Free-Motion Quilting 101

Techniques & Patterns for Beginners

Free-Motion Quilting 101

By:  Nickels, Ashley

Product ID:  071650
$24.95 Paperback
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Taunton Press

8.5 X 10.9 in
112 pg

CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Quilts & Quilting

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.

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