FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

Let’s twist! This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork. Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do. The pattern is stitched out … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

I have been playing with a FMQ pattern that I have decided to name SLINGSHOT. The pattern is created by stitching a curl/spiral and then slingshotting your way out. In the tutorial above I started in the top left corner, but you could of course start in the top right. The next picture shows you what you … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

It is time to revisit the orange peel pattern. For those of you who would like to know how to stitch the orange peel, there is a great video by Karen Miller on YouTube. She uses a square grid which is on point. In my sample in the picture above I used a regular grid (like … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 3

FMQ samples – part 3

Every day I try to work on the FMQ-filler samples. Some days I just draw the grids on the fabric, other days I just stitch a part of a pattern and on happy days I stitch out two or more. I am still using the 1 inch grid, but this time I used the SewLine retractable … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 2

FMQ samples – part 2

Thank you for all your comments on my last post. Your ideas for other markers are great. I have so far tried the SewLine retractable pencil with the ceramic pencil leads. I have worked with them for a little bit and so far I think they are great. I haven’t worked on larger areas with … Continue reading

FMQ – samples

FMQ – samples

Now my new sewing room is finally functional, I couldn’t resist the urge to “get my fix” of some Free Motion Quilting. For all off these next samples I used an 1 inch grid. As you can see, I marked the grid with a blue Frixion pen. I love these pens for practice material, samplers … Continue reading

Hot Green

Hot Green

This January I received many gorgeous blocks from my F2F swap friends from all around the world. Now that I have finally moved to my new house… YAY!!!…. I am able to work on a quilt with these little treasures. For this swap I had requested 12 inch blocks based on the colors from this … Continue reading

Christmas Quilting

Christmas Quilting

Secret sewing for people that you live with can be difficult. You don’t want them to see what you are working on, so you need to hurry when they are going out. Every time my parents left the house for an hour or more, I immediately sat behind my machine to put two Christmas pillows together. … Continue reading

Home staging and quilting

Home staging and quilting

During last summer I took my apartment off the market. I had been trying to sell it for two years… TWO YEARS and not even one single viewing! I changed to a different realtor and decided I wanted my house styled and photographed differently. I hired a local home stager. Best decision ever! One of … Continue reading

365 Day Doodle challenge – part 1

365 Day Doodle challenge – part 1

A couple of days ago I stumbled on a Instagram post by Jodi Robinson where she shared a picture of her small daily doodles. The words she used as a inspiration for the daily doodles come from a 365 Day Doodle challenge set up by Betsey Langford from the American Quilter’s Society. Betsey has set us the challenge … Continue reading

December Swap Blocks

December Swap Blocks

This November and December was such on incredibly busy period with me moving out my flat, getting settled at my parents’ house and the added stress of buying another house. My swap blocks suffered… I was late and I mean LATE sending them out!!! These next three blocks were the December blocks in pink, bright blue … Continue reading

Sudoku baby quilt

Sudoku baby quilt

Have you ever used the answer key of a sudoku puzzle for creating a quilt? (This is not the answer key that I used for the baby quilt, but it really doesn’t matter which one you use.) Each number in the key represents a different fabric. With 9 fabrics you can create a “random” lay-out … Continue reading

More catching up

More catching up

Okay okay… it is time to share the last couple of months’ F2F2 swap blocks. August:  black background with orange and yellow. Pattern ‘Star Dance’. Link to Craftsy, here   Pattern ‘Venice’. Link to Craftsy, here.   Pattern ‘Blurry’. Link to pattern Blurry on Craftsy. (enlarged)   September:  white, red and blue for a Quilt of Valor. Pattern economy blocks and pussycat blocks.   … Continue reading

Happy 40 SALE!!!

Happy 40 SALE!!!

