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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli

This past Fall, at Quilt Market, SewCalGal had the pleasure of meeting Christina Cameli and found her to be a wonderful woman who is also a talented quilter, designer, teacher and author.   

Christina had just released her first book "First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting: 24 Projects For Fearless Stitching" and was at Market to promote her book, published by C&T Publishing, under the Stash Books imprint.

While there are a variety of books on free-motion quilting, this book is one of the best that SewCalGal has seen for those new to free-motion quilting.  Christina walks you through the basics of everything from required supplies, how to make a practice pad, holding the quilt, starting and stopping, tension adjustments and more.  But what makes it so unique is that she incorporates small projects into the process of learning free-motion quilting!  And they are fast and fun projects that many, even those that have mastered many free-motion quilting designs, will want to make.

There is an excellent section on Quilting Tips and Techniques, as well as a section of lovely Quilting Designs.

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting!

The 24 projects in this book are great projects to practice your free-motion quilting while creating something you can use around your home, or give as a gift.  Many of the projects are so cute you'll want to make more than one of each.  And they all come with well written instructions.

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting!

Projects range in size from small projects, such as a gift bag, to large projects such as a simple quilt.

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting

Some of the projects are "Embroidered Projects" where you can do machine embroidery (thread play) on towels, skirts, pillowcases, scarfs and even greeting cards!

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting!

Christina also includes a very handy section for troubleshooting (e.g. skipped stitches, thread breaking, needle breaking, bubbles and puckers, etc.).

Overall, SewCalGal thinks this is an excellent resource for those interested in learning free-motion quilting. It is also a great book for those that may have expertise, but are interested in learning ways to apply free-motion quilting to more amazing projects to keep or giveaway!

You should be able to find this book in your favorite local quilt shop or online shop, but if you don't you can let them know you are interested in having them offer this book for sale.  You can also purchase this book at C&T Publishing or Amazon.com

You may also want to check out my list of books on free-motion quilting, which I will be updating shortly to include this book.

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1 comment:

Brenda said...

this is a great book. i learned to fmq from Christina's online tutorials and now I have the book to remind me of the lessons.