Category: free-motion quilting

Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines, by Amanda Murphy

I enjoy researching, learning about, as well sharing insights on new books packed with #CreativeGoodness.  I’ll confess, I get even more excited when they help us learn/improve our freemotion quilting skills, especially ruler work for use on a domestic, mid-arm, or longarm machine.  And, today, I get to share insights with you about such a new book that will be available by mid-February 2018.

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines, by Amanda Murphy, is a great new perfect for any quilters of all levels who want to learn/improve their free-motion quilting skills and work with rulers.



Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes while quilting, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda Murphy, best-selling author of the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler, starts by showing you how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting rulers to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to teaching you 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda’s suggestions for filling in the background space with free-motion quilting.

• Basic introduction to rulerwork, with tons of helpful information on using quilting rulers and ruler feet
Stitch 59 designs using 6 basic quilting ruler shapes, including straight lines, circles, and squiggles
Combine rulerwork and free-motion quilting with Amanda’s innovative suggestions


This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning ruler work, as well as those experienced with ruler work but wanting to expand their skills with more rulers and/or more designs. 

Amanda shares insights on supplies and the quilting process, which are helpful for newbies to ruler work.  Designs are categories for using:   straight line rulers, curve rulers, circle rulers, oval rulers, squiggle rulers, s-curve and spine rulers, etc., with each section showing inspirational designs, many showing how you would stitch them out.  And Amanda shares helpful tips throughout this book. 

As Amanda is a Bernina Ambassador, the rulers showcased in this book are Bernina rulers, but the techniques and designs she teaches can be applied to a variety of brands of rulers on the market. 

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt store.  As it will be officially released in February, if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know you are interested in having them make this book available.  It is so new they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at CT Publishing or Amazon.


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The Quilt Show -A Free Ruler Mastery Series, by Gina Perkes







The Quilt Show has partnered with Gina Perkes, an award winning quilter, author, teacher, and also an Expert Free-Motion Quilting instructor, to offer a FREE 10-month program on ruler work.  This program was officially launched by TQS this past July, but I think there was some confusion (at least to me) about accessibility.  Thus, I want to try to heighten awareness of this free series, encourage everyone to participate, as well as help clarify how you can get access, as well as how easy it is to learn endless possibilities for quilting on a domestic, mid-arm, or longarm machine, from this free series.  

You need not purchase anything to benefit from this free Ruler Mastery Series(e.g. you need not purchase rulers, nor pay for the class series, nor be a Star Member of TQS)  to benefit from this program.  I’m confident that all attendees, regardless of confidence level with free-motion quilting or ruler work, domestic machine or longarm quilters,  will pick up tips & tricks, as well as find plenty of creative inspiration from this free series.  At the same time, I can honestly say that being a Star Member of The Quilt Show, as well as buying the collection of rulers and templates that Gina designed and is showcasing in this free workshop, are well worth it and provide great value.  But that decision is totally up to you. I just don’t want you to overlook a great opportunity of learning/improving your skills with freemotion quilting for “ruler work” on a domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm machine.

There are 10 lessons, in this free series, of which seven have now been released.  But you can start anytime, as well as watch and learn at your liesure, repeating whenever you you may desire.  In this series,  you can create a whole-cloth quilt sampler which showcases a different ruler every month by using a domestic sewing machine or a longarm machine.

Did I mention this class is FREE and open to everyone? You can start from the beginning at anytime and work through the different lessons.
Purchasing the rulers will help, but if you opt not to purchase, you can still come away with great tips and ideas for the rulers you have already, as well as free-motion quilting in general.  I can honestly say I’m so impressed with this free series, as well as these rulers, that I’ve ordered a set and eagerly looking forward to quilting with them.  The possibilities are endless. 
Everyone can easily access all of the sessions, as they are released click hereAnd, there are free class downloads too!   IF by chance you ever lose the link, you can search on the TQS website for “Gina Perkes” and you can click on the link for her Ruler Mastery Series to see the complete list of all released classes (5 more will be added to the current list).  But here are links to each of the currently released free video tutorials for Ruler Work with Gina Perkes:

Series 1 – The Shirley Ruler – released in July 2017.  

