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March 20, 2019
Permission to Make What You MOST Need to Create from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Do you have a project you’ve been wanting to make for years, but just keep putting off? I sure do! This week I decided to clear the decks which means shelving a book I’ve been working on for months so I can focus on another book that’s much more important. Hear all about my decision in this episode:

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Jump ahead to time: 21:55 to get straight to the topic of the podcast.

I apologize for the rambling nature of this podcast. I had ...

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March 6, 2019
Running National Quilt Museum with Frank Bennett from The Free Motion Quilting Project

A few weeks ago I received a note from Frank Bennett, the CEO of the National Quilt Museum. I asked him to come on the show and share about the museum and what it’s like to take care of so many quilts. Get to know Frank and learn more about how quilts are displayed and preserved by the museum in this podcast episode:

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Jump ahead to time: 15:06 to get straight to the interview with Frank!

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February 27, 2019
Creative Ways to Beat the Winter Blues, Podcast #96 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We got seven straight days of rain last week and, yes, I was feeling pretty blue. I had to stop and work my way out of a dark spot and it made me think about how differently I work through sadness now than I did several years ago. See what I’m working on around the house and the huge progress I got on my new Eye of Calm goddess quilt during this podcast:

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February 20, 2019
From Fire Fighter to Fiber Artist with Brandy Maslowski from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m chatting with a Canadian quilting friend, Brandy Maslowski, the Quilter on Fire. Brandy is transitioning from a firefighter to a fiber artist and has a terrific perspective on everything from keeping her studio organized to planning a fun quilting retreat. Enjoy getting to know Brandy in this new podcast episode:

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Super Busy Quilting Week

I didn’t realize how many fun things I have in progress until I sat down to share the introduction this week! I’m getting lots of different projects done ...

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February 13, 2019
Cleaning Up to Be Creative, Quilting Friends Podcast #94 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’ve done a major clean and clear up of my sewing room in order to be more creative. This is something I have to do regularly because I’m just not a tidy person. In this podcast episode I share a new perspective on keeping things clean to be my most creative self:

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This is the first podcast I recorded in my new sound booth (bedroom closet)! Let me know what you think ...

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February 6, 2019
Creative ways to fix quilting mistakes with Beth Collins from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m chatting with Beth Moore Collins about fixing quilting mistakes. I can’t count how many quilts I’ve made over the years that reached a critical point and then something stopped working. I enjoyed chatting with Beth about this topic and thinking of new ways to work through quilting issues:

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Fast forward to time 28:35 for the interview with Beth!

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January 30, 2019
Rising to Unexpected Challenges, Quilting Podcast #92 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s been a challenging week, but also wonderful in many ways. In this podcast, I’m loading a new quilt on my frame while I share about our unexpected trip to Florida over the weekend:

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Block 3 of the Friendship Quilt Along will be out on Friday! This Tree of Life pattern will include the block pattern for the Friendship Sampler Quilt, plus an extra bonus supersized quilt pattern for you to make as well. I’ve already pieced my Tree of Life Quilt and I’m loading it ...

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January 23, 2019
Quilt Blogging in 2019 with Vicki Holloway from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m chatting with Vicki Holloway about quilt blogging in 2019. She’s actively blogged for over ten years and has a great take on how blogging and sharing online has changed over the years. Enjoy!

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Jump to timestamp: 20:21 to get straight to the interview with Vicki!

I had Vicki on the show about this time last year where we talked about time management. Click Here to find that episode. She has a really good take on that because Vicki runs a longarm quilting ...

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January 16, 2019
Tracing a New Goddess Quilt, Quilting Podcast #90 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Have you ever started something and thought it would go one way, only to find it went a completely different way? That’s kinda how I feel about this podcast episode! I shared news from the week as I traced a new goddess quilt onto freezer paper and talked a lot about the quilt design, working with leather with my son, and goals of creating with him every weekend. Enjoy!

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Tracing a New Goddess Quilt

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January 2, 2019
My Word of the Year for 2019, Podcast #89 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s a new year which means it’s time to pick a new word to be my guide through the year ahead. In this podcast, I reflect on the past year and reflect on how the word Challenge has made a very big difference in my life. Then I share some exciting news and my new word for 2019!

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Friendship sampler quilt king size

Friendship sampler quilt king size

Kicking off the Friendship Quilt Along

I’m super excited about many things that are happening this year, but one of the ...

