Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on October 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 224 comments

I’m so excited to be the next stop on Natalia’s book tour!  In the Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Natalia is giving all of us the knowledge and tools to work her beautiful quilting patterns into our quilts at home!

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Natalia has added a theme to the tour : It’s a Family Affair, I know for me anytime I’m sewing, I’m always surrounded by my family! My kids love fabric, and have been asking to make another quilt recently. My mom taught me to sew garments as a girl, along with the 4-H ladies, and since teaching myself to quilt, I’ve been teaching my mom the in’s and out’s of quilting! Quilting is definitely a family affair here – we’ve come full circle!

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a perfectly organized reference.  The first section Focus on Quilting, walks you through machine set up, techniques, and all the beautiful quilting patterns. Since Natalia love to design and piece quilts too – she designed six projects to practice and show off beautiful quilting too! Those patterns are in the second section, and section three is chalk full of Quilting Patterns – a great space to trace and practice the movements before moving to your quilt top.

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the quilts in the book; Round and Round immediately caught my eye as a project that would look great in any size! I decided to pull a few fun prints to piece with the gray background, and eventually decided to sash the blocks with an orange print.

I had a lot of fun piecing, and quilting this little project! Now I just need to decide how to finish it – pillow cover or table topper?


Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a great addition to any quilter’s library, and sure to be a source of inspiration for many projects!  To win a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting leave me a comment, telling me how you would finish my project.

 I will select a winner on October 19th, 2012 – Good Luck!


Visit the other stops on the tour to learn more:

Amy Webb - October 6th
Melissa Corry - October 7th
Melissa Mortensen  - October 8th
Stash Books - October 9th
Amy Ellis - October 10th
Kimberly Jolly - October 11th
Vicki Christensen - October 12th
Candy Glendening - October 13th
Angela Yosten - October 14th
Gen Q Magazine - October 15th
Tracey Jacobsen - October 16th
Vickie Eapen - October 17th
AllisonHarris – October 18th

224 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting :: Review & Giveaway!

  1. Hi Amy! It’s so good to hear that there is more guidance in actual quilting part of whole quilting process. I love piecing but quilting is still very intimidating to me. Definitely a good book to add to my library. As for you lovely project, I’d go for the pillow option. I’ll keep my fingers crossed ;)

  2. I think it should definitely be a pillow cover! Love the circles and the lines together!

  3. I think this would be better as a table topper than as a pillow cover. Set on a diagonal, the grid gives a lovely place to put table decorative accessories such as candles or a center piece. How about folding it in half, adding handles, and you have a lovely quilted tote?

  4. I’m not big on table toppers, generally, and am of the opinion that you can never have too many pillows — especially if they look like that! It’s a beautiful block!

  5. Between the two I’d pick a pillow cover because I like pillows better than table toppers :)… But given all choices I’d pick a wall hanging, because I think it’s so beautiful!

  6. Definitely a pillow….it’s fall, and time for nice poochy pillows to snuggle against, under a blanket, with a nice cup of hot tea/chocolate/coffee AFTER you finish raking all the darned leaves. :-)

  7. I’m with the table topper folks. I could definitely use something like this on my end tables in my living room (and as a matter of fact, have been telling my husband I’d make something like that for months now).

  8. I would go with a table topper, but I would put the little corners on the back so I could hang as a wall hanging, too! It’s so beautiful…..I’d want out to view all the time!

  9. I would definitely make this into a pillow – something that says ‘Here I am, sitting up, take notice of me’. It is just too nice to lay flat. A pillow – seen from near and far.

  10. love how teaching goes full circle. hmmm, personally i would finish this as a table topper.

  11. A table topper for sure! I have started doing this lately as I have way too many quilts and this way I can see new stuff and change them out frequently. Thank you for the chance to win.

  12. I think you should add a border and complete the circles that go up to the edge of the square, then finish it off as a table topper.

  13. I vote for pillow or add a border and hang it! Thanks for the giveaway… I am always looking for help moving beyond my walking foot :)


  14. My first thought was a table topper, but the more I looked at it, the more I could visualize this as a pillow! Either will be lovely. I’d love to win this book, it’s very timely as I am about to start a machine quilted project. Thanks!


