Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

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Angela Walters is the talented, well-known machine quilter from Quilting Is My Therapy and author of the new book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Angela works with many modern quilters to make beautiful designs even more extraordinary. Angela’s gorgeous free-motion quilting enhances modern quilts, taking each piece to a whole new level. She learned to quilt from her husband’s grandpa and never looked back, becoming one of the most sought-after machine quilters in the industry.

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters shows you how to move beyond basic machine quilting with your longarm or home sewing machine. The book is focused on how to quilt modern designs, and includes instructions for everything from continuous-line swirls, circles, squares to vines, arcs, and points.

Today Angela tells us a little about her machine quilting growth over the years, plus you can win one of two copies of Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters! Comment on the post below for your chance to win (US winners receive a hard copy + international winners will receive an electronic copy of the book). Tell us about your experiences with machine quilting, what you want to learn about machine quilting or about your love of Angela’s work!

“Every Master was once a Disaster.”

I can’t remember who authored that quote, but it is so true! When I look at someone who is so great at what they do, whether it’s a sports athlete, an artist, or an actor, it’s hard to remember that they started out at the beginning.

I am definitely not saying that I am a master by any means, but I definitely was a “disaster.” Free-motion quilting is a skill that takes practice– there is no way around that! When I started my free-motion quilting journey almost ten years ago, I had some interesting quilts.

Don’t believe me?! Let me take you on a walk down memory lane…

When I first started machine quilting, I had no idea that I would take it this far. All I wanted to do was to quilt my own quilts. So I practiced on old quilt tops that Grandpa bought at garage sales and flea markets.

(By the way, I think that quilting on actual quilts is the best way to practice. Not only do you have to learn how to quilt the designs, you need to figure out how to navigate around a quilt. Plus, you are forced to actually finish a quilt, regardless of how frustrated you get.)

Then I started quilting my own quilts. One of my proudest moments at that time was this star quilt that I quilted with a heart quilting design.

Oh, did you want to see the “heart”-y goodness up close? Let’s have a look at the back:

It’s is completely OK to snicker a little bit! The curves are wobbly, the spacing is horrible and the design doesn’t even remotely fit the quilt top. But you know what? I still have and use this very quilt. It’s a great reminder of exactly how far I have come.

Fast forward four years from that quilt and you can see that I have progressed a little more.

Oh yeah, the good ‘ol meander and flower. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. But I would like to point out, that this was five years (!) after I started quilting.

I loved machine quilting so much that I just kept on quilting. In a way, I think I was lucky that I didn’t know about quilt blogs. I didn’t see what other people were doing and I wasn’t able to compare my quilting to others. I was blissfully ignorant, quilting away in my quilting room.

Fast forward five years and I have definitely honed my skill. But here’s the thing– I quilt everyday. I don’t have to piece the quilts and I don’t have to bind them. I can just quilt, quilt, quilt.

Designed + Pieced by Angela Walters

I really hate it when quilters are too hard on themselves. I always say that machine quilting is a process. Just know that with each quilt, you will get better and better.

Parisville Quilt Panel designed by Tula Pink

And someday you will look at pictures and you will be able to tell just how far you have come!

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271 Responses to Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

  1. Barb says:

    I love following Angela her quilting and easy way of explaining how it’s done are inspirational.

  2. susie says:

    Gorgeouse quilting…it gives me something to aspire to. Just purchased a longarm machine but haven’t received it and set it up yet…but I am SO EXCITED to start learning 🙂 What an INSPIRATION!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. carol says:

    I am completely intimidated by FMQ. Sounds like a helpful book.

  4. Mary Ellen says:

    I am in awe of those that can quilt their own quilts. I sooooo want to learn how to do this but find it very intimidatng. I need all the help I can get and this book would be great. Thanks.

  5. Deb says:

    i absolutely cannot tell you how much I want to learn free motion quilting! I’d love to win this book…actually, I’d love to live beside Angela so I’d get a one-on-one lesson!

  6. Heather K says:

    I took this out of the library (and now I know I need to own it!) I’ve already tried some new things, like the basic swirl. It’s going to take some time to get these to look the way I want (as in lots of practice) but so good to have an alternative to straight line and big meander. Really, a great book!

  7. Jennie Bobbins. says:

    I love Angela’s quilting. I have been wanting to get this book since I saw it. It would be even better to win it!

  8. Riley says:

    Did I miss the announcement of the winner? Has the drawing taken place? Was I sleeping?


  9. janita says:

    thanks for the encouragement…. to start some where and just keep doing it. I have been trying to quilt my own quilts… on my sewing machine…. so far just using a walking foot… someday maybe FMQ. I would love to win a copy of your book. janita

  10. Becky Greene says:

    Angela is such a sincere and warm person. Through Twitter conversations, it is so easy to feel her love of quilting and her true desire to share her knowledge and experience! Exceptional talent!!

  11. Jeanne says:

    Oh Angela, you may never ever see my quilting. I am so dull compared to you, backspace to your first quilts and that is where I am. I NEED YOUR BOOK and LESSONS from you~!

  12. I’ve started to dabble in free-motion quilting but I’m mostly meandering. I’d love to learn how to design and quilt patterns like the ones you show in this post.

  13. Cecilia says:

    I’m getting better each time I quilt one of my quilts. They are not perfect, but I enjoy being able to quilt my own quilts.bthanks for the chance to win a copy of Angela’s book.

  14. beth lehman says:

    what amazing talent angela has. i love knowing she got her start not that long ago! it gives me hope. i keep hearing practice, practice and i know every time i quilt i get better. i love how she combines so many types of quilting into one quilt. thanks for a chance to win her book!

  15. Dolores says:

    That Parisville panel is amazing! I have only straight-line quilted two baby quilts and two table runners, I have a long way to go but I am already planning to FMQ my next two lap quilts on my new Bernina.


  16. Tracie says:

    I would love a copy of this book to learn more about free motion quilting! Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. Kate says:

    I am just getting started with machine quilting and would love this book! I need to break free of straight lines. Thanks for the chance.

