Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting - Book Review and Giveaway!!

I was so excited when Natalia asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her new book, Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting!!  Natalia is an amazingly talented designer and quilter.  I love her quilts for their wonderful use of applique and stunning quilting!!  I mean, just look at the cover quilt, Fabulous!!!

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Natalia's theme for this book tour is "It's A Family Affair".  And I couldn't agree with her more! 

My quilting journey started when I asked my mother to teach me to quilt right before I moved across the country with my husband for school.  I knew I was about to be in for some lonely days and nights and thought it would be fun to have a hobby.  (Who knew it would grow to this :)  My mother taught me all the in's and out's of quilting and I loved that time we had quilting together.

Now I find that I have the wonderful opportunity to teach my daughter to quilt.  Jessica is 7 and she is working on her first quilt.  It is a joy to now share this skill with her!!  (And if I am being honest, occasionally it is an exercise in patience:)  The rest of the gang at home are such a huge support of my quilting journey!  They inspire me daily and love me even when I am a little bit crazy!  I couldn't ask for more!  



My Stick Family from WiddlyTinks.com
Natalia's book is fabulous!!  I have gone through it cover to cover and have bookmarked so many pages!!  I love that the book begins with Machine Quilting Basics.  How helpful to have a complete rundown on batting, thread selection, basting, ect. all in one place! 
The book is then broken down into 5 sections on quilting :  Allover Quilting, Background Fillers, Borders and Sashings, Custom Quilted Blocks, and finally Quilting on Applique!!  This makes it so much easier to find the type of design you are looking for, especially when you want to do some custom quilting!!  I just finished up a quilt top this week and was so excited to flip through the pages of Natalia's book for lots of quilting inspiration and guidance!

I choose the Swirls from the Background Fillers section for the bulk of the quilt and am so happy to have finally figured out how to add the little swirl tips that allow you to travel easier!!   

I went with the Single Circles and Ovals from the Borders and Sashing sections for my borders.  My ovals aren't quite oval but they got  better as I went along :) 

I have so many of the flower design's marked to try out!!  They are so adorable but this was a boy quilt and flowers just didn't go so I will have to give those designs a whirl next time :)   I will be sure to show you when I do :) 

Oh, and Natalia added a bonus section at the end of her book that includes 6 stunning quilt patterns, including the cover quilt!!  That is so on my list of things to make!!!

Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting is just that!!  A fabulous guide to walk you through, give you confidence, and then expand your free motion quilting horizons!  

GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thank you so much to Natalia for including me in this blog tour!!!  And, thank you for giving me the opportunity to giveaway a copy of your book!!!  

So would you like to win a copy of Natalia's book, Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting?  Just leave me a comment telling me where you are in the world of Free Motion Quilting . . . Have you tried it? Do you like it? Do you have some horror story of unpicking?  Do you just love it and can't wait to try new designs??  . . . You get the idea, anything along those lines :)  

Once comment per person please and a winner will be announced on October 20th :) 

For more chances to win this excellent book be sure to enter at all the stop's along the hop!!!

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418 comments:

  1. I am dying to get my hands on this book. I have a new machine that will be much better at finally being able to try machine quilting. thanks for the endorsement. With all the books out there, I always look for ones recommended by people I trust and admire.

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  2. Morning! I know what u mean in reference to teaching your daughter. Only mine is my 11 yr old grandson. Now mind u he is a football player at heart but in the past 3 months when he is here he wants to play on my sewing machine so I asked him if he would like to make a quilt and that is where we started. I am new to machine quilting and just at the beginning stages. It would be wonderful to learn from this book it would be like learning from the experts. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. Oh I definitely buying this booK! I would like to get away from straight lines quilting. I'll wait until Oct 19th though to see if I have won or not. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I'm only at the very beginning of my FMQing journey. Can't seem to get the round bits evenly round! I'd love a chance to win!

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  5. I am just getting started in the quilting side of things. I have a few tops finished but then I started a job that allows me to work 6 days a week (seriously - but grateful to have a job). So, I am just getting to the point I can start to balance things out and finish a few tops. I have been a bit nervous trying to finish these quilts as I thought you needed a long arm, but now I'm seeing that it is possible to do some on my own machine. So, this book would be a great starting point. I'm so glad people take the time to put something together for people like me - a little intimitated to finish a quilt. Thanks for this opportunity!!

