Category: FMQ Classes

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 6th

The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  And, I’m certainly enjoying stitching this workshop virtually with others.  If you are wishing you had time to join, I want to encourage you to go for it even if you can only find 15 minutes at a time to pursue this workshop.  It is a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills. And, before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful wholecloth quilt!

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

While some have been sharing what they have created via this workshop on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.  You can share your finished project, from this workshop, or share progress along the way.  No problem, you need not finish you project during this event. Just share.  We don’t judge, but we do try to encourage everyone to learn/improve their skills along the way, as well as have fun.

This week, sharing by Shannon in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She also shared an a tip for using the Cat Fur Ball design to cover up her echo stitching the heart.  




 To date, I have watched ALL of the videos tutorials that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One (25:18)
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two (24:16)

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design this week.  I’ve gone back to watch the video tutorials for this design, as well as look at projects Leah used this FMQ design on:



My approach was to use Leah’s Cat Hair Ball Design around the center hearts. I liked it and decided to add it on the inside of the feather border vs microstippling.  I then got so excited I added it to the outer side of the feather border. It works, but I wish had not not done this.  Before I realized my version of this design was not as dense as Leah’s, I had applied it to multiple areas.  I now wish I had applied the microstippling around the feathers, as shown above in Leah’s quilt.

Although, now I’m inspired to re-create this wallhanging follow Leah’s options for placement of the various FMQ designs taught in this workshop.  I think she has a much better eye for placement of such designs than I do.   Still, I have had fun stitching this project and grown fond of the Cat Fur Ball design.  It has added another design to my personal portfolio, should I ever want to use it again on future projects.


Today I’m adding the micro stippling to the inside of the center hearts, as well as the various corners around the heart.  I also plan to do more Cat Hair Ball stitching, to make the center area pop more, as shared in Leah’s projects.


I’m hoping to add the binding on this project early this week and wash it to remove the water soluble thread and wash away fabric marks.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting –


For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit:   


For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial:
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode


  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Craftsy Class Review: Dot to Dot Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

Angela Walters is a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Expert who is also a professional longarm quilter, teacher and author.  Many of her customer quilts have gone on to win awards in major quilt shows, as well as get published in popular quilting books.  She has also published three excellent books on free-motion quilting, with her fourth book to be released this coming summer.

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters
In the Studio with Angela Walters

Free-Motion Quilting Workbook will be released May 19th.

Pre-Orders  can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!

Shape by Shape  Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters will be published by in September 2014.  Pre-Orders  can be placed for signed copies through Angela’s online store!

While Angela teaches at major quilt shows, she also teaches three classes online at Craftsy.  And SewCalGal can honestly recommend all three of these classes to anyone interested in free-motion quilting:

Machine Quilting Negative Space
Free-Motion Quilting With Feathers
Dot-to-Dot Quilting

But today, I want to share insights with you on Angela’s Dot-to-Dot Class at Craftsy.

Like all of of the classes at Craftsy, the filming is high quality and well produced.  Angela and the Craftsy team have done a great deal to prepare and plan this wonderful class. It is structured in nine lessons, which average less than ten minutes each where you can easily start/stop any lesson at any point and repeat as often as you like.  Thus, this class will work with even the busiest of quilters as it is so flexible!  And, I’m confident you’ll be happy to fit this class into your schedule without ever having to pack up your machine and supplies to go to attend a class!
Dot-to-Dot free-motion quilting techniques have been around for quite some time, but I  Angela does the best job I’ve ever seen for teaching this technique.  And she also shares insights on how you can incorporate other FMQ designs with the dot-to-dot technique to create your own designs and stunning quilting your projects.    What I enjoy most is that while Angela shows you how to mark your quilts for Dot-to-Dot techniques she also shows you and inspires you to use these techniques with and without marking, to make this technique a fun and fast way to topstitch quilt your projects and have fun creating beautiful quilts.  I’m also inspired by her quote……


Course materials provided in this course include information to make an optional class sample quilt which measures 42½” x 42½” finished, as well as great visual drawings of the core designs shared in this class to help you apply them on the class sample quilt.  There is also an excellent guide for Metric conversion, which will help with yardage and seam allowance conversion, is also included.

