Free motion quilting

A few weeks ago I received an email asking me if I was interested in receiving a copy of a book on free motion quilting and reviewing it on my website. Of course I said yes! I received the digital book which I’m able to read and refer to in my Kindle app on my iPad. I could have also used iBooks to save the file but I find that it’s easier to search and find the book I’m looking for in the Kindle app.

Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli

I already have a couple books by Christina that I’ve found helpful and I like how she presents the information in this book. She reviews the shapes used to create the designs and also breaks them into categories. Once you learn how to sew a design from a category it’s easier to learn another one because you’re familiar with the path. I tend to prefer edge to edge designs and she has lots of them in the book but I need to challenge myself to do more emerging designs. (These are just two of the categories … also included are nestled and branching designs).

Another thing I really like about this book is that the individual designs are presented step by step first and then shown drawn up as a full (or partial page) which is really helpful in visualizing how a specific design is going to look on a quilt. I’ve been quilting spirals for years but something simple like quilting the wavy lines first and then adding the spirals in the space really creates a new look.

Finally, I like designs that can be quilted on a longarm or domestic machine. Would it surprise you to know that Christina quilts on a domestic machine?


  1. I’ve bought one of her books but unfortunately I never tried her ideas. I think maybe I need to find it and review it.

  2. I took her class at Quilt Con – she is a great teacher! Her quilts in person are gorgeous and she was really fun in class.

  3. I have not tried any free motion quilting on my machine yet. I would love to and plan on it someday. Thought I would start on placemats. Something small. Thanks for the link to the book!

  4. Wow! She quilts on a domestic machine. It gives me hope. I will definitely check out her book. Thanks for the review.

  5. As a solely domestic machine quilter I will definitely check out the author’s books! Thanks for the information!

  6. I’m glad you were able to review it. I’m always looking for ways to improve my machine quilting. I tend to stick with the same old things because I’m afraid to try anything new!

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