We’re pleased as pumpkins to be the next stop on the blog tour for Natalia Bonner’s new book, Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting (C&T Publishing, September 2012)!
Natalia is a young mom of two who ditched her dental assistant job several years ago to become a machine quilter. She’s an award-winning quilter and teacher, and after being published in some magazines and collective books, got the bug to set down her own wisdom on how to learn free-motion quilting.
Her book is packed with useful info for newbie free-motion quilters who are yearning to whip out pebbles, flames, wood grain and other versatile modern quilting motifs on their home machines like a pro.(And for those who like a touch of tradition, she also includes her rendition of feathers and leaves.)
The pictures are clear and pretty and her workmanship is beautiful. What we really like is that it’s not just line drawings of different quilting patterns, but a blend of photos, illustrations and projects.
The photos and diagrams are carefully staged so you can see how each quilting design is formed and progresses across the cloth—perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to sharpen their technique.
What really sets Natalia’s maiden book effort apart from other tomes on free-motion quilting are the six fun modern quilt designs she’s included for you to make and stitch with your new-found free-motion skills. (We particularly like Amazed, which combines a pieced block and an appliquéd block to create a bold interlinked chain effect.)
Now, Natalia suggested a theme for her book’s blog tour, specifically showcasing how our families help us—or inspire us—to quilt.
Megan Dougherty, GenQ’ s creative director, had this to say about how her family inspires her quilting and stitching:
“I can’t ever remember seeing my mother without a needle in her hand, whether she was doing needlepoint, cross stitch or crewel embroidery. In the early eighties, she learned how to quilt—by hand—and taught quilting for the next few decades. When my older sister decided to take up sewing, she fell into quilting and now works as the assistant manager of a quilt shop. The two of them have been my guides and my inspirations, and my husband and kids are the enthusiastic recipients of all my experiments in quilting over the last few years. And as I write this, my girls are both sitting at the kitchen table, hoops in hands, working on their first embroidery projects. I hope that when they grow up, they will say they can never remember their mother without a needle in her hand and that they will treasure the things that came from my hands as much as I treasure the ones that came from my mother’s and sister’s.”
Here’s the rest of the “blogging family” Natalia has invited to help her celebrate the birth of her book! Check out their posts, too!
Amy Webb – October 6
Melissa Corry – October 7
Melissa Mortensen - October 8
Stash Books – October 9
Amy Ellis - October 10
Kimberly Jolly – October 11
Vicki Christensen – October 12
Candy Glendening – October 13
Angela Yosten - October 14
Generation Q Magazine – October 15
Tracey Jacobsen – October 16
Vickie Eapen – October 17
And then Natalia wraps it up on Oct. 18 back at her blog, www.pieceandquilt.com, with one final giveaway.
What’s that noise? Are we forgetting something, you ask? Not! Of course there’s a giveaway. Leave a comment at the end of this post, telling us about an item you treasure that was sewn or quilted by a loved one. On Oct. 18, we’ll pick a winner from the commenters. (Note: If you’re a fan from outside the U.S., you’ll win an e-book version of Beginner’s Guide.) Thanks for stopping by!