SewCalGal feels Craftsy provides an accurate description of the class, but overlooked sharing how much fun this class really is:

Class Description

Forego tedious marking techniques in this fun, inviting introduction to dot-to-dot quilting.  Instructor Angela Walters shows how to shed anxieties about perfection and embrace the journey as you quilt three primary designs and their variations that can be used in endless combinations, on anything from visually striking blocks to delicately designed borders.  Imagine new ways to rotate, invert, resize and replicate each design to create unlimited quilting possibilities.  Also gain more control over the speed and direction of your stitches while creating beautiful art!

This Dot-to-Dot class is perfect for quilters of all levels.  SewCalGal loves how this technique is easy to learn, forgiving, and flexible, plus you can easily integrate it with a other free-motion quilting designs. 


The class lessons are structured as follows:



Angela talks about her three favorite dot-to-dot designs that she’ll be sharing in this class: starburst,diamond,lattice and variations of these designs.
The class requirements do ask that participants have basic free-motion quilting skills (e.g. how to make a quilt sandwich, how to move your quilt sandwich on your domestic machine.


Course materials, which includes an optional quilt sampler design that is perfect for using in this class are reviewed.  And Angela shares insight that while she’ll be doing the quilting in this class on a domestic sewing machine,  the techniques work well on a longarm machine.


Angela teaches you how to create a beautiful starburst design, using the dot-to-dot technique.  This design is perfect for blocks (but adaptable to borders and sashing).  She also show insights on marking or not marking, before you stitch out this design.  And, throughout the lesson she tips that include hand positions, rotating your quilt, as well as working your way around your quilt.  

You also begin to learn how to incorporate other free-motion quilting designs with the dot-to-dot techniques.
SewCalGal loves the designs that are shared in this lesson. Absolutely perfect for modern quilts, but they are also perfect for incorporating into many contemporary and traditional quilts too!  And I appreciate all the  insights which are shared on tools (FMQ foot, slider, and rulers for those that want to apply these designs via a longarm machine.), as well as repositioning your hands while quilting.



This lesson focuses on variations of the starburst shared in the previous lesson as this design gets applied to triangles, hexagons,  and also a starburst design with an echo inside. 

Offset Starburts designs where the center of the block moved to various points on the block to create a completely different look of the Starburst design.

Angela also talks about symmetrical designs, wonky versions, 
thread selection tips and tips for addressing a few common mistakes in FMQ. 


This lesson shows how use the corners of a block to stitch out a diamond design.  You can also use fabric marking pens, as desired to mark the “dots”.  Angela walks you through how the diamond is stitched, reviews the course materials that also shows you how to do this, as well as demonstrates how to do this on the machine.

At any point in any lesson, you can ask a question by posting it on the forum. Within a short time you’ll get a response by the teacher, and fellow students can respond to help each other.  But, by taking time to read questions and answers posted by others, you also get a wealth of more insights.


Building on the simple diamond design taught in the previous lesson, Angela goes over how to incorporate multiple diamonds within a block.   

More insights are shared to help you add  your favorite FMQ designs with dot-to-dot designs (e.g. swirls, pebbles, etc).


Angela shows an interesting design she calls “Lattices”, that uses a dot to dot technique which is perfect for large blocks and lattice. When used in connecting blocks this decide creates a grid, which Angela calls Laticeses.
Tips are also shared for traveling, thread selection tips, marking for reference points and more.
Quilting diagram from the class handouts.  Angela walks you through the start to stop of this design so you understand it fully, before she gives you a demonstration of how she actually stitches it out on the machine.


Quilt lattice designs outside of your primary block create an interesting secondary designs on your quilts.

One of the variations that I fell in love with, Angela calls the Fan design.

In this lesson, you learn how to create the Fan design on your quilts, along with many tips to evenly space your design using marking and non-marking techniques. The ultimate goal is to get even spacing without having to take time to mark.

Here is an example that Angela has shared on the Craftsy forum of a quilt that used the Fan design, along with many other free-motion quilting designs. SewCalGal thinks this quilt and quilting is absolutely gorgeous.

It is fun to learn how Free Motion Fillers can add dimension to your quilt.  
And the variations of the Fan design are also fun to stitch on your quilts.


Learn how to use dot-to-dot quilting techniques for your borders to create interesting looks for your quilt.   Angela shares two great dot-to-dot designs that are perfect for borders:  the Starburst design and using Curved lines.