  18. lee says:

    I love the look of this book!

  19. Halchyk says:

    I’m a new in machine quilting, but I want to learn to machine quilt. I think this book could be very useful for me. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  20. 2ne says:

    A great give away – would love one of her books.
    My experience with free-motion quilting is that I love it. As more you do as better you do it – so hopefully after doing a bit every mounth I will be better 🙂

  21. Sue SmilesAlot says:

    I’d really love to learn some of Angela’s techniques. She has done such gorgeous quilting. This might give me a good start on the path to becoming as good as she is!

  22. m says:

    Love the idea of practicing on an old quilt. great idea

  23. I would love a copie of this book! I just bought a new, BIGGER, machine and want to conquer my fear of free motion quilting!

  24. Faye says:

    Really good machine quilting is so beautiful and impressive. It is something I aspire to, but I am definitely in the “disaster” phase. Maybe this book could help! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Lynnette says:

    Awesome quilting! Your book has been on my wish list for a couple months and I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity and the incite into your journey.

  26. donna barwish says:

    love the modern look although I tend to be more traditional. would love to win this book!

  27. Fran says:

    I am so encouraged by Angela’s old pictures as I have only been quilting for a little over a year. I decided right away that I wanted to learn FMQ so it has been part of my journey from the beginning. Angela is so generous with her tutorials and tips, I check her website at least once a week and I would love to win a copy of her book!

  28. I love Angela’s work! I just got a new bigger sewing machine and am dying to conquer my fear of FMQing!

  29. Linda Sandusky says:

    I would love to win a copy of Angela’s book….my free motion quilting is in serious need of help!!!

  30. Sallie says:

    Angela’s quilting is great! I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  31. Gayle Grier says:

    Angela is sew inspiring! I know her book would be a great help to this beginner quilter.


  32. susan brooklyn says:

    Oh, what a wonderful book~! I would love to learn new ideas from Angela. Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Kate F. says:

    This book sounds inspiring! I love seeing Angela’s work on many of my favorite bloggers’ quilts. I’ve quilted a few of my own quilts with a walking foot, and I think I may be ready to tackle free motion quilting on my home machine.

  34. Jennie P. says:

    I’m such a huge fan of Angela’s!! It would be the so wonderful to win it! Crossing my fingers!

  35. Anita says:

    What a great story about learning to quilt. I’d love a copy of the book to help me improve my skills.

  36. MarciaW says:

    If I can learn just a little of Angela’s FMQ techniques from winning a copy of her book, then I will be delighted. I’ve received her blog emails as a follower for quite a while, and would love to win THIS book.

  37. Stephanie says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I’ve been dying to read it.

  38. Taysha Riggs says:

    I am a newbie!! I want to learn how to keep my stitches straight!!!

  39. I tried longarm quilting and just went nuts, but its fun. I want to learn more about patterns and how to match up with your quilt color/design.

  40. Barbara says:

    I am just learning to machine quilt…good lessons to learn ahead of time!

  41. Kristine says:

    I am so glad that I have learned about free motion quilting and have actually tried it! I haven’t been able to practice much, but know that I can do those more difficult things if I do practice. I think fear keeps too many from quilting our own – they wonder “what if I mess it up?” The satisfaction of doing my own is just awesome, and I wish more would give it a try!

  42. Ginger says:

    I’m still learning how to machine quilt. I think this book would help give me some fresh ideas.

  43. … I want to machine free motion quilt, but am scared to try! Hopefully I’ll get lucky, win this book and give it a shot

  44. krystina says:

    I’ve never successfully done any FMQ, so I would love this book! Thanks for sharing this.

  45. Diane says:

    It’s so nice to be reminded that all “great” quilters had to start somewhere. I’m toying with the idea of buying a longarm and I would love to have Angela’s book.

  46. MollyP says:

    I quilt all of my quilts myself on my standard machine. I can definitely tell a difference between the first quilt and my most recent, but progress seems so slow. I want to continue growing and progressing in my quilting. Angela’s work, and this great interview, totally keep me motivated. Thanks for the encouragement!

  47. heidi says:

    I only have a few fre motion designs that I am comfortable with, so I would love to get some new ideas!!!

  48. Melissa Kirk says:

    I just started fmqing on my tiny machine. Angela is such a huge inspiration!

  49. Dot Collins says:

    I would love to win the book for the inspiration it provides!

  50. Mary says:

    I would love this book. She is my inspiration.

  51. Robin says:

    I would love to win this book!!! Her quilting is amazing…I love the work she does for Tula Pink. Inspiring!!!

  52. Cindy Shelton says:

    I love machine quilting–i do mostly meandering loops and flowers some echo but I am ready to learn more! A big Thank You to Angela for sharing what she has learned!

  53. May says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the book. right now it’s on my wish list.

  54. elsa says:

    Machine quilting is a bit daunting to me ~ I’ve tried it and have done a few okay things. I’d love to win a copy of this book to get more information on how to get better. I know ~ it just takes practice. teehee

  55. Pattij says:

    I’m just learning and so far it’s just been straight line quilting, but would love this book so much!

  56. Steph says:

    I’m decent at straight-line quilting but my FMQ needs major help! I’d love to win a copy of Angela’s book!

  57. Sarah says:

    Put my name in the hat. I am just getting into quilting. Made one for our daughter’s wedding shower. It had some flaws but she and her new husband love it. I am not done learning this craft. I have a long way to go. The book will help.

  58. Sharon says:

    I am always looking for new ideas for quilting. I am sure this book would be a fabulous addition to my resources.

  59. Strella Farrugia says:

    What a joy it would be to win a copy (electronic -in Australia) and learn how to quilt a quilt so everyone would admire ours as we admire Angelas! Wow
    Thanks for the opportunity to participate

  60. Manu says:

    Oh, I’d love to win Angela’s book! I’m new to quilting and I’d love to learn more.Thank you for the great giveaway! Greetings form Switzerland

  61. Andrea says:

    Ahh…..practice makes perfect. I still have a lot of practising to do! 🙂 Inspiring to see just how beautiful my quilts could be with time and patience!

