First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli
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!
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.
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