You’ll learn tips for straight lines and curved lines, marking, corners and more. And you’ll learn how to apply these techniques to sashing too!

In this lesson, Angela shows how you can break a part dot-to-dot designs and combine with other designs to create completely different effects.  You’ll learn how to combine straight lines and curved lines!

This lesson is where the whole class comes together.  For example, the Starburst design that was taught in an earlier lesson is used to apply to borders.  And the Diamond Design, which was also taught in an earlier lesson can be broken a part and used in set in triangles and more.  And, you can make these dot-to-dot designs even more spectacular by filling them with other free-motion quilting designs.

Throughout this lesson Angela also shares inspirational projects and shares many wonderful tips.

And a recap of the optional class project and how all of the designs shared in this class have been incorporated into this spectacular quilt that shows off the dot-to-dot designs, as well as other free-motion quilting designs.

SewCalGal loves this inspirational quote from Angela:

This Dot-to-Dot Free-Motion Quilting class with Angela Walters is perfect for quilters of all levels.  Your mind will be swimming with ideas of possibilities for how you can use these designs and techniques on your quilts.  

SewCalGal highly recommends this class, as well as the other FMQ classes at Craftsy with Angela.



Machine Quilting Negative Space
Free-Motion Quilting With Feathers
Dot-to-Dot Quilting

Craftsy Class: Machine Quilting Negative Space with Angela Walters

Angela Walters 



Angela Walters is a Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Expert that is a professional longarm quilter, teacher and author.  Many of her customer quilts have gone on to win awards in major quilt shows, as well as get published in popular quilting books.  She teaches FMQ on a longarm machine and on domestic machines, and is frequently found teaching at major quilt shows.  Angela also teaches “Free Motion Quilting With Feathers” and “Machine Quilting Negative Space” at Craftsy.  And, she has published two great FMQ books:

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters
In the Studio with Angela Walters

While I highly encourage you to take a class with Angela at a quilt show, your quilt guild or local quilt shop, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Angela to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted.  But, I have another recommendation for you that I think will work for anyone interested in learning/improving your FMQ skills, no matter where you live, or what your schedule may be like.  And,  it is a very reasonable price option, that offers a great value too!

Consider taking a class with Angela through Craftsy!  Yes, you too can take a class with Angela Walters and learn to create beautiful free-motion quilting, in the comfort of your own home, at your leisure.


Today I want to share insights with you on Angela’s class at Craftsy  called Machine Quilting Negative Space.  It is a class that SewCalGal recommends to any quilter that wants to improve their FMQ skills, regardless if you are a longarm quilter or use a domestic sewing machine.   And, for those that want to make their modern quilts look spectacular, this class will really help you add FMQ that will make that negative space look amazing!  To clarify, if you do not work on modern quilts, and not certain what is “negative space” this class can still be helpful. You’ll learn all about negative space and many techniques and designs that will still work on your traditional quilts too!  

Like all of of the classes at Craftsy, the filming is high quality, with HD video that captures details of Angela’s beautiful quilting.  Angela and the Craftsy team obviously did a great deal of prep and planning for this wonderful class.  



The class “Machine Quilting Negative Space” is broken into sections that are easy to follow, start/stop at any point, and easy to repeat as many times as you wish.

LESSON 1: INTRO (5:03)
lesson 1 with angela walters

Angela shares insights on her personal background, how she learned to quilt from her  husband’s grandfather and why she loves free-motion quilting.   She emphasizes that while she is using a longarm machine for this class, the techniques she is teaching also apply to those using a domestic sewing machine.  And, SewCalGal definitely agrees (this class will benefit those with a domestic sewing machine too)!

I love her perspective that machine quilting is like handwriting “Everyone has their own style so practice FMQ and make it your own”.

Angela has designed a quilt that students are given a free copy of the pattern, to make an optional quilt that measures 54 1/2″ x 70 1/2″.  This fun design incorporates two large areas of negative space that are perfect for the techniques taught in this class. But, if you don’t want to make this optional quilt you can certainly use practice quilt sandwiches, or create your own quilt with negative space.  Of course, it is also fun to see what fellow students create using this design and see photos shared in the “project” space (aka Gallery) for the class.

