My FMQ Diary

This page is a diary of my attempts to teach myself how to free motion quilt (with the help of some online classes). Each week I will be posting photographs of the practice samplers I have completed. I am hoping that it will record the progress I am making until I am able to confidently free motion quilt.

Free Motion Quilting 2014

Week One: Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Exercises done following Elizabeth Dackson's free motion quilting class on Craftsy.

Week Two: Monday, 12 May 2014

Week Three: Monday, 19 May 2014

Week Four: Monday, 26 May 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014: Next Practice Sampler

Monday, 30 June 2014: My FMQ stitched cushion using 'pebbling'

Free Motion Quilting 2015

Week One: Friday, 26 June 2015

Exercises done following Christina Cameli's quilting classes on Craftsy.

Week Two: Saturday, 27 June 2015

Free Motion Quilting 2016

February 2016:

March 2016:

A block for my FMQ Sampler Quilt:

A little placemat to practise some branching FMQ techniques:

A second FMQ Sampler Block:

The third FMQ Sampler Block:

The fourth FMQ Sampler Block:

Finished Sampler Quilt ... first 'real' quilt finished using FMQ! 

April 2016:

Two more FMQ Sampler blocks:

May 2016:

A new FMQ Sampler block:

The last lesson in Christina Cameli's free motion quilting Craftsy class:

A quilt pieced using a quilt-as-you-go method and, all the practice squares I made for the online free motion quilting class by Christina Cameli for Craftsy:

A cute little quilt made by following Lori Kennedy's Quilt-a-long in April/May 2016.  It was a lot of fun!  It was difficult to photograph the quilt at the right angle to get the quilting to show, so I apologise if they are not brilliant!

Another new FMQ Sampler block:

Finished Flying Geese Mini Quilt:

June 2016:

Two new FMQ Sampler blocks:

A mini table topper pieced together to practice some more FMQ!

July 2016

Another new FMQ Sampler block:

My final FMQ Sampler block:

October 2016:

There has been a bit of a gap in my FMQ practice as I didn't have the time over the Summer months when we moved house.  However, I need to quilt a quilt I am making for a friend, so the practice has started again.  Here are some first attempts after the gap.... I quilted a faithful old table runner which decorates my kitchen table in the Autumn months..... before it was only quilted with straight lines......



More practising by joining in with Lori Kennedy's Sunflower Quilt-a-Long:

And yet more practising, this time using a pieced sample as the quilt I am making has a patchwork centre similar to this....

and 'swirls' have been requested.  I also practised stitching a butterfly from an online Craftsy class by Debby Brown I have been following.

November 2016:

I  have finished quilting the baby quilt for a friend's daughter.

A completed mini quilt which is part of a challenge set by Lori Kennedy as part of one of her Craftsy classes which I am following.  This was a framed composition.

Three more mini quilts for the challenge set by Lori Kennedy at the end of her first Craftsy class.  The first is a grid composition.

The second a diagonal composition.

Lastly, the third is a medallion composition.

I have finally added the binding and finished my QAYG Quilt. This is made up of twelve blocks of different free motion quilting designs which helped me to practise my quilting.  The design for the quilt is based one of Christina Cameli's designs from her book 'First Steps to Free Motion Quilting'.

The last few weeks Lori Kennedy has been hosting a Sunflower Quilt-a-long which I have been following.  I have completed two Sunflower Quilts.

Lori also suggested trying her Poinsettia motif which I did!  I used it to make a table runner for Christmas.


  1. What a great idea to keep a diary of this. So encouraging to see your progress. I think the difficulty of fmq is often what stop me finishing off some of my quilts.

    1. Thank you! I think people who haven't tried it think FMQ is easy.... an easier option than hand quilting at least.... but it is one of the hardest techniques I have ever tried to learn! I am slowly getting better but it really does take a lot of time! :) x


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