Thursday, August 23, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

Earlier this month I was fortunate to spend a day with Angela Walters who is a fellow Missourian and phenomenal quilter.  Her first book Free-Motion Quilting includes 28 step-by-step designs for quilting on  domestic or long arm machines.

She gave us a trunk show of her quilts from this book, plus we got a sneak peak of the quilts that will be in her second book coming out soon.  Angela is a great speaker and teacher. She spent time drawing many of the designs on a dry erase board then later quilted them out on the long arm.  Two lucky ladies in our group won the samples at the end of the day.  If you are looking for a very enthusiastic young speaker for your guild who is really good at what she does, you'd love Angela.  This lecture and class was her free motion quilting for the modern quilt    It got me all fired up to rush home and make a modern quilt just to try out some of her designs.  Here are some of the examples she showed us.

Tiles w/basic swirls inside
Concentric circles with pebbles
Flower Power


Plume feather 

Angela drawing out some of the designs - in slow motion so we could follow more easily.

She would do them as many times as we needed until we all got it!

Angela  has a lot of patience for beginners.  Her advice is "to just have fun with it".

Some ladies brought their modern quilt tops to get advice from Angela on how to quilt them. 

Now just to find time to make more tops and practice my quilting designs.  Oh, if only there were 48 hours each day!!


  1. Inspiring work! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow! What a great experience! It sounds like you really got a lot from her lecture and demonstrations. I really like the designs she showed you all. I'm with you about wishing there were more hours in the day! I haven't even found time to blog in a week!!!! And I've got company coming this weekend, so the next few days are going to be prepping for them, not sewing or blogging :*(

  3. Wow, she's good! Love the designs AND the quilts!

  4. What fun. Just wish I could have joined you. Thanks for sharing.


  5. That looks like so much fun and I bet you really learned a lot! There is never enough time in a day, that is for sure! Kids are back in school and I am trying to catch up....LOL.

    Thanks for sharing!