I was a lucky girl on my birthday recently. My best friend gave me this lovely book. It has over 90 free motion designs to add texture and style to my next quilt.


Back Cover of the book: “Step out of stippling (makes me think of the workshops I teach called: Beyond boring stippling ……Liz)…..Be fearless with your free motion quilting! This unique sketchbook is filled with modern designs inspired by the world around us. Pebbles, waves, vines, and finials are just a few of the things you will find in Bethany’s hip and doddly quilting designs. You’ll also learn how to spot interesting patterns everywhere you look to translate into your quilting.

  • Over 90 unique quilting designs for borders, blocks, and fillers – many are continuous-line.
  • Fun, freeform shapes and lines give an imaginative spark to any quilt.
  • Quilting diagrams show you how to put designs together for the most creative effect. “

Bethany is a professional longarm quilter in North Carolina, USA. She quilts for customers all over the US and even Switzerland.

A couple of pages definitely caught my eye, amongst others I can’t wait to try out: ferns & spiral shapes as I have long been fascinated by ferns and spirals. My Pinterest boards are full of beautiful images of these botanicals……Bethany has given me further inspiration to do more with these shapes as I free motion.

One page in Bethanys book

One page in Bethany’s book

Some of my thread doddlings of spiral fiddlehead fern motifs - a lot of fun

Some of my thread doodlings of spiral fiddlehead fern motifs – a lot of fun

Book is published by StashBooks – an imprint of C&T Publishing.

And another showing a sketch for a free motion pattern.

And another showing a sketch for a free motion pattern.

Don’t know about you, but I’m all inspired to get free motioning up a storm……..check out Bethany’s book and you might feel the same!


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2 Responses to BOOK REVIEW: MODERN QUILTING DESIGNS by Bethany Pease

  1. Linda Fielding says:

    Hi Liz. I was wondering what machine you are using for free motion quilting? I am taking many different courses on machine free motion quilting. It is quite the challenge to get even stitches and smooth transitions. LOL!


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,

      I have the fortunate circumstances of being able to work on several different machines: I prefer machines which have as much throat space as possible so I do like the Janome Horizon 8900; the Janome MC9400 and the Artistic quilters SD16 an SD18. These last 2 models are sit down long arm quilters and they do make quilting much easier as you are not fussing and fighting with a big quilt due to the extra space in the throat plate (16 an 18 inches). The SD16 does include a STITCH REGULATOR which will certainly make the task of achieving even, consistent stitching a lot easier.
      Your local Janome dealer will be able to give you more information on these machines.



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