Gina kicks off this series sharing tips for the practice quilt for this series, but they will apply to just about any FMQ and/or ruler work you ever do. E.G. fabric selection, marking the class sample quilt, gripping aids, thread selection and plenty of tips & tricks.

Series 2 – The Grace Ruler – released August 2017

This ruler offers great foundational shapes, which you can add your own FMQ to these shapes. Gina also shares plenty of tips about practice pieces, tension, weight distribution of the ruler.

Series 3 – The Elizabeth Ruler – released September 2017

A contemporary shape in two sizes great for block designs, but also fun to fill this design with just about any FMQ motif.

Series 4 – The Daisy Mae Ruler Making circles & pedal shapes – released October 2017

I enjoyed seeing how Gina incorporated different petal sizes together, to create beautiful floral motifs, as well as adding a few petals in various areas to create more interest.

Series 5 – The Amelia Ruler – released November 2017

I was impressed with the versatility of this ruler and suspect that I’ll be using it now in almost every quilt.  Very versatile.  Fun to see how it can help quilt a block, as well as add shapes that you can opt to add just about any FMQ motif you wish.


Series 6 –The Bette Ruler – released December 2017




During this session, Gina shares how to use grids with a ruler.


Series 7 – The June Ruler – released January 4th 2018






Gina again shares insights about the use of “gripping aids”, when working with rulers.  You’ll learn a new approach to flying geese, yet different than what was shared with the Amelia Ruler.  This is a fun ruler to also incorporate freemotion quilting to create a stunning quilt.


Series 8 – The Baby Jane Ruler – to be released February 2018


Don’t forget you do not need to purchase any of these rulers to enjoy this Ruler Work Series with Gina.  But, if you decide to order the rulers I can honestly say I think they are a great value and you’ll enjoy using them for quilting your projects.  Possibilities are endless.  Plus, you can purchase rulers individually or the complete set showcased in this series, which includes stencil templates that help to mark your projects for use of ruler work.

TQS website hosts a forum, which also has a section for participants in this free Ruler Master Series to interact with each other.  This is a great forum for questions, as well as sharing and inspiring like minded people.  Here is a link:

Thank you TQS & Gina Perkes for this fun and educational FREE Ruler Work Series.

Also, for those that are TQS Star Members, be sure to check out the following episodes with Gina Perkes:


Not a member of TQS? As mentioned, you need not be a member of TQS to participate in the Ruler Mastery Series, but TQS does provide a lot of value, fun, free patterns, inspiration and great shows to subscribed members.  Plus, if you join (or renew) now you get a FREE choice of Alex’s Quilter Select 3″ x 12″ non-slip ruler or a 5 piece set of replacement rotary blades.  That’s a gift valued up to $23.99 and TQS is also providing free shipping in the USA.

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Ten Fun Projects For Valentine’s Day

Today, I’m looking ahead with plans for creativity and hoping to inspire you to do the same.  Maybe you already have plenty of handmade items for Valentine’s Day, or maybe you’d like to make something new for yourself and/or a gift.  Here are a few projects that have caught my attention:

LEAH DAY Hearts and Feather Wholecloth Quilt workshop for learning/improving your freemotion quilting skills.  She also has a  sweet Stitch n’ Paint Love machine embroidery design that is super creative and fun!


BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB has a number of beautiful designs that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This sweet applique table topper just seems perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for a gift.  It is a downloadable pattern available in Barb’s Craftsy Store.


SEW KAREN-LY CREATED   amazing has an amazing quilt  pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, for making quilts, as well as this stunning heart shaped table topper.  Her pattern isavailable on Craftsy.







SARAH VEDELER has is well known among machine embroidery enthusiasts and her Hearts design collection has endless possibilities.  Perfect for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, pillows, clothing embellishment, even greeting cards, or small projects that you could frame.

NICOLA ELLIOTT of Picture Stitch has a variety of designs, including many beautiful “sketch” style machine embroidery designs, with many that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects.  The possibilities of what you create with these designs are endless, but for me they inspire me to stitch out on silks, linens, or other high quality fabrics and framing them, or turn into a pillow, or other items.  I also think many would stitch out well on cardstock, to create a stunning greeting card. Again, possibilities are endless.


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CONNIE KRESIN of Quilting By The River has a tutorial to make a sweet table runner with Hearts, called Piano Keys.

