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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 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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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 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 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 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 1, 2019
How to Piece a Checkerboard Tiles Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I can’t wait to teach you how to piece this pretty Checkerboard Tiles quilt block! I admit I made some mistakes in this block because I was in a hurry. I learned the hard way that it never saves time to rush through a quilt block. See what I mean in this quilting tutorial:

Click here to find the Checkerboard Tiles quilt pattern. Remember you can join in the Friendship Quilt Along any time and work at your own pace. The videos and tutorials I’m sharing will remain online forever so you can begin anytime!

How to piece ...

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How to Piece Square-in-a-Square Units from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month’s Friendship Quilt block includes a cute Square-in-a-Square unit. Learn how to piece this unit and carefully trim it down to the right size in this quilting tutorial:

Click here to find the pattern for the Checkerboard Tiles quilt block. This 4th block of the Friendship Quilt Along includes sixteen Square-in-a-Squares and will be a terrific way to practice this unit!

How to Piece Square in a Square Units

I love the contrast between the angular square in a square units and the little scrappy squares!

Piecing with Triangles

To begin your Square-in-a-Square unit, slice two squares in half diagonally to create two triangles. Fold ...

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February 4, 2019
How to Piece a Tree of Life Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to piece our Tree of Life quilt block for February! This beautiful block is created with 32 scraps or 5-inch squares (plus a good bit of background fabric). For the first time we have an asymmetrical arrangement so make sure to follow the tips in this video to piecing this block:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Tree of Life block. This pattern includes a special bonus pattern for the 78 inch Tree of Life Quilt! Learn how to piece a supersized version of the block and I’ll be sharing an extra video this ...

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January 7, 2019
How to Piece a Patchwork Mosaic Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Ready to get lost in a Patchwork Mosaic quilt block? Learn how to transform 14 colorful 5-inch fabric squares into this scrappy quilt block:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block #2. The best part of the Friendship Quilt Along is we’re going to piece AND quilt the blocks together! Be looking forward to the first quilting tutorial on January 14th.

Patchwork Mosaic Friendship Sampler Quilt Block

We’re going to piece and quilt this beautiful quilt block this month!

You’ll need to know how to make half square triangles, quarter square triangles, and hourglass squares to create your Patchwork Mosaic block ...

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January 6, 2019
How to Piece Hourglass Squares from The Free Motion Quilting Project

The piecing tutorial for the Patchwork Mosaic quilt block is coming up on Monday, but first we need to learn how to piece a set of Hourglass Squares. Learn how to piece this cute quilting unit in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Patchwork Mosaic block. This block includes four Hourglass Squares and a variety of Quarter Square Triangles. It’s a fun adventure to experiment with all these funky shapes!

What is a Hourglass Square Block?

This is a simple quilt block with four small, right triangles meeting in the middle of a square ...

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January 5, 2019
How to Piece Quarter Square Triangles from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We have two new quilting units to learn this month for our Patchwork Mosaic quilt block! Learn how to piece Quarter Square Triangles, sometimes called Split Half Square Triangles in this new quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Patchwork Mosaic block. This block will help knock out your scrap stash or your collection of 5-inch precut squares. You’ll use up 14 squares to make this quilt block.

What is a Quarter Square Triangle?

This is an asymmetrical quilting unit pieced with a combination of a half square triangle and a single square of fabric.

You ...

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November 29, 2018
How to Piece a Scrappy Star Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to piece our first block for the Friendship Quilt Along! Learn how to transform 20 scrappy 5-inch squares into a Scrappy Star Block in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block #1. The best part of the Friendship Quilt Along is we’re going to piece AND quilt the blocks together! Be looking forward to the first quilting tutorial on December 10th.

Click Here learn how to piece Half Square Triangles. You’ll need to make three different sizes of half square triangles for ...

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November 5, 2018
How to Sew a Ms. Bunny Doll from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Are you ready to make a Ms. Bunny doll? I’m so excited about this sewing tutorial. I was given a small rabbit doll for Christmas when I was four years old and almost instantly she became my very best friend. It’s so exciting to have her back in my arms again. Learn how to sew her body, complete with embroidering her sweet face in this beginner sewing tutorial:

Quick links to learn more:

Ms. Bunny will make a terrific gift for Christmas or a fun project to make and sell at your local art council. Once you get ...

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November 27, 2017
Curved Seam Piecing Tutorial - Soft Edges Quilt Pattern from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's Quilty Box time! I have a new quilting tutorial for you today with tips on piecing curved seams. Do curved seams give you heart palpitations? They're really not that hard so long as you use a well-designed template to cut the curve and glue to stick that sucker in place and show em' who's boss!

Learn how to piece perfect soft curves in this new Soft Edges Quilt Tutorial:


Click Here to find the free quilt pattern for the Soft Edges Quilt.

Curved Seam Piecing Tutorial
Do you like my squooshing and mooshing technique? Seriously high tech! LOL!

I can ...

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