  62. Christine Y says:

    I have tried even bought a new foot but still no luck with free motion quilting. I love her designs she is an inspiration to try it again and if I was lucky maybe I could get her book and learn what I am doing wrong 🙂

  63. usairdoll says:

    What a great talent Angela is. I have not done very much quilting with my machine. I took a class and practiced alittle but didn’t keep it up. I think you do have to practice alot, like anything to get better at it. I still have my first quilt I hand quilted. It’s a queen size and even from when I started, my stitches improved as I continued to hand quilt. I was going to go back and take out my first stitches but my teacher told me I should leave them. It’s a reminder, like a milestone of my progress and quilting journey.

    Thank you and Angela for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.


  64. Galatina says:

    I wish I had even a tiny fraction of Angela’s skill. Be lovely to win this.

  65. Rafael's mum says:

    you have certainly come far! I am still waiting impatiently on the preorder of your book at amazon UK. Now they have written to me it might be August… (now what’s keeping them???)

  66. Molly says:

    I consider myself Angela’s biggest fan and would absolutely love to win this book- I loved seeing her journey and compliment her on her honesty.

  67. bonnie H says:

    I have poked my nose into this book, and its fabulous, its on the list of must haves, she is very inspiring, thanks for the chance to win!

  68. Lisa Johnson says:

    I would love to win thie book and just begin at the beginning and march on through to the end. I think Angela is one of the most talented quilters on the planet. I really hope I win a book! Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

  69. Lindsey says:

    I am definitely stuck in the stitch in the ditch disaster and need some help and inspiration!

  70. Dawn says:

    Angela’s FMQ always amazes me. I love er park and would love to add her book to my collection. The book would not just sit on a shelf like so many I have. I would probably wear it out. 🙂

  71. Carol says:

    I like the way that Angela combines different quilting designs and really fills the quilt with a lot of quilting.

  72. mac says:

    Great advice from Angela. I need to take the plunge and just start quilting – scary.

  73. Fran says:

    I love Angela’s quilting & subcribe to her blog. I have only used differing styles of straight line quilting so far – slightly terrified of free motion quilting even though I’m dying to try it. I’d love to win a copy of Angela’s book, it would give me plenty of inspiration (& enough courage!) to make a start. Thanks for the chance to win.

  74. Charlotte E says:

    I’m fairly new to quilting and have only ever attemped straight line quilting. I would love to have this book in my stash for when I advance to free motion quilting. Hopefully it will give me some guidance and something to work towards achieveing.

  75. Tartankiwi says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! I have only just started FMQ, and am very excited about this new skill.

  76. steph says:

    I just checked Angela’s book out from my library today and after 10 minutes I knew I wanted to keep it. Her quilting adds so much depth and I can’t wait to start practicing!

  77. Natasha says:

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway! I am inspired to practice more now 🙂

  78. Paula says:

    Love love love your work! ! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!!

  79. Barb@Witsend says:

    Wow, i love looking at Angela’s work. It does give me hope that i will get better at quilting. I have some of those quilts too that I will keep as a reminder of where I started. I’d love to win a copy of her book to help me on my way to become a better long arm quilter. thanks for the chance to win a book.

  80. Pam says:

    You mean I can’t just sit down and quilt like Angela does?? 🙂 Seriously-I go great guns getting the quilts pieced and then come to a screeching halt when it comes time to quilt them. Would love to win this book and thanks for the opportunity!

  81. Bev J says:

    I just saw one of Tula Pink’s quilts that Angela quilted! It is just awesome in person!

  82. M says:

    I would love to win this book!:)

  83. Dahlia says:

    Continual work on anything will eventually yield better smooth results. It is the journey that leave the mark on your soul.
    We are all the sum of our experiences.
    I am just starting my road of free motion quilting.
    I would love to add your book to my Stash.

  84. Jenny says:

    Angela is very inspiring! I don’t yet FMQ at all, so I’d love this book. Thanks for the chance!

  85. Parthena Wollen says:

    They say it takes 10,000+ hours of practice to become truly great at something. That quote reminds me of that. Thanks again for sharing your process Angela.

  86. Ginger says:

    Sounds like a great book. I am a boring straight line machine quilter. I need to get out of my comfort zone.

  87. Kathy Limpic says:

    Love Angela’s quilting and am amazed by her talent. Congratulations Angela on your first book.

  88. Jenni says:

    I’m very new to quilting, so I haven’t done much yet.. I’d love to learn how to do free motion quilting on my machine though! 😀

  89. kate C. says:

    Thanks for the advice! I am not good at this yet, but love the process, so hopefully I will improve, too.

  90. Linda says:

    Quilters shouldn’t forget that there’s a big difference between longarm and domestic machine quilting. We both strive for the same look, but each method requires a different capability. Angela’s book will no doubt inspire both types of quilters. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  91. Jocelyn says:

    I really would love to master machine quilting. I don’t feel like it’s my quilt if someone else does the quilting and I only do the piecing. Little by little I’ve tried a few new things, but I am definitely a beginner when it comes to free motion quilting on my DSM.

  92. I would love to own this book! I just recently quilted my first quilt. I’d call it a definite disaster. What a great day to read this article and realize that there is still hope. I think her quilting is amazing and I’d love to learn the tricks of the trade from a “Master!”

  93. Angela has done a great job of practicing and perservering. Sticking with it is important to so many of the skills we develop as quilters, mothers, at our jobs, etc. Thank you for the encouragement and I’d love to win!

  94. ellen b says:

    I love the mod ern look of quilting…Meandering/stippling has a purpose but is kind of boring to me…and could never practice enough to get good at it…but the new look of modern quilting looks pretty exciting to me….