This is your chance! All of my 40 patterns are on SALE… 40% off! YES 40%!!! Why 40%, you ask? Well, I turned 40 last month and even though people may say that 40 is the new 30… 40% off sure sound better than 30% off, right? Yesterday I bought a new house with the … Continue reading

Catching up

Catching up

Hey everybody! It has been very silent here at my blog since the middle of June. I thought you might like an update! There has been lots of D.I.Y. in my apartment from the moment I decided to change realtor. In an effort to finally get my apartment sold, I hired a stylist/stager/photographer who helped me … Continue reading

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Sometimes a symmetrical paper pieced block, like a star, can contain awkwardly shaped pieces. I have taken up creating my own templates to be a bit more frugal with my  fabric and to be able to precisely fussy cut. Fabric here in Europe is at least twice as expensive than in the USA. We have to be … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

In June 2015 I received these three pinwheel blocks from Susan who blogs at Desert Sky Quilting. This block is actually called a Flying Fan and Sue provides a tutorial. Great huh?! The yellow Flying Fan block grabbed my fancy first and I drew on some arches with the longarm rulers. I did not use … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Okay, I jumped in… maybe a bit too quickly… but I have started with my quilting the F2F blocks. Here is the collection again from last June. There will be more blocks added to create a bigger quilt for my bed. It has been almost a year… So why did I jump in too soon? … Continue reading

F2F blocks and presents

F2F blocks and presents

Here are some pretty pictures to celebrate the weekend! First up are the F2F blocks from last month. These blocks took a while to arrive at their new home in Australia so I waited with displaying them here. Nanette will create a pretty quilt with all her blocks from around the world. An unfinished pattern … Continue reading

F2F blocks May

F2F blocks May

Three more 12″ blocks for you you enjoy! These are the F2F blocks for Kate in lime green, grey and black on a light background. I am really happy with how this block turned out. I know that Kate pieced this same pattern for her quilt too, but it does look different because of the fussycut diamonds in … Continue reading

Time for Tea(l) – release of patterns

Time for Tea(l) – release of patterns

Good morning everybody! Have you enjoyed all the test blocks of the Time for Tea blocks? The testers did such a wonderful job, don’t you think?! The time if finally here to officially release the seven patterns. Underneath each picture there  is a direct link to the craftsy website. Two of the seven featured pattern … Continue reading

Time for Teal – part 2

Time for Teal – part 2

Ding Ding Ding! Round TWO!!! Here are the second and last set of test blocks for my newest patterns. (A HUGE thank you to all the people who help test these blocks!!! I will send you all an email soon!) Please go to my previous post to see the first set of test blocks!   Test … Continue reading

Star Dance

Star Dance

Finally finally finally … it is time to release the pattern “Star Dance’! I have been sitting on this pattern for several months now, waiting for some extra time to write up the pattern pdf. It is now DONE!!! The star pattern comes in 6 and 12 inch blocks. The pattern lends itself for some cute … Continue reading

‘Time for Teal’ — part 1

‘Time for Teal’ — part 1

Feast for your eyes today!!! Behind the scenes there has been a lot of designing, printing, emailing and photographing going on. At the end of March I designed several foundation paper piecing patterns with High Tea / Afternoon Tea on my mind. Teapot & coffeepot, cups, cupcakes and tiered cakes and more!!! And the patterns … Continue reading

F2F blocks and more.

F2F blocks and more.

Last month’s Foot to Freestyle blocks for Claire of ‘Knit N Kwilt’  were to be in the colors brown (deep, rich, or ordinary), red, orange with a background of cream to beige to tan. I started with this classic star with some fabric that I had received in a surprise box from Craftsy. In that box there were … Continue reading

Charity quilts

Charity quilts

Last autumn Rita, who owns the local quilt shop in Brunssum, organized a Quilter’s Day. We were so happy to be allowed to use the facilities of the highschool I work at. Can you imagine 80 quilters taking over the teachers’ lounge and the library on a Saturday? There was a show-and-tell, a quilt block … Continue reading

From simple to a bit more complex

From simple to a bit more complex

This year I have been teaching some FMQ classes in a local quilt shop. I have created many drawings and samplers for my students to look at. The first round of classes was a beginners workshop where we worked on loops, curls, echoes, flames/ferns, various fillers like pebbles and some vines. As you can imagine I … Continue reading

Workshop sampler

Workshop sampler

These last months I have had the opportunity to teach several beginners FreeMotion Quilting workshops. Preparing for these classes meant going through my quilt sampler book and looking through my quilts and the books I have collected on FMQ.   All this inspired me to create a inspirational sampler specially for this beginners class that I … Continue reading

Paper Piecing Pride

Paper Piecing Pride

These last couple of months on social media have been really interesting for me. I have to explain something first: A little over a year ago I joined the Instagram site and I adored the direct photo sharing and easy contact it allows. I loved that you can tag your pictures and other people are able to … Continue reading