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Free Motion Quilting

Hello Guys!

I have been finishing some quilting, working on others and having fun since the last time I wrote.  On Saturday, I participated in my first Sew In with the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  We came together and worked on projects, shared talked and laughed!  It was great fun!  Afterwards, I went to the Atlanta Sewing Center to take my first Bernina Class, which was on buttonholes.  I walked in, tired from the Sew In confused because the class was TWO hours long on BUTTONHOLES!   Let me tell you, buttonholes deserve two hours ;0) … plus the instructor showed me how to use my darning foot or “The Free Motion Foot.”   After she showed me, I went home and made this:


After playing around, I started reading Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner.  If you are embarking on the FMQ journey like me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!  You do, go get it!

On Sunday, I went to my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt class.  I worked on that quilt for awhile with my classmates/friends then I went home and made this:


This is the front.  I stabilized this nine patch by stitching in the ditch and then making a grid to practice making single arches. Some looks like arches others…not so much but it is practice.  Below is how it looks on the back. IMG_0396

Then I wanted to try stippling and loops on a block I made a long time ago.


This one, I feel better about then the previous one.  I will be doing a lot of practice so I can do one of these designs on a quilt. Below is the back.

This is a picture from the book Material Obsession 2.  Fabricate Studios is where I am taking this class, the Maple Leaf Rag Quilt.  It is made of scraps.  I have finished almost all of my kites, which make the star pattern.  jazzhands-mapleleafrag-600x3361After making all kites, I am ready to make a plan for the spider webs.  Here are my plans:



I plan to use low volume fabrics for the spider webs.  I have made kites in the color groups above and I am really excited as this quilt top comes together very slowly.  VERY SLOWLY ;0)

I will be linking up today to Better Off Threads, which I was very surprised to see my apron was featured on today’s post!  Make sure you check her out and link up!  If you are visiting from there today, please leave a comment!  I love getting comments ;0)

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



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A New Book to Review & More Coming!


Hey Guys,

I am ready to relax and read.  I have my tea (in my Starbucks Quilted Mug) and my cookies.  What else could be more perfect!  Wednesday I got the very popular book, Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale.


Rashida blogs over at I Heart Linen.  She has a new collection coming out and if you have a chance you should head on over and check it out.  I saw the fabrics in person at a Whipstitch event and it is absolutely stunning!  I have just started reading the book today and I really do read before I attempt anything!  I want to make sure I choose wisely.  ;0)  So this book will most likely be my next Review.  I also want to let you know what coming in the mail.  I am really excited about these two book!

Here’s the first one…


This book is by Natalie Bonner who blogs over at Piece N Quilt.  This book was recommended to me as the best choice for a beginner free motion quilter.  One of my goals is to learn how to, or at least attempt Free Motion Quilting.  I will keep you posted on that!

The second book coming is …


This book is about using pre-cuts and is by Kathreen Ricketson.  She blogs over at Whip Up.  I saw this book at Barns & Noble and was instantly inspired by the quilts, glossy paper and pretty fabric.  About a week later, I had no choice …I ordered it.

Well that is all for now….hopefully tomorrow I will be finished with my Project Quilting.  Have a great day!

Sew Pretty!