“Inspired Free-Motion Quilting” Blog Hop

Note: The winner of this giveaway by random number is Judy Vaughn.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  We’ll have more giveaways in the next couple of months.


Hi everyone!

A couple of months ago my quilting friend Mandy Leins approached me with an offer to review her new book Inspired Free-Motion Quilting, which she wrote in collaboration with the well-known quilt collector Bill Volckening.  Well, of course I said, “YES!”  Who could resist a book with the byline, “Antique Quilts Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter!”  Not me, certainly.

In this book Bill has chosen some antique quilts from his collection that he finds especially compelling.  This tonal one took my breath away!

Pretty spectacular, huh?

Mandy then takes the designs in those quilts and reinterprets them for the modern quilter.  But the best thing is how she breaks them down into step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the process!


Fun, right? Mixing modern with traditional designs is my favorite!  For a chance to win an electronic copy of the book, comment below telling me what was your favorite project that you completed in 2018.  I’ll choose the winner this Sunday the 13th.

For more chances to win, stop by the other websites on the Inspired Free-Motion Quilting Blog Hop.  

Monday, January 7:
C&T Publishing

Bill Volckening

Tuesday, January 8:
Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design

Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams

Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter’s Planner 

Wednesday, January 9:
Teri Lucas

Lynn Harris

Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts

Thursday, January 10:
Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin

Patty Murphy of Patty Murphy Handmade

Mary Abreu of Confessions of a Craft Addict

Friday, January 11:
Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts

Amanda Leins of Mandalei Quilts

Hope you enjoy and happy quilting!


P.S.  For those who have asked… my new patterns (including Christmas Magic Sampler!) are back from the printer as of today.  I’ll be back later in a week for a post on that.

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70 thoughts on ““Inspired Free-Motion Quilting” Blog Hop

  1. my favorite finish is a quilt from a kaffe fassett kit that I had purchased more than 5 years ago–if I knew how beautiful it would turn out , i would have sewed it the minute it came.

  2. I made a lap quilt for my aunt that was my favorite project of 2018. It was scrappy and paper pieced which are my favorites.

  3. My favorite project completed in 2018 was a EPP Holiday table topper.

  4. Looks like a super fun new freemotion quilting book, packed with interesting motifs and ideas.

    Favorite finish of 2018? A lap quilt cut with new Slit N Sew Templates from Quilter’s Paradise, where I incorporated blocks from a panel and ended up quilting with rulerwork and donated to victims of the Carolina Hurricanes, thru a project hosted by Carole of From My Carolina Home. Fun quilt to make and know it was meant to provide much needed quilty hugs to a victim of the hurricane and floods.

  5. I loved making a quilt for my mom’s new apartment.

  6. I finally finished Ruffled Roses, begun January 2011. What a great book–thanks for the chance.

  7. My favorite ‘project’ I finished in 2018 was the sample piece I did on my new Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen! I practiced FMQ and also ruler work plus learning how to use the machine, change threads, change the bobbin, etc.

  8. I made a windows attic cat applique quilt. Love the blue bird fabric for the window background and then appliqued 2 cats looking out the window at the birds.

  9. My favorite project of 2018 was free motion quilting the 10” wide border on a UFO. I learned a great deal and will contue to practice and improve.

  10. My favorite project of 2018 was working on a free motion sampler of stitches. I am still a beginner but undestand practice makes a better quilter.

  11. My favourite finish in 2018 was a Jelly Roll Race 2 backed with minkee that I made for my sister as she battled cancer and lost. She was able to have the quilt as comfort during her short time in hospice care.

  12. My favorite project in 2018 was Ruby Jubilee quilt. Love the mix of reds, golds and creams. The pearlized fabrics are to die for beautiful. I was very much inspired by the Jubilee collection of fabrics and made sure there’s plenty in my fabric stash for more Amanda designs.

  13. I made a lap quilt for my Mom to use on her wheelchair when going to a from dialysis. Pieced and did the free motion quilting myself with the help of a paper template.

  14. My favourite project in 2018 was a baby quilt made for my latest granddaughter ,Daisy born April 2018. For the first time I designed the block myself in a graphics program and cut it using an electronic cutting machine,again for the first time. I intended to scatter embroidered Daisy’s that I had digitised, The quilt was made entirely from 25 Liberty (Famous London textile store) fat quarters I had been given by my local dealer as a reward for helping with a software group and was so pretty that my daughter told me to forget the Daisy’s and leave it as it was.

