to set aside time at least once per month just to practice a new quilting technique. I was mostly inspired to do this by blogger Wendy Sheppard over at Ivory Springs, because her work is so beautiful and she is so encouraging to beginners. And the next non-practice project on my horizon is a Storm at Sea quilt inspired by The Quiltmaker's Gift (children's story book) AND by a friend of mine who has had a rough year and posted a fortune cookie on her facebook page that said "You Can't Stop the Waves, but You Can Learn to Surf." I think this book sounds perfect for where I am in my quilting journey right now, so if I don't win a copy, I'll definitely put it on my wish list for this holiday season!

rvquilter said...

I just started a jelly roll race quilt. Not sure which of the many sites I found my first inspiration for this quilt :( but it's fun!
thanks for the chance to win a book that I REALLY Need!

Sarah Craig said...

I'm currently working on a low volume quilt, inspired by AmandaJean's pretty quilts. Lots of scrappy sewing and soft colors. Love it!

Donna Joy said...

I have a tulip bag I am making for a friend. She wants to put her camera lenses in the many pockets.
Ohh how I want to learn FMQ, thanks for sharing.

Marcia W. said...

My mother inspired me to begin my current project. I wanted to make a civil war-ish quilt, and she looked for a pattern and suggested that I make a quilt from the cover of an old issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. She had written little notes on the magazine cover. So, I'm enlarging the lap quilt pattern to make a bed-sized quilt!

Catskill Quilter said...

My inspiration for my latest project was the desire to FINISH something! I have way too many UFO's and I took some blocks and made a little wall hanging.

ktquilts said...

I am working on two projects right now. One is a quilted wall hanging for my freshly painted kitchen. The other is quilting a UFO. Boy, could I use the book!

babiesdoc said...

I am not working on anything today
but tomorrow I want to start
some crayon bundles for a little friend with who I am travelling next week
and a quilt for my senior partner who turns 65 in november

babiesdoc said...

I am not working on anything today
but tomorrow I want to start
some crayon bundles for a little friend with who I am travelling next week
and a quilt for my senior partner who turns 65 in november

Jheld said...

I am working on my first BOM. I am just beginning to practice FMQ. I will need lots of practice. This book looks like it would be a great help. Thank you for the give away!

Anda W said...

My fabulous mom who does everthing for others has inspired me to make her a quilt for Christmas! awolk at rogers dot com

lynaeve said...

christmas did lol

corinne said...

4 baby quilts for 4 beautiful baby boys that were been born this summer. This book looks amazing, thank you so much for a chance to win it.

Sewgirl said...

I have been interested in the Jelly Roll Race idea, and have started one of those. Now I just need to figure out how to quilt it! Always the challenge for me.

Sallie said...

I'm working on quilts for a charity, Quilts without Borders. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennie P. said...

I'm inspired by my sweet nieces. I want to make them each a quilt that is specific to their personalities.

CathyK said...

My latest quilting projects were inspired by my great niece and great nephew!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

My current project is the vintage modern quilt along. I was inspired by a blog and I'm moving along now. Unfortunately, I can't think of how I shoul quilt it! I look forward to adding this title to my library!

Maryjo said...

I am working on a fall quilt so I guess I am inspired by the season:) This book looks like it has great ideas...hope I win! Thanks!

Maryjo said...

I am working on a fall quilt so I guess I am inspired by the season:) This book looks like it has great ideas...hope I win! Thanks!

Jusmom1 said...

I am currently working on a quilt for my dad for Christmas. He will be 80 tomorrow! As far back as I can remember my dad's hug has always been warm and comforting. Now that he is getting older and having some health issues his body doesn't stay as "warm" as it used to. This quilt is my way of giving him a warm, comforting hug whenever he needs it!
lindapawlak@verizon.net

Janis said...

Among my projects in progress is a quilt for my dear son. It is a lodgey looking quilt for him to use on the bed in his camper. His courage in life is an inspiration to me. And my beloved DIL whom we lost, all my work is in her memory, to the glory of God.

Mara said...

I think my kids inspire all of my projects one way or another, but blog world is a great inspiration also.

Carla said...

The fabrics inspired me for sure! Thanks

Liz G said...

The inspiration for my latest project comes from my first niece baby lyla! She should be making her arrival next month and I am so excited to wrap her up in the quilt I'm making for her!

Liz G said...

The inspiration for my latest project comes from my first niece baby lyla! She should be making her arrival next month and I am so excited to wrap her up in the quilt I'm making for her!

quilterseig said...

One of my 5 current projects in various stages is Lori Holt's row-a-long QAL and I was inspired by visits to Lori's blog. I'm a beginner free motion quilter and would love to be entered in the giveaway.