  16. It’s very cute either way. A pillow cover would really show off the whole thing. A table topper might get covered up with a lamp or flower pot or basket. So I’d go with the pillow cover.

  17. I would add a border & go with a table topper…I think horizontal surfaces just love table toppers!!

  18. I would finish it as a wall hanging. I have white walls and I just love the pop of colors I get from wall hangings and how easy it makes it to change the decor. I didn’t choose either because with 3 dogs, pillows tend to become the girls private property that I have trouble getting back, the same would probably happen to table runners too. Ginger, the youngest (2) tends to want anything I make. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. I think I would finish it as a table topper. At my house pillows are thrown on the floor. I would hate to see all my work end up on the floor.

  20. I would make it into a pillow. I had a thought though that they would make really cute placemats if you made three-four more. I just thought about that when I saw them. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  21. I’d go with the cushion cover. If it’s laying flat on a table, you have to be right next to it to see it, but you can set the cushion so you can enjoy looking at it from further away.

  22. Thanks for the review of Natalia’s new book. I would make a pillow from your sample. You did a very nice job on the circle quilting. Thanks for sharing :)

  23. How about making that the center of a larger quilt, (quilt as you go style) and add a larger border of darker shades of the colors you already used and add more geometric shapes. Even setting it off center…

  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I would got with table topper! Would look BEAUTIFUL with a bouquet of orange and pink flowers on it!!!

  25. It would be a table topper at my house because with the kids, pillows just do not stay on the furniture.

  26. So cute! I think it would be a perfect pillow. But you know that then you would need to make a bigger version for a quilt to coordinate with the pillow. That would be cool!

  27. How about putting a binding on just as it is and then creating two sets of little bean bags: green and purple. It would make a fun tick-tack-toe game board set.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  28. That would sure make a wonderful pillow cover.
    I so badly want to learn to machine quilt, I’m so thankful for people who write such helpful books.

  29. What a fun design! I love the bright colors you used. I think it would be great as either a pillow cover or a table topper!

  30. If the only choice is tabletop or pillow, i would choose pillow.
    Actually, it’s not one of your choices but I would frame it and use it as a picture.

  31. I love how the design would make for a very fun game of tic-tac-toe, which we love to play while sitting at the table, so I’m opting for the table top. We have a wooden toy box which could be covered nicely with this quilt and I’d probably make up some beanbags to play our game, too.

  32. I would make a wallhanging. I would start with a narrow border, same width as the border between the blocks. Then I would make an outer border of that aqua background, and applique circles (maybe quartered) with the circle fabrics. Hope you choose mine, I would love to see it outside my head!

  33. I would do a table topper! I have not done any fancy quilting and would love to learn how.

  34. I would definitely go with the pillow! Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

  35. I vote for pillow cover….and I would pull that gorgeous dark polka dot fabric to be the flip side! Thanks for the chance to win….my FMQ skills are rudimentary!

  36. I vote for pillow cover. A table cover would probably result in something being placed on top of it and covering it up. I want to see that beauty!

  37. Oh I see a cute little mini quilt or wall hanging! I love that. Isn’t it funny when you can see something and think….bingo! Why didn’t I think of that! I love it!

  38. May I suggest a third option? Wall-hanging! It reminds me of window panes and I think it would look great on a wall.

  39. Table topper I think. Would love to be entered in the giveaway! It looks like a great book!

  40. I think with some solid orange and linen fabric a pillow in that design would be really striking.

  41. Thanks for posting this. How lovely. I vote table topper or wall hanging- although that wasn’t one of the options. It makes me think of a window,

  42. this project reminds me of Christmas decorations seen by the window, you could do a Christmas tree base cover or a table runner

  43. Definitely cushion cover. And maybe make a few more of them, give them away as a matched set!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  44. I can see your piece hung in a picture frame (no glass) and hung on point. That would be a great way to show it off.

  45. Well, if you are sure you don’t want to go any further with it for a quilt ( which would look just beautiful) I would definately go with a pillow :)

  46. It’s so pretty that I’d probably want to look at it all the time, so I think a wall hanging would be a great way to finish it.

