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September 6, 2018
How to Machine Quilt Hopscotch, Design #498 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've been playing around with altering some golden oldie designs to create new quilting fillers. This hopscotch design is a simple variation of paisley, but with a lot more bouncy echoes to create this funky texture. Learn how to quilt this design in this new quilting tutorial:


Quick Links to tools mentioned in today's post:





Let's learn more about quilting hopscotch.

Design family – pivoting

This design is a little tricky to place because it works a bit like a stacking design in the sense that the bouncy ...

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August 23, 2018
Lessons Learned from Nine Years in Business from The Free Motion Quilting Project


I can't believe it's been nine years since I started the Free Motion Quilting Project!

So many thoughts and moments of thankfulness to share.

Click Here to check out the podcast.

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May 1, 2018
I Get a Gold Star! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yay! I blogged every day this month! Well, kinda... I had to post twice a few times and today I'm catching up with one last post to reach my goal of 30 posts in April.

Still, that is more than I've shared in a single month since 2014. I'd say I deserve a gold star!

Umm... that isn't a gold star. Yeah, I know! 
I searched through all of my nice new organized folders and I've never quilted a gold star, ever! That's definitely on my to-do list now!

Why did I do this ...

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April 29, 2018
Quilting Designs for Any Weather from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's been a month of rain and chilly weather. Seriously - can it just warm up and STAY WARM already? Anyway, I figured it would be fun to dig through my photos and find quilting designs that fit with this month of unsatisfactory weather. Enjoy!


In order from top design, then clockwise around:

Click Here to learn how to quilt Clouds.

Click Here to learn how to quilt Icicle Lights.

Click Here to learn how to quilt Sun Medallion.

Click Here to learn how to quilt Open Flow.

I included Sun Medallion because that's what I WISH the weather ...

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March 14, 2018
Updating the Header! Whew! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Whew! I just changed out the header for this blog and it gave me fits getting the sizing and spacing just right. It's always scary to upload a new photo and hit "publish" only to find the image way smaller than you expected, shifted off center and looking really weird on the top of the page.

Just in case I ever need to come back and do this again: size the header a bit smaller than the width of the total blog (1200 pix worked good), then if needed wiggle the width in the advanced settings to get it ...

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December 2, 2017
Check out Leah Day’s podcast! I’m on it this week … from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

I will do interviews with local media any day of the week. Our brick and mortar shop is kind of the weak link when it comes to net revenue in the Quilt Addicts Anonymous brand. It makes money, but barely, and I know every time I chat with a local reporter, that number goes up just a little bit.

But I really hate fielding interview questions from people who know nothing about the quilting industry. Specifically from people who have no idea this is $3.7 billion industry, and that a quilting business isn’t just some cute little hobby ...

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