First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli

on Sep 29, 2013 in Books | 187 comments

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli is a fabulous new book that combines learning to free-motion quilt with a clever idea of how to get in the practice time that will hone your skills.

As the author points out in the introduction, many of us get hung up on finding an accessible approach to learning and practicing free-motion quilting. I love the small projects included in the book that incorporate free-motion work. What a brilliant path to practicing stitching skills.

The Basics chapter covers all the start-up activities that will have you sitting at your machine and jumping in. Christina does an excellent job of being very specific about technique, side-by-side with excellent photographs. The Quilting Tips and Techniques section takes things down to a further level of detail. I especially like all of the modern style free-motion designs.

Learning to free-motion quilt can be slow going if you’re waiting to be good enough before tackling a large project. Doing mindless practice quilt sandwiches gets boring! My favorite thing about Christina’s book is her approach to getting us to practice: Small Stitched Projects!

Simple construction and good design make the projects perfect for practice. There’s nothing better than learning while creating something that will make a lovely gift or addition to your home. There are 12 of these projects included in the book!

Had to include the project with the cat.

The Wiggle-Bottom Cushion is great practice for long continuous sections.

There are 6 quilt projects including a quilt-as-you-go quilt that not only teaches the assembly technique, it’s a great design for practicing large ares of free-motion designs.

The final set of designs in the book are Embroidered Projects. This is such a unique and inspiring addition to free-motion stitching. I totally need a Scissor Skirt!

Congratulations to Christina on bringing her approach to learning free-motion quilting to life in this book. It includes all of the technical know-how needed combined with a game plan for how to get practice time in with something to show at the end of a session. With such limited time to create and sew it’s a brilliant approach!

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Stash Books is generously providing a free copy of the book for giveaway (International winners will receive an electronic version). To be eligible for the random drawing leave a comment sharing why you’d like to learn to free-motion quilt.

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Visit these other fabulous blogs on the book tour:

9/25: Allison Rosen at Stash Books Blog

9/26: Jessica Alexandrakis at Life Under Quilts

9/27: Monica Solorio-Snow at Happy Zombie

9/28: Susan Beal at West Coast Crafty

9/29: Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk Studio – you’re here 🙂

9/30: Angela Walters at Quilting is My Therapy

10/1: Amanda Jean Nyberg at Crazy Mom Quilts

10/2: Megan Dye at Monkey Beans

10/3: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

10/4: Katie Pedersen at Sew Katie Did

10/5: Christina Cameli at A Few Scraps

    187 Comments

  1. I’m the kind to just dive in – I’ve just finished a baby quilt that I FMQd based on a couple of Christina’s videos after the hand quilting dragged on so long I was in danger of abandoning the project – but there’s folksy and then there’s faulty, and I’d love a copy of this book so I can raise my game.

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    Lauren

    September 29, 2013

  2. I’d like to learn because I don’t know how!

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    ginevra

    September 29, 2013

  3. I’d love to win a copy as my FMQ really needs so improving and the projects in this book look gorgeous – I could do two things at one time!

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    Taryn

    September 29, 2013

  4. I heard about this book from Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict so it is now on my wish list. I need to finish up a bunch of quilt tops and learning more about FMQ would certainly help with that. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Michele

    September 29, 2013

  5. I need to learn so I can finally quilt the pile of quilt tops waiting for me to get the confidence to finally complete them and give them away!! I love those scissors on the skirt – how fun!!!

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    Amy in UK

    September 29, 2013

  6. I have one quilt top completed and one almost completed need help and inspiration to attempt quilting.

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    Kathryn M

    September 29, 2013

  7. I’d love to win a copy to gift to a friend ~ she’s really been doing lots of free motion quilting and would benefit from having Christina’s book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    elsa

    September 29, 2013

  8. I want to be able to make a quilts from start to finish all by myself, so I really need to learn & improve my FMQ. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Joyce Mitchell

    September 29, 2013

  9. I wish I had a better grasp of FMQ – would love to have the guidance of this book at my side at the machine!

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    Martha

    September 29, 2013

  10. That skirt is awesome! I’m a newbie with fmq and definitely need more pointers and design ideas.

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    Allison C

    September 29, 2013

  11. Wow, this looks like the first book I have seen that gives practical advvice for FMQ. I have tried my hand at it but what I have trouble with is figuring out what kind of pattern to put where! This would help with such great pictures and ideas.

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    Jeanette

    September 29, 2013

  12. I’ve done a lot of quilting with my walking foot, but free motion makes me nervous, maybe a friendly book will help me start to get the hang of it, thank-you for sharing a copy!

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    jackie

    September 29, 2013

  13. I love machine quilting with my walking foot but have been afraid to jump into the free-motion pool. Maybe this book will get me going.

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    Lindsey F

    September 29, 2013

  14. I’m looking to go beyond meandering and this looks like it could give me some direction!

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    DianeY

    September 29, 2013

  15. Timidly I have begun free motion quilting. I feel if I can also do the quilting on my gift quilts, they are 100% all mine. Free motion quilting allows me to stretch my imagination and individualize my gifts

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    robin

    September 29, 2013

  16. I’m always looking for new sources of FMQ inspiration!

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    Mary Anne

    September 29, 2013

  17. Why would I like to learn to FMQ? I really want my projects to be all me.

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    Jackie

    September 29, 2013

  18. I never thought of trying a small project to learn to quilt. What a great idea. It would be great to have a good reference book filled with quilt design ideas for those items to give as gifts, (and of course a couple extra for me.)

