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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 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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February 26, 2019
Pantograph Quilting Basics Tutorial from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s pantograph quilting time! I’ve been working on a new batch of quilting tutorials for the past few weeks. I’ll be honest – this took a lot longer and was a lot harder to learn than I expected. See what I mean in this new video:

Pantograph Quilting Guidebook

Take the tutorial to your machine with this Pantograph Quilting Guidebook!

Click Here to find the new pantograph designs I’ve created and pick up your free Pantograph Quilting Guidebook!

This 24 page guidebook is packed with information and colorful photos to guide you through the basics of pantograph quilting on your ...

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January 14, 2019
Quilting a Patchwork Mosaic on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Patchwork Mosaic Quilt Block is pieced and ready for quilting! I decided to tackle this block first on my Singer treadle with some walking foot quilting, then switched to my regular Eversewn Sparrow sewing machine for some free motion and ruler foot quilting. See how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here for the Patchwork Mosaic block pattern. This block uses 14 scrappy 5-inch squares to create this awesome design. It’s a great way to use up scraps from your stash or a precut square pack.

Click Here to find the piecing tutorial for this quilt block ...

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January 11, 2019
How to Quilt Undulation, Design #501 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a gorgeous new quilting design for you today called Undulation. It’s very simple, intentionally irregular echoes, but it’s quickly become my favorite design. See how to quilt it in this new quilting tutorial:

This is Design #501 on the Free Motion Quilting Project! Click Here to find all the other designs I’ve shared since 2009.

Click Here to find the book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs. This is a beautiful picture book filled with hundreds of quilting designs of every shape and texture you can imagine. This is the perfect book to keep next to ...

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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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December 10, 2018
Quilt a Scrappy Star Block on Your Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

My Scrappy Star Quilt Block is basted and ready to machine quilt! I decided to keep the quilting design very simple with this first block and quilted it with a combination of walking foot quilting and ruler foot quilting. Learn how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the Scrappy Star Pattern. This quilt pattern comes with everything you need to get started on the Friendship Sampler Quilt. What size is the quilt? How much fabric will you need? Learn all this and more with Block #1!

Learn how to quilt a Scrappy Star quilt block with straight lines

I love this simple, straight-line design over this Scrappy Star ...

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December 9, 2018
How to Baste Your Quilt Blocks for Quilt-As-You-Go from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Scrappy Star quilt block is pieced and ready to quilt-as-you-go! Let’s layer the block with batting and backing and baste the quilt sandwich securely together. Learn how I’m basting the blocks for this project in this quilting tutorial:

Click here to find the Block 1 pattern! This pattern includes everything you need to get started with the Friendship Sampler Quilt Along. It includes lots of tips for piecing and the four types of machine quilting we’re learning together this year. It also includes a detailed materials list and guide for five different sizes of the quilt ...

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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 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!

Listen to this quilting podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

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

quilting podcast how to quilt in a tiny spaceThere ...

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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:

You can also listen to the podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

Quick links to things mentioned in this podcast:

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 20, 2018
Sneak Peek of Our New Friendship Quilt Along from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yep, it’s time for a new quilt along and this year is all about Friendship! I can’t wait to piece and quilt these super scrappy quilt blocks with you. Click Here to find the first Friendship block pattern.Friendship sampler quilt king size

Yes, we will be going back to our traditional format of monthly blocks coming out the first of each month, just like our Sunrise Surprise and Flower Festival quilt alongs of 2015 and 2016. But here’s the thing: it’s not a mystery this time! You’ll see the finished quilt and for the first time ever, you’ll ...

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October 30, 2018
Beginnings Quilt Along Rows and Borders from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

Here it is the final post in the QAL. I told you we would have the top done before the end of October :)

I am just going to dive right in here:

The Beginnings QAL



Rows and Borders (Final size 44” by 52”)

Printable PDF

Cut (after your rows are sewn together):

2 - 2 ½” by measurement of your quilt length approximately 40 ½” Inside Border fabric
2 - 2 ½ by measurement of your quilt width plus 4 ½” approximately 36½” Inside Border fabric
2 – 4 ½” by measurement of your quilt length plus borders plus ½” approximately ...

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Beginnings Quilt Along Block 15 from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

How about this... the last block already! So you have two to work on this weekend.

If you are using the Maker to cut your blocks here is the file.

The Beginnings QAL (Printable PDF)



Block 15 House (8” Finished)

For One Block (that is what you need for the quilt)

Cut:

2 –  2 ½”” Squares of Background Fabric
4 –  2 ½”  by 2” Rectangles of Background Fabric
1 –  2 ½”  by 8 ½” Rectangle of Roof Fabric
1- 2 ½” by 3 Rectangle of Door Fabric
1 – 8 ½: by 2” Rectangle of House Fabric (A)
1- ...

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October 25, 2018
Beginnings Quilt Along Block 14 from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

Here is our second to last block. I love this Bowtie Block and I want to make an entire quilt out of it soon. I hope you love it too.

If you have been using the Maker to cut your blocks then some of this block is cut already, but... I did change the size of the small pieces so you will want to re-cut the small squares at least.

If you are using the Maker to cut your blocks here is the file.

The Beginnings QAL (Printable PDF)



Block 14 Bowtie (8” Finished)

For One Block (that ...

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October 13, 2018
Beginnings Quilt Along Block 13 from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

Here is another super simple block. I am having surgery on Monday and I am not sure how on top of things I will be afterwards so I wanted to make certain to get one more block ready for you before hand.

I have been trying to finish the video but unfortunately 3 of the files got corrupted so I am trying to get it pieced together. But again I don't think you need it this is a simple block with just a couple things I wanted to teach you about bias edges. So even without the ...

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October 9, 2018
Beginnings Quilt Along Block 12 from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

 Here is the first of the blocks for our big push to get finished with our quilt this month. I Was literally buried under fabric last month and unable to get even 5 minutes to get these tutorials done. I have had the blocks finished the video filmed since the middle of August.

Speaking of Video. I am not posting it with this block. This is a super easy block and I am pretty certain you can do this one without the video. I do have video for it and it will be posted with the next post ...

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June 28, 2018
AGF Community Sampler GRAND FINALE REVEAL from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Fabric Friends,

 WE DID IT!!  The Community Sampler sew along hosted by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland has come to an end and today we reveal our finished quilt! These beauties below each had a hand in the creation of this quilt and I couldn’t be more proud. With the majority of the girls sewing experience ranging from never touching a sewing machine to dabbling a bit in the sewing world I am so honored to have had the opportunity to get to teach each one of these gals the basics to sewing and creating a quilt block ...

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