  15. I have several quilts in progress but didn’t finish in 2018. But what I did work on for Christmas and birthday gifts were the quilted soup bowl. Had a lot of fun matching fabrics to the person being gifted and they appear to be a big hit (especially for ice cream).

  16. My favorite project is the Jubilee quilt pattern made with Free Motion Fantasy fabric.

  17. My favorite quilt from 2018 was a scrappy for Project Linus. I had material that looked like big giant teeth and another piece that was funny eyeballs. I put it together with bright greens & turquoise. I even incorporated triangle “teeth” into the boarder. I can see a child curling up with my quilt

  18. My favorite 2018 project was a Yankee quilt with a sports banner of Derek Jeter as the center. How to quilt the center banner was challenging; decided to not quilt the face and hands portion and it gave it a 3D effect. Love books that give quilting inspiration!

  19. I made a t-shirt quilt to commemorate my daughter’s high school graduation. Lots of mixed emotions reflecting back and anticipating the future while working on it.

  20. My favorite finish was “Spring” the final one in my Seasons series.

  21. My favourite finish was a small Christmas panel that I failed to finish the year before

  22. My favorite project was a quilt for my granddaughter simply because she loves it every night at bedtime!

  23. My favorite finish for the year was a baby quilt for a friend’s grandchild.

  24. I finished a free-form table runner and used lots of different stitches to highlight the seams…and spots in between. Used only two fabrics – and it looked really organic.

  25. I finished a quilt for my Cousin’s son that had a motocross panel and I made crossed checkered flags in the corners. Turned out rally cute.


  27. My favorite quilt was made of Tula Pink fabrics that I found on the Bernina “We All Sew” website.

  28. My favorite finish last year was a golf themed quilt for my granddaughter…made with no pattern, raw edge appliqué, and Quilted on my domestic (free motion, ruler work, and walking foot work).

  29. My favorite quilt was the unicorn quilt for my granddaughter Mia

  30. My favorite finished quilt was a weighted blanket (quilt) for my spouse’s adult son. It was quilted on my q20 with batiks in browns/blues/orange/cream colors and filled with poly pellets and 80/20 cotton poly batting. Total weight when finished was 18 lbs. it has been very effective for him to reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

  31. My favorite pieced and quilted project was the Jubilee Kaleidoscope quilt, I absolutely loved all the ruler work!

  32. My favorite project from 2018 was making the Utimate Travel Bag by Annie.

  33. My favourite project completed in 2018 was a Burly Beaver quilt for a couple getting married in May. They are on my mind a lot right now, and even though I was going to pass on this and let someone else get lucky here, my finger pressed and here I am. Weird…. Happy New Year and all the best. Thank you for sharing so much of your creativity with us.

  34. My favorite was a quilt and jelly roll rug set that i made for my granddaughters room.

  35. I pieced and quilted (free motion quilting) my first projects this year. Baby quilts (three), table runners, and lap quilts. I worked with rulers for the first time – I am almost brave enough to do ruler quilting on a project.

  36. My favorite projects last year are the quilts I made for Project Linus.

    1. Finally finished up a few wall hangings that I have hung up over my cutting and sewing tables where I can enjoy them daily.

  37. My favorite quilt I finished in 2018 was a row by row from western ny. It had birds in all 8 blocks. All 8 shops worked together to make one quilt.

  38. A scrap piece where I practiced free motion couching and turned it into an eyeglass case for me. It makes me smile and feel good when I use it.

  39. Finishing in time to donate a Fall Quilt Along for Toys For Tots was a ton of fun for me in 2018. All the pretty colors and 12 different blocks revolving around fall time was making me smell the aroma of pumpkin pie and leaves in the air.

  40. I made a quilt with vintage grandmothers fan blocks that I rescued at a yard sale. The sashing, backing, and cornerstones were all vintage fabrics I also found at yard sales this summer. I gave it to my 95 year old father this holidays.