Source: Doodling via Mandy26 on Craftsy

Designs will be first taught drawing them out and when you are comfortable with that, you’ll stitch them out on your machine!


lesson 2 with angela walters
Angela shares insights on what is negative space, help you break up the overall quilt for free-motion quilting (FMQ) so you can create more visual impact with your quilt.   Her techniques also help if you are quilting on a domestic sewing machine, for ways to break up the surface of your quilt into areas that make it more manageable on your machine.

Many different designs are shared creating them in different scales.  Insights are also shared on using a couple of designs together to quilt a negative space and how to pick out designs and size that will work well together, yet have enough contrast together.  Sketching is an excellent way to decide what designs you may want to combine and use on your quilt and how you may want to adjust spacing and scale.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson: Paisley, Figure 8 (teardrop), circles, swirls, squares and boxes, tight back and forth lines, brackets and more!


machine quilting negative space lesson 3 with angela walters

Angela shares three different ways  on how to combine designs in your project.  Start with swirls and go to circles, moving from one design to another.  You can apply this technique from top to bottom, side to side, or within an area.  It is up to you.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson: Circles & swirls, swirls & leaves,wavy bones and more.


lesson 4 sketching 2

Angela shows how changing scale can add interest.  Tips are shared for marking going top to bottom, left to right, or a center out approach, for a great effect.


lesson 5 quilting negative space with angela walters

Angela teaches an unique approach of incorporating an “echo” of a block design in your quilt, within the negative space, which creates amazing results!  Longarmers may want to  use rulers (guides), whereas those using a domestic machine may want to mark their quilt, when stitching this FMQ technique.

This lesson enables you to add great visual impact and texture to the negative space in your quilt.  This technique alone is worth the cost of this class (and all the other lessons are well worth the cost too).


Craftsy machine quilting negative space lesson 6 with angela walters

This lesson, Angela demonstrates designs on the quilt design that is provided for free for students in this class, but you can also do this on a practice sandwich, whole cloth quilt, etc..   Tips for combining three different designs, including how to select to create contrast are included!

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Brackets, lines, circles and swirls in a variety of sizes.


Craftsy machine quilting negative space lesson 7 with angela walters
In this lesson, Angela has an optional wholecloth fabric you can purchase from  Spoonflower  but you can also stitch out this lesson on practice sandwiches or make your own whole cloth quilt top.

Combined two designs in a negative space on your quilt.  Tips for filling in the space, such as the edge of a block, how to travel and fill in the design in your negative quilting space.

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Circles, Straight Lines, Swirls, Leaves, and Paisleys.


Craftsy machine quilting negative space lesson 8 with angela walters
Angela shows how a beautiful design can look stunning on your quilts in three different sizes, using this technique in rows or around a focal piece.   Exercises include FMQ with random sizes, as well as using an approach that transitions sizes across an area of your quilt.  Great lesson to add some amazing texture to negative space on your quilt!

I loved Angela’s recommendation to feel free to stop and take a look at where your FMQ is heading.  It takes about 2 minutes to quilt an area that would take you 30 minutes to rip out! 

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Circles, Swirls and Paisleys.

LESSON 9: INTERMEDIATE DESIGN: Bump Up The Complexity (20:55)

machine quilting negative space lesson 9 with angela walters, a plume feather

Angela shares how to create some of her favorite designs in this lesson that add impressive texture to the negative space in your quilts.  

Examples of designs covered in this lesson:  Wood Grain, Tiles, Plume Feather and Flower

LESSON 10: DESIGN GALLERY – Eye Candy (7:03)

machine quilting negative space lesson 10 with angela walters
Angela shares samples of designs and talks about how to combine designs, change scale and apply various designs to your quilts.

Great visuals to see how designs can be used to break up large areas of negative space on a quilt.  And, how your free-motion quilting can create texture and add beauty to your quilt.



Can you see why SewCalGal loves taking any/all classes with Angela Walters?  And, how her class on Craftsy is an amazing value?  This class is offered at a regular price of $39.99 which is an amazing value.  And, periodically, Craftsy does offer specials. But even at regular price, this class is a great value.  

To clarify, SewCalGal does not view this is a class that a beginner may want to take.  Ideally, you should have some experience with free-motion quilting before you take this class and ideally be at a confident beginner level, or more expertise!

