Many of you probably already know that I am a huge fan of Christina Cameli, who blogs over at A Few Scraps. It all started with her great blog series on free-motion quilting techniques. It came at a time when I was trying to teach myself how to FMQ, and her easy style of teaching and great tutorials was a big help. I now refer people who want to learn how to FMQ to her tutorial series (which you can see here.)
Then Christina wrote her first book, First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. I was in love! Great easy instructions that took her tutorial series to the next level, and twenty-four fabulous projects - and I wanted to make them all! My criteria for buying a book is to have three or four projects that I want to make - this one blew my mind. So many great things to make! Here's just one of the things I've made from her first book...
And now she's got another book - the perfect progression from her first book. It's called Step-By-Step Free Motion Quilting, and it's available NOW from Amazon!
In it, Christina takes nine simple shapes and shows you how to combine them into more than eighty fabulous quilting designs. Here's one example from the book…
I had been searching for a quilting design for a modern sixteen-patch quilt with a lot of negative space, and I thought that the curvilinear waves of this design would make a nice contrast to the sixteen-patch blocks. I loaded the quilt up sideways on my long arm and this is how it turned out!
And as I was looking through the book, I spotted this design…
…which is probably going to grace the next quilt I put on the frame! I love the contrast of swirls with square patchwork, and oh, the texture this will give a quilt! I can't wait to give it a try!
As you can see from the pages shown above, Christina breaks down each design into simple steps that make you feel like you can easily recreate what she's showing. And trust me, you can! I've used her techniques on both my tabletop machine and on my long arm quilting machine, and they work equally well both places.
And for those of you who have trouble learning from the printed page, Christina also has a Craftsy class...
I've viewed part of this class and it's great! In it, she takes the basic designs she teaches in her first book and shows ways to enhance them. My problem is that once she teaches a new design, I want to stop watching and go quilt something! Christina's teaching style is friendly and engaging - it's so much fun to see her in person and have a face and voice to go with the name. This is a resource you will refer back to over and over! AND - if you go to Christina's blog, there's a button in her right side bar that will connect you up for this class for HALF PRICE!! Jump in and give it a try!
So have I convinced you that you CAN do free motion quilting yet? No? Well, how about this - I'm going to give one lucky reader a copy of Christina's new book for their very own! Are you excited now? Here's what you need to do to enter…
Leave a comment on this post! Let's make it fun - since we're stuck with cold weather (at least here in the States) tell about the craziest thing you've ever done in the winter! Be sure to leave your email address, too, if there's a chance you may be a no-reply blogger. I'd hate to draw your name and not be able to reach you to let you know you won!
You can get an extra entry if you are a follower of this blog. Leave a comment telling me how you follow.
Help spread the news! Mention the giveaway on your own blog and leave a comment here with a link to your post.
That's it - easy peasy! Three different ways to enter - do one, two, or all three! The giveaway will stay open until Monday, February 2nd at noon CST, and I'll announce the winner on my Make-A-List Monday post later that day.
And just for fun, here's my winter story. I grew up in Miami, FL, and never had a chance to play in the snow growing up. When my husband and I got married, we moved to Louisville, KY so he could go to seminary. About a week after we moved in, it snowed overnight - a pretty good snow, about six inches. I woke up very early and saw the reflection off the snow and couldn't wait to go out in it - so I snuck out of the apartment and went out to play! My husband woke up that morning to the sound of kids playing in the snow and me missing from the bed - when he looked out the window, there I was, in the midst of all the playing children! I still get giddy over snow (when I don't have to drive in it!)
So what are you waiting for? After all, you CAN do free motion quilting, you know!