  95. I love the quilt story and see all the different quilts from starting of Angela’s quilting career till now. Its amazing journey. I always think one day I will be a better quilter since I just started free-motion quilting starting of this year.

    :-)Quilting is really fun!

  96. I’ve been very curious about that book! I’d like to learn any of it – my quilting foot isn’t here yet, and as of yet I can’t even quilt a wiggly line, so I need all the advice I can get.

  97. Mandy says:

    Practice, Practice, Practice, Iknow it is what you are meant to do, but you do get awfully frustrated at times. Angela’s quilting is amazing and I would love a copy of her book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  98. Tamie says:

    Angela’s quilting is sooo amazing. I hope to take a workshop from her in Austin this February.

  99. Amy C says:

    I want to continue to improve my skills and gain design ideas.

  100. LeIgh R. says:

    I am working on my very first quilt top and plan to FMQ it – hopefully! This book would be a great resource for me.

  101. Allison C says:

    I haven’t had much experience as my machine has been a bit finicky and it only got worse when I tried to have it repaired. So my only free motion that has been successful was on my first long arm quilting experience and it was awesome. I love the ability to just do whatever and not worry so much about an exact pattern. I have a lot to learn and would love to work on my actual machine at some point.

  102. Teresa Block says:

    Just reading your blog has given me great insight into the basic concepts of this art and I am chomping at the bit to do more myself. Thanks for the suggestion to practice on panels….a super idea!

  103. Lilly says:

    I really like the heart quilt design! I also like her style of writing–laid back, informative, and a bit humorous.

  104. Adele Dizney says:

    The first time ever I heard someone recommend practicing FMQ on an actual top! Now to muster up the courage.

  105. Addy says:

    So….I didn’t see anything wrong with that first quilt with the heart designs! I have just begun machine quilting and really love it and want to learn more. I have done three small quilts, and each time I’ve just done the stippling/meandering approach. I’m getting more comfortable, though and really want to try some new things.

  106. Patty says:

    I’d love to win a copy! Thanks

  107. Joy says:

    Angela’s amazing talent inspires my quilting !

  108. Kirsten says:

    Angela’s quilting is stunning – she really makes the most of the designs!

  109. MC says:

    I just started machine quilting this year and am totally addicted. I especially want to get better at matching designs so that I can incorporate them into the same quilt and have it look unified.

  110. Denny says:

    I love to machine quilt, but i need more experience! And for my husband to let me use the machine! I’d love to win this book.

  111. Christine says:

    What beautiful work! I would love to improve my skills as I am very much a beginner.

  112. Marj says:

    I just started quilting this year and it is true, what they say, “your quilting gets better every day.” I would love to win a copy of Angela’s book, she is an inspiration to me.

  113. Yzo says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this book – thanks for the chance to win it!

  114. Deb says:

    I just finished two tops I made just to practice what I learned from a class at MQX. Wish me luck!

  115. Kellie Andersen says:

    Angela is amazing at revealing the quilt’s personality with her quilting designs. Thank you for your inspiration Angela.

  116. Dianne Mitzel says:

    I am amazed at the talents of these young women..especially Angela. I have followed her quilting through Julie, Jaybird Designs. She always quilts such lovely patterns. I would love to be the winner of this fabulous book, it’s a must for serious machine quilters.

  117. Jenny C says:

    I’m on my third quilt at the moment (lots to learn about free motion quilting) and have used Angela’s quilt as you go method to success – the girls at the SLMQ Quild gathering on Saturday were asking about how I did it. Have just put together a sample for them all so they can take one home. Lets hope I get to the meeting on Thursday.
    Thanks to Angela I’m able to quilt my large quilt at home on my domestic.
    Love your work and dedication to the cause!
    Thanks for a chance to win your book.

  118. Kerrin Moeller says:

    Angela’s machine quilting is amazing! I would love to learn more from her book!

  119. Kristi says:

    It is so inspiring to see how far you have come! I am thankful to have met you and very thankful for your encouragement to me to ‘quilt/think outside the box’. I am having a ball trying new stuff! Keep up the great work.

  120. Christine Bolin says:

    Wow. You do wonderful work.

  121. I LOVE machine quilting. I bought an APQS Millenium a year ago and can’t believe how much better I am than when I started. I am getting very comfortable with free motion using some of Angela’s techniques. Not ready to do free motion with a customer’s quilt yet but getting close!

  122. mary says:

    I love Angela’s work, and have been following her blog. This month I am learning from Angela on the FMQ challenge! This weekend I completed my very first modern quilt, applying some of the stitches I learned from Angela, and it is now hanging up as part of a gallery at the university, UNHM; some of my quilts will be on display until the end of September. People who spoke with me today were loving the stitching on my “Picnic Racer Modern Quilt” I made for Grandpapa and our grandsons. It was a delight to hear how well this “modern Quilt style” was recieved.
    I would love to receive a copy of one of Angela’s books to learn more! My first experience with a modern quilt was such a positive experience. If you would like to see photos go to my blog

  123. craftytammie says:

    your quilting is even more amazing when i see how you’ve progressed. thanks for sharing with us!

  124. jane says:

    Finally, maybe I can get this stack of tops completed with this book. I have never attempted machine quilting!

  125. Camilla says:

    There’s always room to improve for me and I’m sure her book would be a great help!

  126. Tezzie says:

    Angela’s work is stunning, I’ve just started learning to free motion so I love reading her blog to see how it should be done.

  127. Juli says:

    I love Angela’s work! There is so much to learn

  128. TX JennyWren says:

    I have free motion quilted two quilts= one for my daughter and one for my granddaughter. They were very inconsistent in design and size. I would like to learn how to keep the patterns the same size and how to make the overall design more consistent. Thanks for the chance to win this free book. I think it would help me A LOT!!

  129. Nancy says:

    Very inspiring, Angela! I needed that reminder to keep plugging away and develop my skills. Although, your early attempts don’t look bad to me!