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  6. I have been practising now for over a year - following the blogs which have so many great tutorials such as Leah's but have so much still to learn - this book sounds just great

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  7. i have only had one go at free motion quilting,i would love to learn,thankyou for this giveaway.xx

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  8. I have taken classes and learned that while I like it I have a long ways to go and much to learn!

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  9. I'm trying to teach myself to quilt when I have some time. Want to definitely learn motion quilting, machine is capable. Now having our first grandchild sure want to make quilts and teach her as she grows. Happy quilting :-)

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  10. I gave always hand quilted and got a new sewing machine for Christmas last year and as soon as I get a quilt top done I want to machine quilt. I originally thought it was going to be easy to do but then after researching I realize it is going to be more of a labor of love, so I would LOVE to win this! I'm gonna need all the help I can get!

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  11. I am just getting started and have now jumped in with both feet and love it! I did my first free motion quilting on a baby quilt for my niece just this week! I am so in love with it and the whole process it is amazing to see all that quilting and know that I did it. While it may not be perfect stitching it is all about learning as I go and I would love to get this book as I want to learn everything possible!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Kallie

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  12. I am an "okay" free motion quilter, but I can't seem to stay with a design in a quilt. I keep getting "lost" in the process. I think it is because I don't fully understand how to keep a design going. I would love to win this book and see if it solves my problem.

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  13. I haven't attempted fmq yet...I've been sticking to various versions of straight lines! I need to get learning though because the effect really is beautiful and I can't afford to send my creations out to a professional!

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  14. I bet this giveaway is going to be popular! I have done FMQ can do swirls and hearts and flowers and loops and have started doing feathers but have a long way to go before they are perfect!! I find my problem is thinking what design to do, so this book would be fab for me. Hugs

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  15. For FMQ I have mastered stippling but am now mostly bored with it so I need to try some new designs! For now I rely on pantographs which are great for some things, but sometimes you just need FMQ. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. I have never done free motion quilting but I've been combing the internet for tips because I have a project ready to quilt and I want to try it -- I really need this book and if I don't win it, I'm gonna have to buy it, lol!

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  17. Love to win this!! I am in New Brunswick, Canada. In the free motion quilting world; not too far...lol. I am taking the challenge this year; but not great at it. Plugging along though.

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  18. Oh I totally need this book! I've tried a few bits of FMQ, but I really could do with reading how it all works properly with pictures and things, thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I have done about 4 small wall hangings with free motion, simple stippling. No quilts yet. I'm so stiff and hesitant when I quilt, being afraid to mess things up. I need help! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I have started branching out beyond stippling and loops, i have done swirls concentric circles. Now I want to try doing many different patterns on one quilt top. This book looks like it would be VERY helpful to expand my knowledge!! Thank you for the give away!!

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  21. I took a class last month on FMQ. I am still clumsy at it - and I can't seem to stick with one pattern at a time, but I know with practice I can get this! The book looks fab, thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I machine quilt all my quilts, but have not gone beyond straight lines and stippling. I need to be brave and break into something new.

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  23. I want to free motion quilt so bad! I just haven't figured it out yet so I straight line quilt everything. Getting bored with that!

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  24. I am a hand quilter but I really love the amazing detail of machine quilting.... this would be a whole new world for me in my quilting adventure!! Thanks for a chance to win what looks to be an awesome book!

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  25. I would love to receive the book. I am just beginning to machine quilt. I am trying to practice to improve my control. To have this book would be helpful. Thank you!

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  26. I have been waiting to get this book! I have not yet tried FMQ, am just a beginner machine quilter. This book looks fabulous though, and will definately buy it if I don't win it :)

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  27. I've been doing some FMQ for a while, but I'm still practicing and I love finding new designs and helpful tips. I would love to win this book, but if not, it is one I will definitely buy.

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  28. Such a great book!
    I'm a beginner!! I've done lots of straight line quilting but I want to move on to FMQ - it looks way beyond me though so I'd lie a bit of hand holding!

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  29. I would love this book. I've signed up for a course to learn FMQ but there are no spaces until the new year. I've tried a couple of times but can't get the tension right.

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  30. Oh I would love to win this book!!! I've been quilting for 3yrs - home trained on an old old old Janome machine. I've attempted free motion quilting, but I'm really not very good. I'm so bored of doing straight lines with my walking foot! (although I have mixed it up with stars... And I managed a wavy border with it too). To really enhance my projects I need to master free motion quilting. ... This book may tell me where I'm going wrong!

