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September 15, 2017
Machine Quilting Itsy Bitsy Spider, Design #486 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Have you been searching for the perfect design for a spooky quilt? I have a great Halloween themed free motion quilting design for you today called Itsy Bitsy Spider!

machine quilting spiders | free motion quilting

Looking back through the quilting design gallery we have a few spider themed designs to check out. You could quilt a Spiderweb or Cobwebs in the Corners and use Itsy Bitsy Spider to fill around these bigger designs.

Do spiders creep you out too much to machine quilt? I realized you could also think of these as little sunshines instead while I was quilting this design for the video. Watch the ...

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September 14, 2017
Learning QAL - September Goal Setting from Quilting & Learning


Welcome to the Learning Quilt-A-Long (QAL)

Have you thought about your learning goal for September yet? Since September is traditionally the time for returning to school, it's a good time to consider what you'd like to learn this month.

Since I have a deadline in early October (see you at the Art with Fabric Blog Hop!),  I am going to keep this month's learning simple.

September Learning Goal: To learn a few more free motion quilting (FMQ) patterns.

There are so many great resources available - on the internet, in books, magazines, courses, etc. What I will be ...

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Steampunk and Mushrooms from The Free Motion Quilting Project

With a title like that this is sure to be interesting! This week I've been having a blast creating many fun projects and exploring creative experiments.

One thing I've been struggling with lately has been excessive mess around my Grace Qnique. I finally decided to do something about it and created a steampunk leather tool organizer and cup to hold my Pinmoors. I made this quick video to show you what it's like:


I love working with leather like this because I can literally hammer it together with rivets and that feels so fast in comparison to ...

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July 14, 2017
Machine Quilting Bean Sprouts, Design #482 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Gosh it's hot! It's definitely feeling like July today so I plan to spend some time in the pool soaking up the sun. It also seems like a great day to stitch a new quilting design so I created Bean Sprouts:


This funky, flowing quilting design starts with a very simple Dew Drop shape. Basically a wiggly line with two tear drops on the end. Then just echo quilt around it multiple times until you get bored and move on to quilt another shape.

See how this design is quilted in this new video:



Are you looking for ...

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July 7, 2017
How to Machine Quilt Cotton Candy, Design #481 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

A few weeks ago I started playing around with a simple Clouds quilting design and then I couldn't seem to stop playing with the design! It's fun to quilt the fluffy shapes and add a light, pretty design to our quilts. Here's a simple variation I'm calling Cotton Candy:

Learn how to machine quilt Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is a very simple design and a great way to practice quilting Clouds. You begin with the simple clouds shape, then travel stitch and echo quilt around it multiple times to add a ripply texture to your quilts.

Confused by all that quilty jargon? Watch ...

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June 16, 2017
How to Machine Quilt Cut Ribbons, Design #478 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I was cutting ribbons for a present and thought hmm...this could make a neat free motion quilting design. That's all it takes these days to make me jump on the machine and quilt something new!


You've probably noticed by now that a lot of my designs are based on previous designs. How this works is subtle variations in shape, how the lines connect, touch or don't touch, whether the lines are straight, curved, hook, or point all play a roll in how a design appears on your quilt.

So many designs can look completely ...

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June 9, 2017
Super Triangle Easy Machine Quilting Tutorial #477 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I was flipping through my design journal the other day and I realized we have a lot of "Super" designs: Super Spiral, Super Daisy, and Giant Snail. I think we need more of these quilting designs because they're very easy and fast to quilt over any style of quilt. Let's learn how to machine quilt Super Triangle together!

Beginner quilting design Super Triangle

This is one of those fun quilting designs that could be quilted with any style of machine quilting: free motion quilting, walking foot quilting, or ruler foot quilting. All three quilting styles can knock out this design quickly and easily ...

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May 22, 2017
Joyce Wieland and Art with Fabric from Quilting & Learning

Reason & Passion - based on
Joyce Wieland's Reason Over Passion (1968)
Welcome to Art with Fabric - Spring 2017! I'm thrilled to be participating in this blog hop again - thanks Alida for organizing it! It's so much fun finding an artist's work to use as inspiration. I had to find one that I liked since I spent about 4 months thinking and working on this piece.

The piece I've chosen to interpret is Joyce Wieland's Reason over Passion, created in 1968. Joyce Wieland (1930 - 1998) was an amazing woman. I was introduced to her art by ...

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April 14, 2017
Tranquility ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A finish, a finish. [Sing it with me, y'all]. A finish, a finish. It's the one that I wrote about here.


Finally, after sitting on the WIP table for months, then sitting on the long-arm waiting for thread and sitting while I cruised through Leah Day's website looking for quilting motifs, finally it's done. Done sitting, maybe? Ugh, no, now it's waiting on a photo shoot. 

