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. gcotten says:

    This looks like a fantastically helpful book! My favorite quilting motif is probably feathers, though straight lines have gotten my attention lately. I would like to be more competent at swirls. Mine tend to line up like fat soldiers all in a row!

  2. Janet says:

    I just saw this book in a quilt shop today. It looked fascinating! I am a beginner FMQer. I can’t say I have a favorite yet. I JUST this week go the hang of doing some simple feathers, so at the moment, I’m excited about them.

  3. Christina M says:

    I recently bought a free-motion foot for my machine to start learning to free-motion quilt. It seems so daunting, but it’s the next step in building my quilting skills. My favorite designs are anything free-form, like loops and swirls and waves, rather than more precise, symmetrical designs.

  4. Susan says:

    I haven’t really done any FMQ other than outline or straight line quilting. I like feathers and geometric shapes and hope to someday be able to do them.

  5. nanbon says:

    swirls and loop de loops are my current favorites. One day I hope to be able to say feathers, but I am just not there yet.. but I will practice till I get there…

  6. Carole Hill says:

    I really like to stipple in some places, and I haven’t decided on any other patterns yet, but I loved my class with you, and am still trying to perfect the patterns, but I need to get this book to help me figure out how to decide what kind of quilting to do! Thanks for the chance!

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