“Let it go and enjoy the process!”

If you have taken a class with Angela at Craftsy, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.  

If you are not familiar with Craftsy and are nervous about taking an online class, check out my post about free classes at Craftsy. This is a great opportunity for quilters of all levels and interest and a good way to get some hands on experience with how Craftsy structures their classes.

Full Disclosure:  SewCalGal has enjoyed Craftsy so much that I recently signed up to be a Craftsy Affiliate.  If you click through to Craftsy, from SewCalGal, to purchase a class, I do receive payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for SewCalGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even when SewCalGal is an Affiliate she shares her own opinion when sharing insights.  


Craftsy Class – Design It, Quilt It with Cindy Needham

Today I’m delighted to share insights about something which I’m very passionate about. This is not a paid advertisement, as I’m simply wanting to share insights with you about some great opportunities for those interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills.

I rarely share personal insights, but this story needs some background……

A few years back, I set off  investigating how much one could learn on free-motion quilting (FMQ) in a year.  I read a variety of  books, watched a number of DVDs and signed up for every class I could.  I even registered for a class with Diane Gaudynski at Asilomar (Empty Spools) which was to be the “capstone” to my year of researching FMQ.  And, I did everything I could possibly do to get ready for that class with Diane, realizing it was my opportunity to learn from an amazing FMQ Expert.

All of the students in Diane’s class were able to create beautiful FMQ and had been stitching FMQ for far longer than I had.  One of those “students” was Cindy Needham, also an FMQ Expert, but like many FMQ Experts continues to push herself to learn and improve her skills.  I also quickly realized Cindy was not only an FMQ Expert, Teacher, Author, but she is also an amazing woman with a really big heart.  Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to Cindy and knew I wanted to establish a friendship with her, as well as take more FMQ classes with her.

Cindy Needham (1)

Cindy teaches at major quilt shows around the world and her classes are always a sell out.  And she enjoys teaching at Quilt Guilds and Quilt Shops too!   And she hosts a variety of workshops in Northern California that quilters come from all over the world to attend.

This amazing woman is also an author of many handbooks (aka  e:books), on many subjects, which offer an amazing value to quilters.  Those that participated in the 2012 FMQ Challenge certainly enjoyed Cindy’s detail in providing excellent tutorial, with wonderful documentation with great visuals that helped many learn/improve their FMQ skills.  SewCalGal definitely recommends all of Cindy’s handbooks, as they are well written, with great insights, and they are very reasonably priced.  For more info on these ebooks: :

While I highly encourage you to take a class with Cindy at a quilt show, or attend a retreat that she hosts in Northern California, I realize that may not be possible.  Thus, you may want to talk to your local quilt guild events coordinator and/or your local quilt shop, to have them schedule Cindy to teach in your area.  I’m sure you’ll be delighted.  But, I have another recommendation for you that I think will work for anyone interested in learning/improving your FMQ skills, no matter where you live, or what your schedule may be like.  And, s it is a very reasonable price option, that offers a great value too!

Cindy is now teaching a FMQ class with Craftsy!  Yes, you too can take a class with Cindy Needham and learn to create beautiful free-motion quilting, in the comfort of your own home, at your leisure.


Cindy Needham’s class at Crafty is called Design It, Quilt It and it is a Free-Form Quilting Techniques class that you can can take at your leisure and repeat as often as you like.  The filming for this class is exceptional, all in HD video with details that show off Cindy’s intricate free-motion quilting.  Cindy and the Craftsy team obviously did a great deal of prep and planning for this wonderful class.

Online Quilting Class


Design It, Quilt It is broken into sections that are easy to follow, start/stop at any point.  Cindy is a very organized person who has the gift of breaking things down to be easy to follow (and learn) steps.  While her free-motion quilting is spectacular, she loves to teach beginners to do FMQ and they quickly learn to create beautiful FMQ with her as a teacher!

LESSON 1: INTRO (10:51)


Cindy Needham Craftsy Free-Motion Quilting 1

Cindy shares insights on her personal background, how she fell in love with quilting, how she became a teacher and why she absolutely loves teaching.  She also does a great job setting the stage for this free-motion quilting class on Craftsy, encourages students to share photos in the class.  And, encourages everyone to download tutorial documentation that she provided (and Cindy does a great job providing document and writing e:books).


