Here's some of my books on free motion quilting. Two of the first three, Dancing With Thread by Ann Fahl, and Threadwork Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith, are the best resources for beginners and beyond. Judy Woodworth's book, Freemotion Quilting , is great too and also has idea for creating your own designs and for using rulers (directed at long arm use, but still applicable).
Threads: the Basics & Beyond , below, is a great resource on threads and a ton of techniques for creative threadwork. Hyperquilting! and Feather Adventures! , both by Patsy Thompson are full of great designs, tips, and eye-candy.
Quilt Savvy: Gaudynski's Machine Quilting Guidebook and Guide To Machine Quilting are just absolutely fabulous! Her work is stunning. And then there are three books published by American Quilter's Society chock full of creative designs to use for free motion quilting. There's Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore and Quilting Possibilities...Freehand Filler Patterns (Golden Threads) and Adaptable Quilting Designs , both by Sue Patten. These are great for showing designs that fit into actual quilt blocks, sashings and borders.
There's a bunch of newer books out there for free motion quilting, but I haven't read them yet. One that I want to check out soon is Renae Haddadin's Fill'er Up: Quilting Designs . She's an incredibly talented long armer and I'd love to see what she's got to show on ruler work and grid based designs.
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