August 15, 2010

A quilt along and a GIVEAWAY!

Does the world need another quilt along? I say YES.


Have you noticed that most quilt alongs assemble a quilt top over several weeks and then address the quilting briefly at the end? I have, and I want to do the exact opposite! I want to briefly assemble a top and then walk you through quilting it, with patterns that are interesting to you.



There seem to be lots of quilters who want to practice free motion quilting - but not on a quilt top they've worked hard on. This quilt along gives you a quilt you don't have to worry about ruining - you could even make it out of fabric that you hate if you want. Or, if you don't want to assemble the top, that's fine too. You can just quilt along with scraps.




If you've never free motion quilted before, I'm going to show you how. If you're stuck in a meandering rut, I'm gonna help you break free. If you're already free motioning your little heart out I might at least give you a few new designs to try. I'm no expert, but I've had some success teaching other quilters to free motion quilt and I want to spread the good news far and wide: you can do it! On your home machine! It's not magic. (But it does feel magical!)


So to generate a little interest in this thing and to start some lucky quilter off on the right foot, I've got a little free motion prize package to give away. The lucky winner will receive:

  • Craft size Warm and Natural packaged batting (perfect size for this project!)
  • 50 curved Dritz quilt basting pins
  • Fons and Porter grippy gloves
  • A package of Schmetz size 90/14 quilting needles
  • One spool of YLI machine quilting thread in white

Since the giveaway is an unabashed attempt to publicize the quilt along, you have three ways to enter. You should leave a separate comment for each entry.

1 - leave a comment on this post telling me something you hope we cover in the quilt along.
2 - become a follower of this blog
3 - blog about the giveaway or quilt along and leave the URL to your post below

The giveaway will be open through August 21st. Good luck and stay tuned! If you'd like a button for the quilt along, here it is (for some reason this looks fine on my home screen and sideways everywhere else. I'll do my best to fix it!):




free motion quilt along

686 comments:

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BEGOÑA said...

Tengo muchas ganas de aprender a acolchar porque es mi asignatura pendiente!!! Y he descubierto éste blog maravilloso!!!!

I have really wanted to learn to quilt because it is my unfinished business!And I discovered this wonderful blog....

My blog
http://coserenmacintos.blogspot.com/

Quiltdoodles said...

I am a new follower and this will be my first "quilt along".

Rhanda said...

Hi! I hope you help me figure out how to handle the quilt top while quilting on my domestic machine. It's a bear! Thanks.

Rhanda said...

I am now a follower of your blog! Can't wait for this quilt-along!!!

Oops-Lah said...

Although I've done some free motion quilting in the past, I'm eager to learn more. My problem is often that the quilting isn't very even and therefore it looks a bit messy.

Oops-Lah said...

I've also just become a follower!

Delores said...

I'm a novice + free motion quilter and will love the chance to practice some more!!I'm interested in patterns for borders.

P. said...

This is exactly what I need! I hope it's covered why my top threads look good while the bobbin side sucks (and how to fix it). Among many other things, like tips for keeping an even stitch length, making curves that don't look like you're drunk, etc.

P. said...

New follower!

Edna said...

I'm hoping to learn some different techniques to use and to get more confidence to do some free motion quilting on real quilts!

Edna said...

I'm now a follower too!

Weatherbee ;) said...

I was trying to think of what exactly I hoped you would cover...and I don't know ANYTHING....so I pretty much need help with it all. I don't know yet if I'm brave enough to try a quilt along...but I'm going to seriously consider it. :) It might just be the help I need.

Weatherbee ;) said...

What a great giveaway...especially as a beginner. :) I am definitely now a FOLLOWER!

Weatherbee ;) said...

I posted about your quilt along and giveaway on my blog...right....here;;;

http://sew-aneedlepullingthread.blogspot.com/2010/08/giveaway-and-free-motion-quilt-along.html

Leonor Clares Almagro said...

I only want to know how to quilt-along. I´m new in this.
Thank you for your blog.

maninas said...

hi, marisa I also want to sign up to learn how to quilt, thanks my email is nogapino@holtmail.com

Eulalia said...