  130. Sarah says:

    I just bought a darning foot for my sewing machine and looking forward to experimenting over the next few months with it…so exciting! Good advice about using old quilts to practice on…I will be looking for some at garage sales from now on!

  131. Riley says:

    A traditionalist myself, Angela has forced me to develop an interest in modern quilting. I am looking forward to her book, and will buy a copy if I don’t win one here.

    Great work, girl!


  132. Andrea Johnson says:

    Such pretty free motion curving lines. I love the hearts and loops!

  133. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the reminder that all it takes is practice! I took a machine quilting class about 5 years ago, then it took another 3 years before I tried free motion rather than just straight line quilting.

    Today, I spent about 4 hours on feathers (followed by a simpler meander in the borders – I got tired!)

    I’m still working on matching the quiliting design to the pieced top, but I do all my own quilting on a regular machine.

    I’d love to read your book!

  134. Jennifer says:

    I have been machine quilting for several years and am still on the steep part of the learning curve. I really enjoy following Angela’s blog to see how she fills in the quilts.

  135. jane says:

    I love machine quilting. Sometimes I think I do pretty well. Other times I realize how far I have to go!

  136. Erin Palmer says:

    I have never quilted my own quilts on my sewing machine. I have always had quilted or paid someone to do it for me. I recently finished a pinwheel quilt top for my daughter and I really want to machine quilt this one but I really don’t know how to do it so this book would be perfect for me to start machine quilting 🙂

  137. Right now, quilting is my least favorite part of quilting, because I have no skillz. I can piece like a madwoman, but I don’t love the quilting part. All my quilts have been quilted with straight lines because I don’t know of any other way to do it. I would LOVE to win this book so I can learn FMQ!

  138. Kelsey says:

    I’m so excited to read Angela’s book! I’m hoping it will help me scaffold the whole learning process– I feel a bit daunted thinking about free-motion quilting real quilts instead of just the sandwiches I have been practicing on.

  139. Linda says:

    I enjoyed your posting about your progress. I am reminded of my Mom who was a hand quilter and always insisted that her work was not very good. I have 4 queen sized quilts and a youth quilt all of which were hand pieced and/or whole cloth,appliqued,embroidered, and then hand quilted. They are beautiful!
    I am 3 years into my journey and enjoying every step.

  140. Christie S. says:

    I’d love to learn how to machine quilt. All I know how to do is tie one off. And there, it may not even be done right.

  141. Sara says:

    I never appreciated quilts as much as they deserved until I started sewing and tried to piece one together myself. It is really a labor of love but also worthwhile. I’d love to learn how to free motion quilt and incorporate fun designs that don’t look unevenly spaced or wonky.

  142. Mary says:

    I have the book. I have been practicing on small pieces. It has been a lot of fun. But I have no idea how to manage a large quilt. Just finished machine quilting a twin size, only straight lines. What a workout! Thanks, Mary

  143. Selket64 says:

    Angela I am modern quilter and I saw your work on the Tula Pink site and also Liked you on Facebook. I’ve been practicing free motion stitching it gives a quilt or any project your working on and want to kick it up to a higher glamours and exciting piece. I browsed your book on amazon (a great feature)and would love to have a copy of your book.

  144. Rebecca says:

    I absolutely love Angela’s beautiful quilting! I admit that I am terrified of quilting myself, but I’m so inspired by her beautiful designs that I’m (almost) willing to conquer my fear. This book would definitely come in handy! Thank you for sharing.

  145. Fawn says:

    Wow. I haven’t done a lot of machine quilting but I’m eager to try some free motion quilting at the end of the year. I’m new to quilting and I am a sucker for quilt blogs but I’m really interested in the process and it seems like Angela has a real drive to complete things and be consistent each day (something I totally need to work on). Thanks for the giveaway!

  146. Heather says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I enjoy machine quilting quite a bit though I do struggle with larger projects. I’d like to learn some more effective tips for quilting large projects on a domestic machine. I’d also like to work on my free motion quilting skills a bit, though my love of straight line quilting keeps me from doing much FMQ practice!

  147. Gill says:

    Angela is such a talented quilter! I would love to have a fraction of her skill!!

  148. Kristine says:

    I wish I had more time to quilt! I’ve definitely improved since I started but there’s so much more to learn! I hope to be able to master other patterns besides meandering.

  149. Linda says:

    What a wonderful reminder to be kinder to ourselves and practice, practice, practice!

  150. Cath Brough says:

    Wow! this looks like what i need to build my confidence and move on. Would love to win this book so i can progress my quilting.

  151. Lisa E says:

    I think I could actually become a decent machine quilter if I just plugged away at it! I’m hoping that Angela’s book and blog will give me the impetus to start working at it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  152. Linda says:


  153. Bridget Butler says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  154. Cecilia says:

    I really enjoy free motion quilting and I just keep practicing because I want to quilt my own quilts. They ate not perfect, but I can see my progress. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Angela’s book.

  155. LizA. says:

    Ive been seeing reviews of this book all over blogland and it looks like a great book. I’m so in awe of Angela’s quilting talents.

  156. Bianca says:

    This book makes me want to really try FMQ. I’m a bit nervous but really want to try my hand at it.

  157. linda says:

    angela is so inspiring.

  158. YC says:

    This book looks so inspirational. I’m working up the nerve to do more dense quilting, in different patterns. FMQ has been good for me so far!

  159. Carmen says:

    I’ve never attempted machine quilting before – too scared to try. This sounds like a wonderful book!

  160. Sandy Sparks says:

    While it is true that I have gotten better with each quilt I do, it’s going to take me a looong time to reach your level. However, your words are encouraging, and I will keep on trying.

  161. CitricSugar says:

    Thanks for the chance!

    Right now with my machine quilting, I’d like to learn more about how to do less abstract designs. I can do stippling, meandering and pebbles but it would be nice to get some flowers, feathers and such in the the future…

  162. Carolyn S. says:

    Love that quilt that you designed, pieced and quilted, such a beauty. Your work is always inspiring.

