Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Edinburgh Square Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Edinburgh Square Baby QuiltFresh designs for baby quilts are always in demand. And free baby quilt patterns are the best of all! That’s why I’m sure you’ll enjoy this week’s Friday Freebie, the baby quilt version of Edinburgh Square, designed by Rachel Hayes for the February/March 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts:

Edinburgh Sqare Baby 500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Edinburgh Square Baby QuiltCute, yes? It finishes at 48″ square, so it’s a wonderful size for cuddling, napping, and play time on the floor. I love the way the white spaces are created where the blocks join. Perfect for quilting something adorable or filling with modern motifs.

Download the Edinburgh Square baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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If you’d like to make the queen size Edinburgh Square quilt (left) and don’t yet have a copy of the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti Carey

Carey Patti 250px Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyWelcome back guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and Northcott’s Vice President of Public Relations Patti Carey. Patti’s quilt Painted Porcelain is featured in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the fabulous fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

Hello there!  I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger on the McCall’s Quilting blog.  McCall’s Quilting has been a favorite magazine of mine forever, and has inspired me to try many of the different quiltmaking techniques found in the various projects over the past 25 years.  I am Vice President – Public Relations of Northcott, where I have been for 29 wonderful years.  When I started designing quilts with Northcott collections, I used the style of pattern-writing in McCall’s Quilting as a guide for the Northcott patterns.  Even now, with my own patterns, available from quiltwoman.com, when I am stymied on the wording for a particular technique or method, I will pull out my archived copies of McCall’s Quilting for inspiration.  For me, designing quilts with luscious fabrics is easy.  Writing the directions in a clear concise manner is another matter – it is an art and a skill!  Thankfully, McCall’s has a talented team to write the directions for the projects featured in the magazine – projects such as my Painted Porcelain quilt:

Painted Porcelain 600px Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyI have had the honor of having a quilt in the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting for the past 4 years, and the one in this year’s issue is a classic!  Painted Porcelain features the perennial favorite combination of blue and white from Northcott’s Porcelain Blue collection in a generous queen/king size quilt with a traditional barn-raising setting. I used the classic florals, calicoes, and crackle prints from the collection.

STRIP R 300x300 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyI also used an innovative new fabric that has 2” wide printed lengthwise strips – it’s called a STRIP-R (pronounced  “stripper”), and there are 21 strips across the width of the fabric.  Think of it as a jellyroll already sewn together!  Northcott has included STRIP-Rs in a dozen collections to date, and I am having so much fun designing quilts with them.  The STRIP-R in the Porcelain Blue collection includes 2” strips of 12 different florals and calicoes from the collection, so strips 13 – 21 are the same as strips 1 – 9.

Painted Porcelain FLAT 500px 243x300 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyI used this to my advantage when I designed the Painted Porcelain quilt, cutting matching sets of triangles that look pieced but are not.  These matching sets allowed me to create the barn-raising effect in the quilt using just half-square triangles.  Being able to make this involved-looking quilt with only half-square triangles means that it is achievable for even a confident beginner.  You don’t have to tell your quilting friends that you didn’t actually sew all of those strips together, but you probably will, because you’ll want to share your excitement at putting the quilt together so quickly and easily.

 

So, I have a couple of tips for you when you are making the Painted Porcelain quilt.

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Tip #2:  the STRIP-R triangles have bias on the short edges, and the floral triangles have bias on the long edge.  When sewing the triangles together, sew with the bias on the BOTTOM and let the feed dogs on your sewing machine (the teeth under the presser foot) ease the bias edge into the straight-grain edge. This means that when you are sewing the STRIP-R triangle to the floral triangle to make each block, the floral triangle is on the bottom, and when you are sewing the blocks into rows, the STRIP-R triangle is on the bottom.

