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Free-Motion Quilting 101: Techniques & Patterns for Beginners

Free-Motion Quilting 101: Techniques & Patterns for Beginners

by Ashley Nickels


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Quilters want to finish their quilts—and that means doing their own machine quilting. In Free-Motion Quilting 101 , teacher and quilter Ashley Nickels provides in-depth instruction on learning the technique of free-motion quilting, combined with simple small projects that reinforce the technique. Quilters will have fun while learning the necessary steps to complete a quilting project.

  • Free-Motion Quilting 101 is divided into three parts—workbook-style practice; project session and in-depth reference for finishing a quilt
  • 15 foundational designs
  • 3 simple projects and 1 larger project that is a culmination of the techniques learned in the book

Free-Motion Quilting 101 is squarely on mastering the technique on a regular home sewing machine and will be the book new quilters pick up first to learn how to free-motion quilt successfully.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641550024
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Ashley Nickels is a writer, teacher, and quilter in San Francisco, California. She grew up surrounded by quilters and makers (her mom, Sue, is a professional quilter)—making her first nine-patch at age eight—and was designing her own bags by high school. Ashley spent the first thirteen years of her career as a classroom teacher in Spain and San Francisco, teaching both English and Spanish literature and language. She is now fully immersed in the creative community, teaching in-person and online classes, and writing. Ashley's many sewing and quilting classes can be found online at

Table of Contents



Part 1: FREE-MOTION 101

Lesson 1: Preparation

1.1 Getting to know your machine/feet

1.2 Tools and Materials

1.3 Preparing your project

Lesson 2: The Techniques

2.1 Starting and stopping (security stitches, moving forward)

2.2 Stitch regulation

2.3 Tips and troubleshooting

Lesson 3: Warming Up

3.1 Intro to the workbook exercises

3.2 Warming up with pencil and paper

3.3 Warming up with quilting


Lesson 4: Nature Patterns

4.1 Pebbles

4.2 Whale’s tails

4.3 Waves

4.4 Leaves

4.5 Daisies

4.6 PROJECT: Quilted tote bag

Lesson 5: Geometric Patterns

5.1 Geometric swirls

5.2 Wonky hexagons

5.3 Triangle chains

5.4 Four-pointed stars

5.5 Travelling blobs

5.6 PROJECT: Placemats

Lesson 6: Mixed-media Designs

6.1 Painting on fabric

6.2 Free-motion on top of painted designs

6.3 Appliqué on the fly

6.4 PROJECT: Wall hanging

Part 3: Bringing it all Together

Lesson 7: Finishing your quilt

7.1 Blocking your project

7.2 Binding

7.3 Sleeve and label

Lesson 8: Culminating project: The Picnic Blanket!