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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 Paperback – October 16, 2012
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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!
(Generation Q Magazine, 11/15/12)
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.
(Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Dec/Jan 13 Issue)
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. (Machine Quilting Unlimited, January/February 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. (Quilters Newsletter, February/March 2013 Issue)
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! (Love Quilting & Patchwork, 09/01/13)
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).
(Christa Quilts, 01/09/14)
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. (Quilts from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Spring 2014)
About the Author
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Whether it's working on an intense show quilt or a simple baby quilt, Natalia has become a real quilting addict. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe. Natalia is the author of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually bought this book for the quilt top patterns. The information on machine quilting is great but I loved her 'Twisted Up' quilt (pictures are on her website). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kel
As a new to free motion quilter I wasn't sure where to start looking to find the perfect starter book for myself to use. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lydia S.
I absolutely love this book.I've been free motion quilting for about six months and initially passed this book up because it's title led me to believe it would be too basic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathryn Mae Broege
An absolutely wonderful guide with outstanding patterns and illustrations for both the beginner and advanced quilter. One of the best guides in quilting ever!Published 8 months ago by Bill M