A quilt top, no matter how intricate, doesn’t have a ton of texture. It’s just…flat. That’s where FMQ comes into play. Because with a little planning, your stitch patterns can force the batting to puff – or crush – exactly where you want it. Last week I pieced together a Mariner’s Compass, and this week I’m finishing it off with an action-packed session of free motion quilting. Click HERE to learn how to give your compass quilt tons of 3-dimensional character with a few basic FMQ motifs.
Ahoy there! Don’t be afraid! Rob’s Mariner’s Compass Quilt may look like a doozy, but he’s got a secret weapon: The Quiltsmart paper piecing pattern with printed interfacing. This genius product will guide you every step of the way with sea-worthy accuracy – just like a real compass! Click here to watch Rob put together this gorgeous quilt!
Hop into a time machine and travel back 400 million years. You won’t find humans or even dinosaurs that far back, but you will find sharks. Why have they lasted so long? Probably because they’re totally rad. Sharks have up to 3,000 razor-sharp teeth at a time, and when one falls out, it can be replaced in as little as one day. Their senses – sight, smell, and hearing – are insanely powerful, and they can even detect the electric charge of other living creatures. They never stop swimming and they never really sleep, they just cruise through life like the undisputed kings of theRead More →
If you build fires, you probably start out with a carefully structured stack of wood. It can be a teepee, a log cabin, or even a star. But no matter how orderly, it’s only a matter of time before those burning logs crumble into a mess of glowing embers. The Embers Quilt is a random patchwork of charcoal and orange that imitates the intricate details of a dying fire. And though it looks a bit complicated, it’s nothing more than chopped up strips sets. Click HERE to watch the tutorial and print the FREE PDF!
They say there are no shortcuts. If you want to become a world-class surfer, you’ve got to hit those waves on a daily basis. To obtain massive biceps, you’ve basically got to live at the gym. And to grow the ultimate lumberjack beard, get ready for the long road of whisker growing ahead. Cool stuff just takes time…usually. But if you’re itchin’ to put together a tumbling blocks quilt, I’ve got news for you: It doesn’t have to take forever, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. My 3D Tumblers quilt comes together quickly with strip sets and NO tricky Y seams. Plus I’ve addedRead More →
Building a Burst Block is a bit like riding a bike. You might start with a touch of trepidation. You may experience a few wobbles and spills. But don’t worry! With each block, you will gain confidence and momentum until, zoom! Off into the quilty sunset you’ll ride, crankin’ out Burst Blocks with the greatest of ease! Click HERE to watch Rob Appel demonstrate his newest version of the Burst Block, The Burst Block Star. In this video, Rob shares tons of expert advice and helpful tips to make this quilt as easy as it is fun!
In 1969, Jimi Hendrix electrified Woodstock with his rendition of the national anthem. He was playing a white Fender Stratocaster. In 1964, Keith Richards rocked out on his Les Paul at the Rolling Stones’ very first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. And in 1992, Eric Clapton strummed an acoustic Martin as he recorded his smash hit, “Tears in Heaven.” These guitars are as iconic as the stars who played them. I’m such a superfan, I couldn’t help but capture their cool, classic lines in quilt form. Click HERE to learn how to make my Unstrung Hero quilt. (Great news: This project is available asRead More →
It’s the big winter games, and the best athletes in the world are competing for top honors. The best human athletes, that is… Because if we’re being honest, in a contest of the most extraordinary physical feats, you’d have to include the common house cat. A domestic cat can run 30 miles per hour. (That’s faster than gold medal runner Usain Bolt, folks.) They can jump seven times their own height, and 90% of cats can survive a five-story fall. But perhaps most impressive, the average cat sleeps 16-18 hours a day. (You may have observed this impressive talent in your own home.) This weekRead More →
We love following trends. In the 70s it was bell bottoms and disco. The 80s brought perms and acid wash to the masses. Grungy jeans and flannel were all the rage in the 90s. And today? Well, it’s all about pineapples! Pineapples are everywhere in fashion and decor. I’ve seen lamps, socks, earrings, and even a little pineapple-shaped dog house for your pampered pup. The whole world is in love with these golden fruits, and it’s no wonder; pineapples represent sunshine and warmth and far-off adventures. This week I’m making a reverse applique pineapple quilt using fantastic batiks and my trusty Shark Applicutter. ThisRead More →
I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed with this new FMQ motif, so I’ve prepared a couple of questions to help you gauge whether you are up to the challenge: 1- Can you sew a straight line? 2- How ‘bout kinda-sorta straight? If you answered yes, you’re ready to tackle Simple Squares! To create this motif, simply follow a chalk grid. No curves. No corners. Just long, straight lines. And when you’re done, you’ve got an awesome “plaid” design that can be further embellished or left alone. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!