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 have attempted to learn this skill on my own without very good results. Learning free motion quilting will give me the freedom to be more creative with my quilts. This looks just like the book that can help me on my journey to finally learning this skill. Thanks for the chance.

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    Cathie

    September 29, 2013

  2. I would love to learn to free motion quilt so I can finish many of the quilt tops that are wAiting to be finished. They need something “extra” that I cannot do with my walking foot. I would love to learn to impart some personality into my quilts and fabric projects.

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    Susan

    September 29, 2013

  3. I would love to learn how to free motion quilt….the concept
    of doing simple projects seems like a great approach.
    Have tried in the past….not great results…..maybe this book
    would show me my downfall ? Thanks for the review as well
    as the giveaway !

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    Fran

    September 29, 2013

  4. I would love to learn how to FMQ because it adds such so much interest to quilts. I’m intrigued by the approach this book takes… looks like something I could really use@

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    Deb@asimplelife Quilts

    September 29, 2013

  5. I have come as far as straight line quilting, following the piecing and doing all-over diamonds and triangles. I am too timid to do free-motion because I am afraid what I do will not enhance the quilt top but detract from it. Right now I am sending out the quilts for free-motion quilting to a long-arm quilter. It is expensive, and the quilt is not fully an expression of my craft.

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    Susan too

    September 29, 2013

  6. I want to improve my FMQ AND I love small projects so winning this give-away would be a win-win-win!

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    Terri

    September 29, 2013

  7. I’m so chicken to try free motion. I know i need to just sit down and practice some day. I got my foot over 2 years ago and i have yet to even put it on my machine.

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    Rosi W.

    September 29, 2013

  8. I just purchased a Gammill Charm quilting machine. Would so love to take a peek see at this book.

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    Janet Siler

    September 29, 2013

  9. I would love this book and it’s already on my wish list! I need to get out of meandering and learn some new techniques. Thanks for the chance!!

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    Melissa

    September 29, 2013

  10. I’d like to learn free motion quilting so I can turn that big basket of quilt tops into finished quilts!

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    Jackie

    September 29, 2013

  11. I’d love to have beautiful quilting on a quilt I made and, to be able to say I did all of it. I’m very herky jerky in my FMQ, I’d love to have it be smooth and even. Thank you, it looks like a great book.

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    Toni Anne

    September 29, 2013

  12. Because it scares me 🙂 and now because I want to make those wiggle bottom cushions!

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    Robin

    September 29, 2013

  13. This is such a fabulous book! I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to do their own FMQ!

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    Sarah Craig

    September 29, 2013

  14. Wow! If there is anyone who needs to learn how to fit things into a busy schedule, it’s me!! I have a machine with free motion capability that I’ve only barely tried. I’d love a reason to get in there an play!

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    Annie Chermak

    September 29, 2013

  15. I can only do straight line quilting with a walking foot. I’d love to learn FMQ!

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    Patty

    September 29, 2013

  16. I want to learn FMQ, because I can’t afford a long arm machine or have someone else to quilt
    my quilts. I want to do it myself!!!! Thanks
    for the chance to win!!!
    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Rhonda Desgranges

    September 29, 2013

  17. This looks like it would be a great addition to my library.

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    Tamie

    September 29, 2013

  18. I’d like to learn some more fmq patterns! There are some great looking projects in this book!

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    Jo

    September 29, 2013

  19. I’d like to learn fmq, because I want to finish more quilts in my lifetime. I can do simple stuff, but it gets boring!

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    LIsa E

    September 29, 2013

  20. I’d rather learn how to FMQ my own quilts and create my own original designs than try to explain what I want to someone else.

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    Evelyn

    September 29, 2013

  21. i’ve sew one quilt and used my walking foot for straight line quilting. for some reason, i’m so intimidated by fmq. i’m thinking that by starting on small projects first, it will give me the boost of confidence and practice i need to work on a quilt. 🙂 also, i love the creative aspect of fmq that can really add character to a project.