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  31. The book looks fantastic! I love fmq although I mostly stick to simple designs. I would love more ideas and inspiration!

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  32. This looks like a great book! I took a free motion quilting course about 5 years ago, and waited another two years before getting up the nerve to try anything other than straight lines or "stitch in the ditch" on a real project.

    Now, I struggle a bit with figuring out quilting motifs that will enhance the design rather than just picking whatever pattern I want to try next.

    Sarah

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  33. I'm a complete newbie. I'v only ever hand quilted. But I so want to learn FMQ. This book looks like it would be a great teaching tool. Sure hope I win.

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  34. I've done some machine quilting and taken several classes, but I'm always looking for more.

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  35. ohh this book looks great, I tend to stick to loops and meandering :)

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  36. I love to sew, whenever I find some time to do. I try to do some free motion quilting, it look every time a little better. For sure, I would love to fine a lot of tips and tricks in this book that will help to improve.

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  37. I'd love to FMQ but I can't get my machine to co-operate. So it's mostly just straight line patterns.

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  38. I have never tried it yet, still trying to master the art of straight lines :) but I feel that I really need some encouragement and really good tips to get started! Would LOVE to win the book! thanks for the chance.

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  39. I have been enjoying learning FMQing this year, taking the tutorials through SewCalGal's FMQing challenge. So far my favourites are feathering & motifs surrounded by pebbling.
    This book looks fantastic - I've put it on my list of *wants* ... thanks for the review!! Always nice to hear reviews from those I look up to in the quilting world!!

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  40. I have done some basic FMQ in the past but would love to rev up my skills so to speak =) THanks for the chance to win!

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  41. I HAVE done some fmq, but feel like I'm definitely still learning. Totally want to get more comfortable with it!

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  42. I have tried the basic straight-line quilting & stitch in the ditch. I just bought a Janome 6600, so I can't wait to start doing something that will enhance the quilts!! It looks like a great book that I would love to win!!

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  43. I have tried FMQ, but only on little practice pieces. I haven't been brave enough (or had decent enough results) to do it on a real quilt!

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  44. Looks like a great book! I love FMQ...am hoping to try your tutorial soon and am always looking for new ideas for designs to try.

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  45. I am SO interested in this book! I have been working on FMQ this year by way of SewCalGal's challenge, after doing mostly straight-line quilting before. This book looks like a great resource

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  46. I am SO interested in this book! I have been working on FMQ this year by way of SewCalGal's challenge, after doing mostly straight-line quilting before. This book looks like a great resource

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  47. i do quite a bit of fmq. i'm always looking for new designs, and looks like this book has lots of them.

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  48. I've tried it several times and always end up picking it out and going back to straight line quilting. I want so badly to be decent at FMQ but my slight need for perfection gets in the way every time!!!!

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  49. I am very interested in this book. I have not had a lot of success with free-motion quilting, but I want to get better at it!! HELP ME!!

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  50. I actually have a short arm frame set up, but I can't wait to expand so that I can get into some more intricate designs. It is awesome to be able to quilt a large quilt in a short amount of time compared to doing it on a domestic machine. :)

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  51. I would love to learn and afraid to start!

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  52. Would love to have this book..just started quilting....thank you

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  53. This is one of the books I am planning on buying this fall. I just love her quilting. I have tried fmq but need to practice practice and practice it before I will feel good about it.

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  54. I have tried some FMQing without much luck! Surely this book would help! :)

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  55. I would really love to win this book. :) I have done a few pieces of FMQ on my home sewing machine, but I am not very good at it (putting it mildly. :D)

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  56. I use FMQ on smaller objects, like tablecoths and mugrugs. Only tried it on two big quilts and I didn´t like the result. The backing is full of wrinkles. May be I need more training :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  57. I'm still at the practice, practice, practice stage and am always looking for hints, tips, guidelines and all the help I can get! I would love to win this book!

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  58. I free motion quilt, but I consider myself still in the beginner stages. Mostly I feel comfortable with some meandering stipple...and I've tried my hand at harder designs with mixed results. I would love a copy of this book to help me improve my skills!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

    caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. I'm still a beginner with free motion. I can meander pretty well, but am terrified of trying something else! I send too many quilts to the long arm quilter because I am afraid of ruining them. And I also have a big stack of tops in the house because I can't afford to send them all to the quilter! It is a vicious cycle!

