Of course Christina covers the basics of FMQing, but she wraps the concepts up into small project ideas. I don’t know about you, but this would have made my first halting steps in FMQing a lot less intimidating.
I tell students all the time that practice is the best teacher, but I think I’ll adopt Christina’s approach to the idea of playing on small projects as another little nudge.
My favorite part of her book, though, is the personality behind it. Many books feel stiff and prescribed, so it’s refreshing when you pick one up and know you’d like to spend more time learning from that individual (it’s good news she also teaches FMQ in Portland).
Christina sparks creativity well beyond the book’s projects, and isn’t that what a really good book should do? She got me asking what other small projects I could apply FMQing practice to, like the backs of oven mitts for an upcoming holiday gift class.
I was able to recycle a quilted panel that was originally intended for a long pillow. I had combined FMQing with straight line quilting and didn’t care for my original plan, so I applied it to her bucket idea for practice in construction. I was pleased to have an item I was no longer excited about turn into something fun and functional!
When I teach FMQ I bring a few books for students to browse though for inspiration and First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting is honestly the book I’ve been looking for to add to that pile. Because let’s face it, fearless is a great way to look at it. It’s only quilting after all.
Follow along on the FSTFMQ Tour:
9/25 – Allison Rosen: Stash Books Blog
9/26 – Jessica Alexandrakis: Life Under Quilts
9/27 – Monica Solorio-Snow: Happy Zombie
9/28 – Susan Beal: West Coast Crafty
9/29 – Kathy Mack: Pink Chalk Studio
9/30 – Angela Walters: Quilting is my Therapy
10/1 – Amanda Jean Nyberg: Crazy Mom Quilts
10/2 – Megan Dye: Megs Monkey Beans
10/3 – Victoria Findlay Wolfe: Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
10/4 – Katie Pedersen: Sew Katie Did
10/5 – Christina Cameli: A Few Scraps
Win a copy of First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting! Leave a comment by Tuesday, October 8th by noon-ish PST and one lucky winner will be drawn via random.org. A United States winner can choose either an eBook or a hard copy, and an international winner can win an eBook.
Opposing Triangles Remake (photo by Sue Tamcsin)