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Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

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Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting
50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started • Professional Quality-Results on Your Home Machine
Author: Natalia Bonner
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Picture this - more than 50 quilting designs to create modern quilts with classic style! Natalia's instructions are illustrated with detailed photos that make it much easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine are included. After you've practiced, show off your new free-motion skills with six delightfully geometric quilt projects.

• Clear step-by-step photography takes the mystery out of free-motion quilting
• Learn how to quilt all-over, as background filler, on borders, and on individual blocks
• Loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more!

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Review   www.yarnsandfabrics/crafts  - November 21, 2012
Does your sewing machine have a mind of its very own when you try to free-motion quilt? Are you always breaking needles? You need this book. It will help you achieve professional results in no time. Natalia presents over 50 visual tutorials and there are 6 modern quilts to try out your new found skills. I was impressed by the content of this fabulous quilt book. It starts with the basics - equipment, fabrics, thread tension, sampling. I love the way this book does not assume you know anything - it starts with straight line quilting and squaring up. The instructions are easy to follow, with excellent photos and great tips. Each tutorial builds your skills. Sections include all-over, background, borders and custom quilting. Each design has several patterns you'll want to get familiar with. There's also a great section for quilting on applique. The six quilt projects are contemporary and fun. There's also information on binding. Right at the back, there are full size patterns for free-motion quilting, which really made this book a must for me. Highly recommended to improve your free-motion quilting skills. 

Review   Generation Q Magazine - November 15, 2012
You’re expecting your first child and you’re just a little tired of working for that dentist, so what do you do? Well, if you’re Natalia, you buy a longarm quilt machine and start a business.This step five years ago – and the 20 years of quiltmaking before that – are what brings Natalia to our shelves. In Beginner’s Guide, she covers all of the basics for successful free-motion quilting on your home machine. What we like is how she incorporates traditional quilt motifs – feathers and leaves – with hip designs like Triple Circles, Wood Grain and Cobblestones to highlight the simplicity of her quilts. Oh, and did we mention that she gives us six modern quilt projects as well?The pictures are clear and pretty and her workmanship is beautiful. What we really like is that it’s a blend of quilt pattern line drawings and of photos, illustrations and projects. If you’re wanting rich quilting help, buy this book, now!

Review   amylouwhosews.com - November 15, 2012
If you have followed her blog at all then you know that she does some amazing work.  Between the quilt designs (many with amazing applique) and the actual quilting, she is one talented mama!  I learned to sew and quilt from my mother.  We didn't have formal lessons, I just learned as we worked on projects and as questions arose.  I love that at the beginning of the book she lays out simple instruction with photos of the different aspects of quilting: the type of feet you might need, thread selection, basics of basting, etc.  I love having all of that information so handy in one place!  I'm always learning something new!

Review   happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com - November 10, 2012
Natalia's book is fabulous!!  I have gone through it cover to cover and have bookmarked so many pages!!  I love that the book begins with Machine Quilting Basics.  How helpful to have a complete rundown on batting, thread selection, basting, ect. all in one place! The book is then broken down into 5 sections on quilting :  Allover Quilting, Background Fillers, Borders and Sashings, Custom Quilted Blocks, and finally Quilting on Applique!!  This makes it so much easier to find the type of design you are looking for, especially when you want to do some custom quilting!!  I just finished up a quilt top this week and was so excited to flip through the pages of Natalia's book for lots of quilting inspiration and guidance!

Review   amyscreativeside.com - November 15, 2012
Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a perfectly organized reference.  The first section Focus on Quilting, walks you through machine set up, techniques, and all the beautiful quilting patterns. Since Natalia love to design and piece quilts too – she designed six projects to practice and show off beautiful quilting too! Those patterns are in the second section, and section three is chalk full of Quilting Patterns – a great space to trace and practice the movements before moving to your quilt top.