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  60. I just bought a second hand mid-arm quilt machine and frame and I am at the beginning stages of FMQ...MAN, would this book ever be useful!! Thanks for the chance to win it!
    Paulette

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  61. I tried FMQ once a few years ago and the results were... disastrous! LOL I haven't had the guts to try again. Maybe a copy of this book would help. Thanks for the chance to win one! :)

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  62. I haven't tried anything except straight line quilting but I want to!

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  63. I have a mid-arm machine that I am still trying to master. This book looks like just what I need!

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  64. My first try at FMQ left a birds nest on the back of the quilt and what was on the top could hardly be considered FMQ either. It was very sad and I didn't want to try anymore. I decided to hand quilt instead. I kept seeing what everyone else was blogging about, and decided I needed to try again. I put a sample selection together and slowed my machine down and gave it another try. It turned out MUCH better the second time, but I still have spider legs a little on the back side, so I need to read and learn what exactly I need to adjust and correct to get it just right so that I can continue on and enjoy my FMQ and get it on to a pot holder to keep, then a baby quilt, then a small quilt and move up in the world of FMQ to where I can be proud of what I am quilting.

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  65. I've tried but haven't had much success and so I need a confidence booster and some tricks of the trade. I think this book would give me both. It looks great. Thanks!

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  66. I have some books and have taken classes. I really need to make time to practice. I mostly do loopy quilting. I would love to win this book.

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  67. I have only practiced free motion quilting. I'm not practiced enough to actually try it on one of my projects and always end up using stitch in the ditch or straight line quilting. I absolutely LOVE the look of FMQ and WILL be able to do it some day. This book would sure come in handy :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. I so want to learn FMQ. I can not draw so I am afraid I can't FMQ.

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  69. I just finished my first course on free motion quilting last week . . . and I am totally ADDICTED!! I have already finished my first project -- just love this technique. (PamJ -- Dogshowmom@aol.com)

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  70. I would love to win a copy. I keep telling myself I'm going to try free motion quilting and then I chicken out at the last minute. I need to learn.

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  71. I struggle with my MQ in every piece I work on.....need all the help I can get :)
    would love to win a copy!
    thanks for a great giveaway

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  72. I've had this book on my Amazon wishlist for weeks! I'm beginning to get more adventurous in my piecing, but I have only actually quilted a few things on my machine. Definitely a beginner with the FMQ. I love Natalia's designs; I follow her blog and love to see each of the quilts she posts.

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  73. Just got back into quilting after 6ish years away and haven't ever attempted free motion quilting because of my machines limitations, but I just invested in a new machine and can't wait to give FMQ a try!

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  74. I need some motivation to get into the free motion world. Still not confident enough to try it.

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  75. Yes to all those things. I think that I love it, I know that I love it. I really would like a long arm, I know it sounds kinda lavish but I really want one just for me because I love free-motion quilting that much. I think that swirls are so neat. I have never tried those before. I am still in the beginning stages. I think yours look great. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  76. I am at the "have done straight line and random stippling" stage but would reaaly like to do some free motion quilting that doesn't have horribly uneven stitches!

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  77. This books looks like a much have! I have been doing swirly fmq for a while and have added in some pegging and flowers, but I would love pointers other than what I find on the internet. I have done a couple baby quilts and can't wait to do more.

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  78. I'm a FMQ virgin, so the book would be highly appreciated. :)

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  79. Of course I would love a copy of the wonderful book...thanks!

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  80. I am at the point where I need new designs to quilt. I can stipple and do loopies and a vine type thing. And yes, i have a horror story of unpicking, it totally sucks and I would have just let it go, but it was my mom's, and I'm still not finished with it. I have all the stitches out and replaced the back since it took a beating from the unpicking but it sits all lonely in the closet just daring me to try again.

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  81. I'm new to free-motion quilting. I just discovered that there is such a thing honestly. I've done one baby quilt, but didn't have the right foot. I've fixed that and now look forward to trying it out. I pray I don't have to pick too much in the learning process.

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  82. I guess you could say I am nowhere in the world of FMQ.
    I am scared to death of messing it up that I have only done
    straight line/in the ditch quilting so far. Of course, I have
    only made 2 quilts so far also.

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  83. I am at the, How come everyone gets this but me, stage.

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  84. I've only dabbled with it, done easy things. I know this book would be so motivational!

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  85. I am somewhere in the beginning stages of free-motion sewing. I'm pretty good at leaves on a vine.....that's about it. I understand the wisdom of practice, practice, practice but there is too much dead time between my practices so I keep going backwards in confidence. I'll keep trying. Maybe Natalie's book could help.

