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. Great looking book . Free motion lets you play and explore new designs in the quilt .

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    Barb

    September 30, 2013

  2. You can never have to many resources for inspiration.

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    Lynn W

    September 30, 2013

  3. It’s not FMQ’ing that’s the problem…it’s doing it well! Hopefully this book could help.

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    mailergoat

    September 30, 2013

  4. This looks a great book – I’d love to win a copy!

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    Gill

    September 30, 2013

  5. I’m excited to learn any tips I can about fmquilting! Yay!

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    Honda Janak

    September 30, 2013

  6. I’m always looking for great tips on free motion quilting! Yay!

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    Honda Janak

    September 30, 2013

  7. Want to learn to FMQ so I can add those special design touches to my quilt projects

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    Kat Scott

    September 30, 2013

  8. I’d like to learn so that I can be the one to finish my first quilt, with something more interesting than straight-line quilting! Thanks for the chance!

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    Ellen M.

    September 30, 2013

  9. I am learning FMQ because I think it adds so much to a quilt. Much better than just SID and echo quilting.

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    Nicole

    September 30, 2013

  10. I like hand quilting, but machine quilting is so much faster and maybe more durable. My pieced tops are getting backed up in the closet unquilted and I need to do something about them so I can sew more tops without guilt! The book looks perfect for a beginning like me.

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    Erin M.

    September 30, 2013

  11. I’d love to learn free motion to get more quilts done.

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    Tamie

    September 30, 2013

  12. I want to learn how to keep my thread from breaking.

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    Ginger

    September 30, 2013

  13. I’d like to learn to bring out the most in my quilts and highlight the patterns/fabrics by free motion quilting. Instead of just straight line quilting to keep it all together.

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    Naomi RuthAnne

    September 30, 2013

  14. I am a new quilter who would love to learn how to use my home machine to free motion quilt. Love the idea that I can practice AND create something at the same time.

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    Nan

    September 30, 2013

  15. I would love this book! I’ve done a little FMQ, but I’d love to get some more practice so I can finish the stack of tops i’ve got laying around!

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    Megan

    September 30, 2013

  16. I want to learn to free motion quilt to do something besides straight lines! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Diane Walli

    September 30, 2013

  17. What a wonderful resource this would be. I’ve only quilted three quilts so far; all straight-line, and I really want to try FMQ (on a small project first!) Would love to have this to guide me!

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    paula

    October 1, 2013

  18. I do mostly straight line machine quilting. I would love to learn to do more. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jocelyn

    October 1, 2013

  19. I would love to learn how to FMQ and this book looks like it would be so helpful! I think free motion quilting always looks so intricate and beautiful!

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    Kim M

    October 1, 2013

  20. I am a beginning-to-intermediate free-motion machine quilter, but have so much to learn!! I really need help with design ideas. I agree, giving small projects to learn on is genius! Love this book. : )

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    Stacy

    October 1, 2013

  21. I want to make finishing a quilt to be as much fun (and therapy) as piecing the top. I’m tired of stitch in the ditch, even if I am very good at it. I want to use my Bernina QE400 w/BSR capabilities.

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    Helen Petrik

    October 1, 2013

  22. FMQ scares me, but I would still like to learn!

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    Raechel

    October 1, 2013

  23. I have been doing straight-line quilting with my walking foot and really like the results. So now it’s time to try FMQ! I think I could do the loopy stitch!!

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    Sue Staum

    October 1, 2013

  24. not only could i save money but I can have fun doing it.

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    marg

    October 1, 2013

  25. What a great book! Just what I need. Stuck in a stipple rut and lack any imagination to wing it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Ursula

    October 1, 2013

  26. I would really love to win this book—maybe then I could learn to FMQ and get some UFO’s finished up. 🙂

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    Angie

    October 1, 2013

  27. I’d love to win this book! I took a class from Christina this summer and she was a wonderful teacher. I need to get more practice in so I can start FMQ bigger projects.

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    Allison D

    October 1, 2013

  28. I love learning new FMQ designs. This book looks like it can give you some great ideas for some really nice quilting designs. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jana O'Brien

    October 1, 2013

  29. I love FMQ!! I am always on the look out for new tips and techniques to try out.

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    Judy K

    October 1, 2013

  30. I want to learn how to FMQ because whenever I make a bed-size quilt it takes awhile to hand quilt it so I send it out to be machine-quilted instead. And, it is getting expensive. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Josefina

    October 2, 2013

  31. It looks like a wonderful book…still a lot to learn on FMQ so this book would be great.

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    Julie A.

    October 2, 2013

  32. i love the variety of fmq designs included in this book! i am stuck at stippling and swirls!! i’ve also had some tension issues and ripping thread with my fmq… which might be why i am afraid to try something new!

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    beth lehman

    October 2, 2013

  33. I’d love to learn free motion quilting so I can get those 20 plus tops out of the cupboard and onto beds,couches, and anywhere else I can display them ! thanks for the review and giveaway 🙂

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    leanne

    October 2, 2013

  34. I love to free motion quilt because I can be more creative. I’m always looking to improve and try out new quilting designs. thanks for sharing.

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    Elizabeth

    October 2, 2013

  35. I am practicing fmq on a quilt top that I bought at a flea market. I paid $5 for it so I thought this is the thing to practice on. I am having fun with it although I see many mistakes.I dont know how to correct some of the mistakes and scour the internet looking for answers so this book would really help me out.

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    Margaret Schindler

    October 2, 2013

  36. I would like to learn feathers and pebbles, or circles. I have been too chicken to try. This book makes it look so easy.

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    Donna Phelps

    October 2, 2013

  37. I keep sending my quilts out to be quilted because I’m just too intimidated to do it on my own. I decided recently that it has to end and I need to learn to do it on my own so I’m really excited about this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Alexis

    October 2, 2013

  38. I’m new to quilting plus I’ve always tried to learn something new daily (uh, monthly more likely…lol). Thanks for the chance to win the book full of lessons!

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    Rhonda D.

    October 2, 2013

  39. I want to learn FM for my quilts, I think it looks more fun than the straight line I’m doing

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    shauna

    October 2, 2013

  40. I’d like to learn because I don’t know how. I want to know how to do everything!

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    Nita

    October 2, 2013

  41. I’ve tried FMQ but it was really difficult. I need to practice a lot more and make my quilts look amazing! Thanks!

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    Teressa

    October 2, 2013

  42. Would love to free motion quilt and get some ideas on what to do and finally finish these quilt tops.

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    Shawn

    October 2, 2013

  43. I kind of know how to, but I can use lots more practice and as many tips as possible to improve my FMQ.

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    charlotte m.

    October 2, 2013

  44. i love learning new designs for FMQ and different ways to incorporate them into my quilts. looks like a fun book!

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    bee

    October 2, 2013

  45. I have only tried stippling. I would love to be able to do more, but really need a little help.

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    jenni

    October 2, 2013

  46. I’d like to learn free motion quilting because I noticed that custom quilting adds so much more depth to a quilt. I’m ready to take my quilting to the next level.

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    Joan Rodriguez

    October 2, 2013

  47. I am ready to take my quilting to the next level!!!

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    Paula B

    October 2, 2013

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