In 1905, an eleven-year-old boy accidentally invented the popsicle. He had intended to make a batch of flavored soda, but he left the concoction out in the cold all night and it froze solid – stir stick and all. Luckily, the unexpected result was even better than the original plan! When I first started designing this week’s quilt, I had a pretty clear picture of what IRead More →
Here is a super awesome quilt design for any quilt needing a little bit of floral flare! This fun little Daisy Chain is easy and a great way to add more texture into some of your other FMQ patterns. Click HERE for a free downloadable PDF! Click HERE to watch the full tutorial!
Freestyle applique leaves you with a million raw edges. And then, when it’s time for machine quilting, you have to carefully stitch along the perimeter of each piece. Frankly, it cramps my “free” style. Today I’ll show you how to add a layer of nylon netting over your quilt top. It’ll hold everything in place so your stitch patterns can be wild and free. Click HERE to watch the vid!
I enjoy quilting from a pattern, but my first love is freestyle applique. I let my imagination take the wheel as scraps of fabric are transformed into a totally unique scene.
Rob demonstrates a square and arc stitch motif for FMQ on a home sewing machine. This design is perfect for a modern quilt pattern or even to bring more life to a solid choice in fabric! He uses Machingers Quilting Gloves and a Sew Slip Multi Purpose Sheet as he quilts. Click HERE to get supplies
String quilting is a quick & easy type of foundation piecing. Strips are stitched to a fabric base, and you can get a little crazy with angles and skinny pieces because the foundation keeps everything nice and pucker-free. This week’s quilt was inspired by the incredible fabric designs of Kaffe Fassett, so of course it’s all about color and movement. I chose to create half square triangles by sewing my strips diagonally on one half of each foundational block. How cool is that? Click HERE to watch the tutorial
Two years ago, Jenny Doan and I teamed up for an epic 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial. More than 335,000 views later, I’m ready for a re-mix! The 3D Dudes Quilt is visually complex, but it comes together easily thanks to strip piecing and Jenny’s signature half-square triangle shortcuts. Click on the button to watch the video and get the supplies to add some more dimension to your life! (And, for old times sake, you can click HERE to watch the original 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial with Jenny and me.)
Quilt top complete. Sandwich basted. Machine geared up for a free motion quilting extravaganza. It’s go time, baby! But…where do you start? How do you take those first few stitches with confidence? Conquer that blank canvas like a pro with a simple method I call “Building from the Base.” I begin with one basic shape that serves as the starting point for all the detail to come. Click HERE to watch the vid!
I have to admit, this project did not originate in my own imagination. I actually got the idea from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. Piecing isn’t usually my thing; I’m more of an applique guy, but these “disappearing” blocks set my creative juices on fire. This quilt is easy, intricate, and just plain awesome. Here is a FREE Downloadable PDF: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/mansewing/disappearing-pinwheel/assets/disappearingpinwheel.pdf Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
An art quilt is created out of pure imagination – no pattern required. This week I’m inspired by the image of a lone winter-chilled tree set against a pastel sky. Magical colors, fantastic contrast, and tons of room for improvisation. Join me for a dose freestyle applique that’ll rock your socks off! Click HERE for a free downloadable PDF of this quilt!