  41. I took your ruler works class @ We’re Sew Creative in Concord, NC. My favorite project was a quilt I made for a family friend in LA. I quilted it myself using rulers. It was an additive project. I can’t wait until I do another one.

  42. I finished a purple quilt with embroidered motifs and some ruler quilting.

  43. I finished a clamshell quilt using some glorious batiks. It was a class at the Bernina shop here in Tampa w Leslie Hickland. I free motion quilted the clamshells and used ruler work in the border. I’ve been quilting 25 yrs+ and this is one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever done.

  44. My favorite finish of 2018 was a large improv pieced quilt.

  45. My favorite was my quilt from Asilomar. Class taken from Amanda herself. It was gifted for Christmas.

  46. I finished the hand appliqued part of a quilt I had started prior to my hand surgery. It was good to have that part done. I would have hated to have it sitting there, incomplete, not knowing when or IF I could finish it.

  47. I finished a lap sized quilt for a friends birthday that was in her favorite colors.

  48. My favorite finish was a quilted diaper bag set that included the bag, a changing mat and a baby snuggie – all matching – for a former co-worker. My neighbor liked it so much that she asked me to make one for her grand daughter who is expecting her first baby. They are made with hedgehog print and have an appliqued hedgehog on both sides. I love them both! Thanks!

  49. My favorite quilt in 2018 is Basket of Flowers which I made for the Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild challenge Quilters are Artisis Too. It’s my interpretation of a painting I saw at the Louvre. I used appliqué, couching and a new method of adhering the pieces developed by Grace Errea. I quilted the piece in a modern way to make it look like a framed picture. I entered the quilt in the Sipshewana Quilt Festival and was accepted. It was a wonderful experience for me that gave me much more confidence in my quilting.

  50. a mystery quilt done with my quilt guild

  51. I love a quilt named Radiance by Color Girl Quilts that I made this year. I was actually a pattern tester for it.

  52. My favorite project is a label I made for someone else. Using Bernita V8 software I digitized a simi-truck and put the boys name on the truck, adjusting the letters so they kept perspective.

  53. My mother-in-law gave me a sack full of Crown Royal Bags to make her a quilt two years ago. I finally found the perfect pattern for it. I completed the piecing this last summer and quilted it in October using ruler templates. I gifted it to her at Christmas. My husband said it was the prettiest quilt I have made yet. He’s a cowboy and cowboy’s don’t say those things.

  54. My favorite project last year was 3 pillows I made for my 2 sons and daughter in law. I quilted each of them on my HQ16 sit-down. It was fun practice for me! They all loved their pillows!

  55. My favorite project was making 6 college themed rag quilts for presents for my daughter and her 5 best friends that she has had since she was 9 years old. They were fun high school grad presents and I cried over each one knowing they we be dispersed all over the country but could be with them every step of the way..

  56. I had 4, yes 4 new babies in the family this year ( and another on the way next year!), so I loved making all those special baby quilts!

  57. My favorite project from 2018 was a throw with a seashore theme made for a friend.

  58. My favorite is always the one that I’m currently working on.

  59. I enjoyed the challenge of Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone quilt. Having done the Gypsy Wife a couple of years ago, I found Long Time Gone another puzzle like project.

  60. My favorite project last year was a christening gown and slip for my newest grandchild, using Swiss batiste and Swiss embroideries.

  61. My favorite project was a quilt with brightly colored (yellow, orange, magenta), dresden plates on a blue background.

  62. Finishing the Guild’s opportunity quilt.

  63. Finally finished a scrap quilt that I started in 2016!!!

  64. My favorite project that I finished in 2018 was also a quilt that I started in 2016! It’s made from contrasting printed fish material; one is a beautiful blue and the other pea green. Perhaps that’s why it took me so long!!

  65. I was on your website wanting to purchase several of your rulers. Your site states they are Longarm thickness.

    Please define longarm thickness in mm or fraction.

    5mm, 6mm, 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch.

  66. Quilts for foster kids.. comfort for them for difficult times.

  67. You have described various things in this article really appreciate your creativity article concept.

  68. My favorite project was a simple red and white strip-pieced table runner. The strips varied in width, so it ended up looking much more stylish than I expected!

  69. Wow, the patterns in the group look great! I remember needing an inspiration for a pattern and I think this should help!

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