I just couldn't wait to show you, so I had Richard hold it up...in front of his shed where dust and dirt were flying. Also, I realized ...

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April 11, 2017
Leah, thread, and a WIP from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

machine quilting design | free motion quiltingA couple of weeks ago I loaded a WIP that's been sitting for a while on the "to be quilted" pile. I had a fab time learning and practicing new motifs. Leah Day's quilting design gallery is my go-to inspiration site. She has 500 designs--imagine! 


free motion quilting | Leah DayI've written about motifs from her website here on "Crazy X" and here for "Math Is an Expletive."  Looking through the motifs and choosing the ones I want to try is a great pasttime when sitting in waiting rooms. In the past I'd draw the motifs on paper or a white ...

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January 28, 2017
Podcast #12: Affordable Quilting Frames and Longarms by Grace Co from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I have an interview with Nathan Erznoznik from the Grace Company and we're talking about the transition from a home machine set on a table to a longarm on a rail system. Click Here to check out Grace frames and longarm quilting machines.


I'm planning to add a rail mounted longarm to my sewing room sometime this year. This will require collapsing one home sewing machine table to have room for the frame and machine. But don't worry - I still have 2 other home machines set up!

I'll still be shooting ...

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January 25, 2017
Stippin’ Mini quilt video tutorial from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

When Leah Day asks you to collaborate on a project, you say yes.

Last fall Leah asked me if I would work with her on a new series she has going, where a designer makes a mini quilt, no larger than 14-inches on any one side, and sends it to her to quilt. Leah uses it as a challenge to work on pieces that are outside of the realm of what she normally designs and quilts over at the Free Motion Quilting Project and LeahDay.com.

I was just super excited to work with someone who I have used as ...

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January 12, 2017
Quilting Basics 7: Free Motion Quilting Tips from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yesterday we learned how to stitch in the ditch with our walking foot and I mentioned you could do this with free motion quilting too. Today let's learn some tips on free motion quilting and how this cool quilting technique works on your home machine.



Click here to find the Stippling worksheet in the Block #1 pattern.


I can't emphasize enough how weird free motion quilting is. This quilting technique uses your machine in a totally different way so that most of the things you can usually depend on like consistent stitch length and the fabric feeding evenly ...

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November 11, 2016
Learn to Quilt Contained Flame - #469 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's Friday which means it's time for a new free motion quilting design tutorial! Let's learn how to quilt this beautiful, flowing design I'm calling Contained Flame:


This design is a fun combination of two designs we've learned before: Sharp Stippling and Brain Coral. You start with a wiggly flame shape from Sharp Stippling, then echo around it with soft, curving lines like Brain Coral to create a flowing machine quilting design. Learn how to quilt it in this new video!



I really love this simple quilting texture and combining easy designs to make another ...

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November 9, 2016
New Podcast - Hello My Quilting Friends! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Yes, I've named my new podcast after the funny intro I share in my videos. It seemed like the perfect title because I want this podcast to be like a conversation between quilting friends. For me that means talking about quilting, running a business, how to balance doing 500 things at once, and all the while enjoying my life and my family.

I've been thinking about starting this podcast since the beginning of the summer, but for one reason or another I've put it off. Mostly I put it off because I had ...

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November 7, 2016
How to Piece a Glitter Star Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Ready to piece block #11 from the Machine Quilting Block Party? This beautiful Glitter Star block is an awesome combination of Flying Geese units and a new corner triangle unit that's super fun to piece!

Learn how to piece a Glitter Star block in a free video tutorial with Leah Day

When designing this block I decided to shrink down the flying geese units to the smallest we've pieced all year. This makes them a bit more intense to piece so take your time putting together all these little units. Find many tips to help you piece this quilt block successfully in this new video:


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November 4, 2016
How to Quilt Drunk Spiral #468 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Whew! It's been a hard two days trying to get back on track after Quilt Market. I feel like I'm STILL unpacking and getting organized, but thankfully I've had some time to relax and quilt and I'm starting to get back in my groove. And what better way to get back on track than by sharing a beautiful new design?

Learn how to quilt Drunk Spiral in a free quilting tutorial with Leah Day

This is Drunk Spiral, a wiggly wobbly spiral design that is so forgiving and free form, it's going to look great and work great anywhere on your quilts. Seriously, I think this is going to ...

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September 28, 2015
Finally Off the Design Wall from Color Me Quilty

This quilt has been up on my design wall for months. It feels good to have it down and done.


 Not only is it done, it's all washed and soft. Simon, of course, had to test that out.


 I used Aurifil 50 wt white thread for the whole project - top and bobbin. Quilted beautifully.

 Simon is pointing out one of his favorite blocks. I combined many of Leah Day's fills within some organic shapes surrounded with straight lines.



The front is fun, but so is the back. I just used fleece as the batting and backing, just two ...

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