NICOLE here from Modern Handcraft shared a Big Love Quilt Tutorial, to create a stunning modern quilt with a heart design.  Click here to find it at Dear Stella Designs.








MARION of My Quilt Diet has a tutorial to make a beautiful heart quilt that also uses HST.









KAREN L. MILLER of Redbird Quilt Company  shared a tutorial for a sweet miniature quilt at the Moda Bakeshop, which also provides an excellent free-motion quilting tutorial. Stunning quilting and using her tutorial you too could make this!

JULIE CEFALU of The Crafty Quilter has shared a tutorial to make a beautiful Nordic Mini Quilt that makes a perfect wallhanging for Valentine’s Day.  She hosted a QAL for this design, awhile back, but the free tutorial is still available on her blog.

I hope you find inspiration in one or more of the designs that I’ve showcased today and decide to create something new for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  If you do, I’d love to see a picture.  You can email to me, but also feel free to post on my facebook page at: 

Stitching Pathways, by Wendy Sheppard (and a Giveaway too!)

Today, I’m delighted to share insights on an excellent new book, by an amazing quilter, designer, teacher and author.  This book is a “must have” for any quilter interested in learning and/or improving their freemotion quilting skills.  I’ll also share insights about a giveaway, where you can enter to win a copy of this new book!

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Landauer Publishing has recently released Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine, by Wendy Sheppard.


There’s nothing more fulfilling than saying, “I made this from start to finish.” Expert designer, author, and blogger Wendy Sheppard wants quilters of all skill levels to be able to make this statement through her new book “Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine”.

Her beautiful visual guide will inspire quilters to get creative on their home machines and will inspire them to make gorgeous stitches — from feather plumes to swirly flowers and everything in between.  Wendy’s advice and proven methods will guid quilters through each step to build skill and confidence.  From straight line quilting to beautiful free-motion techniques, the book is packed with Wendy’s secrets for not only generating unique stitches, but also for caring for home sewing machines.  She does not skip a beat when it comes to covering both large and small projects alike.

You’ll find the following in Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine.

  • Step-by-step stitch guides for over 25 quilting designs, which will increase confidence at each turn for basic to advance free-motion techniques.
  • Detailed diagrams and photographs to teach each design.
  • Wendy’s secrets to using and caring for your home sewing machine for quilting projects both large and small.
  • Quilt sampler projects included for perfecting new skils, each one with careful how-to-end and diagrams to guide the quilter each step of the way.
  • A unique approach to teaching machine quilting diagrams include directional arrows and rests for breathing and regrouping — essential for manuevering the quilt sandwich.

About Wendy Sheppard:

Wendy’s original designs have been featured in numerous publications, including The Quilter, Quilt Trend, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, and many others.  She is the author of Recreating Antique Quilts and Creative New Quilts from precuts or stash.  She also designs patterns for Benartex, RJR Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and Island Batiks and threads for Aurifil.  In addition to her design work, Wendy shares her free-hand and machine quilting deigns and tips on her website  Wendy group up in Southeast Asia and has a degree in Chemical Engineering.  She currently lives in Dumfries, VA.


I love the entire “two cents”  approach to sharing tips that Wendy takes with this book, throughout this book.   This book kicks off with keys to free-motion quilting success, Wendy’s favorite tools and threads, and plenty of helpful Thread Talk/My Two Cents tips, which alone are well worth the price of this book. 

But wait, there is more – The chapter on Stitch Variations with 20+ quilting designs all have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, that will help you stitch these designs on your projects.  Wendy also shares insights on design principles for combining quilting motifs that I’m confident will help quilters of all levels learn and/or improve their freemotion quilting skills and make quilts with stunning FMQ. 

Wendy also shares ideas for how you can use the insights shared in this book to apply to quilting panel quilts, a stitch sampler quilt, as well as a fun Modern Star Sampler quilt.  I’ll confess I absolutely fell in love with her “Squares and Rectangles”  where she walks you thru how to use designs and tips shared in this book, to create an stunning Bird Applique’ wallhanging quilt that is 27″ x 27″, which is a great design that can show off your freemotion quilting skills that you can learn from this book!  But all of the project designs in this book are stunning and perfect designs to use for stitching out free-motion quilting motifs taught in this book, which will help you build skills to easily apply these designs on your own projects.