I am looking forward to learn from you and the other quilters.

Carme said...

Hola, yo quiero aprender el acolchado libre, pero no he practicado asi que estare encantada de aprender

unparelldecoses@gmail.com

Besos

Luisa said...

me gusta el patchwork mucho pero me paro en seco cuando tengo que acolchar,me gustaria mucho poder aprender

carmen said...

Hola Cris me gustaria apuntarme, mi problema es el ingles, pero supongo que no habra problema
mi email kubeldi@gmail.com

isa & marta said...

Ya soy una seguidora oficial, buen fin de semana

Dreamlake (Laura) said...

I also want to sign up to learn how to quilt

Crazypatch said...

Free motion quilting is something I'd love to try! This will be an interesting adventure.

Ingrid said...

Hi Christina! I blogged it and I put the button on the side bar of my blog.

Here is the link to the post:

http://ingrid-ingridlafiebredelpatchwork.blogspot.com/2010/08/yo-tambien-me-anote.html

Have a happy weekend!

Rose said...

I am a beginner and would like to learn more about machine quilting.
Waiting for the quilt-along!!!
Best regards from Spain,
Rose

Bev in TX said...

Thus far I've only quilted with my walking foot. I would like to learn how to free motion quilt and I was even thinking of taking a class. I enjoyed the samples that you showed above and hope that you show how you did those, as well as some basic information.

Nora said...
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Nora said...

Hola...me encantaría participar...pues estoy aprendiendo y quiero acolchar mis propios quilts...Ya te sigo para estar pendiente de todo...Abrazos y gracias por la oportunidad!!!

http://norartepineda.blogspot.com
noraimapineda@gmail.com

Mari Carmen, (Onox) said...

He escrito varias veces y no consigo terminarlo. Me encantaría poder participar en el aprendizaje del acolchado libre. Es mi asignatura pendiente y gracias a tí voy a poder conseguirlo.

Mi email: bauldelosretales@gmail.com

Espero poder empezar pronto tus indicaciones. Un abrazo

ANA said...
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ANA said...

hi! Great idea for a quilt along. Count me in!
Ana from Spain
analerma1@hotmail.com

Nora said...

Aquí estoy nuevamente para presentarte mi post
http://norartepineda.blogspot.com/2010/08/quieres-aprender-acolchar.html
Mil gracias por la oportunidad...
Abrazos!!!

Magalys said...

Free motion quilting is something I'd love to try! This will be an interesting adventure. Sorry, I have no blog.

Lucía said...

Me encanta tu proyecto. Ahora mismo me hago seguidor.
Saludos de España

butrfly2200 said...

I am now a follower of this blog. Would love to win the giveaway.
Thanks for the chance.

sandy said...

hello
i'd like to learn the art of quilting
sure with this sal i will do it
thanks for everything
kisses
sandycountry@hotmail.com
sandy-amolasmanualidades.blogspot.com
argentina

Daphne said...

Hooolitas... Hi Cristina, I'm Daphne and my English is not very good, I live in Colombia, but by Dory, I heard about your idea and did not want to stay outside, so here I am willing to learn from scratch, because I know nothing of free mulch, but fabric, thread and needle are my passions ...

A hug and tell you right now I run a blog for my friends who decide to participate

I hope everything is well written because I use google translator + Ü +
..........................................

Hooolitas Cristina, soy Daphne y mi ingles no es muy bueno, vivo en Colombia, pero por Dory me enteré de tu idea y no quise quedarme por fuera, así que aquí estoy dispuesta a aprender de cero, porque no conozco nada de acolchado libre, pero las telas, el hilo y la aguja son mis pasiones...

Un abrazo y ya mismo corro a contarle a mis amigas del blog para que se animen a participar

Espero que todo esté bien escrito porque uso el traductor de google +Ü+ hasta prontito ;O)

Besitines
Daphne
Visítame en
http://corners-daphne.blogspot.com

P. said...

Blogged!
http://thewayisewit.blogspot.com/2010/08/just-what-i-needed.html

Toffe said...

I became a follower. I'm looking forward to the quilt-along!

arlette said...

