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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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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!


(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

Natalia Bonner first learned how to piece and quilt on her home sewing machine, and has been quilting professionally for many years. Natalia is a teacher, pattern designer, and popular blogger with numerous awards for her work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607055376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055372
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine. She felt good about it, but decided that if she really wanted to take her quilting to the next level, she needed to invest in a longarm machine. In 2007, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she got the crazy idea to quit her job as a dental assistant and become a longarm quilter. Without really knowing what a longarm machine was, she spent a day at a longarm dealer's shop and walked out after purchasing a Gammill machine. Natalia's passion for quilting and being creative has grown each day since.

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.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By The Caffeinated Quilter on October 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Heather F. on October 18, 2012
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I am primarily a hand quilter or straight-line machine sewist. This book is great for somebody like me, who isn't new to quilting, but is new to free motion quilting. I love the section on quilting the negative space. It's amazing how the look of quilting completely changes the look of a quilt. Beautiful ideas...modern. Step away from the straight lines, it's time to try something new. If I can do it...anybody can.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Eapen on September 21, 2012
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This book offers several wonderful ideas for machine quilting with your home sewing machine. It is loaded with pictures and step by step guides. On top of that, it includes some nifty quilt patterns to make and try out your skills. I would recommend this to be in all quilters' libraries.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2013
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Kindle could have been a good format for this book, EXCEPT that the book has shape templates that should be printed and cut out to use in some of the quilt projects. There is no way in the Kindle PC reader to print selected content or pages. A link to a downloadable pdf was provided in the book to get around this constraint. HOWEVER, the pdf only had free motion quilting patterns and none of the templates that were referred to. I also checked the publisher's (C&T Publishing) website and they did not provide the templates either. If I had known the templates were not provided in a printable format, I would not have purchased the Kindle version.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By goldendog on November 9, 2012
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In the 'Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting' by Natalia Bonner, we can all learn a lot about new quilting using the free-motion quilting technique. I especially liked the way she takes the quilter from beginning stitches into more advanced-appearing designs in an orderly and detailed fashion. Not only does Bonner offer around 50 patterns, but she also includes 6 quilt projects, explaining why she uses what design. Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a good book to keep as a reference by your sewing machine, and will be wonderful as a guide to finishing your UFO's (unfinished objects). I really want to practice and learn some of Bonner's techniques!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maria on December 25, 2012
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I have several books on Free-Motion Quilting, but when I read Natalia Bonners book all the other ones were put on the shelve. Natalia has a way of writing that anyone can understand and she's brought my quilting up at least 2 notches. I would recommend this book to both beginner and advanced quilters! There is something for everyone and I do all my quilting, including king size quilts on my domestic machine. Well worth the money and I'm so very glad I have a copy of it. If you don't have a copy then do yourself a favor and order it right now!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jojo's circus on October 15, 2012
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I have done some machine quilting and some long arm quilting. I have seen many books on the topic. This one is a good book for beginners. There are great instructions at the beginning of that book that will help you get your quilt ready so your project will be a success. Even with my experience, I found some designs and ideas that were new to me.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Raheja on January 16, 2014
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This book has some nice quilt projects (6 of them) and some great free-motion designs. But I bought this book because I'm learning how to free-motion quilt and wanted something nuts and bolts. I wanted a book that would teach me how to adjust tension in detail, how to troubleshoot ugly stitches, how to free-motion smaller quilts on a home machine (for example, is an extension table needed? What's the best way to roll up or manage the bulk of the quilt?). This book has an incredibly short introductory chapter (and most of that is focused on choosing batting and thread, which is not useful to me), but only a page or two of instruction. So this book is good if you're looking for designs (although all of the designs can be found online) and not is you're looking for help with the nuts and bolts of free-motion quilting.
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