JaneB said...

Wow look at all these comments! I'm working on a Christmas table runner using a small piece of Santa fabric from Victoria at Bumblebeans.. She offered to send out two Santas & I made a block for her quilt with one. Her block will be mailed after my quilt group meeting on Wednesday. I hope I'll get my table runner top done too. This looks like an inspiring book.

HallieBerryQuilts said...

I'm currently taking an 11 month class at my LQS to complete the queen size Farmer's Wife quilt. I was totally inspired by my quilty friends who enjoy each and every class with me. I'm using all my DS fabrics, and it's so much fun!

B Greene said...

Katy Jones (@imagingermonkey) hosted a great QAL for a postage stamp-style quilt and I thought it was the perfect way to utilize my growing scrap collection. I have FMQ'ed one quilt and would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!

Samantha said...

I am currently making baby doll quilts for my girls. I was inspired by their love of being little mommies :)

Brynn said...

My current project is inspired by my desire to finish it!!! Maybe before Christmas? A girl can dream :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Sara said...

I am just starting to make Christmas Stockings. Yep, it's about time there was one for each of us. What's wrong with a matchy matchy goodness!

Sherrywc said...

My current project began when I saw an example hanging in my LQS. My DH happened to be along on that trip and fell in love with that quilt too. I just knew it had to hang on our wall someday soon.

Phyllis said...

Current inspiration? - Necessity. I want to finish a quilt for my sister for Christmas. Fingers crossed.

Make Do and Create said...

I saw a scrapbook map online and decided to make it fabric style. I just bought a free motion quilting attachment, and I'm not sure I know what I'm doing! I'm trying to trace the states! This book info comes at a great time!

BizyStitches said...

The project I'm working on now is two quilts for twin boys who are my great nephew. Thanks for the give away

CJ said...

My current project is an overdue quilt for my son. So I would say my son inspired me as I like to make my kids a quilt for each year of college.

Patty said...

My grandmother taught me how to sew and quilt. My current project is a quilt for my newest granddaughter.

Diane E W said...

I am currently working on a Dresden Star quilt. I made the quilt top at my LQS, but I used aged muslin for the setting squares and borders, giving me a lot of wide open spaces for quilting. Still on the frame but I am loving it and it will stay in my studio. Would love to win Natalie's book to see all the "tricks" of the trade.

HouseManagerLady said...

Who or what is inspiring me to quilt...well, I just recently got back into quilting after many years(well, okay not so very many, I'm only 30 after all :-D)because my work was/is/continues to be incredibly stressful. There is very little structure/order/balance to my days and quilting provided that. I found calm and balance in piecing together squares, and rectangles (I avoided triangles early on, because points just sounded stressful and I didn't need any more of that). Playing with color and having something wonderful to show for it all is exactly what I need in my life right now. Thank you for the giveaway!

Janet said...

My current project is making granny squares using the strip method for a swap. I am inspired by blogs and flickr. So much creativity out there and people are so willing to share! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathie said...

I joined Threadbias' Vintage Holiday Quilt Along with Fabric Mutt. It is such a quick and beautiful quilt!

Becky said...

My current project is an "aged" wool applique project. My friend Pat inspired me to begin working with wool. Thanks for the giveaway!

JustPam said...

Right now I am working on a quilt that I am making for a little boy I "met" on FB who has a terminal disease. There is a rather new surgery that he will be getting near Christmas that will hopefully save his life and improve his quality of life. I am making them a Christmas quilt to auction off or raffle for money to help pay for the surgery. His name is Christopher https://www.facebook.com/ChristophersMiracleJourney?fref=ts .

Donna Hollingsworth said...

I am working on a quilt for the Quilts for Kids Organization that donates quilts to children with cancer. I am new to machine quilting and this is my first attempt at machine quilting so I could really use a guide!!!

hj232 said...

Fun! I'm currently making a large picnic blanket for me and the kids. I found some "Backyard Baby" on sale. Score,,

tpott said...

I just bought the teal border for a quilt made with a Kate Spain's "Terrain" layer cake. I'd love to own this book, I need all the help with free motion quilting I could get. ;-> Toni Anne

Jo said...

I saw a table runner and I just have to make a similar one for my parents for their Christmas table.

Rebecca said...

I'm currently working on a strippy scrap quilt. A honeybun inspired me :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sarah Russett said...

The project I am working on (just have the binding left to do) was featured in the show Sarah's Summer House on HGTV and then on the cover of Country Living magazine. It is a simple Red and white quilte done with one block...the Ohio star. I just replicated it from the picture. It will be our Fall/Winter bed quilt. Thanks for the chance to win! srussett514@yahoo.com

bentneedle said...

