Book Review Tuesday: Free Motion Quilting

I have recently had the chance to attend one of Angela Walters’ class in person at Sewdown Nashville. It was fantastic. I wanted to continue practicing and growing this skill of Free-Motion Quilting.


I already had in my growing library of books her book Free-Motion Quilting. I grabbed it and decided to start working through it.

Title:  “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”
Author:  Angela Walters
Publisher:  C & T Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60705535-8

This book has a great layout that builds on the knowledge you learn with each chapter. It starts with similar techniques as in her class however I was pleasantly surprised while the topic was the same, the patterns were different. Each design includes step by step instructions making it very easy to follow and practice.

The book includes circles, swirls, squares, lines, vines, arcs, and points. A great collection of designs are discussed.

My favorite section is in Section 3, in which Angela, helps you visualize how to use the designs in modern quilts. It provides great inspiration on how to combine different designs to highlight but complement the quilt.

I really enjoyed reading through this book as it was easy to follow which is perfect for a book that is an instructional guide and possible replacement/substitute for those who can’t attend a class.

Definitely a 4 out of 5.
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My project is kind of different as it is a long-term project this time. I am committing to practice Free-Motion Quilting for 15 minutes every day from May 1st through May 31st. Practice…Practice…Practice. There are 4 main groupings of techniques in this book that fits perfectly with 4 weeks of May. You can see the daily progress on instagram @ ml_wilkie; and I will show you all a weekly recap on my blog right here.

This is where I am starting at:


I hope you can stop by and see the progress!!


Giveaway time!! The winner will win a copy of Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and a pair of Machingers quilting gloves (recommended in Angela’s book and I am loving my new pair already!!).
All you need to do is leave a comment on either what you would like to learn in FMQ or what is your favorite FMQ tip or design. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, May 6th after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lee Over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

83 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: Free Motion Quilting

  1. Jen B

    53. I tried FMQ for the first time last week, I’d like to learn how to do it better and try new designs. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Diann Cornell

    54. I’d like to try to learn free motion quilting. I’m such a newby, I can’t even answer more specifically than that.

  3. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs

    56. I have so much to learn… I’m a complete novice at FMQ and just always stick to straight lines : P On a side note, I’ve had gloves for a while now – thought they were gimmicky when a teacher suggested them for her class that I took, but now I love them! Even for straight lines, they make feeding so much easier. If I win, you can send the gloves to another entry – share the glove love hahaha

  4. cdahlgren2013

    57. I could make a long list of what I want to learn, but I will put feathers at the top of the list. I would really like to learn them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. KAY

    61. I am still fairly new and haven’t progressed beyond straight line quilting. I did have a little practise at FMQ on some scraps and I couldn’t keep my stitches the same length at all. Thanks for a fab giveaway, this book would be a great help.

  6. Sherry VF

    64. I have taken Angela’s FMQ class on Craftsy and really enjoyed it. Having a book to go to for reference would be great. I mostly enjoy learning ideas for design and layout. Thanks. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  7. Quilting Tangent

    65. I would love to learn free motion quilting. Right now just practicing not anything on a quilt.

  8. Alli

    67. It’s not a tip-tip, and I’m not fantastic at fmq, but I found that I could enjoy fmq more when I stopped trying to roll my quilts up in the throat of my sewing machine. Now I just wad things up in there, and it’s much easier for me! 🙂

  9. clumsykristel

    76. I have one of her classes on Craftsy (which is not the best class I’ve watched there – it’s just a little light on details… I think they narrowed the focus too much for it), which was kind of interesting to see. The class was mostly straight stitching though, so it’d be interesting to see more than just that dot-to-dot stuff (especially since some variation on dot to dot quilting is pretty much all I do already).

  10. M

    77. I really want to learn how to FMQ. My favourite design that I’d love to try is baptist fan:)

  11. Tiffany

    I checked this book out from the library once. I keep wishing I still had it so that I don’t have to rely on my notes all the time! And some new gloves would be fantastic. My Mr. Clean rubber gloves are dying a slow death at the moment.
    I recently took a Craftsy class from Ann Peterson and now I’m on board with the practice of stitching in the ditch around all of your blocks before doing any FMQ. It really helps keep everything in place with all the shifting and pulling that happens.


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