  163. Emily Hostetler says:

    Free motion quilting is new to me and I am loving the challenge.
    To win the book would be a delight and help to me.

  164. Peggy Grow says:

    Wow! What a great and timely post. I am working on my FMQ right now. I have just begun my quilting journey on my home machine, so I am not very good and it’s super stressful for me, but I am determined to at least be able to do a simple design well. I have discovered that having my machine down into my table and even with my surface makes a world of difference!

  165. Cheryl Collins says:

    I love dense quilting on a quilt and have got good at dense straight line quilting on smaller quilts. But I’m dreading doing double bed size quilts that I have promised each of my godchildren as they go off to University. As I want them to treasure those quilts I would really like to get some tips so that I make a good job of it for them.

  166. kelli says:

    What a wonderful story! I would love a copy of the book:)

  167. Pam C says:

    I would love to be able to quilt like this. Thanks for the chance to win this book and improve my technique possibly!

  168. chibidani says:

    I am just starting to learn machine quilting. I understand the basics, but any advanced techniques I could learn would be great!

  169. Suzanne says:

    That is a fantastic quote. I can only hope that with regular practice I can improve in the same way as Angela. Super post!

  170. Westin's Mom says:

    I need new ideas of what to quilt on a domestic machine. I can stipple and do loops but get stuck after that.

  171. Joanna says:

    How generous for Angela to share her early work and be so supportive of us new to machine quilting. I learn so much from her every day. The message: practice, practice, practice, enjoy the process, and enjoy your completed quilts! Every day brings improvement, better knowledge of your own machine, relaxing with the process.

    Thanks for the chance to win Angela’s book. She is the master!

  172. Jess says:

    I’ve looked through a few of the pages of this book on amazon and I love it! I’m a new quilter still trying to master quilting in the ditch, but I’m getting impatient and excited to try some free-motion quilting soon. Thanks!

  173. Ann says:

    I would like to bump up my game a level in terms of quilting and I think this book looks great.

  174. karen says:

    I would love to see this book! I am always looking for new ideas and ways of approaching quilting!

  175. Georgieanna Martin says:

    I would love a chance to win!!!

  176. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a great book. My daughter and I are working on our first quilt. My friend is giving us lessons. I am trying to get as much information on quilting as possible. Sucking in all the intonation I can get. Everything is so interesting, I pretty much am a baby when it comes to quilting. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  177. Teri Emerson says:

    Whoa, Angela, you have grown by miles! Love the loopy hearts btw (that’s about where I am with my Longarm experience!) I hope I am picked to win a book! Thanks for the chance!

  178. brooke says:

    I am just learning free motion quilting and I have been wanting a copy of this book to help me with my skills!

  179. Janice Svercek says:

    I would love to be able to do other free motion designs other than stipple.

  180. Michelle says:

    Amazing work! As a beginner I still find straight a challenge but this quilting inspires!

  181. I have machine quilt a couple of quilts, mostly with straight lines or stippling. I would love to learn more techniques. I love Angela’s quilting!

  182. Ally says:

    What a great outlook! I am still fairly new to quilting . I have pieced a few dozen tops but cant seem to get the umph to quilt them for fear of ruining the hard work I already did. But Im getting closer to taking that jump and this post helped me with how I view it so thanks! Also thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book!!!

  183. Linda Nelson says:

    Looks like a great book!

  184. Cecile says:

    Love her stuff and thanks for the chance to win

  185. Karen Lawson says:

    I havent tried machine quilting yet, free motion seems a bit scarey to me. I once took a free motion embroidery class, maybe it’ll come back to me?
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this instructive and inspirational book!

  186. Debbie says:

    Tsbook would be wonderful. My quilting skills need a bost.

  187. Abby says:

    I’d love to win the book – I’ve only braved stippling and straight line quilting on my home machine, so this might be the nudge I need to try something more involved!

  188. DianeY says:

    I think it is so cool that she learned from her grandfather.

  189. Cheryl B. says:

    I am new to quilting so I just starting with the meandering stitch and the loopy stitch. I would like to learn how to enhance the quilt top with different types of stitching in different areas of the quilt.

  190. Carla G says:

    I love seeing all the wonderful quilts that Angela has made! Makes me have hope that I will be able to quilt my own… I’m a beginner quilter and I’ve only pieced tops so far… This book would help me progress and learn to quilt my own quilts. Thanks for the look back at where she started & where she is now. 🙂

  191. Kari Bies says:

    Hello- I love seeing your free motion before and after pics! You are awesome! I just started my quilting adventure by starting a LongArm Business in ND. I would love to use your book and feature you on my blog! Thanks!

  192. Pat says:

    I love Angela’s perspective and appreciate her candor, showing us a few of her early quilts. She is such an inspiration to those of us just beginning to learn FMQ!

  193. Karen P says:

    I just started free motion quilting this past year and I love it! Practice is definitely the key to improvement and I’ve abandoned perfectionism and ripping out stitches to just enjoy the process. I would love a copy of Angela’s book!

  194. Melissa says:

    My initial experience with machine quilting has been mostly stitch in the ditch. However, I have purchased a new long arm quilting machine and it is being delivered on Friday, so hopefully my quilting will improve dramatically! I am so tired of stitch in the ditch!

  195. Brenda says:

    Wow, thank you for showing off your masterpieces! I think they are all wonderful.

  196. Crystal says:

    I’m such a newbie that I want to know everything – for starters, how in the world you can do a big quilt with beautiful designs that repeat and actually look similar?! I’d love to read the book – thanks for sharing.

  197. Sydnie says:

    I JUST started quilting, and just finished my first whole quilt (all meandering… nothing terribly exciting). It was actually so much more fun, and so much less intimidating than I expected. I can’t wait to do more, and to try to do something more interesting. This post is so encouraging! Thank you!

  198. Annette says:

    Thanks for the encouragement to keep on quilting.