I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’re interested. It is such a new book they might night be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also check it out, as well as buy it online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.    Landauer also has a 30% off sale, thru December 22nd, on all downloadable ebooks, se use coupon code EOOK30 at checkout.



 Landauer Publishing is celebrating 1,000 followers on Instagram with an amazing celebration.  You could win a copy of “Stitching Pathways”, as well as a collection of “Subtle Strings” bundle of yummy Aurifil threads. Click here to enter this giveaway.


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Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard

Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day

Today, I want to share insights about a new book by the very talented Leah Day.   While Leah has taught many quilters free-motion quilting, she is also a master quilter with the walking foot.  Even if you think you know all you want to know about walking foot quilting, trust me you’ll want to check this out.  Leah will “blow the socks off of quilters with previous walking foot experience” with her creativity and teaching skills, that are also perfect for beginner quilters who want to learn to quilt their own projects. To clarify, this new book is perfect for quilters of all levels.   And, Leah will be kicking off a quilt-along in 2018 to help you practice and learn techniques she shares in her new book.  Are you interested in hearing more about this new book and QAL?

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Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Daycomes in printed form, as well as e:book, published by Day Style Designs.

This book is packed with #CreativeGoodness, perfect for quilters of all levels, even the very experienced free-motion quilter, as well as those that are confident with walking foot quilting.  Trust me, this book has something that will help EVERY quilter!

Here are some insights that Leah has shared about this book:

  •  Includes seven detailed patterns for seven quilts, including one show-stopping wholecloth quilt pattern.
  • Get precise advice on auditioning and choosing the right design for your quilts.
  • Learn how to quilt 30 different walking foot quilting designs.
  • Troubleshoot with Leah as she shares detailed steps for finding the culprit behind frustrating quilting mistakes.
  • Handle any quilt–even large size quilts–with ease.
  • Piece baste, machine stitch, and bind quilts with absolute confidence.

I found all of the projects in this book, as well as well as quilting techniques, come with easy to follow instructions that include great visuals.   The quilt designs are all beautiful and when you consider the cost of a typical single quilt pattern, make this book an exceptional value, especially with all the walking foot designs, as well as tips & tricks throughout the book!  












I’m honestly confident this book will help you make absolutely stunning quilts, as well as gain expertise for quilting with a walking foot that you’ll be able to apply what you learn to just about any quilt you’ll ever want to make.  And, don’t forget for those that do enjoy free-motion quilting, you can also combined your FMQ skills with walking foot skills, to create even more beautiful quilts.


Leah blows the door open for what you may have ever thought you could do with a walking foot!  QuiltShopGal recommends “Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day” as a MUST HAVE book for quilters of all levels.


Did I mention Leah is hosting a Machine Quilting Party in 2018? This free event kicks off January lst, 2018 and Leah will be releasing new videos every Monday. This party will be great fun and a super way to join a virtual QAL with others who have this book. Click here to find the 2018 Machine Quilting Party Schedule and more details about the projects.    

While you can find this book via Leah’s online store (printed and e:book version), I do understand that the supply of the printed version is currently selling out quickly.  You can also find it on Amazon.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day and join her free Machine Quilting Party that kicks off on January lst!

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Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Pumpkins, Sponsored by Martingale

If you have not yet tried free-motion quilting, or not yet feeling comfortable with it, I hope this challenge encourages you to give it a try.  Likewise, for those that have tried FMQ, maybe comfortable with it (or not), I hope you’ll also give it a try.  Learning/improving our FMQ skills does require practice, practice, practice.  Even 15 minutes a day can make a big difference.  Initially practice is needed just to learn the basics and feel comfortable.  Then, practice is needed to learn more FMQ motifs.  But every FMQ Expert I’ve ever talked to tells me that they still practice FMQ before they begin to work on a project, even when they know the designs. And, they spend more time practicing when working on a new FMQ motif.

I’m hosting this FMQ Challenge to help encourage everyone to learn/improve your FMQ skills. And, I hope those with experience will also participate to share and inspire others.  This simple challenge has a Fall theme and incorporates two FMQ tutorials for beautiful pumpkin motifs.

