The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler Facebook Group

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Hi guys,

This is just a quick note to say that our Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler Facebook group is up and running!  We will be sewing and quilting a few blocks each week this fall.  This is a super-easy sew (for goodness sake the wedding ring is appliqué) that will get you practicing free-motion fast, so it is really fun!  People are sewing in all sorts of fabrics – I’m sewing mine in Carina.  SKU info is in the group feed.


FMQIdea Book Fabrics


My good friend Cherry Guidry, of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studios, is sewing along with us using her Soul Blossoms fabrics.   I love sewing with friends!

Happy quilting!


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The Free-Motion Idea Sampler

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HI everyone,

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I’ve been waiting to share a new release – The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler!  It is a companion piece to the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and the piecing directions for the sampler are now available as a download from C&T.  The sampler includes piecing directions for every block in the book, so it is a fabulous practice piece if you are looking to improve your quilting skills.  (And to make it a quicker sew, there are master cutting instructions included, so you can cut everything at once and then get sewing!)  I hope you all will piece it and quilt it along with me this fall on Facebook!





I quilted this on the BERNINA Q 24 and pieced it on my BERNINA 780.  To quilt each block, I chose a random pattern from the book – no rules – just whatever I felt like quilting each day.  I used Benartex’s Color Weave fabric and Aurifil 50 wt. thread for piecing and Aurifil monofilment (with 50 wt. in the bobbin) for quilting.  (There are suggested quilting plans organized by block in The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.)
FMQIdeaSampler_1308_SM   FMQIdeaSampler_1302_SM


I quilted many of the allover patterns from The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book in the borders.


I used Benartex Color Weave for the example and the SKUs are included in the pattern.  I’ll be sewing it again starting this September in Carina.  I’ve created a special Facebook group for this piece so we can share our progress. I hope you’ll join me if you are quilting along.



Happy quilting!


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Quilting BERNINA-Style: Free-Motion Panel

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Some of you might have caught a glimpse of this on my BERNINA Q 24 Frame just days before BU.

01_Sampler on frame


Well, I was sworn to secrecy at the time but now I can tell you!  This is the new Quilting BERNINA-Style Free-Motion Panel that I designed to help people become comfortable with free-motion quilting and it will be arriving exclusively at U.S. BERNINA dealers in October!  (I’m not sure about availability for international customers at the time I’m writing this, but I’ll let you guys know if I hear anything, ok?)  Whether you quilt on a long arm or domestic, I hope you really enjoy it.






I this many of my favorite allover quilting patterns – some of which can be found in my Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  The coordinating app that is coming soon shows many of these patterns being quilted on a BERNINA.

After you get practice with many of the designs in the outer blocks, you can work on combining them in the central panels.







The panel measures 36” x 54”, so is easy to maneuver both on a long arm and a domestic.  There is a smaller panel that will follow, perfect for making bags, pillows, and placemats.  I can’t wait to see what you all make with these!

Also, for those of you who have written me, sign versions of The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book are now available in my shop.  Directions for the coordinating sampler will be available as a download from C&T soon, and the app version with video of a lot of these designs being quilted on a BERNINA Q 24 will follow.

Hope you are having a great summer and happy quilting!




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