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  86. I haven't tried yet, I'm still working on mastering some more basic quilting skills, but I'm looking forward to free motion soon!

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  87. I try to free motion quilt all of my own projects...unless it is a larger quilt. Mostly I do simple designs such as stippling, meandering, straight lines, and swirls. I have this book on my Christmas wish list...maybe Santa will deliver it early....want it bad!

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  88. I FMQed my only machine quilted quilt (how's that for a tongue-twister?) and loved it. I love the feeling of doodling/drawing and seeing it play out on beautiful fabric, and can't wait to get more experienced with it.

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  89. I have done a little bit of stippling but that is it. I would like to be able to do my own quilting but my machine is not a huge fan. I am working on trying different threads to see if that will make a difference.

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  90. I'm just learning FMQ, and I'm using 30+ year-old blocks for my practice sandwiches - killing two birds with one stone! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  91. Hi...so glad to hear that her book includes quilting on applique. I do a lot of applique and didn't know how to quilt it!

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  92. I still haven't tried FMQ! I've been stuck on straight line quilting lately and although I love it, it's way past time to try something new.

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  93. I have done a little machine quilting but I"m still a novice in my mind. I would love to become a better machine quilter as I see so many beautiful quilts by people on their domestic machines..practice, practice is the word, I think.

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  94. I have dons very little machine quilting, most of it straight line. I would love to have this book as a guide so I can quilt some of the tops I have here waiting! :)

    Thanks for the chance!
    Sandy A

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  95. I have tried FMQ a handful of times but I get frustrated when it doesn't come out just right. I'd love to win this book in hopes to gain more knowledge, insight and inspiration to push on with it! :)

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  96. My experiences with FMQ have been of the "one step forward, two steps back" variety. I keep plugging away, but I have trouble maintaining an even stitch. I also have problems with keeping the size of my stitching pattern even. My motif tends to get smaller as I quilt. This sounds like a great book to work with.

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  97. I am just starting FMQ and actually love it -- but have a lot to learn and lots of practice to do :) Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  98. I've just started venturing into FMQ and machine quilting, so I think this book would be perfect for me. Thanks for the chance!

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  99. I have been quilting for 40+ years and still can't machine quilt, oh yes I have done some but none for public viewing for sure. This would be so awesome to have a step by step book on how to conquer machine quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  100. I have just begun my quilting adventures [less than a year] and have only done blocks for tops that aren't even finished yet, but I am excited to see the artistry happening in quilting and would love to learn as much as I can about it. I am doing classes on Craftsy - working my way through those. And always on the look-out for good books.

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  101. I have purchased my FMQ foot, but have chickened out every time I attempt to try it. I have a few quilt tops awaiting some spectacular FMQ, because stitching in the ditch will not do them the justice they deserve. They are patiently waiting for me to take the FMQ plunge, and this book might just be the ticket!

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  102. I have been FMQing for a year now and i love it! The hardest part is picking out a design. There are hundreds to choose from! I'm totally hooked.

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  103. I am completely intimidated by FMQ. I have only really quilted one quilt using FMQ, but I hear that practice is the only way to improve those skills. Natalia's book looks like just what I need to hold my hand. I need to do something in order to turn all these quilt tops into quilts! :) It's time to take the plunge! :) Thank you so much for the opportunity to put my name in the hat!

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  104. I have only just begun to practice the art of free motion. I do not have the full confidence yet. I will continue to keep working on it.
    Thank you for the great opportunity.
    sylvia
    psjvpy1@verizon.net

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  105. I am an intermediate quilter, trying to improve each day.

    luntville at aznex.net

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  106. That looks like an awesome book, I've only tried fmq on little projects. I'm too chicken to do it on a full sized quilt!

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  107. I've given it a shot... and missed the barn completely. I have planned to work on it before the end of the year and hopefully get it done right. Love your blog!

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  108. I have tried free motion quilting, I need to practice, practice, practice. Looks like a great book. Thank you for this giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  109. I have free-motioned several quilts, but I want to learn to do feathers. I do fairly well at meandering and I can do some drawn motifs. Not great, but better than when I first started. Love, love, love quilting!!!!

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  110. I sooooooooooooooooooooooo want to become good at this part of quilting -- the book looks awesome -- thank you for the giveaway - !}

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  111. I love to free motion quilt but am still much of a beginner. I would love to learn fancier designs. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  112. I am very much a beginner so I think this book would do me a world of good. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I am a novice quilter and can use all the help I can get.