Lesson 2 pin basting
This lesson is packed full of tips that include insights on how to baste large quilts on a small table, clamp selection, basting tools and more.  This is the best lesson SewCalGal has ever seen on basting!  Excellent!  Cindy also shared tips on batting selection, including insights on blending cotton and wool batting. And, she shares great insights for securing your quilt with straight basting techniques on your machine, to stabilize your quilt, before you start any free-motion quilting.

lesson 3 cindy needham craftsy free-motion quilting

Cindy created an excellent hand out for this lesson, where she talks about the fabulous four: thread delivery, tension, bobbin, needle and how you can get any thread to work in your machine.  Insights are shared on changing bobbin tension, thread shopping (how to select one thread over another), using decorative threads in your bobbin and more!



lesson 4 cindy needham free-motion quilting on craftsy

This is a great lesson to help you learn how to setup your sewing space, to listen to your machine to find that perfect humm-purr sound, along with insights on some great tools for free-motion quilting.  I also enjoy how Craftsy has a Q&A section for every lesson.  You can easily post your questions and get a timely response from Cindy, as well as chat with fellow students.  Reading the Q&A is also a great learning opportunity as there are many tips shared along the way.


craftsy lesson 5 stencils

Wow, does Cindy have a wonderful collection of beautiful stencils.  Great insights on marking tips with a stencil, but also how to incorporate designs from different stencils into one design.  You’ll develop skills to take one or more stencils to create a design that becomes your own! And she shares insights on oodles of tools (e.g. rulers, fabric marking tools, etc.).


lesson 6 Medallions
Learn how to spot inspiration for creating beautiful free-motion quilting designs from items you may see in your home, in restaurants, in fabric and more!  Cindy shares insights on how to create a focal point, movement, dimension, as well as sunshine and shadow in your design for whole cloth quilts, as well as for pieced quilts.

SewCalGal views this lesson alone is worth 10 times the cost of this entire class!  Excellent lesson!lesson 6 medallions 2



Lesson 7 design basics

Cindy teaches how to use a basic four corner stencil to create a whole cloth design, as well as using stencils on pieced quilts.  And, you’ll learn FMQ techniques for scribbling, pebbling and more.


lesson 8 free-motion quilting on craftsy with cindy needham
Cindy has studied free-motion quilting designs and broken them down in three categories: repetitive line, circles and s-curves.  And, how you can create beautiful pearl designs and use them as fillers in the spine of a feather.  Absolutely stunning FMQ designs.
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lesson 9 free form feathers

Cindy is an excellent teacher to learn how to create beautiful FMQ feathers.  She categorizes feathers in two basic categories:  Free-formed feathers and stenciled feathers and, in this lesson, you’ll learn how to create both and more!

You’ll also hear an inspirational story about the Nun’s quilt.


lesson 10

Excellent lesson where Cindy shares insights on background designs and how to make them you own.  And, how background designs can really make the difference in your quilting to make a design pop or become sunshine.  She also shares insights on: scribbling vs stippling, clamshells, gridwork designs, sunshine vs shadow designs, pearls & swirls, blob shapes filled with beautiful FMQ that you can make your own and more!

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Cindy Needham Craftsy Free-Motion Quilting 11

Cindy shares insights on the mathematical way to make borders fit, as well as creative ways.  Tips are shared on how to mark  your borders for placement of your FMQ designs, select a design, use stencils for borders and more!

craftsy Free-Motion Quilting Class with Cindy Needham  lesson 11

Can you see why SewCalGal loves taking any/all classes with Cindy Needham?  And, how her class on Craftsy is an amazing value?  This class is offered at a regular price of $39.99 which is an amazing value.  And, periodically, Craftsy runs specials.  But, regardless of getting this class for the regular price or on a special, SewCalGal definitely recommends anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills to take Cindy’s class on Craftsy.

If you are are taking this class on Craftsy and/or have taken other classes with Cindy, I’d love to hear what you thought and if you’d recommend such classes to others interested in FMQ.  SewCalGal definitely recommends Craftsy, Cindy’s class at Craftsy,  any class you can take with Cindy Needham, and Cindy’s e:books too!  And, I hope you enjoy Craftsy and learning from Cindy as much as I have.


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