What else can you do with STRIP-Rs?  The possibilities are endless!  The Bevels quilt that I designed for the November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts (see my McCall’s September 10 blog post) is a terrific use of the STRIP-R from Artisan Spirit Ambience:

Bevels FLAT 600px Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyHow about a quick bargello?  Heat Wave features the STRIP-R from the Calypso fabric collection:

Heat Wave throw surf 851x1024 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti Carey Perhaps you prefer chevrons?  Fluctuations is made with the Ambience STRIP-R:

Fluctuations sunglow throw 784x1024 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti Carey If you’re looking for something traditional, try the Strip-Easy Lone Star using the Beacon Hall STRIP-R in the star:

Strip Easy Lone Star queen Beacon Hall 1024x1024 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti Carey Or how about Porcelain Prism Stars using the Porcelain Blue STRIP-R in the faux-split stars? There are only 8 seams in the split stars instead of 16 seams in a traditional split star:

Porcelain Prism Stars twin 819x1024 Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti Carey For even more ideas please check out my dorky YouTube video on STRIP-Rs on Northcott’s YouTube channel.  I’d love to see what you can come up with using them!  I hope you have as much fun as I do!!  To get you started, there is a terrific Porcelain Blue giveaway below that includes STRIP-R fabric , and if you post a comment on my blog post today at pattispatchwork, you’ll have another chance to win.  Good luck!

Patti

Porcelain prize 350px Painted Porcelain: A Visit with Patti CareyThanks so much, Patti! And thanks to the folks at Northcott, we are giving away 3 luscious fabric packs of the Porcelain Blue fabric collection. Each prize package includes a yard of the STRIP-R stripe, and 10 coordinating fat quarters. Leave a comment below before midnight January 3, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on January 4 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners. Congratulations to Sherry Calkins of Greenville, South Carolina, Kathleen Robbins of Portland, Oregon and Carolyn Terrill of Hot Springs, South Dakota!

If you’d like to make your own version of Patti’s Painted Porcelain quilt and don’t already have a copy of the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Painted Porcelain quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And there are still a few Painted Porcelain quilt kits and backing fabric packs available for preorder, too!

 

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Welcome to the Parisian Grace Quilt Along!

The history of Parisian Grace, our new Quilt Along project, is a bit like a fairy tale. And it begins…Once upon a time, there was a pretty pink and green quilt called Sugar Roses, made with FreeSpirit Fabrics from the Sugar Hill collection by Tanya Whelan.

Sugar Roses 300px Welcome to the Parisian Grace Quilt Along!Sugar Roses was designed by Susan Guzman, and McCall’s Quilting published the quilt pattern as a series in our 2012/2013 magazines. I was assigned to write the pattern, and I was working at home the day the package arrived from Susan. I still remember unfolding her quilt in my living room and how it lit up the entire space with the essence of spring. It literally took my breath away!

Sugar Roses Tan Red 125px Welcome to the Parisian Grace Quilt Along!Susan loved Sugar Roses so much that she made a second version of it, in red and tan Moda fabrics by French General. And since the red and tan version with additional border appliqué was so lovely, McCall’s gave templates and some information about fabrics for it as a free bonus on our website, encouraging readers to make whichever version they liked using the basic pattern in the magazines.

Unfortunately, as so often happens in fairy tales, that is where things took a turn for the worse. The pattern for the pink and green quilt was harder to adapt to the red and tan coloration than we anticipated, and many readers wrote asking for more instruction to make the appliquéd version. We added more and more information to the free pattern, but were never completely happy with the resulting download. What we did know was that quilters LOVED the red and tan version just as much as the pink and green, and if we ever had the chance we’d like to create a completely individual pattern for a quilt like that someday.

FLAT 600px Welcome to the Parisian Grace Quilt Along!Well, that day has finally come! The Parisian Grace queen size quilt in our new Quilt Along is a remake of the red and tan Sugar Roses, but with a new line of French General/Moda Fabrics, and we think it’s even better than the first red and tan quilt. Those touches of French blue and soft pink really add sparkle to the tans and reds, don’t you think? The pattern has been completely rewritten to guide you step by step through making your own version. Best of all, we’ve recorded 12 free videos with instructor Laura Stone Roberts to take you through the entire quilt making process. I guess this is where we say, “And they all quilted happily ever after!”

All 12 of the video lessons in this series will be available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’re highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page (#‎parisiangracequiltalong‬#‎showmethemoda‬,  ‪#‎modafabrics, ‬ ‪#‎pfaff‬), and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern is available for purchase in our online shop. Of course, if you purchase a quilt kit, the complete pattern is included. Backing fabric is also available.

