Stash Books

Book Review: Beginner's Guide to FMQ

FMQ by Natalie BonnerBeginner’s Guild to Free-Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner is a great way to get started if you have been hesitant about learning this skill. She gives a good complete guide of what materials, equipment, and techniques needed to confidently quilt your project. The book begins with essential tools you need. Suggestions of the types of needles, threads, machine feet and fabric are explored. Explanations and pictures make choosing easy. She gives tips on what common tools you can substitute for the ones suggested. For example, regular safety pins can be substituted for quilter’s pins for pin basting.

FMQShe defines different types of battings “the filling between the quilt top and backing in the quilt sandwich.” Each batting type description has a useful manufacturer recommended space distance between quilting lines. This is super useful in deciding which type of batting to use.

Next, she moves on to preparing for free motion quilting. Different types of basting techniques to assemble layers are explained. How to adjusting thread tension to obtain beautiful stitches. These are just of few of the helpful tips.

To help take the fear out of free motion quilting, she shows how to practice quilting techniques on paper and how to make quilt samples. Now it’s time to quilt that quilt! The rest of the book is devoted to step-by-step visual tutorials of over 50 quilt patterns. A great feature is the full sized patterns at the end of the book of different designs including all-over patterns, motifs, and borders. I can’t wait to try some of the techniques.  FMQStill nervous? Afraid you might ruin your quilt top? Not to worry, this book has 6 complete modern quilt projects. The experience and beginner free motion quilter will find a lot to like about this book. It’s easy to follow instructions makes this book an easy read for those who want to try free motion quilting and are hesitant to get started.  Thank you C&T Publishing/Stash Books for giving this book to our guild to review. Someone will be the lucky winner at our next meeting’s raffle!