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  114. thanks for the giveaway i so wont to try this

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  115. I have tired "steam" coming up from hot teacup... and some lazy S squiggles.
    Want to learn more...

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  116. I have only free-motioned two small projects because I am not comfortable yet with it! I would love the opportunity to learn from Natalia! Her work is beautiful!!

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  117. I would love this book!! I am at the point where I want to quilt myself, not have to send my quilts out and free motion looks awesome but I'm a little daunted so this would be so useful!

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  118. I am just a beginner and really need this book - I need to develop some confidence and knowhow!

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  119. This looks like such a good reference for MQ. I would love to try it. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  120. I've tried it. First time came out good, since then not so good so I gave up

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  121. I have been afraid to try. I still tie my quilts, or send them to the quilter, or do straight line quilting, or do small pieces by hand. I really want to learn, and with four of my six children off in the world, and another one getting ready to leave, this would really help fill some time.

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  122. I do try to do my own free motion quilting. I am not very steady or consistent with my stitches. I just keep practicing more, and hope for the best :-)

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  123. I've taken a class, but am still scared to try it on a quilt....

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  124. I have never tried it yet.....afraid of making a mess of whatever piece I try it on. I have always done hand quilting or tieing but I know that if I want to get more work done I have got to do it (age & arthrits (sp) makes for more of an incentive.)

    Marj: thelady at hotmail dot com

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  125. This sounds like a fabulous book and one that would benefit me. I have done some free motion quilting but find it frustating because it never looks like I want it to. Need some direction.

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  126. My FMQ needs a lot of work, but I'm not afraid to try, especially on fabric where it won't really show :) . I've done stippling on a border (although I straight line or hand quilted the rest), a mug rug (as in, who cares since I'm going to put my coffee on it anyway), a tree skirt (still in progress), and a mini. I'm mostly doing meanders and trying other shapes, like swirly echoes and even stars!

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  127. I just got the hang of free motion quilting (a little bit) after I figured out how to set my machine up properly! It takes practice, practice, practice, and what a great book to practice with!

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  128. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  129. I have fmq a few quilts. My machine I've learned is difficult with thread and small space. I love graffiti quilting in the quilt.

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  130. Funny you should mention it - I did my first free motion quilted item just last night! I little mug rug. The quilting is pretty bad, but I can't help but be proud :)

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  131. I have tried FMQ and I absolutely LOVE it! I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  132. I have done straight line quilting but have just started playing with free-motion on scrap fabric. I could really use this book!

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  133. I have just been brave enough to start free motion quilting and made a quilt with some cursive words. I would like to venture further but still need some more courage to do that :)

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  134. I'd say I'm kind of an intermediate when it comes to Free Motion Quilting. I can get by, but I'd like to improve my skills. I only like to do small quilts, however, and so haven't tried anything larger than a lap size. I have problems with my wrists and wrestling with a large quilt is beyond my capability.

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  135. Great review Melissa! :) Thanks so much! :)

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  136. I've tried FMQ on small things like mug rugs and mini quilts - I've got a long way to go before I do it on a quilt!!

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  137. Melissa -- thanks for the great review! I can't wait to get a copy of the book! I have been FMQ on my Janome Horizon for about 6 months now! I have so much to learn yet -- right now my biggest challenge is "setup" -- having a smooth/large surface for the quilt to rest on so it's not getting caught on things (edges, books, notions... lol).

    One thing for sure though -- I LOVE to do my own quilting on anything 60 inches or less... and I'm sure Natalia's book will help tremendously...

    Have a wonderful day!

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  138. The quilt they used for the cover is adorable! I have trie stippling but i would love to figure out actual designs.

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  139. I've tried it a wee bit, but need a heap more practice!

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  140. i'd love to master on FMQ. I find it extremely hard yet to get even stitches. The book would give me some courage to improve, though. Tks fr the chance! x

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  141. i am just starting free motion

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  142. i've tried stippling, sewing over a paper pattern, and a few other tricky little methods, none of which i like to do. i've worked a stack of practice pieces, layered leftovers to free motion over, with yukky results. sigh ... but i like your review; you've made this book sound like it would help me! thanx, sure would like to win a copy!

