Free Motion Quilting Designs

Free Motion Monday – Words on Quilts

Last week, I shared some of the filler designs on my Arizona Flag quilt. Since I was inspired to make this quilt for Arizona’s statehood centennial, I wanted to include some of my state’s history.  Schoolchildren in Arizona learn the 5 C’s that were key to local industry: cotton, copper, climate, citrus and cattle so… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – Words on Quilts

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Free Motion Monday – Arizona’s Flag

Making a postage stamp quilt, with thousands of tiny pieces, was on my bucket list when buzz started about Arizona’s Centennial anniversary of statehood celebration. The resulting quilt had 2,012 pieces in honor of our state birthday in 2012.  I will tell the whole story in a future post, but today I want to share some of the free motion… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – Arizona’s Flag

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Free Motion Monday – Pinwheel fillers

Rainbows and Quilts just go together!  Many years ago, I was in an online fabric swap and each person was assigned a color.  The swap host collected everything and then sent out this beautiful collection of rainbow shades.  The fabric was cut in charm squares, which made it easy to turn into a Twister quilt.… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – Pinwheel fillers

Free Motion Quilting Designs · Longarm Quilting

Free Motion Monday – From sketchbook to finished quilt

Last week I shared the plan for several border designs.  I finished the quilt and I’d like to explain the designs in more detail. The quilt is for a school raffle and each child made a hand and footprint angel.  Simple echoes around each angel let their artwork shine. Woodgrain stitching I filled in the… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – From sketchbook to finished quilt

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Free Motion Monday – Start Sketching on Paper

Next up on my longarm – this charity quilt for a school raffle. The colorful blocks are angles made from student hand- and footprints. I thought about doing an all-over design, such as a spiral, or a feathered heart in the center of the cross and then echoed all the way to the borders.  Ultimately… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – Start Sketching on Paper

Free Motion Quilting Designs · Monochromatic Quilts

Free Motion Midweek- More from Blue River

Don’t forget to enter the Early Bird RSVP contest for the #SpringBreakSewingDay! Details on this post. Let’s look at a few more designs from the open spaces on my Blue River quilt:  (pattern available in Monochromatic Quilts:Amazing Variety) I used center-fill designs inspired by Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project.  In each of these designs,… Continue reading Free Motion Midweek- More from Blue River

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Free Motion Monday (Mid-week) – In the water

(OOPS… just noticed I didn’t hit publish, sorry!) In my quilt Blue River, I used several water-themed free motion quilting designs in the open blocks. In fact I even quilted some fish! I started on the right edge and stitched the first fish, echoed around in a couple times, then traveled to the next fish. … Continue reading Free Motion Monday (Mid-week) – In the water

Free Motion Quilting Designs · Longarm Quilting · Monochromatic Quilts

Free Motion Monday -Flame Variations

Let’s take a look at the quilting designs I used on my quilt “Blue River.” This is the first quilt in the book I co-authored, titled “Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.”  As the name implies, I was inspired by water, so the rail fence blocks have parallel wavy lines to represent the movement of a river. The… Continue reading Free Motion Monday -Flame Variations

Free Motion Quilting Designs · General · Longarm Quilting

Free Motion Monday – Filler Designs for a Jewel Box Quilt

I have a customer quilt loaded on my longarm.  It is a Jewel Box pattern done in beautiful batiks. I chose a design for each space in the quilt…the central squares, the colorful chain and the background area.  The chains are filled with the coffee bean design while I stitched a single curved feather in… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – Filler Designs for a Jewel Box Quilt

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Free Motion Monday – My “graffiti” style

There is a style of free motion quilting where you move from design to design as the spirit leads you.  Karlee Porter published a book called “Graffiti Quilting” that explains this style. Sariditty calls it “sketchbook” quilting and QuiltingJetGirl refers to “flow” quilting. Whatever you call it, it is a great way to fill the space.… Continue reading Free Motion Monday – My “graffiti” style