I love learning about new books with #CreativeGoodness. But I get more excited when there is a new book for learing/improving our free-motion quilting skills. And, I come close to exploding with excitement when such a new book is written by the very talented Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) and published by Martingale. Excitement overload!
More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 – 62 Fast-and-Fun Designs to Finish Your Quilts will officially be released April 16th! Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled to share insights with you today about this new book, as well as how you could win a copy, and thoughts about a FMQ Challenge based this new book.
No fancy machine needed, no Ph.D. in quilting required–start free-motion quilting right now! Best-selling author Lori Kennedy is back with 60+ fun motifs and tons of tips, tricks, and techniques that can turn you into a top-notch machine quilter (yes, YOU!).
- Follow Lori’s setup plan for stress-free stitching; then learn about doodling, troubleshooting, and mastering the perfect stitch.
- Put your pedal to the metal! Lori’s seasonal and holiday motifs, backgrounds and fills, and “just for fun” designs will infuse your quilts with personality.
- Find advice for many machine-quilting challenges, including a section on how to quilt extra-special quilts–Lori’s got loads of ideas to help you succeed!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lori Kennedy is an incurable doodler and quilting fanatic who loves to help quilters add fun and personality to their quilts with whimsical designs. Lori is a Craftsy instructor and a Bernini Ambassador. She writes the My Line column in American Quilter magazine and can be found on her blog, TheInboxJaunt.com, offering “Tuesday Tutorials” and daily inspiration.
Lori’s first book “Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 61 Designs To Finish Your Quilts With Flair – 400+ Step-by-Step Photos”, is an amazing book for quilters of all levels, packed with stunning motifs you can add to your projects to make them amazing. It is such an excellent resource for free-motion quilters, I honestly didn’t think Lori could ever create such another book. To my surprise and delight, her new book “More Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3” exceeded all of my creative dreams for possibilities of a new FMQ by Lori. This is equally as great a resource as her first book, if not better. Simply stated, this book is a “must have” for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills.
I also think this book would make an excellent opportunity for quilt shops to draw in customers, by not just selling this book, but by holding classes based on this book. Likewise, it would be a great book for a quilt guild to coordinate club challenges with. The motifs are absolutely stunning.
Be sure to let your favorite quilt shop know you’d like them to make this book available in their stores, as it is so new they probably are not yet aware of it. Of course, you can also check it out online and place pre-orders now with Martingale, Lori’s ETSY shop (where you can get your copy signed by Lori), or thru Amazon.
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
Martingale is hosting a giveaway on their Stitch This blog, where you could win a copy of this new book (deadline to enter is 4/18). Here is the link to enter: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/get-free-motion-quilting-meet-can-teacher/
HOW ABOUT A FMQ CHALLENGE?
This book is so amazing, I think it would make for a great FMQ Challenge. I’m visualizing participants could pick a project (e.g. table runners, pillows, wallhanging, quilts, etc) and use designs from this book. Sharing what they created would also given them an entry to win sponsored prizes. For timing, participants could buy the book from any source they wish, practice over the summer and official details would be announced in September, with a deadline to be entered sometime in October (of course you could start working on your project this summer? What do you think? Who is interested in participating in such a FMQ Challenge ? Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or email me. If enough people are interested I’ll happily host such a challenge and I’m sure I can come up with generous sponsors for great prizes. To clarify, this would be open to quilters of all levels, from all over the world. Only requirement is you would need a copy of this book and incorporate designs covered, in a project which you’d need to complete by a tbd date in October.
Sound like fun? Easy, Peasy ? It does to me.
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