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December 19, 2018
Hand Quilting Since 1981 with Sue Griffeth from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I chatted Sue Griffeth who celebrated her 84th birthday this year. Sue made her first quilt in 1981 and shared her perspective on how things have changed and what she values most these days:

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Leah’s Quilting Friends News

During the podcast introduction I was starching and pressing dupioni silk fabric. I’ve been stashing away this special fabric for years. The idea was that “one day” I’d have a project to use it or “one day” I’d have time to experiment with ...

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December 11, 2018
Quilting on Vinyl and Leather with Katie Baker from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m chatting with Katie Baker, a bag maker and chemist who enjoys quilting on unusual quilting materials like vinyl and leather. Learn how this works and how Katie planned and launched her signature black collection of bags on Etsy in this podcast episode.

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Behind the scenes at Leah’s house

This week I finally got my Singer 12 treadle in its permanent home in my living room. At the beginning of the podcast I was polishing up screws and hardware to put ...

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December 5, 2018
Be Open to Your Creativity with Ann Walsh from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Meet Ann Walsh and enjoy hearing about her awesome passion for free motion quilting in this episode of the Quilting Friend’s Podcast. Ann has a wonderful perspective on living a creative life and healing and growing through craft.

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Help support the Quilting Friends podcast by joining the Friendship Quilt Along! Each month we’re going to piece and quilt a new block together step-by-step. Click Here to find the pattern for Block #1.

Ann Walsh Quilting

Ann is such a wonderful quilter and creative person! She ...

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November 28, 2018
How to Quilt in a Tiny Space, Quilting Podcast #85 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This past week I received a great question from Ellie about quilting in a super tiny sewing space. I decided to shoot an entire podcast episode just to answer her question and share my tips for sewing and quilting in a small area!

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Just in case you’re interested in the Hemline Advent Calendar I shared in the introduction, here’s an affiliate link to find it on Amazon. Thank you so much for your support of the show!

Quilting is a Space Hogging Craft

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November 22, 2018
Teaching Kids to Sew and the Friendship Quilt Along, Podcast #84 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This past weekend I had an amazing opportunity to teach two girls how to sew! Hear about how that impromptu hand sewing class went along with more information about the new Friendship Quilt Along in this Hello My Quilting Friends podcast:

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Teaching with the Right Attitude

This past weekend we went to Charleston and made the big Thanksgiving meal on Saturday evening. But throughout that day, I was also teaching a 6 and 7 year old ...

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November 7, 2018
Pattern Writing in a Hurry, Quilting Friends Podcast #82 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! It’s been a week of detailed quilt planning and writing so this podcast episode is just a short chat. Enjoy the episode and watch as I organize the little drawers of a cute apothecary cabinet:

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Busy Writing the Friendship Quilt Along

Podcast 82 pattern writing in a hurryAs soon as I finished printing the last batch of Ms. Bunny sewing patterns, I turned my attention 100% over to the new Friendship Quilt Along! So many of you liked ...

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October 31, 2018
Hand Quilting and Reenacting at Hart Square, Podcast #81 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! This weekend I went to Hart Square Festival, a special event held one day a year. I dressed up in a (somewhat) period costume and enjoyed hand quilting all day in a log cabin originally built in 1840. Hear more about this amazing adventure and see the pieces of my costume I made in this week’s podcast!

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It’s the last day to preorder Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt and get your copy signed! Click Here to check it ...

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October 11, 2018
Listen to a Chapter from Mally the Maker from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! This week I’m trying on a new hat – audiobook narration. I’ve read Chapter 1 from Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt so you can begin the journey with Mally into the magical world of Quilst.

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I had SO much fun reading this! I’ve loved reading out loud since I was a kid so narrating this book felt natural and fun.

I’ve been planning to record the audiobook within the next few months, but sharing this first chapter has finally ...

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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.

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August 15, 2018
Why did this quilt take four years to finish? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! Today I am stitching the faced binding onto my Dream Goddess quilt after four years in progress. I still have a lots of hand stitching to go, but it feels great to be nearing the end of this multiyear project.


I shot the podcast for this week while preparing the fabric for the facing. It was an adventure trying to talk through my thoughts about this quilt and cut and press fabric at the same time, but I think it worked out well.

It was nice to take the time to really think through all the ...

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