The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

I’m so excited to tell you about a fabulous book, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, written by my friend Amanda, an accomplished quilter and spokesperson for the Bernina longarm.


If you’ve ever finished a quilt top and wondered how to quilt it, this book gives you 155 Mix & Match Designs, broken down by allover designs, blocks, sashing, borders, and individual motifs, beautifully illustrated with step by step samples of how to quilt 30 traditional blocks.FMQIdeaBook_04

The book is filled with quilting tipsFMQIdeaBook_03_large

plus a fun table runner with several quilting versions to get you started.FMQIdeaBook_08_compact

And to top it off, there’s an index of designs by blockFMQIdeaBook_2434

and by design family, making it super easy to mix and match designs.FMQIdeaBook_07b_compactLove, love the spiral binding!

The free-motion ideas can be easily quilted on both a domestic machine or a longarm, and for great practice and inspiration, you can download the companion Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler epattern made with the blocks in the book.60237_RevisedPagesAUReview_Page_01_RGB400

I joined the The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, Sampler, and App Facebook group and have started making the sampler using my Soul Blossoms fabric.FMQ Cherry-Soul Blossoms

I am a bit behind, but have cut everything and sewn my first row blocks…11986500_10207135705606123_596802461581503378_n…so, so easy to make!

 And guess what, you can win a copy of Amanda’s great book! Leave a comment and tell me what inspires you to quilt. I’ll chose a winner at midnight this Monday, 11/16

For more inspiration, visit the other blogs in the tour…



48 thoughts on “The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

  1. LJ says:

    What a great review of Amanda’s new book. I, too, have been admiring the spiral binding – a real plus for a quilting book. I always find the process of finding a pattern/design to use for the quilting a real struggle. Sounds like Amanda has lots of great help when I reach that point and would help take my apprehension out of “quilt as desired”!

    • Cherry Guidry
      Cherry Guidry says:

      Thanks! The book’s step by step instructions for each of the designs are clear and easy for anyone, beginner to advanced!

  2. Kathie L says:

    I’m inspired to quilt when I see how much fabric I have in my sewing room and how much better it would be keeping someone warm in bed.

  3. Veronika says:

    This book looks great – I definitely need all the help I can get when it comes to FMQ! I am mostly inspired by all the pretty pictures I see of others’ work on Instagram, honestly. Hopefully someday I can be inspired by non-quilty things, but I’m not there yet!

  4. Patty Flynn says:

    The fabric usually inspires the top and the quilting is a mix of inspiration, often the need for inspiration. This book looks very user friendly

  5. Darlene B says:

    I love to quilt and get inspiration from seeing other quilts at guild, looking at pinterest, blogs, etc. Just can’t stop quilting! (except when I have to go to work, make dinner, and other mundane things!)

  6. Dawn Jones says:

    I am currently learning to quilt, and honestly I have been inspired to want to learn because of all of the wonderful bloggers who share their work and passion.

  7. Kathy E. says:

    I am inspired to quilt when I read blogs and see the gorgeous photos of quilts. I have saved so many designs that I will have to live to 100 with very nimble fingers to make them all!

  8. Jennie says:

    I enjoy the quiet time of sewing, but really would like to quilt my own quilts, so I’ve spent the last 6 months learning the technique, mostly from blogs. This book would be a wonderful treat.

  9. Nancy says:

    I am inspired by the gorgeous fabric, the way the colors look together, and then putting just the “right” design in the quilting, which can sometimes be a struggle. Amanda’s book looks like it would be a great addition to any quilter’s library just for that reason. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  10. Chris says:

    I think it’s an obsession at this point. I have 4 or 5 quilts running through my head all the time. Not enough hours in the day.

  11. Lisa Marie says:

    Many things inspire me — nature, architecture, magazine photos, quilts I see online, fabric, etc. I am also inspired by the reaction I sometimes get when I make things for others — it makes me happy to make something that brings joy to the recipient.

  12. Kaye M. says:

    I’m inspired to quilt from the magazines and blogs that I read. Also I get ideas from the projects of members of our quilt guild. I’ll never get all the quilts made that I have rolling around in my head! Amanda’s book looks great. I like the spiral bound feature and the blocks with different quilting examples.

  13. Rebecca says:

    I have the need to create 24/7. the fabric calls to me and just have to make something with it. Now quilting it can frustrate me but never stops me…..thank you

  14. JoAn GODFREY says:

    inspiration comes in many forms faster than i can possibly stay caught up…. a new pattern…. a new idea..ROW BY ROW…….. A FABULOUS fabric i HAVE to use………. a color combination that HAS to be put into fabric……. a new technique to try……………

  15. Donna Joy says:

    This book looks like the inspiration I need to help me decide how to quilt my quilts.
    I am so inspired by all the talented quilters who blog and share so many tips. I thank everyone.

  16. Lori Morton says:

    Would looove to have this book! to Win it would be Awesome! Have added to my Wish List for sure! 🙂

    I find inspiration all around…just never know when something will strike an idea…colors of the leaves, sky, in a store, magazine, and love all the books, Blogs & even watching my Grangirlie drawing & coloring!

  17. Kathy says:

    From what I can see, Amanda has done a wonderful job of laying things out step-by-step; and I *LOVE* that the book is spiral-bound so that it can lay flat on the table beside me as I attempt these quilting motifs!

  18. Cecilia says:

    Sometimes architectural details inspire my FMQ. Other times it’s someone else’s work that inspires me. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this great resource.

  19. Katherine Toler says:

    I have checked the blogs on the tour and was able to get a peek inside Amanda’s book. I have never enjoyed free motion quilting but really enjoyed the approach of quilting in the book. I can see that planning can be done in a small way as to not feel so overwhelming. The illustrations were helpful and the pattern for the sampler would be a great place to start. For me quilting is a way put away all the daily woes and focus on a project that is not only visually inspiring for me but can be a comforting gift for a loved one, a good friend or a new baby.

  20. Mello Myers says:

    Friends and their wonderful projects inspire me to quilt. I love looking through magazines for new ideas! One of my favorite things to do is reading blogs for inspiration. Free motion quilting is also something I enjoy. I find it very relaxing. It was scary at first but the more I do it the mire I enjoy it. I would really enjoy Amanda’s book!

  21. Becky says:

    The feeling I get when I make a quilt for one of my family and they love it inspires me to keep on doing it. I given away nearly every quilt that I’ve made to either family or very close friends. It’s my therapy. 🙂

  22. Stephanie says:

    I am inspired to quilt by love, people and objects I see at random. I love modern quilts, but also classic quilts. I just love quilts big small new or old. Quilts always tells a story and that’s what I enjoy the most.

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