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    shannon

    September 30, 2013

  22. Love the idea of projects coordinated with FMQ skills.

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    Irene Louise

    September 30, 2013

  23. I SO want to learn Free Motion Quilting, I really do. I love the look the ability to add that special touch…but I am never able to start. It all seems a little overwhelming. would love, love, LOVE to win this book! thank you for the giveaway

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    Rxm0m03

    September 30, 2013

  24. I have been trying to learn to free motion quilt and this looks like a great book to learn from.

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    Holly Gaines

    September 30, 2013

  25. Second try. New computer PLUS Windows 8 sometimes has my fingers all tied up.
    This appears to be a beautiful book and one which should stay beside MY sewing machine. To see someone FMQ is one thing, but to actually be able to do it (well) is quite another. I really like the idea of small projects.
    Best wishes, and thanks
    Penny

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    Penny Novarro

    September 30, 2013

  26. I have sooo many quilts and quilting projects on my list! It would be great to be able to do something more than just straight line quilting. It sounds like First Steps of Free Motion Quilting is just the book to get me going!

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    Sally K

    September 30, 2013

  27. I love FMQ and try to practice doodling on paper and quilting on fabric often. This book looks great for the quilter on every stage of the quilting journey. I want a scissor skirt too.

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    Laura

    September 30, 2013

  28. My quest for fall and winter is to learn free motion quilting and this book looks like just what the quilt doctor ordered.
    I can’t wait to get started.

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    Penny Tyler

    September 30, 2013

  29. Looks like a great book! I am learning to fmq because I can’t hand sew anymore and I have a HUGE pile of quilt tops that need to be turned into quilts 🙂 And when I learn something, I read all I can on it. So another book would be great.

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    Dorian

    September 30, 2013

  30. I’m approaching semi-decent FMQ-ing, but I’d love a resource with everything in one place to give others who want to learn how. And, I’d like to improve my repertoire of quilting patterns.

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    Beth

    September 30, 2013

  31. It’s been on my “to learn” list for quite some time. I think I’ve been avoiding it out of fear. I do like Christina’s approach with making a small project vs sample quilt sandwiches for practicing. GREAT IDEA!!!!!

    Dianne

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    Dianne

    September 30, 2013

  32. I have done some free motion quilting but haven’t gained much confidence yet. It looks like there are lots of good designs in Christina’s book that would be great practice for me.

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    Kaye M.

    September 30, 2013

  33. I would love to learn because it just looks so amazing, and because my hands are so tired from hand quilting!

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    DeborahGun

    September 30, 2013

  34. Free motion quilting is the scariest part of a quilt for me. But, this book looks like the perfect solution to calm my fears!

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    Cheryl L.

    September 30, 2013

  35. Her approach sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Lori Voth

    September 30, 2013

  36. I just love the results of FMQ but have been hopeless at learning on my own. This book sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    katybee

    September 30, 2013

  37. I’d like to learn FMQing because I have 20 blocks ready to assemble into a quilt. I plan on assembling these blocks half at a time so I can FMQ them on my home machine. I think this book will give me the courage to attempt this big quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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    Kathleen

    September 30, 2013

  38. I want to learn to free motion quilt so that I can finish my modern quilt tops with quilting that matches my piecing- stitch in the ditch is the pits all the time!

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    Jenny G.

    September 30, 2013

  39. I don’t mind free-motion quilting, but I need to get out of the stippling rut!

    Thanks

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    Melissa

    September 30, 2013

  40. As a soon-to-be free-motion quilter, I am EXCITED about this book. The projects look fun. Thanks for the change to win a copy of the book.

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    Carol

    September 30, 2013

  41. I do a lot of children’s quilts and just do stitching in the ditch and corner to corner, so I would love to learn FMQ! Thanks!

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    Rosalee

    September 30, 2013

  42. I would love to learn how to make my stitches more even when I FMQ. I am a total beginner.

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    Helen

    September 30, 2013

  43. I like every aspect of quilting except FMQ — but I want to like it! Winning this book might just be the catalyst. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Dawn

    September 30, 2013

  44. I want to be able to do it myself. I have been trying, but want to get better and better at FMQ.

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    Donna W

    September 30, 2013

  45. I’m so tired of quilting straight lines.

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    Bobbie

    September 30, 2013

  46. I love having the books handy as I need to figure out what FMQ design to use. I have using it more over the last year and this would be a handy one to have!

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    Beth

    September 30, 2013

  47. I have always wanted to learn to quilt my own quilts but have been leary. This would be a great start.

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    Denise

    September 30, 2013

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