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September 9, 2019
Tips and Tricks for Free Motion Quilting from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips and tricks for free motion quilting on our tenth block of the Friendship Quilt Along. This month’s block is a beautiful Square in a Square surprise. Click Here to join in the fun.

My biggest tip is I DON’T drop my feed dogs. Click Here to learn more about why I don’t do this for free motion quilting.

I also use specialized quilting gloves and a slippery quilting mat that are my two favorite tools for free motion quilting.

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Leah Day’s square in a square quilt ...

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September 2, 2019
Why I HATE Scant Quarter Inch Seams! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m piecing our 10th block for the Friendship Quilt Along and yep, this turned into a bit of a lesson on how much I HATE scant quarter inch seams. See why this subtle difference in your piecing seam allowance can be such a pain:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Square in a Square Surprise block. I promise this block is a lot of fun to piece, so long as you use the same machine and same foot throughout the process!

I pieced half of the block on my Singer treadle and the other half on my ...

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August 19, 2019
Quilting Crown of Scraps on a New Style of Sit Down Longarm from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m quilting my Crown of Scraps quilt block a second time this week and using a new style of sit down longarm to do it! The Q-Zone Hoop Frame can be set up low so you can sit and quilt. But this is so much easier than quilting on a typical sit down / table mounted longarm because the machine is moving! See what I mean in this video:

Click Here to check out this Q-Zone Frame and Qnique 14+ / 15R longarm. I can also set up this frame taller and stand and quilt too. Lately I’ve been building ...

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August 12, 2019
Tips for Stitching in the Ditch and Walking Foot Quilting from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a lot of tips for you today on walking foot quilting and stitching in the ditch. Ditching may not be loads of fun, but it’s an important quilting skill to build. Learn how I get started walking foot quilting and stitch in the ditch in this video:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Crown of Scraps Quilt Block. Remember my tutorials and videos will remain online indefinitely so you can begin any time! The best part about this quilt along is you can make a sampler quilt exactly the size you need. Choose from crib ...

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August 5, 2019
How to Piece the Crown of Scraps Friendship Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We have a beautiful Crown of Scraps Quilt block to piece today for the Friendship Quilt Along.  I hope you’re up for a little test in your piecing ability! You’ll absolutely build new piecing skills with this month’s scrappy, heavily pieced block. See what I mean in this video:

Click Here to grab this month’s block and start piecing. Remember, our Quilt Alongs are unique in that you can join at any time and quilt along at your own pace. The videos and the patterns will never be taken down. If this super scrappy piecing action ...

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August 1, 2019
Back from Vacation and Ready to Piece! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I took the entire month of July “off” and now I’m back and ready to make a new quilt block for the Friendship Quilt Along! Click Here to find the pattern for the Crown of Scraps quilt block.

Piece Crown of Scraps Block with Leah Day

As you can see, this is one scrappy happy quilt block! Click Here to find a tutorial on making Half Square Triangles. This unit forms the center crown of the block.

Click Here to find a tutorial on piecing Hourglass Squares. You’ll make a mess of these to create that cute border. The tutorial for piecing this super scrappy block ...

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July 15, 2019
Super Spiral on a Longarm Machine? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m quilting Super Spiral on my new longarm – the Grace Qnique 21! But wait – aren’t super spirals hard to quilt on a longarm frame? See how this worked because of my super sized longarm:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Patchy Octagon block. Each month I’m sharing two different quilting tutorials: one on a home machine and one on a longarm. This way you can see two different ways of quilting the quilt block using two very different styles of quilting.

Click Here to check out the Grace Qnique 21. This super sized ...

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July 8, 2019
Teaching My Kid How to Quilt – Block #8! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m teaching my son James how to quilt with Block #8! He first quilted straight lines with walking foot quilting, then switched to free motion quilting and learned just how tricky circles can be. Enjoy learning along with James:

Click Here to find the pattern for Block 8 – the Patchy Octagon. All the tutorials and patterns for this quilt along will remain online indefinitely so you can catch up and work at your own pace.

Click Here to check out the Eversewn Sparrow 20, a terrific machine for beginning sewists and quilters. James used the open toe walking ...

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July 1, 2019
How to Piece a Patchy Octagon Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month we have a very easy Patchy Octagon quilt block to piece together! This block has large shapes that will come together quickly to create a fun patchwork design. Learn how to piece it in this video:

Click Here to find this quilt pattern. All Friendship Quilt Patterns are on sale for just $4 for July 4th! This sale will end on Monday, July 9th 2019 so now is the time to stock up on patterns if you’ve fallen behind or if you’re just getting started.

And yes, you can begin the Friendship Sampler Quilt anytime! Even ...

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June 17, 2019
Longarm Quilting a Bears Claw Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time for our last quilting video for the Bears Claw quilt block! I decided to use my new Grace Qnique 21 longarm and quilt this block with zig-zaggy Zippling!

Click Here to order the Bears Claw block pattern for the Friendship Quilt Along.

Quilting the Bears Claw Block with Zippling

I chose Zippling as the design for the border of the Bears Claw block. Zippling is an all-over quilting design so the Cruise setting for the Grace Qnique 21 was perfect. This is a stitch regulated setting that keeps the needle bouncing up and down, even if you ...

