The Garden Quilt is a softer, more organic version of one of my favorite patterns, The Gears Quilt. I use miniature pinwheels as the background, layer on some killer floral applique, and finish it off with my signature free-motion quilting. This garden is bold and modern, and it’s a cinch to put together. Click HERE to watch the vid!
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!
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
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!
For months we’ve been cranking out the free motion quilting tutorials. Many of you have jumped in and given it your best, and we’ve loved the pics you’ve shared of your efforts! But for those of you still sitting on the sidelines, it’s time to bite the bullet and start stitching! Jenny Doan may be the Queen of Quick & Easy Quilting, but when it comes to Free Motion Quilting, she’s a beginner like many of you! So don’t be shy; we’re all learning together! Click on the button below to watch a true beginner tackle the first hurdles of free motion quilting: sync &Read More →
How’s your quilt batting IQ? Can you comfortably navigate the world of natural fiber, synthetic fiber, high loft, medium loft, and blend? (Did you know there’s even batting made out of recycled water bottles! We’ve got choices coming out of our ears!) With so many varieties available, how do you go about selecting the right batting for a quilt? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered! In today’s new tutorial, Quilt Batting Boot Camp, Rob will lay it all out in a quick, easy-to-understand format so you can choose your batting with confidence. Click on the button below to watch the tutorial. You’re about to becomeRead More →
If you’ve been following along, you may have noticed that I like to approach quilting my own way. There’s no perfect method because every quilter thinks differently and prefers a unique approach that suits him or her best. This is definitely true for Free Motion Quilting! It’s supposed to be “free”-ing to do it your own way, but I can see how that might be difficult to tackle when you’re used to doing quilt piecing, which usually requires exact measurement and math. So, if you’ve been hesitant to try it out for yourself, we’ve decided to offer a little bit of motivation… and is there better motivationRead More →
I was out meandering in Sisters, Oregon last week and I happened upon a deer eating breakfast. I tried to get a photo without disturbing her, so this is the best I could do. 🙂 It was one of those moments where you just have to stop and appreciate life… and you can’t help but feel like it’s going to be a good day. That’s what Open Meandering in Free Motion Quilting is all about. It just makes you feel better about life! Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it definitely adds some major options and possibilities to your free motion quilting tool belt! ClickRead More →
Have you ever watched a high energy caffeinated guy sit and focus closely on an important task? Well, it’s a sight to be seen, so break out your quilting gloves and slip sheet, folks, cuz it’s free motion quilting time! This week the focus is vines and leaves and it’s going to be a blast! Thanks to my friend Christina Cameli for allowing me to reference her excellent teaching materials from her Free-Motion Quilting books! You can find them in the list of supplies HERE!