Experimenting with Free Motion Machine quilting

An excellent way to experiment and develop your free motion machine quilting is to play with a fabric panel. Here is a cot panel I have been enhancing . . It lets you be creative and experiment with different fill designs plus allows you to quilt on the printed lines ( similar to quilting in the ditch) to outline each shape. A quick and easy way to prepare a cute quilt for someone special.

‘Canopy’ quilt

Here is the finished quilt made with the Flour Garden fabrics designed by Linzee Cull McCray for Moda Fabrics. The quilt pattern is called Canopy, from Clark Street Quilts. I added an extra border to make it fit a queen size bed. I love the quilt and it’s soft, crisp colours. It goes perfectly with the colour scheme in my bedroom. This will be a surprise for a special friend who gifted me the fabrics….I still have to finish a matching quilt for me.

Canopy using Flour Garden fabric


I had a lovely surprise a few months ago when the mail man delivered a parcel of 36 fat quarters, a beautiful gift from a dear friend. The fabric is ‘Flour Garden’ by Linzee Kull McCray for Moda Fabrics. I wanted to make something special. I worked out there was enough fabric to make 2 queen size quilts if I added a cream background fabric. One for me and one for my special friend. We will have matching quilts. Clark Street Quilts had designed the quilt ‘Canopy’ using these fabrics…..this worked perfectly with the fabric quantities I had.

After lots of cutting and sewing I have 72 twelve inch squares, 36 for each quilt.
I am now in the process of quilting the first quilt……the second quilt is still to have its 12 inch squares pieced together. I think that will be kept for a rainy day in the future.

The quilting is the fun part. I enjoy seeing the design being transformed into a soft, textured quilt.