  199. Becky says:

    I’ve been slowly working on my machine quilting abilities but mostly I do straight line quilting. Angela work is such a huge inspiration to me!

  200. Jay Zitter says:

    Angela, you are a very inspiring machine quilter and writer. Thank you for showing us and telling us your journey!!

  201. Amy L says:

    I found Angela’s blog when I was hunting for ideas on HOW to quilt a quilt. I knew that the techniques would come with practice because I’ve been quilting a while, but it was such a pleasant surprise to find such a great resource online. I’m sure the book will be an equally great resource.

    I love the honesty of showing her first machine quilting! It gives me hope ’cause, you know, it’s really actually quite nice.

  202. Steven C says:

    I haven’t done any machine quilting yet, but Angela is definitely inspiring me to learn how!

  203. Erin says:

    I have only done straight line quilting so I would love to learn more about fmq.

  204. anna says:

    what an awesome post! that is truly inspiring and amazing to see. I love it that she shows where she started, it’s a great reminder!!!

  205. Maryellen says:

    I love all phases of quilting, and want to improve my FMQ skills, so I’m doing the FMQ challenge with SewCal Gal. Angela is this month’s teacher, and her designs are fun and the quilts look fresh. I’m trying to take more designs to use on quilt tops I make, but mine are more traditional, not as modern. I would love to see more designs. I’ve heard raves about Angela’s book! Thanks.

  206. DMeredith says:

    I need this book! I’ve done a little practicing with free-motion but I could use some help before I start quilting my recent lap-size quilt. Thanks for a chance to win it!

  207. Margit says:

    I first saw Angela’s quilting when I participated in the Quilting Modern blog tour. I find inspiration and new ideas for my own quilting. I would love a copy of her book.

  208. Jen V says:

    I have taken on free motion quilting for a few special pieces and was so glad that I did. It made the quilts even more filled with love. The progress that I have made just with that handful of experiences is amazing. Angela is absolutely right about sticking with it and appreciating your growth. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to use a long arm. It would open up so much more possibility!

  209. carole says:

    How inspiring to hear about her progress – I just took a free motion quilting class on my new machine and I can’t even doodle very well with a PENCIL, never mind with the machine. I would love a copy of her book.

  210. Samantha says:

    Thanks for sharing! Great to see. I’m sure we all still have those first ones that are so bad, but so sentimental. 🙂

  211. Bruinbr says:

    Love her encouraging words! I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  212. This is incredible! It gives me hope!!

  213. Renae says:

    I only do straight line quilting at this point–on my home machine. If I want something fancier I send it out. So maybe down the road I can get more adventurous and/or get a different machine that will allow me to do that.

  214. Kathleen says:

    What an inspiration for those of us who are still petrified to try free motion. I worked at the Corbin Mill Quilt Shop in Liberty MO and had an opportunity to see some of Angela’s early quilting. I follow and save her blog posts. She seems to be so interested in helping people with their quilting; answering questions and posting suggestions. Kathleen

  215. Barbie says:

    I can’t decide if these pictures are encouraging or not! I’m learning how to long arm, and while I don’t know if I’ll ever be as skilled as Angela, I really don’t want to take 10 years to find out! I do need to practice more.

  216. Susan Stitch says:

    Thank you for sharing your history! I have only been machine quilting for a couple of years and I know that what I’m proud of today will cause fits of giggles and embarrassment years from now, but if I don’t keep at it I’ll never improve. I’m keeping my first disaster just as an example of how far I’ve come (and honestly, non-quilters don’t have a clue how awful it is).

  217. Beth T says:

    This post embodies what I love about Angela Walters. You can see how brilliant she is–look at that Parisville quilt!!–but she is so loving and kind and encouraging.

  218. Dea oskerson says:

    Wow thx Angela for sharingand thx sewmamasew for the giveaway

  219. Jennifer says:

    I would love to learn more about machine quilting. I’m still a bit of a novice, and I certainly haven’t done anything other than meandering. My dream is to quilt like Angela!

  220. Melanie C says:

    I would love to win this book! Currently I only straight-line quilt. I would love to learn how to free motion better!

  221. Wow! It is great to see the progress over time and I do love the Parisville pic at the end! Thanks for posting!

  222. patti krueger says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt. I have bought a foot but haven’t started yet.

  223. Betsy says:

    I have a long way to go on free motion quilting, but I really enjoy it. This book looks helpful and inspiring.

  224. mjb says:

    I don’t think that heart quilting looks so bad! I still have plenty of wobbles in my fmq 🙂

  225. Tracy H says:

    I love what Angela says that we are too hard on ourselves, so true for myself! She was lucky she didn’t have blogs to read and see all the fantastic quilters out there to compare oneselve to! Good advice to practice every day which I need to put to ‘practice’! What a wonderful book to learn from.

  226. Mikki says:

    Oh, my gosh. I NEED this book! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  227. Jeanne says:

    Oh, wow! Her quilts are beautiful! The quilting ladies in my family went together and bought a frame and quilting machine – this would be perfect for us!

  228. Carmen says:

    Quilting on a daily basis sounds agonizing to me, so it’s wonderful to read that Angela actually enjoys her work! It certainly shows:)

  229. Debbie H says:

    I’m a newbie at quilting. So far I have just stitched in the ditch. I would like to learn more!

  230. Anne says:

    I’m relatively new to quilting, so I still have a lot to learn. But, I think that the biggest thing is that I want to find the courage to try something “fancy”.

  231. SS Sews says:

    I am just getting started and would love a copy of the book. The quilting on that Parisville quilt is amazing!

  232. Nataoa says:

    Would love to get a copy of the book! Electronic please as I am abroad!!

  233. Margaret says:

    Great idea to practice on old quilts. I have tried free-motion quilting once and am getting myself psyched up to try it again. Wish me luck!