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    G. Mann

    September 29, 2013

  19. I would love to learn something beyond stippling. I like the idea of having fun projects to practice on.

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    Alicia

    September 29, 2013

  20. I’m incredibly clumsy at FMQ. I need help practicing!

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    Ella

    September 29, 2013

  21. I bought the book hoping it gets me pasted the straight lines with my walking foot. I joined a small group online we are passing a quilt of our choice around for a year and I want to be able to contribute in a great way, I have fantastic ideas but not the know how, and a great machine.

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    shirley tener

    September 29, 2013

  22. I’m new to quilting and want to get beyond quilting with my walking foot. Following along with small projects by going through the book sounds like just what I need to get going.

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    Diane

    September 29, 2013

  23. Fearless.good title ! Correct word, I am experienced at FMQ and I can find myself frozen, paralyzed at times. Fear of failure, fear of ruining what I have already worked so hard on. Freedom to have other ways to practice, other ideas on quilting would be wonderful. especially the section on using FMQ for embroidery designs! looks like a wonderful book!

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    Teresa

    September 29, 2013

  24. I don’t have to money to send my quilts out to a long arm quilter so I have been limited to straight-line quilting with my walking foot. I would love to branch out and I think starting with a small project is the perfect solution- I’ve been scared that I would ruin a gift if I just dived in and tried it.

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    Kylie C

    September 29, 2013

  25. I’d like to learn to do free motion quilting right so that it doesn’t look like I’ve been doodling.

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    Jane Brown

    September 29, 2013

  26. So I can finish the three quilt tops I have ready:). Actually the book sounds like a great way to learn this technique.

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    Diane

    September 29, 2013

  27. I’d like to free motion quilt, so I can using different designs on my quilts. I do a lot with straight diagonal quilting, but would like to do more.

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    Jean Tanner

    September 29, 2013

  28. I would love to get over my fear of FMQ!

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    Julie

    September 29, 2013

  29. I have just started to learn free motion quilting – and I am fascinated by it. Would love to learn more!

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    Willow Caroline

    September 29, 2013

  30. I would love to learn more fmq so that I can make parts of my quilt pop

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    Cheryl

    September 29, 2013

  31. I got a vintage Singer from an 88 year old woman (who had it since after WW2!) with the hopes of using to to free motion quilt. I need a kick start!

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    Siew

    September 29, 2013

  32. I have just started free motion quilting and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I have quilted something I pieced. This book sounds like a great help in moving forward with my fmq skills.

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    Beth T.

    September 29, 2013

  33. I need to learn to free motion quilt because I am moving to Alaska and will need something to keep my mind occupied on those long winter days.

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    marleen

    September 29, 2013

  34. These projects look great. Learning looks like so much fun and something that you can be really creative with.

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    Lauren

    September 29, 2013

  35. Thanks for the introduction to Chritina’s FMQ book!

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    Sherry VF

    September 29, 2013

  36. I really like making my quilts start to finish… So for me that means straight lines or a meander. I would like to learn more to broaden my repertoire.

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    Charity

    September 29, 2013

  37. I learned to quilting for myself because the ladies that do quilting around here are always booked. I would have to wait months to get a quilt done.

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    Carrie P.

    September 29, 2013

  38. I’d like to learn to FMQ because you can’t do straight lines on every project! Although I do. but it doesn’t always complement the project. This book looks great — thanks!

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    Jenny

    September 29, 2013

  39. I would like to learn how so I could finish my quilt tops myself.

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    Regina

    September 29, 2013

  40. I have an ever growing pile of pieced tops that need quilting. Can’t afford to send them out, particularly the philanthropy quilts. Need I say more?

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    Sandra

    September 29, 2013

  41. I am new to quilting, have learnt how to piece and bind a quilt quite well even if I do say so myself! Still lots to learn though and FMQ is top of the list, can only go so far with a straight line!!

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    Sue

    September 29, 2013

  42. I have sooo many projects that are finished, except for the quilting! I need this book to give me that little shove.

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    Carmen

    September 29, 2013

  43. Hi,slowly learning to FM stitch,after much practicing and patience!Maybe this book will help! Thanks for sharing!

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    Linda

    September 29, 2013

  44. I have a wonderful sewing machine and lots of ideas for quilts and a stash of fabric- being able to FMQ just makes perfect sense!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Suz

    September 29, 2013

  45. I just completed my 5th quilt and did FMQ for the first time on my home machine, it was a good experience but definitely feel like I need more practice, this book would help with that!

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    Donna Baker

    September 29, 2013

  46. I haven’t quilted for quite a while because of the time consumed by hand quilting. I really want to learn to machine quilt, but don’t want to do just straight lines. This book will help!!!

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    Cathy E

    September 29, 2013

  47. I am a lousy free motion quilter. I’m hoping if I start over from the beginning, I will be better!

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    Colleen

    September 29, 2013

  48. When I give a quilt as a gift, I like the whole thing to be something from me..the piecing and the quilting. I’m lucky to have someone who does a wonderful job on her longarm, but would love to feel more confident to do it all myself!

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    Joyce

    September 29, 2013

  49. I want to learn more about FMQ because the quilting is what makes a quilt! There are so many gorgeous things that can be done with FMQ I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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    Kelie

    September 29, 2013

  50. I’d really like to learn how to FMQ correctly! I’ve tried and haven’t liked the “messy” stitches I create :-|.

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    Kathie

    September 29, 2013

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