Ready to start your own fairy tale project? Get your Parisian Grace pattern and watch the free videos beginning December 11, 2015!

 

We’d like to thank our generous Parisian Grace Quilt Along sponsors:

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Printable Gift Tags – You’re Welcome!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Printable Gift Tags   Youre Welcome!I’m in the midst of creating a boatload of handmade gifts for Christmas. None of them quilted this year – go figure! Anyway, I’ve worked hard on these projects and I want the wrapping to be nice, with personalized gift tags.

This is where working for a publisher with lots of different magazine titles comes in handy! A number of our sister websites have printable gift tags ready to download, especially for handmade gifts. They are all similar, but some are slanted specifically for the craft they cover. I downloaded the quilting one, but I may also go back and pick up the crochet one since 14 of my handmade gifts are crocheted cowl scarves!

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They are super easy to use. First, click on any of the links at the bottom of this page, and download the file to your computer. Next, I suggest you print one sheet of tags on regular typing paper, to get an idea of the colors and size of the tags.

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I could tell from my test print that a light-colored card stock would work well for my tags. You could also use a heavy paper.

 

 

 

 

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Next, trim your card stock to the same size as the test print (8 1/2″ x 11″) if needed. My card stock was 12″ square, so I had some trimming to do.

 

 

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Now run the card stock through the printer. Here are my tags, fresh from my bottom-of-the-line HP! I love the sentiments on these, from the sweet “Made for You. A Little Love Went Into Every Stitch.” to the sassy “Yes, I Made It. No, You Can’t Return It.” I know people on my gift list perfect for each one!

 

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All that’s left to do is to cut the tags out, add a hole (I used a small paper punch), fill out the “to” and “from”, and tie to the gift! Easy peasy!

 

 

 

Gift 500px Printable Gift Tags   Youre Welcome!I couldn’t fill out the tag for that photo, just in case one of my gift recipients sees this blog post icon smile Printable Gift Tags   Youre Welcome!

OK, so here are the links to the downloads. Enjoy your printable gift tags, everyone!

Free personalized gift tags for:

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cottage Charm Lap Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cottage Charm Lap QuiltPatriotic quilt patterns are among the most popular designs we publish. There’s something so perfect about red, white, and blue quilts with that Americana feel. And FREE patriotic quilt patterns…well, that’s even better! That’s why I’m sure you’ll enjoy this week’s Friday Freebie, a lap size version of Cottage Charm by Karin Janssen-Potter:

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The lap size of Cottage Charm finishes at 58 1/2″ x 70 1/2″.

This simple two-block design combines Sawtooth Stars and Monkey Wrench Blocks to create a sparkling quilt with a lovely chain effect.

Karin’s original extra-long twin size quilt in this design is patterned in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. We liked it so much, we decided to resize the design to fit the requirements for a Quilt of Valor, since so many of our readers are involved in making quilts for service members and veterans.

 

Here’s Karen’s quilt from the magazine. I LOVE this summery photo! I’ll be dreaming of porch sitting all winter long.

Cottage Charm 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cottage Charm Lap QuiltLovely, yes? Either size of this design takes just 4 fabrics…shopping is a breeze!

Download the Cottage Charm lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all!

If you’d like to make the extra-long twin size Cottage Charm quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia Brunz

BrunzCynthia225px Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia BrunzMeet guest blogger, longarm quilter, and quilt designer Cynthia Brunz of Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework! Cynthia’s intriguing quilt Pretty Gemstones is patterned in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Hello Fellow Quilters!  First, I want to thank McCall’s Quilting for inviting me to be a guest blogger.  You can find my quilt “Pretty Gemstones” in their January/February 2016 issue.  Now don’t let this quilt intimidate you – it is simple to sew and choosing the right fabrics is far easier than you might think.

Pretty Gemstones 600px Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia BrunzI love color, fabrics, and design and this quilt hits all those areas.  I thought today I would share a bit about my process for choosing just the right fabrics to create the graded look of the blocks.

 Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia Brunz

Simply start by cutting up a bunch of scraps to play with.  You want to be sure to give yourself lots of choices to consider.  I like to choose fabrics that are in those tones between colors – these will help you to blend colors as you create your blocks.  Fabrics containing more than one color will be helpful too.

 Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia Brunz

I focus on one block at a time.  It is just a matter of playing with the squares until you have a combination of 7 that you like.  I start with the darker colors to the bottom and finish with lighter shades to the top.  The best tip I can give you is to not worry about the fabric print, just look at the colors.  I find myself squinting a lot when I play with my fabrics.  Just keep swapping out the squares and you will know when you find the right combination!

 Pretty Gemstones: A Visit with Cynthia Brunz

A design wall is helpful in laying out this quilt.  Once a bunch of the blocks are completed, start laying them out by color.  This will help identify which colored blocks you need to fill in the gaps.  And don’t be afraid to change your mind and move them around more.  Your personal fabric choices will create your own unique quilt.

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Pretty Gemstones finishes at 68 1/4″ x 78 1/2″, a nice lap quilt pattern.

I hope you give this quilt a try.  You might be surprised at the beautiful quilt you can make right out of your scrap bin! I also invite you to see what else I am working on over at my blog Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework.  I really do hope you stop by and say hello!

Cynthia

Thanks so much, Cynthia! If you’d like to make a Pretty Gemstones quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns – FREE!

99425 Autumn Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns   FREE!We quilters LOVE fabric fat quarters. Those 18″ x 20-22″ pieces of fabric are just like candy, tempting us on racks or in coordinated packs at our local quilt shops, fabric stores, and online everywhere. Affordable, easy to handle, perfect for storing in our stashes…fat quarters are the fabric bomb!

But not all quilt patterns are created equal when it comes to fat quarters. Really good fat quarter quilt patterns are designed with these special fabric cuts in mind, making best use of every square inch of precious fabric and often including cutting instructions specifically for fat quarters.

So free quilt patterns using fat quarters are always in demand! That’s why we created our free eBook, Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns. The 3 patterns gathered here are all easy enough for confident beginner (and of course more advanced) quilters, and they make wonderful use of those gorgeous fat quarters!

Cover 500px1 Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns   FREE!Follow this link for details on the designers, dimensions, and construction techniques for these 3 exciting fat quarter quilts. Stash Dash, Log Cabin Squared, and Fun A’Fair are some of McCall’s Quilting’s reader-favorite patterns. Now you can add them to your personal library FREE!

Download your free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns eBook today…it’s a $9.99 value and signing up for the free download will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more.

If this is your first McCall’s Quilting free eBook download, welcome to our community. And if you’re already downloading our free patterns regularly, enjoy these 3 super-useful offerings!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flashing Lights Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flashing Lights Baby QuiltBaby quilt patterns designed with just a few classic blocks can look very traditional or very modern depending on the setting and fabric choices. When we saw the Flashing Lights lap quilt designed by Amy Friend for the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, we knew its classic Anvil Blocks would look great in a modern baby quilt pattern.

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The Flashing Lights lap quilt finishes 60 1/2″ x 72 1/2″; kits are available.

 

Those cool contemporary fabrics are from the Canyon collection by Kate Spain for Moda, by the way.

This was a super easy pattern to downsize for a baby. Just 9 blocks are all it takes to create a 36 1/2″ square version of this design, perfect for a cuddle quilt or play mat. Here’s a diagram of what Amy’s quilt looks like, sized for baby:Flashing Lights Crib 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flashing Lights Baby Quilt

 

 

 

Cute and quick! Use similar fabrics, or adapt the design to your own color scheme. Either way, you’ll have an adorable baby quilt in no time.

Download the Flashing Lights baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi Pridemore

PridemoreHeidi225px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreMeet guest blogger, teacher, author, and quilt designer Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop! Heidi’s lovely quilt Rose Buds is patterned in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

I have a real soft spot for vintage red and cream fabrics. So when I saw the lovely La Vie en Rouge group from Timeless Treasures, I had to come up with a design for it. I wanted to create a quilt that was old fashioned yet modern, easy to make but looked intricate and showcased this group to its full potential. I was setting the bar pretty high for this design!