  234. Catherine Eddleman says:

    I am a quilt junkie, I can’t get enough of them. I’ve seen Angela’s work before and I am in awe of it. I’ve never tried free-motion quilting, but have always wanted to. I think her book would be very inspiring, informational (naturally!), and would take those “jitters” away that come with preparing, sewing a free-motion quilt.

  235. I want to learn to get beyond straight line quilting. I need more confidence and instruction. I hope I win the book

  236. Doreen B says:

    I’d love to win this book – I need help with my quilting!
    I have sooooo many tops to quilt – thanks for the chance to win!

  237. Cheryl says:

    This is a wonderful reminder, yes we all are hard on ourselves, and it takes a great deal of practice. It’s wonderful to hear that Angela still uses those first quilts! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win one of her books!

  238. Christina says:

    I have wanted nothing more than to learn to do free motion!

  239. siobhan says:

    Pick me! I’ve made a bunch of traditional quilts, hand and machine, but am a newbie to free-motion quilting and want to learn more.

  240. Sara says:

    i have recently begun a QAYG sampler so i can practice free motion quilting. i’ve dabbled in it but have never been very good at it. i’m already learning a lot and it’s great to finally see some progress. thanks for the giveaway! Angela’s work is very inspirational.

  241. Linda Sandusky says:

    Wow…Angela makes beautiful machine quilting look attainable. I have just begun to machine quilt & can’t wait to progress to the point that it looks like Angela’s!!

  242. kelly jo says:

    I’ve tried two quilts on my home sewing machine – both straight line so pretty boring. Then I took a class and learned a lot, but haven’t mustered up the courage to try again! Maybe this book would give me the boost I need!

  243. Eva says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I always freak out at the quilting stage!

  244. Mary P says:

    Wow that is so cool. It’s nice to see that Angela is human and willing to show us how far she has come. 🙂

  245. Pam says:

    I quilt my own quilts for the most part on my domestic Janome 6600, and have had pretty good success with it. I need to work more on branching out patterns, though, since I rely on the good ol’ meander a little too much!

  246. Rhonda says:

    My machine quilting consists mostly of straight-line quilting; would love to learn more about FMQ and would love to win this book; thanks for the chance!

  247. Megan says:

    So far I’ve only ever quilted some variation of a grid or crosshatch — i.e. straight lines all the way! I’d love to learn to do a bit of free motion. Thanks for the giveaway!

  248. PennyDog says:

    I am really rubbish at machine quilting, so I call it an “organic” look, a bit like deliberate wonky piecing 😉 It would be great to put some kind of order to it- for example I would love to be able to get my stitches even when FMQing!

  249. Tiffany says:

    Angela’s quilting is so inspiring! I would love to get my hands on her book and learn more about how she does it!

  250. ara jane says:

    i love this book! i quilt on my tiny home machine, but have pretty much stuck to straight-line quilting with a walking foot. i love the look of it, but would like to delve into the world of free motion quilting at some point.

  251. Sara says:

    I’m new to machine quilting, so I’m open to anything I can learn!

  252. What a great post! And I agree, that you can become good at most things with practice. (Somehow this didn’t apply to musical instruments for me!) I love your encouraging words and have been struggling to not buy your book. Why not? Because, we are retired and limit our discretionary spending…buying the book would take away from my fabric fund. Thankyou for this opportunity! Toni

  253. Kristin says:

    These quilts are gorgeous! I haven’t started quilting yet but this would definitely motivate me too!

  254. Wendy says:

    I have only every machine quilted straight lines and would like to learn free motion quilting.

  255. L says:

    I just got a new sewing machine–much better for free motion than my last. Now I’m working on building my skills and confidence!

  256. Catherine says:

    I will be quilting my first quilt in the next couple weeks – a baby quilt for my first niece/nephew. I’ve been stalling a bit because I’m pretty nervous about putting the pieces together, but I’ll take Angela’s advice and not be so hard on myself.

  257. Katy Chancey says:

    Whoops! So excited I forgot some spaces! 😉

  258. Katy Chancey says:

    I had no idea that I could use a regular home machine for free-motion quilting?! Wouldbe great to learn how!!

  259. Kelsey says:

    It’s so neat to see how far you can go with practicepracticepractice!

  260. Samina says:

    That book looks like a great resource for a wanna-be like me!

  261. Terry Kessinger says:

    I am getting ready to machine quilt my first machine sewn quilt top! My LQS has a free motion class 1-2x/year and I’ve not made it yet. I have a smaller machine (Baby Lock Sophia 2) and understand I’m more limited on what I can do. I LOVE free motion and your pictures posted above alone are inspiring! The quote, ‘every master was once a disaster’, could that really mean me?? Good luck to me for the book. THANKS!

  262. Donna says:

    My hope is to free motion quilt confidently and comfortably….I would love this

  263. Ashleigh says:

    I am currently in the disaster phase!

  264. jodi meenan says:

    That’s very encouraging! I’ve been piecing and working at quilting for about three years and can see a bit of improvement along the way. I vow to keep at it!

  265. Kathy says:

    You are so right….machine quilting is both a skill and an art that take time to develop. Your work is beautiful.

  266. Jess says:

    Awesome!!! I really want to make more quilts this year, and so far I’m just not sure how to branch out beyond “stitch in the ditch” without just HATING the results. Also, I’m worried about physically maneuvering a large bed-sized quilt on a regular home sewing machine. 😛

    I’m going to have to check out this book!!!

  267. sharmie says:

    i would love to learn free motion quilting now that i have a better sewing machine. this is a book that will be on my wishlist! 🙂

  268. I love Angela’s quilting and I’m constantly amazed at the designs she creates with just a machine and thread. I’m seriously lacking in my free-motion skills and am always beyond scared to move past just quilting straight lines! Would love to have this book to give me that push I need to try something new!

  269. sangeetha says:

    I like the designs what I can see from this book

  270. Tara says:

    I love Angela Walters, she is so inspiring and talented!! I am new to machine quilting but I really love it. I still need a lot of practice though!…. A LOT!

  271. Jenn says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I need to take her advice and just practice.

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