Hello!, I'm sure I'll use the free motion for my quilts, when I see them, I know something's missing , I haven't had a "decent" explanation about how to do it, and I'm avid to learn, I'll be all ears for your quilt along, thank you for sharing and also the giveaway, love the goodies you're giving away :)

arlette said...

I'm your new follower, yay for you!, have a great weekend!!!

arlette said...

Ok, now your button's on the sidebar of my blog, wooooo hooooo, I'm looking forward to learn about the quilt along :D!!!!

Sandyteje Creaciones said...

hELLO!!! YO NO HABLO INGLÉS PERO NO IMPORTA , TIENES UN HERMOSO BLOG Y BELLAS IDEAS, TE SIGO Y ESPERO ME VISITES!!! ESTOY APRENDIENDO APENAS TRUCOS DE COSTURA , ESPERO APRENDER DE TU BLOG , HAPPY WEEKEND !!! BYE!!!

carmen said...

Ya me hice seguidora para poder entrar en el sorteo

henriar said...

Me gustaria participar en este lindo trabajo y cada tema que trates te juro que sera nuevo para mi, me gustaria saber mas sobre los remates en los bordes de los edredones, besos y muchas gracias

I would like taking part in this pretty work and every topic that you treat I swear to you that it will be new for me, I would like knowing more on the auctions in the rims of the comforters, kisses and thank you very much

Elcarov@ said...

I'm ready !!!!
I hope you cover pebbles.

Sharon said...

Hope I am not too late...I am a follower!

MILAGROS said...

ME GUSTARIA PARTICIPAR.GRACIAS POR TU INTERES CRIS. MILACINTORA@GMAIL.COM

ytsmom said...

Something I want to accomplish. How about everything, since I have never done this before?!

Lucila said...

Hola! quiero participar! mi nombre es Lucila, este es mi blog: www.elmundodelucila.blogspot.com y mi mail: lucila1977@gmail.com. Ni idea de cómo acolchar! Gracias por la intención de enseñarnos! Un beso!

Hello! I want to participate! My name is Lucille, this is my blog: www.elmundodelucila.blogspot.com and my mail: lucila1977@gmail.com. No idea how quilting! Thanks for the intention to teach! A kiss!

ytsmom said...

I have become a follower!

lag123 said...

I have never stippled and am dying to learn how. I think I am just scared to start. Thank you for this giveaway!

Elcarov@ said...

Hi! I'm a new follower!
I'm ready!!!
I can't wait!!! bubbles...I want to learn bubbles...grin.

Lucila said...

aQUÍ TE DEJO EL LINK DE MI PUBLICACIÓN EN MI BLOG. mE HAGO TU SEGUIDORA: http://elmundodelucila.blogspot.com/2010/08/sorteo-y-aprendamos-acolchar.html
Besos y mil gracias por la oportunidad!

manuela said...

Saludos Chris, quisiera participar tambien. mi email mari2025@gmail.com

pekosita said...

Hi Cristina I am a follower of your blog and wish to participate in your new project SAL Free My name is Lupe Suárez and my blohttp://tejiendohaciendoconelcorazon.blogspot.com. My email: lupe6406@gmail.com

Michele said...

I need instructions on different ways to mark quilting designs -- so far I just use a pencil or chalk and am terrible at calculating repeats, etc.

Marie said...

I am now a follower of this great blog. I am so excited. I needed an impetus to finally practice free motion quilting. I took two classes but don't have the self confidence to just practice.

Marie said...

I hope we just get lots of practice which will build confidence.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful quilt along! I love it! I'm new to FMQ -- well to any machine quilting as I've always just taken my quilts to the machine quilter -- and am excited to learn. Something I hope we cover? Hard to say as the whole subject is so broad and I have so much to learn. What I really want, I suppose, is something you already mentioned . . . how to get brave and do FMQ on a quilt you've worked a long time on. I see a design I like, practice a bit at it before I start a quilt and when it looks craptastic, I go back to tried and true methods (stitch in the ditch or straight line quilting). This is going to be awesome for me!

xo -E

Elizabeth said...

I'm a new follower. I really love this quilt-along. FMQ skills are something I hope to acquire and I'm excited to be participating in this. Thank you!

xo -E

P.S. totally crossing my fingers for your give-away! That is an awesome prize package!

El Panal de la Abejita said...

HOLA AMIGA!!! VINE DESDE VENEZUELA A SEGUIRTE Y A PARTICIPAR EN ESTE FABULOSO SAL. MI EMAIL ES:
markisa_20@hotmail.com
mi blog: http://elpanaldelaabejita.blogspot.com
ME LLEVO LA INFORMACIÓN A MI BLOG Y TU LINK. BESOS. MARISELA:)

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, what a great idea! Count me in - I've been doing FMQ for about four months now, but it's been hit and miss as I learn as I go. It'll be nice to have someone with experience show me how! I'd like especially to learn how to do feathers - they look so great!!

Sarah Craig said...

And I'm a new follower!

Sarah Craig said...

And I've blogged about your quilt-along here:
http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2010/08/sew-friday-peaceful-paisley.html

Jill said...

Wow Christina! You have alot of reading to do... If you even get to the 666th comment, then I'd like to see some troubleshooting tips, for tension problems, thread problems, etc. Thanks!

Jill said...

I am a follower!

Quiltsmiles said...

What a great idea! I'm open to any free motion ideas you have.
Jane

Elizabeth said...

I'm really excited about this quilt along. I'm anxious to improve my FMQ skills. I totally blogged about it here: http://emsewandsew.blogspot.com/2010/08/free-motion-quilt-along.html.

xo -E

junebell said...

I want to learn too!! :-)

Arantxa puntadas said...

Soy una nueva seguidora de tu blog.me parece fantástico.
Arantxa de España

Chelsie said...

Oh how I wish I wasn't too late to enter! I am a new quilter and have never done this before. I am in the 'nesting' phase of my first pregnancy and everything is going towards quilting. I hope we cover just doing fun stitches and that I get some good practice out of this. THANKS!

Chelsie said...

PS: already a blog follower. ;)

Wendi said...

Can't wait to get started. I have been a quilter for too many years to count, but have never been able to "get" free motion quilting. I always have tension problems, I blame my machine, but its probably user error.

miss-perea's said...

Hola cris, otra vez...una pregunta¿cuando empezamos con tu sal¿?¿? estoy pendiente en tu blog pero como no controlo mucho ingles no me lo quiero perder.... vas a pasarnos la informacin por mail¿?¿?
mil gracias
paqui y mari
http://miss-pereas.blogspot.com

JellyBeansDesign said...

I'd like to cover the nitty gritty details - that way it could be as close as possible to being at a class. I'm so looking forward to this!

JellyBeansDesign said...

I became a follower.

no said...

Lissette :I really need to learn ,and now Iam a fallower,I need that tutorial Thanks alot.lissetterodri@gmail.com

Adriana said...

Yo también quiero aprender adriana.adriboni@gmail.com

Kay Lynne said...

I have free motion quilted for many years and also have taught classes when I worked at a quilt shop, but I can always get better and learn more :) It will be fun to see new ideas!

Sonia said...

I want to learn too, please. My e mail is sonimaga@hotmail.com
Thank you.
I´m from Spain.

Maria said...

Yo tambien quiero aprender.
muchas gracias.
mariabellido1@gmail.com

charo said...

ESTOY ILUSIONADA CON EL CURSO DE ACOLCHADO LIBRE , PERO NO SE LO QUE TENGO QUE HACER PARA APUNTARME .POR FAVOR IN FORMAME Y SI ES POSIBLE A PUNTAME A DICHO CURSO

charo said...

DE NUEVO TE ESCRIBO. SE ME OLVIDO , POR SI ES NECESARIO MI E-MAIL pauchas@gmail.com...... gracias

Luz said...

Ohhhhhhhh que lastima, me he enterado tarde.......vaya.
Bueno en fin, feliz acolchado libre, y quizás en otra ocasión.
Con tu permiso me haré seguidora.
Besitos.

Ana Garcia said...

Estoy a tiempo de apuntarme?

garcia.ana@gmail.com

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