My newest project is a Mystery Quilt to benefit a little boy with a brain tumor, so he was the inspiration. :)

Susanne said...

Oh this book looks inspiring! I just work on a wall hanging with nautical motives. The fabric with little anchors inspired me.
Susanne

Grandmasewnsew said...

My granddaughter's love of cats inspired my latest quilt but I'm having trouble deciding how to quilt the cat blocks! Hopefully this book will give me quilting inspiration.

Lea Hunter said...

I have a sister who loves to go all out to decorate for Christmas so I'm working on a new wall hanging for her! She inspires me to look for something fresh and new. I too am a beginner at FMQ and this books seems perfect.

M and M plus 3 said...

I will be looking for this book. I'm a applique person and alway am stumped as to what to quilt in my applique. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Suzanne said...

My scrap bin? I'm working on a scrappy string quilt :) I've also been inspired by a friend of mine to make a dress for myself (ahh!). We'll see how that goes :)

Joannag said...

Thanks for the review. This looks like a very good book!
Working on 2 kiddo star quilts in fun colors.
Always working on improving my FMQ, inspired by Diane Gaudynski.
Joanna

Anne-Marie B. said...

Hi, My current project is the Groovy QAL. I am currently working on the back. My biggest challenge will be to FMQ my first Queen size quilt on my home machine! This book would be a perfect companion!

ANudge said...

I am currently doing the FMQ challenge so am sure I could learn something from this book. Thanks for the chance!

Shelinstitches said...

I am currently making a wall hanging commemorating my in-laws 50th anniversary. Not alot of pieces so their pictures stand out so I'll be relying on FMQ to add some pizzaz!

Syd said...

I love anything Tula Pink and Kate Spain. I am currently working on a quilt using Kate Spain's Terrain. This book looks fantastic. Thanks!

Karen said...

I'm currently trying to finish some ufo's that have been around way too long. So long that I can't remember what inspired me to make them in the first place.

Melody said...

I couldn't say whatever made me take my first class but I love looking at pictures and putting blocks together. I love Tula Pink and Sweetwater so much. I actually have two quilt tops I'd love to FMQ and tried a bit of it on some postcards I made this year. The book looks wonderful.

Farm Quilter said...

I am working on quilting 8 quilts for Christmas gifts. I would love more step-by-step designs for quilting! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!!

moira said...

my wee man turned 1 last month and I rashly promised to make quilts for some of his little friends who all have birthdays around now. So I'm knee deep in baby quilts!

LeAnne said...

My sister-in-law. She specifically asked me to make her a king sized quilt.

Lynn said...

My current project is a nautical/pirate quilt for my newborn. Inspired by him! Of course

Montseta said...

My current project is a lap quilt for my colleague at work. She's 60 in a few months and she's been great to me this last months since I started working at this job so I want to give her a nice present for her birthday. She's great and she deserves it.
Terrific giveaway, thanks!

Christina Flowers said...

I currently have 2 projects in the works, 1) a buildings blocks twin size quilt for my youngest daughter and I just finished quilting it last night (YAY! cue Kermit the Frog visual) so all it needs now is squaring up and binding. 2) I have a block within blocks quilt top that I've quilted and had to pull apart and re-back to quilt again :D that one is for the charity pile at our Guild. What inspired that particular top were some 1930's reproduction charm squares as well as beautiful heavy cotton vintage fabric from the late 60's early 70's, I am a huge lover of vintage fabric.

Joanna said...

SewCalGal hosted a Quilt of Valor block event last year that introduced me to that wonderful organization. I'm just finishing a QOV for my brother and wish I could fmq it and have it look beatiful.

quilary said...

My current project is for a flickr swap group I joined. Thanks for the chance :)

Pam Quiltaholic Biswas said...

I'd love to win a book. My current project is a "banner" quilt that will be used at a modern meet up soon. I'm stressing over the quilting because lots of people will see it....but I hope it comes out good.

Heather A said...

A new baby whose parents are both pilots inspired the baby quilt I'm making right now. Lots of plans and helicopters on it.

Joanne said...

That is such a lovely book!! I would recommend it to any machine quilter. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
I was inspired to make the quilt that I am working on by people asking me to host another quilt along.

lauraluvsloons said...

My current projects include quilting and finishing some UFO's. This book would sure come in handy.

grandmarockton said...

I'm trying to get jelly roll quilts for my family for Christmas done, THATS 30 plus quilts! so the quilting is real fancy. THANK you for the giveaway chance

Karen said...

I am trying to quilt a modern quilt, and am not having much luck!!

Julie said...

My 96-yo grandmother inspired me on my current quilt. She saw some fabric I had and said she wanted that in a quilt for her bed -- I am hoping to have it done by Christmas for her.

Sally King said...

