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FMQ samples – part 20

FMQ samples – part 20

The 100 Days project is now officially at the three-quarters mark. I really never imagined to be able to reach 100 different patterns and more than a few tutorials to go with them. There are still 23 patterns left in the set of 100! That is a little over 3 weeks of patterns left… Number … Continue reading

Dazzling orphan

Dazzling orphan

While rummaging for more scraps I found this old orphan block from 2013 hiding in a box. That year I designed this foundation paper piecing pattern called Dazzle and I tested the block in different fabric combinations. I don’t think this particular block ever made it to the blog that I had just started that … Continue reading

Any and all!

Any and all!

My oldest friend just had her first baby. The little boy is so incredible wanted, I can’t even tell you! When I asked the mother about what colors she would like for a baby quilt, she told me “any and all color!”. I emptied my precious fabric scraps bin and put several economy blocks together … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 19

FMQ samples – part 19

This pattern must be my new favorite… Pattern WARPSPEED. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with a pre-marked 2 inch orange peel.   Pattern TUMBLE; leaves tumbling through the air on their way down to earth. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with pre-marked 2 inch orange peels.   Pattern CROSS STAR. Stitched on an 1 inch … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 18 TUTORIAL

FMQ samples – part 18 TUTORIAL

This week’s tutorial is based on a zentangle drawing tutorial I found on Pinterest. The specific drawing pattern is called Clem and is designed by Erika Bonham Kehlet and can be found on the Pattern Collection website. I am in love with this flower! . Stitched on an 1 inch grid; the flower totals 2 inches. … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 17 – TUTORIALS

FMQ samples – part 17 – TUTORIALS

What a lovely weekend it has been! Spending time with the people you love, doing the things we love. And too boot extra time to sew! Can’t beat that, right? So let’s start this blog post with the two tutorials!!! Pattern DANDELION. The golden thread made me think of the dandelion flower.  Stitched on an 1 inch … Continue reading

Baby, baby, baby!    Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

Baby, baby, baby! Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

One of my all-time favorite ways to create a baby quilt is to use a sudoku puzzle answer key. I have described my technique before, but as so many new followers have signed up, I will explain again. This tutorial will explain how to make a baby quilt, finished size 36 x 36 inches.  I believe this … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 16 – TUTORIALS

FMQ samples – part 16 – TUTORIALS

After finishing the Hot Green quilt top last weekend, I am happy to return to the 100 Days Project with my Free Motion Quilting patterns. This post starts the second half of the 100 patterns. BUT FIRST… BUT FIRST, I have to ask you to go over the No Hats in the House to cast … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

It feels like summer has arrived! The weather is getting warmer and warmer. The national exams of our senior high school students have passed and the grading has begun. While the seniors are waiting for the results to know if they have passed or not, the other students are still going to regular classes. Our … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

Hello all my quilty friends! It was a fantastically beautiful day today with bright sunshine and dramatic dark clouds. The garden is coming into bloom and the bulbs I planted a few weeks ago are starting to show their first leaves. Tomorrow we will celebrate Mother’s Day and certain nephew’s 5th birthday… I forsee lots … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

Today’s set of patterns and tutorial reminds me of a cross section of an apple with its seeds. So here is a seventies-style apple design , which I have named MOD POMME because using some French instantly gives something style, right? 🙂 (Pomme is French for apple) When you combine This MOD POMME with a partial orange … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

Last two blogposts gave you several variations of the TWIST pattern. Here are some more ideas using the same pattern elements. I have called this pattern ‘ONION FLOWER’ as the curves in each grid remind me of a quartered onion. Thinking about the onion helped me to keep the shapes uniform while stitching. The pattern is stitched … Continue reading

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

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

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

Playing with charity blocks

Playing with charity blocks

Hello everybody! How are you all doing? You have not heard from me on this blog for a couple of weeks. Well you know…life gets in the way… and the flu… and grading test papers! 🙂 I do hope you have not been ill too; at work the flu was raging rampant. It does seems to … Continue reading

Happy mail

Happy mail

Last week I received happy mail from the USA. I had won a FQ bundle of Amy Butler’s new collection DreamWeaver. Free Spirit Fabrics had held a give away on Instagram a week before and my name was randomly drawn. My quilty friend Annett from the F2F group had tagged me first so I would … Continue reading

First things first

First things first

Hello every body! Welcome to 2016!!! I wish you all the best for this new year. I hope you have all survived the first days back at work. For me it was a bit of a shock to the system, ha ha! I think I could have done with a few more days off! 😉 … Continue reading

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon here and it has been a busy day already. The next couple of days will be filled with family and friends, so this is a precious day alone where I can organize, clean up and pack my things before leaving the house. While going through my ‘stuff’ in the sewing room … Continue reading