  47. Definitely Pillow … it’s to cute to put on a table – things on tables always get buried under other junk! I pillow always is in sight and it would brighten up any room!

  48. I’d would try making half circles from the dark and light fabrics and border the square with them. It wouldn’t be exactly a scallop border but would nice, I think.

  49. Pillow for sure!! Loved the quilting and fabric choice you used on this project. I would love to win this book!

    I just finished making Graduation from your book Modern Basics. I ordered the exact colors you listed in the pattern and very happy with how it turned out. I quilted it myself with straight lines. I just have to sew on the binding to the back. I am giving it to my daughter for Christmas.

  50. I would definitely finish it as a table cover–great colors, great pattern and wonderful quilting. Good Job!

  51. Love both ideas but might have to go with the pillow…so pretty! I would love to learn free motion quilting and the book looks like it would be a perfect way to start. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. I think it would make a pretty wall hanging. The sashing reminds me of window panes. I love the colors you chose.

  53. I would love the book. I have 2 quilts waiting to be quilted. I’m always hesitant to do the quilting and would love more resources to boost my confidence.
    I vote for pillow cover.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  54. It sounds like a wonderful book – useful to see some different ways of free motion quilting.
    I would make it into a table topper as I like center pieces for my tables.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for the chance to win this nice book.
    Regards from Western Canada,

  55. Natalia is so sweet. I started following her blog maybe a year or two ago, and she even responds personally to questions by email!!! :)

    What a colorful project! I vote finish it as a table topper to use once the holidays are over and you want something bright and cheerful!

  56. I would go for the pillow cover.. It would look great on a neutral colored couch in the fall.

  57. It should be a pillow so you could snuggle up with it and trace that circular quilting around, and around, and around, and around. Wanted to mention, too, that I love your header!

  58. I think finishing your project as a pillow would be my first choice. I would love to win the Machine Quilting book…thanks for a chance. judie

  59. I would make it into a darling pillow cover. Thanks for the chance to win. and Thanks for the blog.

  60. I like the idea of either but, I think that would make a terrific little pillow :)

  61. I say pillow because I am on the hunt for cute pillows. Thanks for a chance to win this great book. I need some help with the quilting aspect of my quilts. Janita

  62. I would do a pillow cover… but with how beautiful it is, I’d almost be inclined to do a wall hanging with it for my sewing room!
    Thanks for hosting the hop and thank you for the opportunity to win!
    - Erin

  63. I say a pillow cover and I would add the trim that has the little pom poms that dangle.. OH SO CUTE!
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  64. A pillow topper or table runner would be wonderful but that is beautiful enough to frame and display as art. You have a lot of feedback and it is fun to read all the ideas. Thanks for a great review and the opportunity to win a copy of this fabulous book.

  65. Hi Amy, Props to you for yet another great review of Natalia’s book! Your block is beautiful and the colors just flow together. It would make a great pillow topper but its got so much character in it that I’d have to say a wallhanging! It’s just one of those blocks that demands attention and conversation!

  66. Love this book and would love to have it! Also, love your project and I can see it as a pillow top. Great color choices. Thanks for giving a book away.

  67. I love your Round and Round! I think I would use it as a table topper…darling! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  68. Between the two, I’ll choose table topper. However, if you would like to consider another option, I think a tote bag would be very pretty too.

    Thank you for this giveaway

  69. Pillow cover of course. Isn’t it obvious to everyone? LOL
    Since I hope to start FMQ soon myself, I really need this book. A newbie at FMQ needs all the help she can get, right?

  70. My first choice would be a wallhanging. But if you want a pillow or table topper, I would choose pillow. Really nice work!

  71. I picture your little quilted piece as a pillow cover for a teen’s room or in the family room. It turned out great!

  72. Juro que colocaria na minha porta quarto de costura como uma linda guirlanda de boas vindas.

  73. I would do both! Complete the back like a pillow, bind it, and you can either stuff it with a pillow form or leave it to use as a topper!

  74. How about a cute bag sew that you can carry it everywhere and more people would get to love it !

  75. My first thought was – wall hanging! But, between table topper and pillow…I think table topper.

  76. I would make it into a pillow cover so I could enjoy the whole little quilt. The stitching is wonderful too.

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