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  143. HI MELISSA! Love doing FM quilting on my quilts.I've been learning for about 2 years just how to make it look decent>it has taken a lot of practice for me.I'm encouraged with this book though and loved the example of your 'swirls'! Maybe I can do these? Thanks so much to you+Natalie for sharing!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  144. I have not done any FM quilting yet but am getting ready to try it so this book would be fabulous to win as it sounds like it has lots of good information.

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  145. How wonderful that you can pass quilting on down to your daughter. Im still pretty new to quilting, and havent yet taken the plunge into FMQ. I think Im a little intimidated thinking about doing it on my home machine. So much fabric to move somehow. I would love a guide. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  146. I am so ready to move on beyond stitch in the ditch, straight lines and meandering FMQ. Sounds like this book would be the perfect tool to help me move forward. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  147. I have not had the courage to try free motion. Mainly use stitch in the ditch when I machine quilt. Would love to try though.

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  148. I just started to practice free motion the other day... and oh boy.. I will need to practice some more!. This book would be a big help.
    thanks... nclement@ct.metrocast.net

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  149. I experiment every once in awhile and play with designs and coordinating speed and hand motion. It's something that requires practice unless you're a natural and I require a lot of it. I think it's cool and plan to keep trying.

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  150. I've had a few rather unsuccessful attempts at FMQ. I've even signed up for a class but the instructor had to cancel at the last minute due to health issues. FMQ is the biggest thing I want to master now. This book sounds like it would be a wonderful tool to have. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!

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  151. I've only FMQ one quilt. It wasn't even close to fab.

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  152. I have been working on my FMQ off and on for a few years now. I've done several meandering quilts but it seems like when it's important I always revert back to my walking foot and straight lines.

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  153. I have been working on my fmq this year but I could use that book. I do like doing it but I have a hard time figuring out what design to do on the quilt.

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  154. I'd love to win this book. I am a beginner at free motion quilting. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  155. I'm still trying to master the "free" part of free motion quilting. My stitches are pretty good if my machine is cooperating but it's hard to free myself from following a design.

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  156. I want to try free motion quilting because it looks like so much fun. This book would get me started.

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  157. I've given it a little try but will need to keep practicing. I love seeing everyone's quilting. Thanks for the chance.

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  158. fmq scares me. i guess i need to practice on some scraps, but i hesitate to even start trying. heck...i haven't even quilted on my machine. that is something i will have to do soon, because i can't afford to send it out for quilting. maybe soon, i will take the jump...or the book will demystify the process!

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  159. Toss my name in the hat. I really need to learn how to quilt. I have a house full of flimsies.

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  160. I'm just starting quilting in general, so I am full of positive thoughts about FMQ. I'm sure the reality of it will be a different story, but for now, I'm looking forward to it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  161. I haven't given it a try- yet. Thanks for spreading the work about Natalia's book.

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  162. Looks like a great book. I'm ready to go beyond the all over meandering that I've done on two quilts so far. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  163. I'm up for learning whatever I can, thanks for the giveaway

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  164. I do lots of free motion quilting, just need to be a bit braver. :) thanks for the chance to win this fab book

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  165. I now do most of my FMQ on a longarm, but I still use my home machine for small projects. The longer I do it the more comfortable I am with it. Practice does take the fear away. I don't rip out my machine quilting unless it is a really serious tension issue.

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  166. I would love to do some free motion quilting and i think this is just the book for me to learn. I really want this book. Thank you so much for the chance to win it.

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  167. I do FMQ on my home machine. I usually do an all over design.

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  168. Hello I do do free motion quilting but I get frustrated with my self when I lest turn out as I want. Also as I am self taught I really struggle to get inspiration for new designs.

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  169. I am going to try free motion on the quilt I am working on now. I wish it was over with. This book sounds like what I need. Wandaspn@gmail.com

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  170. I mostly do a meandering large stipple, but would love to try to mix it up

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  171. Melissa,
    Hi, I have done Fmq and would like to get more comfortable it. I have Fmq a table runner and had to un pick it all. Thank you for the give away.

    Linda

    Linda@fieldhouses.net

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  172. I have tried it and had success on my mother's sewing machine, but not so much on mine. I gave up and started renting time on a long arm, but i would like to utilize my machine.

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  173. That is great you are teaching your daughter. Mine is 6 and made her first quilt this summer. She got a first place ribbon at the fair!

    Last weekend my husband made me a custom table for my machine. I got some Machingers gloves, but I haven't bought the Supreme Slider yet. That is next on my list. I can fmq squiggles with my eyes closed, but now I want to learn some actual designs. Thanks for the chance!