Pumpkins are perfect for decorating anytime in the Fall, not just for Halloween.  Actually, they look beautiful anytime of the year.Thus, this Challenge is not just a FMQ Challenge, but a pumpkin challenge that showcases two FMQ tutorials, by two amazing quilters, teachers, designers and authors.  I hope you will join the fun and use this challenge to learn/improve your FMQ skills, as well as inspire others with your sharing.  Participants that share, automatically get entered to win a prize with each project that they share!

Plenty of ways to enter:

 1.  Learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills by utilizing one or both FMQ tutorials for stitching pumpkins, by:

LORI KENNEDY  (The Inbox Jaunt) – 2015 FMQ Challenge  Reboot – practice, practice, practice this tutorial to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as create a beautiful project with a pumpkin motif.


LEAH DAY – MAGICAL PUMPKINS – practice, practice practice this FMQ tutorial to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as create a project that incorporates this beautiful design.

2.  You can create and share any type of project, or practice sandwich that you desire  But of course, finished projects are very inspirational.  Maybe you’ll want to incorporate this challenge into a table runner, wall hanging, mug rug, pillow, quilt, etc..  The possibilities are endless.

3.  While you can practice and learn FMQ by one or both of the above FMQ tutorials, if you have previously done so you can share any project you previously created.  Of course, I want to encourage everyone to practice again, and again, to improve your FMQ skills, ideally practicing more than once with each of the above tutorials.  So, to clarify, the more projects you create the more entries you get, regardless of when you make them. They just need to be shared before this Challenge ends in November, to qualify for an entry to win prizes.

4.  Practice, practice, practice and share your results with us no later than November 30th, to be eligible to win a prize.  To share,  you have two options:  a) post a copy on my facebook page at  or email me your photo entries with your contact info, no later than November 27th,  and I will post on Facebook no later than November 30th.  To clarify, you need not have a Facebook account, nor be a blogger.  But, for those who are bloggers if you opt to do a blog post to share what you create, you are also encouraged to add a link when you share on my Facebook page or share the link in your email to me so that I include it when I share your photos on my Facebook page (only applicable for those that don’t have a Facebook account).

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Challenge.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected early December and have their choice of one of the following books, which QuiltShopGal will ship directly to the lucky winner, anywhere in the world!

This Challenge is open to WW participants.

Please email me if you have any questions.   



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Note:  I’m currently researching to see if I can replicate this challenge with a Winter of Christmas theme, as well as one for Spring.  It will also depend on how many participate in this challenge.  Thus, I hope if you are interested in seeing such challenges you will encourage others to participate too!  

Who Turned 34 and Celebrating with a Great Sale ?

Did you hear Leah Day turned 34 this week?  Happy Birthday to Leah and thank you for all you do to make our world of quilting so wonderful.  She shared her heartfelt thoughts in a sweet video that I found very positive and want to encourage everyone to watch:

To celebrate her 34th birthday she is hosting a 40% off sale on all her downloadable books, patterns and workshops available thru her online store at



Click thru and check out the amazing deals for her workshops, downloadable books & patterns, even fun machine embroidery designs all at 40% off (what a steal).

If you don’t yet have a copy of Leah’s 365 Free Motion Quilting designs I recommend this book as a “must have” for anyone interested in FMQ.  It is a great resource to plan out your projects, as well as to plan out designs you want to master.  A downloadable copy can be helpful to have on a laptop when traveling and/or a tablet, that you can also set near your machine when you are quilting.

There are also other items on sale, while not 40% off, there are still more deals on her site. Plus, her regular prices are always reasonable.  So click thru and check out her Birthday sale.  What a fun way to celebrate Leah’s 34th birthday – where you get to buy yourself a present.  Heck, if you don’t have time to take the workshop now, this is such a steal you can wrap it up and give it to yourself for Christmas and complete the workshop next year.



Don’t forget this sale ends tomorrow, Monday at midnight.


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#FreeMotionQuilting – Ruler Work with Patsy Thompson

Patsy Thompson has created the most stunning rope design that I think I’ve ever seen.  In additional to sharing it on her blog, she has also shared plenty of tips that can help you learn to do this too.  Just click thru for more info.


If you are new to free-motion quilting and/or Ruler Work, Patsy has created an amazing collection of DVDs.  I can honestly recommend her DVDs, as I’ve learned so much from them, over the years.  And they are always fun to go back and watch again and again.   Her newest DVD is all about Ruler Work.

