machine quilting blog hop {week 9} + giveaway!

Welcome back to the penultimate post on the Machine Quilting Blog Hop!   Next week we are wrapping this series up with an awesome giveaway! Martingale has generously provided each of the blog hoppers ( HollyAnne, Vicki, Jen, and me)  a copy of  The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting to give away! All the details are at the end of this post.

Square spiral quilting ||

This week, we tackled the chapter called Migration. The main focus for this chapter was all about breaking up  the quilt into smaller pieces to make the quilting more manageable. That makes a lot of sense to me, so I created a patchwork sample with lots of small spaces to fill up with quilting.

None of the  free motion quilting designs in this chapter were very hard–but the focus was really on more masculine designs. It’s good to have a few of those up your sleeve! It can’t all be hearts and flowers and swirls. First up was some square spirals. This was fun and easy and a perfect motif for a narrow border. It would definitely work on a masculine quilt–but it will be useful for all types of projects. I’m pleased with how much more consistent my stitches are becoming with practice.

Square spiral quilting ||

Next up was just some organic wavy lines. Christa gives several variations on the wavy line motif to mix it up a bit–and I practiced them all. I’ve said it before, but this is such a fun, relaxing quilting design! No pressure of perfection! I think this version below is my favorite–wavy but not touching.

Wavy line quilting ||

Wavy line quilting ||

I’m gaining confidence as a machine quilter and this blog series and commitment to practice has really shown me that anybody can do it! I’ve heard from a lot of you saying that you want to improve at machine quilting but it just seems so intimidating. I hear you! But I encourage you to dive in! If you are like me and don’t have any spare quilt tops laying around, or are afraid of “ruining” a quilt–dig into your stash for fabric that you don’t love anymore, or buy some inexpensive solid or sale fabric and spend an evening making up some practice pieces. When you think you have enough–make some more. Repeat. It doesn’t take long to fill up these pieces!But totally worth it!

So, what are you waiting for?! Put on some good music, or a favorite podcast, slip on those quilting gloves and have some fun!

I’ve grown to love (or at least not hate) machine quilting enough that I signed up for longarm lessons! I’m so excited about it! Not only will I have the opportunity to learn to use a traditonal longarm, but also a sit-down longarm. This will be a grand experiment to find out if I really love longarm quilting. And who knows–maybe I’ll work my way through Angela’s side of the book next! Once I’ve done the 4-hour class I will be able to rent time on the longarm for $25/hour. Hopefully, this will enable me to quilt out a quilt in a few fun hours rather than wrestling a quilt through my machine a few hours a night for a couple weeks. We shall see.

Enter the giveaway! Here are the details:  The winner will receive one copy of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. If the winner resides in the United States or Canada, they will have their choice of a physical or digital copy of the book. If they reside outside the US and Canada, the winner will receive a digital copy.  You can enter anytime between June 26, 2017-July 7, 2017.

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46 thoughts on “machine quilting blog hop {week 9} + giveaway!

  1. Maisie says:

    Wow, wish I’d started following this 7 or 8 weeks ago. But I just got the book and recently started following you on Instagram. Glad I clicked thru today.

  2. Rebecca K. says:

    Quilting is not my favourite part but I’m determined to get better at it – I have a huge stack of UFOs waiting to be finished! Your book looks like it would be a helpful resource. Thanks for the chance to win itZ

  3. Carolyn says:

    I love the freedom of fmq but that’s also terrifying! Working on letting go and embracing the “mistakes” because the imperfections are usually beautiful.

  4. Teri says:

    I am intimidated by the free motion aspect and need confidence to try new designs. Hopping this book will help. It’s been inspiring following the blog hop.

  5. Ann O. says:

    This has been so inspiring! You all may have given me the courage to jump! (I sure would like the book to keep me company!)

  6. MollyP says:

    I LOVE FMQ! It lets me be creative and a bit wild, but still gives me boundaries so I don’t do anything too wild. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  7. Susan Spiers says:

    FMQ looks a hoot-just have to practice, practice-so much fun-can’t wait until I get more confident with it!

  8. Laura says:

    I am on the loathe camp, but with all this inspiration and a will to practice for progress, I hope to turn my mindset around. Love those organic wavy lines.

  9. Lisa says:

    Like you I am starting to enjoy machine quilting. I took this book out of the library and I think it is a really good one so it would be nice to win it …although I’ll likely buy it in the end. You are making great progress I can see.

  10. Lou Brewer says:

    Never thought about some designs being more masculine than others. Now I’ll look at them with that in mind

  11. Vivian Bleakney says:

    Love those crossing over wavy lines, and I see practice is what I need to do. Commit to machine quilting practice everyday. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Your quilt along was perfect for me and I already started to practice and practice. And the best thing: I plan to continue because I really like freemotion quilting and through your blog hop inspiration I now love it. Thank you for your encouragement. Greetings from Germany, Martina

  13. Cathy Wilson says:

    I love FMQ on my home machine but always need more practice. I’ve been eyeing this book for quite a while and would love to win it!

  14. Roseanne C. Atkinson says:

    I have always dreamed of learning FMQ. I finally decided to jump into it after watch so many videos on YouTube. I’m still learning, but it would be so Awesome to win this book to help me in my FMQ journey.

  15. Tammy says:

    I love being able to quickly quilt my own quilts, rather than paying someone to do it. When I started quilting, as a teenager, we pieced and quilted by hand. I’m happy to do it on a machine now : ) There are so many nice free motion designs also. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  16. “Masculine designs.” Hah!
    I like the square spirals and wavy lines.
    I did custom FMQ on baby quilts, incorporating the child’s name in script, and information like birthdate and place. I’d like to get my quilting projects back in front of me and think this book would inspire me.

  17. Jean says:

    I’m looking for the FAQ designs that take less practice. I’ve been going crazy trying to master feathers. Time to take a step back and enjoy the process more

  18. Jocelyn Kerr says:

    I’ve done a few practice pieces, but not a lot of FMQ for real. Still using the walking foot mostly. One of these days…

  19. Janet T says:

    I kind of enjoy FMQ when all the stars align. It is hard to get started: chosing the design, getting the momentum, the machine cooperating, people not interrupting you, no talent! You have to be in the right frame of mind for it to work.

  20. Janice King says:

    I’m still at the reading and watching stage of FMQ, but this blog along has given me the courage to start practicing! At least, I have made some practice sandwiches!

  21. Lauri Gonzalez says:

    I appreciated you sharing the tip about breaking up the quilt into smaller pieces. As a brand new quilter, it was very helpful!

  22. Pam mallory says:

    I love quilting and have tried machine quilting but end up hand quilting my quilt. Talk about taking a long time.
    I’m going to try this again and stay with it this time.
    Thanks for all of your great tips.

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