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.

The book is filled with quilting tips

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 block

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.

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……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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