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Rose Buds 300px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreIt took several versions before I finally decided on the end result and I have to say this is one of my favorite quilts I have done. The trick with two-colored quilts is to balance the two colors throughout the quilt. In this case that means I needed to use a lot more creams to offset the strong reds. I created three blocks for the quilt to add interest to the design. I used two traditional pieced blocks and threw in an original appliquéd block to add some soft curves to the design.

 

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Rose Buds finishes 82 1/2″ square, a nice queen size.

In this post I want to share with you how the blocks are made. I am showing you how to make the main Star Block which is made up of quarter-square triangles and half-square triangles. The secondary Diamond Block (in the quilt border) is made with just quarter-squares triangles so these pointers will work with both pieced blocks. For the Appliqué Block I recommend checking out my video on finishing the edges of the applique with a blanket stitch that is posted on YouTube.

For the half-square triangles in the Star Block (below), I start with a square that is 7/8” larger than the finished unit, in this case 4-7/8” square. I draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter fabric. Using my ¼” foot, I align the ¼” mark with the drawn line and stitch ¼” away from the line on each side. Then I cut the square in half, along the drawn line. Make sure to clip the “dog ears” from each corner. If you leave these they can mess up the seams later on and it adds additional bulk at these points making it harder to quilt. Press the seam towards the dark fabric and you are done.

Timeless French Half Square Triangles 600px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreFor the quarter-square triangles (below), I start with a square that is 1-1/4” larger than the finished size, in this case 5-1/4” square. I cut each square across both diagonals and then match up the four triangles for the unit. Sew two triangles to make one half of the unit and the other two triangles to make the second half of the unit. Press towards the dark. Again make sure to trim off the “dog ears” on each unit.

Timeless French Quarter Square Triangles 600px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreTo assemble the blocks, I like to lay out the units and patches and double check that I have all the fabric going in the correct direction. Then I am ready to sew it together. I sew the units into rows and press the top and bottom rows towards the half-square triangles and press the middle row towards the center square. This way everything will nest together when sewing the block together.

Timeless French Block Assembly 600px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreI hope these tips help you create your own Rose Buds quilt whether you use reds and creams or create your own color palette for the project. Please visit our website and make sure to visit my blog where I post a free project every month.

Heidi

book cover 300px Rose Buds: A Visit with Heidi PridemoreThanks so much, Heidi! Heidi is giving away a copy of her new book, Quick Change (That Patchwork Place, 2015). Leave a comment below before midnight December 10, 2015 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on December 11 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winner! Congratulations to Liz Dyer of Murphy, North Carolina!

If you’d like to make a Rose Buds quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop. Limited quantities of quilt kits and backing fabric are also available.

 

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Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!Whenever possible, I like to quilt my own quilt tops. There’s something supremely satisfying about knowing that every stitch in a completed quilt was made by me, especially when the project is going to be a gift. Right now, I’m working on a baby quilt for a special little guy who’s arriving in January, and so far the only quilting I’ve done is in the ditch:

ditch quilted 279x300 Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!I only have two tiny tucks on the back to repair, so I think the ditch quilting is almost good to go. But now the big question all quilters face…what designs am I going to quilt that will actually SHOW?

I’ve done a fair amount of free motion quilting the last few years, trying to get in enough practice to at least start to feel confident about it. But I haven’t done any in a few months, and I’m feeling rusty and in need of some inspiration.

Knapp Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!

 

That’s why I was thrilled to hear about two new videos on the topic of free motion quilting. I’m pretty sure Susan Brubaker Knapp’s 52 Free-Motion Quilting Motifs and Fillers is going to save the day on this particular project. There’s even a bonus download of free motion quilting patterns to print out for no charge! Here’s a sneak peek at a few of Susan’s motifs:

motifs 600px Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!Aren’t they adorable? Not to mention achievable! Susan demonstrates the stitching for every motif in her video, so I know I’m in good hands. And there are also DVDs available of Susan’s class for those who prefer that format.

Redford Free Motion Quilting: Help Is Here!And if that doesn’t get me all the way there, Catherine Redford’s Modern Machine Quilting should fill in any gaps. Catherine’s class is also available as a DVD if you prefer.

I hope you’ll check out these super helpful products and let me know if you decide to use them. Leave a comment and we can all step up our free motion quilting game together!

 

 

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