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  174. I am a wanna be free motion quilter. This book would help teach me, thanks

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  175. I've done a bit of free motion quilting, but would still say I'm a rank beginner. Would love to get my hands on this book!

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  176. I am at the "practice, practice, practice" stage of free motion quilting! I am still struggling to make curves instead of sharp angles.

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  177. I am new to it. I have done several small things & one personal sized quilt. Love it.

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  178. I have done a bit of free motion quilting. My big obstacle is just to decide what pattern to quilt where!

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  179. it has pictures!!!!!!!! I need this book so badly, and outlines too, I have been holding off making the quilts Ineed to cause I no longer can
    have the person I love quilt them, so she wants me to learn on my own. I am scared to death in my tracks. OH pullllease new book, find me
    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  180. I just started FMQ a couple months ago, but have been wanting to try it ever since I started quilting a couple years ago. FMQ really adds a touch of individuality to an otherwise regular quilt. I am having trouble doing it to bed size quilts though and am limited to table toppers and placemats right now. I'd love to discover the tips and tricks for incorporating it on a large quilt.

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  181. Haven't done much FMQ and can say I liked it when i did it, but hope they don't ever look too closely! I'm getting close to finishing a quilt that I would love to attempt it again. Your book could be just the cheerleader I need! Lol

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  182. I have tried it.
    My result wasn't so good
    so, I just got my machine serviced and I want to try again

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  183. Haven't tried it yet..need this book to learn how!

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  184. I am at the starting gate of free motion quilting! I know how to stipple and go in straight lines! awolk at rogers dot com

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  185. I soooooo need this book! I've been piecing for years...but have been unable to "get over myself" to take the next step of free motion quilting! I've done some stitch in the ditch and some shadow quilting, but this was/is the year I was really going to dive in! I even bought a class on Craftsy (but haven't been braved enough to watch it yet - how silly is that!) Thanks for the book review and you can bet this will be on my Christmas wish list! laurie
    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

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  186. I need this book! I have yet to try FMQ. I am so afraid to mess up and need some help

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  187. I am at the point of wanting to start, as you know, your videos helped me to get to that point lol... now I just have to baste my tops (which I still hate lol)

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  188. I am currently learning to FMQ and would love to win this book--it sounds so very helpful and interesting

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  189. I like to FMQ small quilts - experimenting beyond the basics right now.

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  190. I not only want, but I think I NEED this book. I just completed (a few days ago) my first FM quilt. I had practiced on a little quilt sandwich and it was easy, just as I had practiced in my mind many times. But on the actual quilt, it was different, harder. My lines were not consistent or particularly smooth. I can see that I have a lot of work ahead, and I need help! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  191. I love free motion quilting, but I only know how to do basic designs. I would love to get the book and learn more!

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  192. I am a beginner, I do straight lines quilting. I have a lot, I mean a lot to learn. Thank for a chance to win

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  193. I've tried FMQ and even have been successful at times. At other times it just doesn't work for me. I had to rip out the last quilt I did and haven't tried since.

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  194. I have done FMQ and it looks good but I need to practice more. I struggle with picking what quilt design to put on a block part or border. Seems like her book would have some great ideas for that!

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  195. I so need this book - I just had an ugly quilting battle with a baby quilt.

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  196. I always struggle with doing machine quilting, I do fine with quarter inch and in the ditch but really struggle with the rest. Maybe I could learn some new designs tobtry.

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  197. Hi, nice to meet you! I have only made a few quilts/quilted projects. Everything I've made I have mainly stitched in the ditch. I did stipple my son's Hungry Caterpillar quilt that I made him for Christmas last year, but that was on my MIL's Babylock (it was SOOO easy to use). I tried free motion quilting on my Pfaff Select 3.0 (a very solid, but basic no frills machine) a couple of weeks ago on my nephew's birthday quilt...um...yeah...not so great! There is so much that I could learn from this book, and it would be a blessing to win it! :) Thank you so much for the giveaway and review!

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  198. I really need some guidance with free motion quilting. It just does not seem natural. Maybe this book could help!!

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  199. I've tried it, but I need a lot more practice! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  200. This book sounds fabulous and I know I need HELP. FMQ is something I am determined to overcome. I keep trying but I am most generally rather unhappy with what I've done. Unpick? It's in - it's in!! I (and those who receive my FMQ as a gift) just have to adjust and deal. :)

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa