Free-Motion Quilting Idea Blog Hop

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You all know I’m a sucker for machine quilting and I love it when others helps spread the message, that yes, you CAN quilt your own quilts! 🙂 Prolific quilter and author Amanda Murphy has just released her latest project, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.

coverIt’s chock full of ideas on how you can apply specific motifs to actual blocks. It includes over 150 step-by-step designs that are sure to jump start your creativity! Just take a look at these two ideas from the book:


I love it that the book is organized so that you can look up the motifs by quilt element or design family. But what makes the book extra special is that you can apply these ideas to your quilts whether you are a stand up long arm quilter, or a sit-down machine quilter. Amanda started off as a domestic machine quilter (like me) and she’s now the spokesperson for the new BERNINA long arm, so of course I think she has great taste in machines!

Here’s Amanda, in her own words, describing why she wrote The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book:

“I wanted to write an idea book to help people figure out how to quilt their quilts by breaking them down into a series of steps.  Each quilt element featured in the book has multiple designs but all are based on the same basic allover designs featured in the front of the book – so it is easy to create a cohesive look.  For instance, there are several designs for quilting flying geese, and they work well with other designs that feature the same families.  There are also coordinating borders, sashing, and stand alone designs.  There is a simple table runner design included to get you started.”


As an added bonus, Amanda and her publisher have teamed up to offer a companion to The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book. It’s called the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler and is available as a PDF download which gives you loads of block patterns to piece and practice on!

FMQIdeaSampler_1318_SMSampler Quilt for Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book


Leave a comment telling me your favorite free-motion quilting motif. (Mine is swirls!) Contest is open to everyone through the end of the week. US winners will receive a hard copy of the book; international winners will receive an e-copy.

Blog Tour

Check out the rest of the stops on the hop for more inspiration, and your chance to win a copy of The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book:

150 thoughts on “Free-Motion Quilting Idea Blog Hop

  1. jean whiteaker says:

    I have to say swirls, and the many variations you can achieve with them, like to combine them with leaves and do a great allover…thank you for the opportunity! and the great posts!

  2. Debby says:

    so hard to choose a favorite. I like swirling vines with leaves but then I also like geometric shapes. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  3. Lizzie in Sweden says:

    I’m still very much in the learning stage, shook I love matchstick quilting, but I love the look of pebbles combined with back and forth lines.

  4. Susan says:

    I use my walking foot and am trying out lots of curved designs like orange peel. I really need this book! I have a stack of quilts that I do not want to fmq an all over design on!

  5. elizajane120 says:

    I just finished an online class on free motion quilting and the one design that I really enjoyed stitching is the Pebble. It looked so pretty and was pretty easy to stitch out. I really thought free motion quilting on my home machine was beyond my ability but I learned it just comes down to patience and practice.

  6. Judy Sigsworth says:

    I’m still trying to develop my FMQ skills. I can do straight lines and echo, and for some reason writing comes easily for me. Beyond that, I’m hopeless!

  7. Jane Browinski says:

    I’m a newbie, so I haven’t done anything but stitch in the ditch and echo quilting, but I love petals, wavy lines, and feathers!

  8. Mary says:

    Too early to have a favorite. I practice themes like pumpkins, poinsettia. I like echo stitching large flowers and curved lines like mctavishing…. The book looks great!

  9. Lisa Marie says:

    Wavy lines and swirls are my favorites that I can do. I love the look of feathers and pebbles when other people do them, but so far don’t love the look of mine!

  10. Christina in FL says:

    Oh Christa, what a sweet blog hop giveaway!! I am in love with funky feathers…. adapting and changing them so they look like ribbons, flowers and so on. 🙂 Thanks!!

  11. Kiry Kirkpatrick says:

    I love feathers, but I have trouble making them. I definitely need more practice. I love the idea of a book that helps me decide how to quilt a certain block!

  12. Megan says:

    I’m still very much a novice at FMQ, so my favorite design that I can actually do is simple loops. I’d love to work my way up to fancier designs!

  13. JillB says:

    It’s so hard to pick *one* favorite! I love swirls, but feathers – oh my! And pebbles!!! Oh, and paisley… *So* hard to just choose one!! I’m really looking forward to having this book!

  14. AnnLouise Pugh says:

    I can meander, without crossing a line, and do pebbles virtually in my sleep. Ditto wavey lines but the rest of my quilting skills are rather primitive…..Definitely need to work on that!
    Ann Pugh

  15. farmquilter says:

    Feathersswirlscontinuouslinepebblespaisley and anything with rulers!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this awesome book!!!

  16. Linda G says:

    I’m still in the beginning stages of free-motion quilting. I mostly have done straight line quilting and meander. Will eventually learn MORE!!! 🙂

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