And she has a great collection of templates and supplies for ruler work, and more including a variety of rope templates:


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Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork



Inspirational Quilt Design and Free-Motion Quilting

Today I want to share insights about an award winning quilt that was on exhibit at the Road to California Quilt Show, this past January.  While attending quilt shows I enjoy all the quilts on exhibit, I do look for quilts in a variety of categories:  free-motion quilting, humor, modern, applique’, machine embroidery, stunning design, 

I messed up on my notes and had my photos of this beautiful quilt tagged for Cameo Rose, by Laurie Tigner.  But thanks to Calico Cat Quilting, she kindly corrected me.  This amazing quilt is by Margaret Solomon Gunn’s.  Thank you Calico Cat Quilting!

I hope you can see why it caught my attention while at Road.


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I also want to challenge you, should you feel you could never create such an award winning quilt, I’m confident you can. While some that create such quilts may do so without following these tips, what I see for common traits, from those that achieve such awards they: attend quilt shows and study award winning quilts, they break down designs in components (small areas), and they continually create, enter, accept feedback from the judges and incorporate it into their design process and repeat.  I want to encourage each of you to create and share your works in quilt shows, even small shows.  Most of us don’t like being judged, but in such a process our creativity can grow leaps & bounds.

If you have shared your creativity in a quilt show previously, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your recommendation and encouragement to help others pursue achieving such an experience too!  I think there are many award winning quilters that have yet to discover themselves – and I see the potential in each of you.

Road is still accepting applications for teachers.  If you are interested in being such a teacher, I highly encourage you to apply.  Of course, I’m hopeful to have more teachers teaching classes on free-motion quilting on domestic machines, but then Road historically offers an amazing list of teachers on longarm machines.

This is a great event, unlike other shows, as this event is packed with amazing teachers/classes, juried quilts from around the world, as well as  great vendors and all in Southern California, during a time of year where most of the US is freezing and So. Cal. typically has nice weather.  Plus Road is near Disneyland, Knotts and more, making it a perfect place for a family vacation, all based around a quilt conference and show!  

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Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy and a Quilt-a-Long

This week I hope to inspire you to learn, or improve your free-motion quilting skills.  I continually find inspiration from experts with FMQ, but I also try to stay aware of any new opportunity to learn and improve.  Today, I want to share insights about a new book as well as a fun quilt-a-long.

 “Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy” was recently published by Martingale. 



Discover  how to machine quilt creative designs the easy way. More than 60 striking quilting motifs are at your fingertips in this comprehensive visual guide to free-motion machine quilting. Lori Kennedy takes you through each step of the process with easy-to-understand instructions and a multitude of clear, close-up photos so you won’t miss a stitch.

  • Learn to quilt dozens of unique and clever motifs, including flowers, animals, zigzags, swirls and twirls, and much more
  •  Give your next project that irresistible pop of texture you’ve been looking for–many of these designs aren’t found in other quilting books
  •  Convenient lay-flat spiral binding makes the instructions easy to follow while you quilt

About the Author:

Lori Kennedy is an incurable doodler and quilting fanatic who loves to help quilters add fun and personality to their quilts with whimsical designs. Lori is a Craftsy instructor and a Bernini Ambassador. She writes the My Line column in  American Quilter magazine and can be found on her blog,, offering “Tuesday Tutorials” and daily inspiration.

My Review:

This book is absolute a “must have” for any beginner interested in learning free-motion quilting, but also an excellent resource for any quilter that enjoys FMQ and wants to learn more motifs.  There are 61 creative FMQ motifs in this book, which includes 400 excellent step by step images with easy to follow instructions to help you learn to stitch these designs. I also love that this book is spiral bound, allowing it to easily lay flat.

Considering the price of this book, it is an exceptional value thus if you are only going to purchase one book on freemotion quilting this year, this should be the book you get.  

 Lori also shares her expertise to help you determine the scale of a motif, planning travel stitching, achieve the perfect stitch and much more!

Did I Mention a Quilt-A-Long?

 This week, Lori has kicked off a fun quilt-a-long where she’ll also be sharing free tutorials, every Tuesday. The quilt design is perfect for learning a number of beautiful free-motion quilting motifs and would make a great quilt for your home, or for a gift. I’m looking forward to this QAL very much and hope you’ll join the fun too!

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You can find Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) at:

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