I was thrilled with Natalia Bonner asked me to review her new book, “A Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting”. I’ve been a HUGE fan of hers for years, ever since we were both posting regularly on the Moda Bake Shop blog. I had the privilege of taking a class from her at the Sewing Summit last year, and I interviewed her for my blog last year. You may not know Natalia but I’m sure you know her work,
I think this quilt is one of my all time favorites of hers!
After attending the Sewing Summit last year, I made a goal for myself to learn how to free motion quilt. I took a class there last year and decided it was a skill I wanted to work on. I admit… I had pretty much NO idea what I was doing.
Then last year I purchased a sit down long arm quilter, and practiced. a lot.
I’d get stuck with things like tension, what thread to use, what kind of batting etc.
I am not very good at knowing where to quilt when the quilt is done, so far I’ve mostly stuck to an overall stipple pattern. Lately I’ve really wanted to start branching out past that.
Then I sat down and read Natalia’s book and had about a million “a ha” moments… and “oh that’s how you do it” thoughts.
The book is great. It covers a wide variety of topics related to free motion quilting including:
- Thread Selection
- Tools (i.e. special machine feet)
- and other tips & tricks
There are chapters dealing with only free motion quilting designs. Designs for quilt blocks, quilting on applique, quilting in borders & negative spaces.
In her book Natalia breaks down complex quilt designs into simple DO ABLE steps. The photo above is a good example. Each quilt design in the book is like that- broken down into easy to follow steps.
The book also includes 6 quilt patterns, each one makes use of one of the techniques featured in the book.
I sat down and used one of the free motion quilting patterns in the book, I’ll be sharing the finished project with you this month.
I’m excited to be a part of a Blog Tour for the book, On the blog tour Natalia asked us to share a little bit about our families.
Here’s mine by the numbers:
- Number of Family Members: 5
- Number of dogs: 1
- Number of Ballerinas: 1
- Number of Field Hockey Players: 1
- Number of introverts: 3
- Number of extroverts: 2
- Number of people that like tomatoes: 2
- Number of people that HATE potatoes: 1
- Number of bikes in the garage: 5
- Number of loads of laundry to put away right now: 20 (okay I may be slightly exaggerating but it’s close)
- Number of runners: 2
- Number of twins: 2
- Number of girls: 3
- Number of boys: 2
- Number of years we’ve been a family 19
- Number of years we’ve lived in Kentucky 17
Thanks again to Natalia for asking me to be a part of your Book Tour! It’s fantastic!
Check out the rest of the stops on the tour:
Leave a comment here to be entered to win a copy of “A Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting”.
Let me know what sewing skill do you most want to develop?
Contest open until October 19th, if you are outside the US you will receive an “e” copy of the book.
*disclosure: I was sent a complimentary advance copy of the book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.