My Mother left to me numerous unfinished quilts. I knew there was no way I could hand quilt all of them in my life time. So FMQ seems just what I need. I have purchased several of the FMQ books and I am doing the FMQ Challenge by SewCal Gal. Thanks Natalia for this wonderful book. My youngest daughter is expecting her first baby in May and my granddaughter is expecting her second child, a son, any time now. So baby quilts are my inspiration. Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

Sharon said...

Just found your wonderful blog....I am currently working on a tablerunner that turned into a wallhanging...lol all in fall colors and now the dilemma is how to quilt it. But I am going to follow along to see if I can get some pointers...thank you

D Smart said...

I was inspired by a piece of oriental fabric by Kona Bay called Honshu. I am doing a color study of colors pulled from the fabric, two bargellos. Same fabric, same strip set, but two different bargello patterns.

Polly said...

My current project just completed was a wedding quilt for my son who was married this past weekend!! YAY!!

Lyanna L. said...

I am currently finishing up a jewelry pouch from the travel handmade series for my upcoming trip to SLC...not for sewing summit though (sadness...next year hopefully!!)

This looks like a marvelous book, can't wait to look at it in person!

Lori said...

Finishing a quilt for my DH!

Lori said...

Finishing a quilt for my DH!

Louanne said...

I am currently finishing up the binding on a bed quilt for my mother-in-law. Something special just for her.

Sally said...

Eleanor Burns (current project is Quilts From E;'s Kitchen). She inspired me to start quilting 12 years ago and still inspires me, every week!

Goody Family said...

Currently working on a Mystery Block of the Month Quilt and I'm not sure one person inspired that. I wanted to do a quilt using Vintage Modern and I wanted to do something different that what I usually do, so I thought that would be a good way to accomplish both. Thanks for the giveaway!

Olivia Hascher said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My current project is a lap quilt. My husband bought the fabric for me while he was on leave from Afghanistan, and now that he is home for good I figure I should use it up!

Gina S. said...

My granddaughter and moda's mini charm packs. She has a ragged 15 inch doll that she's dragging around and thought i would make it a blanket. Right now she's using a bunting i made for her brother when he was born. I had made it big enough to get through the winter months and you can't even see the doll in it, lol.

Kathy ~~~ said...

Too many artists have inspired me....Carol Doak, Eleanor Burns, Linda from Paper Panache to name a few Plus an internet group (Chicken swap aka Mary's Hen house) that I belong to.

Ali said...

Hmm, I think almost all my current goings ons & and recent finishes have been inspired by projects done by my favorite bloggers. I AM trying to do more creative things, and paper pieced some hexagons I might make an original purse out of if I can resist the urge to turn it into a 2 year long quilt project!

Thank you for the giveaway!

Abbigail said...

My latest projects have been inspired by my friends online that do swaps. I have been making mini doll quilts and mug rugs to exchange. I love my online friends!
hulseybg@gmail.com

Sheryl said...

Why....i just found about a week and a half ago that I am going to be a grandma for the first time. So have that quilt going already!!

robin chapa said...

My current project is a Swoon quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley). Certainly she inspired me to make it, but so did the quilting blog community at large! :)
~Robin
welchrobin@hotmail.com

Pat said...

My grandmother taught me to quilt as part of her baby-sitting duties. I always think of her when I start a new project and remember the fun times we had together. I am working on mug rugs for the shut-ins in my Church and each one has been a challenge. My piecing skills could sure use some improvement, but Granny always said, practice makes perfect.

Kris said...

A dear, dear friend of mine is an attorney and has fibermyalgea. When she can't go on anymore but still has so much to do she can't go home, she sleeps on the floor (like a corpse - LOL) in her office. She loves red, white and blue, so I am making her a throw quilt that she can throw on the floor before sawing zzzzzz. I am using a Collection for a Cause - Warmth jelly roll. And I am learning to quilt on my home machine so Natalia's book would be a wonderful addition!! Thank you for this opportunity, Amy!!

jenni said...

I made two quilt tops today for a couple of baby showers I am going to next week. That is my motivation!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Anna said...

Currently I'm working on a fall table runner for our dining room table. I used a Gobble Gobble turnover that I chanced to find and am really liking how it is turning out. My only inspiration for this particularly project was a determination to have something for our dining room table when my sister and family comes at Thanksgiving time. I love the warmth of fall colors and have made several toppers for other people's tables and felt it was time for our own table to have some fall color and warmth. Can hardly wait to get the binding done.

Ellie said...

I was given a big bag of homespun fabrics - so my project is going to be a homespun quilt!

Dawn said...

Unfortunately, loss of jobs (mine and my husband's) is what inspired my current projects. :( That, and Christmas :)

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