A Few Scraps. What strikes me about her free motion work is the freshness of her designs. I think it is easy to get stuck in a quilting rut and use the same few designs over and over, and she uses some really unique shapes and patterns I've never seen before.
a Follow Along Design
a Climbing Design
First Steps to Free Motion Quilting is Christina's book, which is a wonderful resource. Even if you own this or other books on the topic, I encourage you to try out the Craftsy class. It offers so much that expands on what a book can do. This was my first time taking an online quilting class, as well as my first with Craftsy in particular. I loved the experience! Not only do you get to see Christina's instruction, but you can post questions (which she answers super quickly!), see classmates' projects, print out an index of the designs, and insert your own notes to return to specific points in the video later. The class is broken up into seven segments, each about 20-30 minutes long. As a mom of young kids I loved that I didn't need to leave home to take the class and could watch whenever I had a spare moment. You can go back and watch it as many times as you like too, and you can pause the video or put it on a 30 second repeat to practice a particular shape or really focus on particular movement.
Christina is a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed her warm, encouraging demeanor. She definitely makes free motion quilting approachable and clear. I liked that she didn't edit out little mistakes but instead showed how to avoid them or overlook them. It's true that so many small inconsistencies disappear when you look at the quilt as a whole, and if she has bloopers as an experienced quilter, I feel better about my own quilting.
Beads on a String
a Beads on a String variation
In the class Christina quilts on solids with contrasting thread, so it's very easy to see just what she's doing. She also sketches designs on a tablet, so you can see how the designs are made. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out how free motion designs are made, so Christina also shows you how to decode designs you like and figure out how to reproduce them yourself. I really can't recommend the class enough!
all Craftsy classes are on sale! For those of you reading this post later, Christina has generously offered a discount code of $20 off the class price (although for now I think the sale is the less expensive option, so jump on it).