Be Brave - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

My local quilt shop, Quilted Works is featured in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Quilt Sampler as one of the top quilt shops! With this great honor for them comes a new quilt design, and I was able to custom machine quilt their new quilt for them, "Be Brave".

I had so much fun custom machine quilting the original version, and then they made a second version, which was even more fun to custom machine quilt.

This version is the quilt that is featured in Quilt Sampler. On this version I machine quilted "clams" in all of the background, and then machine quilted straight lines to keep the quilt crisp and keep that tribal feel. I love how this quilt turned out.

In my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting I teach, step-by-step how-to machine quilt clams.

When I machine quilted this second version I knew that I wanted to keep with the tribal feel of the quilt, but I wanted the custom machine quilting to give the quilt a whole different feel from the first quilt.
So, I chose to extend the arrow patterns into the white background fabric.
In all of the triangles I machine quilted a cross-hatching pattern and then around the applique I machine quilted "double pebbles" another pattern from my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.

Here's a fun little video of me machine quilting on this beautiful quilt.

I really love how these quilts turned out! Thanks so much for letting me machine quilt your beautiful quilts!

Click here for more information about having me machine quilt for you. 

For more machine quilting tips and tricks check out my books; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and Next Steps in Machine Quilting.


  1. It was very cool to watch you quilting this one on the video. Thanks for sharing.
    They are both so beautiful- hard to choose a favorite.

  2. Hallo. I like them both but... the second more ;-). I love your quilting in general and thank you for sharing your videos on Facebook. Hugs from Europe :-).


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