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June 11, 2019
Ruler Quilting with a Walking Foot? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m doing something crazy: I’m echo ditching and ruler quilting using a walking foot! I don’t have a guide for my walking foot so using a ruler against the side helped me space out some lines and evenly space the design. See what I mean in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to check out all the blocks shared so far in the Friendship Quilt Along.

I decided to echo ditch because echoing really makes the edges of the bear’s claw design pop. Also, if you wobble outside the ditch a little bit, no biggie! The ...

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June 3, 2019
How to Piece a Bears Claw Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today we’re piecing the ever popular Bears Claw quilt block for June’s Friendship Quilt Along!

This is another scrappy block with lots of half square triangles. Click Here to learn how to make your half square triangles.

The extra border to the outer edge really makes this block pop.

We’re now officially halfway down with our Friendship Quilt Along! Remember, you can join in the fun at any time as all the patterns and video tutorials will be online forever. The best part about our Quilt Along is you can make a crib, throw, twin, queen, and ...

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May 20, 2019
Ruler Quilting on the Scrappy Pinwheel Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Last week I quilted my Scrappy Pinwheel Block with walking foot quilting. Now I’d like to quilt this block again with rulers on my longarm machine. Watch this quilting video to see how this worked:

Click Here to find this quilt block pattern. This is our 6th block for the Friendship Quilt Along which means we’re nearly halfway done! This block was intentionally designed to be simple and quilted quickly so you can have extra time to catch up on any past blocks if you’ve fallen behind.

I used the Slice Quilting Ruler to quilt all of ...

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May 13, 2019
Walking Foot Quilting on a Scrappy Pinwheel Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Welcome back to another home machine quilting video for the Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Block! We’re walking foot quilting this month’s Friendship Quilt Along block. If you missed last week’s post, click here to watch how we pieced this month’s pinwheel block.

For walking foot quilting, I set my stitch length to 1.5 mm and place my Queen Supreme Slider to the left side of my machine. You have to position the slider OFF the feed dogs because for walking foot quilting you need those feed dogs to work!

After toggling with the settings to get ...

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May 3, 2019
How to Piece a Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month we have a super simple Scrappy Pinwheel block to make for the Friendship Quilt Along! I’m sure you’ll enjoy piecing this block as much as I did, especially after how scrap-heavy and intense the last two blocks were. Learn how to piece this pinwheel block with me in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Scrappy Pinwheel block.

I used 16 precut small squares to create the Scrappy Pinwheel block. I first pieced them into Half Square Triangles, and then into super half square triangles. Click Here to watch the video on ...

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April 15, 2019
Longarm Quilting the Scrap Overload Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today we’re hopping on the Grace Qnique Longarm to quilt undulation on the Scrap Overload Block.

Click Here to find the pattern for Block #5 – Scrap Overload! Yes, you can get started today with this quilt along because all of the tutorials and videos will remain online forever!

You’ll remember the design Undulation from the Tree of Life Block. I chose this one on this month’s block because it adds a nice flowing texture over the blocky, boxy shapes. It’s also very fast to quilt which is great because the piecing took so long.

longarm quilting a scrap block on a frame

Quilting this ...

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April 8, 2019
Home Machine Quilt a Scrap Overload Block with Rulers from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Welcome to April’s home machine quilting video! I decided to machine quilt my Scrap Overload block with rulers! See how this works in this new quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about the Eversewn Sewing machine I’m using in the video.

Check out the Slice ruler I’m using in this video.

Click Here to check out the ruler foot which will work on all low shank machines.

Simple Straight Line Quilting Design

I know we’ve been overloaded with some heavy scrap piecing for both this block and last month’s Checkerboard Block.

I kept the ...

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April 1, 2019
How to Piece a Scrap Overload Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Happy April Fool’s Day! It’s the first of April, which means it’s time for our newest block in the Friendship Quilt Along, which goes by the fitting name of the Scrap Overload Block.

Like last month’s Checkerboard Tiles quilt block, this one is very scrap heavy. You’ll need all the accumulated practice and skill building you picked up in March for taking on this one!

Click here to find the Scrap Overload quilt pattern. This block features lots and lots of little pieces this month with a really fun scrappy border.

Working with On Point ...

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March 18, 2019
Longarm Quilting the Checkerboard Tiles Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to quilt the Checkerboard Tiles block on the longarm! I decided to use a very different design and stitch over the complex patchwork as if it didn’t exist. It turned out pretty interesting and you can see what I mean in this longarm quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find a much simpler quilting design with straight lines on my Singer 27 treadle machine.

The great thing about quilting each block twice is I get to try two very different quilting designs. Which is best? That’s really down to your opinion! I liked the straight lines ...

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March 11, 2019
Quilting a Checkerboard Tiles Block on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Checkerboard Tiles block is ready for quilting and after all that piecing, that’s quite an achievement! See how I am keeping the quilting design very simple with straight lines quilted on my Singer treadle machine:

Click here to find the pattern for the Checkerboard Tiles quilt block. The best thing about this Friendship Quilt Along is you can make the quilt exactly the size you need. Pick from crib, throw, twin, queen or king and make the corresponding number of blocks you need to make your quilt.

Click here to find all the Friendship Quilt Along tutorials I ...

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