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From the PublisherYou’re expecting your first child and you’re just a little tired of working for that dentist, so what do you do? Well, if you’re Natalia, you buy a longarm quilt machine and start a business.
This step five years ago – and the 20 years of quiltmaking before that – are what brings Natalia to our shelves. In Beginner’s Guide, she covers all of the basics for successful free-motion quilting on your home machine. What we like is how she incorporates traditional quilt motifs – feathers and leaves – with hip designs like Triple Circles, Wood Grain and Cobblestones to highlight the simplicity of her quilts. Oh, and did we mention that she gives us six modern quilt projects as well?
The pictures are clear and pretty and her workmanship is beautiful. What we really like is that it’s a blend of quilt pattern line drawings and of photos, illustrations and projects. If you’re wanting rich quilting help, buy this book, now!
--Generation Q Magazine; 11/15/12
Author Natalia Bonner takes the mystery out of free-motion quilting and shows you, step by step and illustrated with detailed photos, how to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Learn to quilt all-over, as background filler, and on individual blocks, plus get tips for layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine.
--Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting; Dec/Jan 13 Issue
Natalia's quilting designs are fresh and inviting and fit right in with both Modern and traditional quilts. Her 50 step-by-step tutorials are well photographed and easy to follow, and six Modern quilt projects that include piecing/applique patterns as well as quilting instructions are included. Tips for accomplishing all of this on your home machine are also featured.
--Machine Quilting Unlimited; January/February 2013
With dozens of photos, Natalia Bonner takes you through the steps of free-motion quilting, beginning with choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine, and also shows how to quilt background filler, all-over patterns, borders and individual blocks. Included are six projects.
--Quilter's Newsletter; February/March 2013 Issue
Once you're confident quilting in straight lines (and it does take practice!) you might fancy going a bit freestyle with this beginner's guide. Natalia Bonner removes the mystery of every aspect of quilting with some of the best step-by-step photos and instructions we've seen on the subject, plus plenty of encouragement and inspiration!
--Love Quilting & Patchwork ; 9/1/13
The book includes over 50 different visual tutorials to get you started.
It’s extremely helpful for me to know where to start and stop stitching and how to form the shapes whenever I tackle a new quilting design. The back of the book is filled with pages of quilting motifs that you can use to copy the design onto your quilt with a water soluble marker (and a light box).
They are also wonderful to trace around with a pen or pencil to get a feel for the movement of the design. Once you’ve done that a few times, you can try quilting these motifs without marking.
After you read through all the excellent information on the basics of free-motion quilting, the book includes 6 quilt projects to try. Each has a little bit of a modern flair and 5 of the 6 quilts feature machine applique (another one of my passions).
If you are looking for a great book for that special young sewer in your life, I have just the book for you!
I am so excited about “We Love to Sew” by Annabel Wrigley! I have been sewing since I was in my teens and my daughter joined sewing club at her school this year! I can’t wait to give her this book and see what we can come up with!
The projects in this book are so cute!!! The projects are rated “Easy Peasy”, “A Teeny Bit Challenging”, and “Take Your Time, Ask For Help”. This book takes your young sewer from needle and thread sewing to machine stitching. There is something for every skill level.
The instructions are detailed and easy to follow.
We Love To Sew by mom blogger Annabel Wrigley is a delightful, easy-to-use sewing guide for young creative beginners. The reimagined, centuries-old art is modernized; each page provides vivid images and instructions for each step of a project, all performed by Wrigley's young students. Wrigley's new how-to book features a collection of 28 imaginative projects specifically designed for girls ages 8 and older, and it's written in language suitable for and readable by young children. Parents, caregivers, and teachers can work together with their children on the trendy new projects.
--NY Metro Parents; 1/13/14