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. lilquilter says:

    My favorite FMQ motif is (don’t cringe!) the stipple because I only seem to get around to actually QUILTING right before my quilt guild’s biennial quilt show and I have done more stippling than any other motif. Looking forward to when I have time to read all of the great books I’ve collected on FMQ, take the Craftsy classes I’ve signed up for, doodle and practice other FMQ motifs!

  2. Karen Seitz says:

    My favorite motif is feathers. I have not done any FMQ yet — only straight line quilting — but I always love the look of feathers, even on more modern quilts.

  3. Lori Morton says:

    Just starting to try FMQ…mostly practice blocks. lol ( am such a chicken…) But love doing wavy lines, & loops a lil too, but bit better at meandering I think 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! Knooow this book would be grrrreat help!

  4. Glenna Denman says:

    I enjoy many quilting designs that include swirls or curves. It depends on the block or sashing. This book looks so luscious, I can hardly wait to own my own copy!

  5. Susan says:

    I am starting to try FMQ on my domestic and am practicing. I like wavy stitches and pebbles, but none of my stitches are anywhere near competition worthy — or even satisfactory to me ..yet.

  6. LJ says:

    I struggle with ALL FMQ so am impressed with most designs. That simple little figure 8 is so sweet but mine always seem to get an ugly slant to them. 😦

  7. Elizabeth E. says:

    My favorite FMQ motif is nested loops. I could do those for days and days. Thanks for the posts about this topic–always good to get your take on what’s out there in the world for us to use as helps and teaching aids.

  8. Hedy Hahn says:

    I have bought a long arm but honestly don’t know how to use it much at all. This book would help me a great deal, I could practice the various techniques on my quilts. I personally like swirls too, feathers are nice but can be way overdone. I like my quilts more simple than elaborate. I think this book would help me a great deal.

  9. Patty Flynn says:

    My free motion quilting is pretty basic. Have done lots of stippling and some point-to-point and am interested in adding to that. Also did a clamshell–loved it

  10. Cathy Wilson says:

    I’ve only been quilting for a little over a year but I have quilted all of them (7 so far!) myself. I still need lots of practice but I’m getting better. My favorite so far has been a baby quilt done with a continuous concentric spiral. Trying to decide what to quilt is the hardest part for me so I would love to win this book!

  11. Anne says:

    So far straight and wavy lines are the ones I have most success with. Would love to become better at swirls, meandering and feathers. Just got a copy of your Machine Quilting With Style book and am excited to be challenged. Congratulations on being published.

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