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?

8 thoughts on “Free motion quilting

  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. 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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