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October 19, 2020
FMQ a simple star on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 302 of Free Motion Mavericks. It was a wonderful 300th celebration and I want to thank everyone who came by, left comments and of course posted their favourite Free Motion Quilted (FMQ) projects.

Simple FMQ Star

This is probably the simplest star to quilt although when it's simple there is also the expectation of accuracy...which is expected of other quilters and sometimes achieved be me

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October 17, 2020
Quilting Book Sale! - Deep DiscountsTake advantage of C & T... from Living Water Quilter

Quilting Book Sale! - Deep Discounts

Take advantage of C & T Publishing BIG SALE. Save up to 66 % on some of my favorite quilting books until Oct 19th. 

Free motion Framework by Jen Eskridge is at the top of list.  Why?  Besides being a great book to improve free-motion skills, I am a contributing quilter. 

Using Jen’s “framing design” I quilted free-motion quilting patterns in sections of the framework in the quilt above.

NOTE: I am a CT Publishing affiliate. I receive a small commission when you click a link on this website and make a purchase. It costs you ...

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October 16, 2020
99 Machine-Quilting Designs – Preorder Now! from Christa Quilts

99 Machine Quilting Designs Today I’m excited to share a sneak peek of a several designs included in my upcoming book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs.  There are still few of days left pre-order my new book and get all the bonus premiums as well as reduced shipping.

When I teach in person, students stitch a series of practice samples to try out different walking foot and free motion designs. Now you can see 99 of those “in the cloth” along with a quilting diagram and instructions on how to quilt it. 

Click here to preorder now!

It was so much fun to dream ...

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October 14, 2020
FMQ moose panel finished from Quilting & Learning

Hi! I want to share this UFO finish before it goes to its new home!

FMQ a lovely moose panel

I started Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) the moose panel for my brother's cottage in July of last year. 

FMQ Moose panel ready for its new home

What a difference FMQ adds to the panel. Here is the image of the panel when it was barely quilted. I admit that the lighting isn't as good, but you can see that the fabric is very flat. Now that it's quilted, there is so much more texture.

Moose panel with ...

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October 12, 2020
Taffy Candy, RainbowMy Taffy Candy quilt is a featured quilt... from Living Water Quilter

Taffy Candy, Rainbow

My Taffy Candy quilt is a featured quilt design and pattern in the 2021 Quilter’s Planner! 

Taffy Candy was first featured in an Island Batik Ambassador Modern Quilt challenge in 2018. For the 2021 Quilter’s Planner a new rainbow colorway is also a pattern option.

Fabric for Taffy Candy was generously provided by Island Batik.


The awesome Kitty Wilkin photographed the original Taffy Candy as seen in the 2021 Quilter’s Planner above.  She has a special gift for making quilts SHINE! Visit Kitty on her blog, Night Quilter.


Taffy Candy, Rainbow, is filled with ...

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October 1, 2020
Pre-Order My New Book: 99 Machine-Quilting Designs from Christa Quilts

I am beyond excited to introduce my new book today! I’m really proud of 99 Machine-Quilting Designs. It’s full of ideas and options for walking-foot and free-motion quilting!

99 Machine Quilting Designs

Click here to pre-order your signed copy of 99 Machine Quilting Deigns 

This book is for you if:

  • You want to try machine quilting
  • You’re afraid to try machine quilting
  • You want to expand your skill set
  • You know quite a bit but you want fresh ideas

Pre-orders open today with early bird bonuses!

Order my new book by Oct. 10 to a free mystery fat quarter and other ...

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September 28, 2020
New Wallhanging from Thread Head

This month I made a wallhanging using more pieces of cross stitch that my Dad stitched.

The wallhanging is about 28"x35". 

I made this one for my parents.

I free motion quilted it with Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.
I used a layer of cotton and a layer of wool batting so the wallhanging would be flat but puffy. I just stitched in the ditch around the pieces of embroidery.
The cross stitch designs are from the book Repertoire des Motifs by Valerie Lejeune.

Photos from around-

No wind.
Fall colours.
A couple of Yellowlegs in the pond ...

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September 27, 2020
Swirling Leaves for Hello Fall Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my stop at the Hello Fall Blog Hop. When I saw Carla's button for a fall blog hop, I couldn't resist. I'm thrilled to be part of this fun event - Thanks Carla

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September 25, 2020
Ein neuer Quilt ist fertig from Quilt Around


Den trüben Zeiten zum Trotz - ein fröhlicher Quilt

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September 24, 2020
Ruler Work - from last summer from Bits and Stitches

After watching a several online longarm quilting classes, with iQuilt and Bluprint, I decided to take these vintage UFO pieces and use them as samplers.  Several of these were about using rulers to make the quilting more accurate.  These pieces weren't precious so I was free to just experiment.  I was able to use elements from all the classes on them.

They turned out better than I had anticipated.  I thought I was just playing.  A different color neon trilobal poly thread was used on each.  Size is 20" x 30".

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September 22, 2020
Sparkling Star on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 298. We are getting ready for the 300th Week Linking Party on October 1st. It's going to be a virtual trans-Atlantic party to remember. You can read all about it below!