Review   thecaffeinatedquilter.com - November 16, 2012
Although it’s titled a “beginner’s” guide to free-motion quilting, this book has a wealth of techniques and tips to help everyone improve their free-motion quilting skills.   The opening chapter provides a broad overview of the types of thread and batting available, with suggestions for which to choose based on the look you’re trying to achieve.  The middle section of the book is my favorite.  Bonner provides extensive pictures of quilting each design, in-progress and completed. Best of all, she shows how to achieve each design without drawing or tracing it onto the quilt.  Many of the traditional designs illustrated in this book include unusual twists, such as combining swirl and flower designs.The second half of the book includes patterns for six beautiful quilts.  Aside from the visual appeal of these quilts, they help you see how the patterns in the beginning of the book look on a real quilt.  Finding unusual and simple applique tips hidden among those patterns was an added bonus.Overall, I appreciated how this book truly makes free-motion quilting approachable.  Too many quilters say they can’t quilt on their own machine, or they’re worried about messing up on the quilt.  Bonner’s book is a wonderfully clear, simple and stress-free answer to those concerns.

Review   Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting - December 5, 2012
Author Natalia Bonner takes the mystery out of free-motion quilting and shows you, step by step and illustrated with detailed photos, how to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Learn to quilt all-over, as background filler, and on individual blocks, plus get tips for layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine. 

Review   Quilter's Newsletter - January 15, 2013
With dozens of photos, Natalia Bonner takes you through the steps of free-motion quilting, beginning with choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine, and also shows how to quilt background filler, all-over patterns, borders and individual blocks. Included are six projects.

Review   Machine Quilting Unlimited - January 15, 2013
Natalia's quilting designs are fresh and inviting and fit right in with both Modern and traditional quilts. Her 50 step-by-step tutorials are well photographed and easy to follow, and six Modern quilt projects that include piecing/applique patterns as well as quilting instructions are included. Tips for accomplishing all of this on your home machine are also featured.

Review   daisyandjack.blogspot.com - December 2, 2012
I've been looking forward to Natalia's book - as a beginner quilter I figure I need all the help I can get! I love that Natalia has not only focussed on quilting but has also included 6 quilt projects so you can make a quilt and practice the free motion quilting that you've learnt. The book is in two main parts that include the basics of materials and tools as well as thread choices and batting. There is a section on techniques which includes layering and basting and also thread tension and setting up sample sandwiches to practice on. Natalia then outlines different free motion quilting designs that suit all over quilting, background fillers, borders and sashings, custom quilted blocks, and also quilting designs for applique. With more than 30 different designs there is a great range to choose from. All of the designs are explained with photos of step by step diagrams of how to start the actual quilting and which way to continue the stitches - this is always helpful for beginners. In Section two Natalia has included six quilt projects and then suggests the free motion quilting designs to use for each one so that you can practice what you've just learnt! The patterns include the gorgeous orange slices quilt that is on the cover of the book. Section three has all of the quilting patterns outlined in Section one so you can trace the patterns onto you quilt or you can practice drawing them before you start quilting. With so many quilting designs, this is a fabulous book for a beginner and I'm fairly sure it has enough designs to suit all of the quilt tops that I make for the next few years and maybe more!

Review   Love Quilting & Patchwork - September 1, 2013
Once you're confident quilting in straight lines (and it does take practice!) you might fancy going a bit freestyle with this beginner's guide. Natalia Bonner removes the mystery of every aspect of quilting with some of the best step-by-step photos and instructions we've seen on the subject, plus plenty of encouragement and inspiration!

Review   Christaquiltsblog.com - January 9, 2014
The book includes over 50 different visual tutorials to get you started. It's extremely helpful for me to know where to start and stop stitching and how to form the shapes whenever I tackle a new quilting design. The back of the book is filled with pages of quilting motifs that you can use to copy the design onto your quilt with a water soluble marker (and a light box). They are also wonderful to trace around with a pen or pencil to get a feel for the movement of the design. Once you've done that a few times, you can try quilting these motifs without marking. After you read through all the excellent information on the basics of free-motion quilting, the book includes 6 quilt projects to try. Each has a little bit of a modern flair and 5 of the 6 quilts feature machine applique (another one of my passions).

Review    - April 1, 2014
Do you have a fear of free-motion quilting? Fear no more! The Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting from Natalia Bonner has clear, step-by-step lessons to guide you. More than 50 tutorials are included - from loops and feathers to borders and all-over designs. Plus you'll find 6 fun projects to help you get started.

Review   Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine - May 1, 2014
Do you have a fear of free-motion quilting? Fear no more! The Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting from Natalia Bonner has clear, step-by-step lessons to guide you. More than 50 tutorials are included - from loops and feathers to borders and all-over designs. Plus you'll find 6 fun projects to help you get started.