FMQ a sparkling star

This is the third star that was free motion quilted (FMQ) on the Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt. I love how it turned out!

Lots of sparkling diamonds in this star block

This design is based on Star Struck, a post that I found on the Seams French blog (see Related links below). Here is what ...

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September 11, 2020
How many more blocks to FMQ? from Quilting & Learning

Two free motion quilting (FMQ) posts in a week - wow! I had the weekend to myself and spent most of it fixing and continuing to FMQ our king size batik bed quilt. At 13 x 13 blocks, it's huge! It wasn't always pleasant but I did get a lot done.

After this weekend,
only 49 blocks left to FMQ

Fixing ripped blocks

When I sandwiched this quilt in July of 2016, I stitched-in-the-ditch around each block. However, since each block is 8", that really wasn't enough quilting, especially considering that we've been sleeping under this quilt ...

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September 10, 2020
Open Wide 2.0 Bags in Floralicious {It's In The Bag Blog Hop} from Little Bunny Quilts

 Today is my day to share for the It's In The Bag Blog Hop, sponsored by Island Batik and By Annie!

The collection I got to use for my project is the new Floralicious collection!

If you remember back to my unboxing post from this summer, I got all of the pieces and parts to make a set of the Open Wide 2.0 bags from By Annie!

I have long avoided three dimensional sewing, but this was my chance to try something totally new and I am so happy with how the bags turned out!

I started with ...

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September 8, 2020
Best of Moda Bake Shop -- Pillow Parade Hop {Finished Pillow and More Big News} from Little Bunny Quilts

 Yesterday was my day to share on the Best of Moda Bake Shop Pillow Parade on Instagram, so today I thought I would share my finished pillow!

If you have the book, I made a pillow out of a single block featured in the quilt without additional sashing. I made the block using scraps left over from the original quilt and added in a solid green background fabric that coordinated with the prints in the collection. 

I used some scrap batting and scrap white solid fabric to quilt the the block for the front of the pillow.

I quilted the ...

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September 5, 2020
Farm Quilt Finish from Needle and Foot

I am in a quilting and reading phase. Quilt a little, read a lot, quilt some more. There are always so many projects to make and books to be read, am I right?

But – the sewing! I have been getting lots done. Today I will share this cute picnic quilt I made for my grand daughters. I carried this line of fabric (it is all gone – sold so fast!) and before I sold out, I stashed away some of the red and yellow yardage as well as a panel of the animals.

I love seeing red and yellow together. It ...

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August 21, 2020
Lana Lemur...Still Going from The Quilt Yarn

I took a break from my Lana Lemur quilt for about a week but got going again on it this week. Certainly one of my more crazy ideas...this is taking forever!

This is how far I got
So close and yet so far away. 
Like I said before Claudia Pfeil made this look very easy and relatively fast doing it on her longarm in her video Claudia's P(Fillers). I am really dragging my feet with this one. Not sure whether this is because I had no specific plan on how to go about it and have to ...

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August 11, 2020
LeMoyne Star Quilting Progress from Fret Not Yourself

You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. 
It is only important what you do.
~ Patrick Ness in A Monster Calls


I haven't moved quickly but at least the quilt is in progress. I wanted a quilting design that honored the piecing, didn't have many starts and stops {burying threads takes so much time}, and was less densely quilted than usual for me. My friend, Marty, spent an hour with me on the phone discussing how to quilt this. We used FaceTime to see exactly what ...

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August 10, 2020
Jolly Bar Row Along FinaleIt’s “finish” week for Fat Quarter... from Living Water Quilter

Jolly Bar Row Along Finale

It’s “finish” week for Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Bar Row along!  My Jolly Bar  quilt has of Harvest Road fabric collection, by Lella Boutique and Grunge by Basic Grey both for Moda Fabrics.

NOTE: The Jolly Bar and background fabric for this project was provided by Fat Quarter Shop.


The last several weeks we filled with fun and easy quilt blocks for the Jolly Bar Book, Volume 2 quilt along. The blocks are:

I like row quilts. They are fast to ...

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Machine Quilting on the Janome 1600P from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have two fun videos to share with you today on machine quilting on the Janome 1600P. This high speed, straight stitch machine is quickly becoming my favorite for free motion quilting and ruler quilting because it’s so fast and makes such a perfect stitch!

Janome Convertible Darning FootClick Here to learn more about the Janome 1600P. Remember, this home machine has minimal features so it doesn’t have decorative stitches or fancy gizmos. Instead it has speed and precision – exactly what you need for machine quilting!

Click Here to find the Convertible Darning Foot. This is my favorite foot for free ...

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August 4, 2020
LAL#1: The One With Quilter Cheryl Degan as Our Guest of Honor from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Welcome to the very-first-ever Long Arm Learning Linky Party!  I'm so glad you're here, because I have a special treat for you.  Instead of just blathering on about my own quilting journey every week, I'm going to introduce my party guests to long arm quilters who are inspiring me.  Today, I'd like to introduce you all to my new friend Cheryl Degan of Austin Quilting.  After reading my interview with Cheryl, don't forget to link up YOUR machine quilting post with our linky party, at the very end of today's blog post.

"Night Sky ...

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