Can I Learn to Free Motion Quilt on My Sewing Machine?

Maybe you’ve already noticed, but I have been dedicating a LOT of time over the past year focusing on hand quilting, and before that I did a ton of straight line walking foot quilting, but I am thinking maybe I should do some more quilting on my machine – Free Motion Quilting, to be exact – also known as FMQ! I have actually made a couple quilts over the years with FMQ but I have never been happy with my stitches or designs.

Recently, I heard about an online course for learning how to Free Motion Quilt and I’ve decided it’s time for me to get some official training on the topic! Signing up for Free Motion Quilting Academy will be a great way for me to expand my skillset & get better at it, while also getting to practice it with some accountability! I love the idea of taking an online course so I don’t have to give up a whole weekend & lug all my stuff to an in-person class, but I can still connect with the other quilters in the class via virtual groups & show off our progress in photos!

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My most recent FMQ experience. Still very shaky!

Have you been wanting to learn how to Frr Motion Quilt but you’re worried your machine isn’t up for the task??If you are concerned that you do not have the right machine for Free Motion Quilting, HollyAnne Knight is here to debunk your worries and explain what the most important things are to look for in a machine for FMQ! Continue reading

Therapeutic Quilting and the Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi-sabi

Let me introduce you to my most recent quilt finish: Mod Mountains, a SuzyQuilts Pattern. I recently finished the very long process of making this quilt, and realized through it just how therapeutic quilting can really be when you let go of any stress and just let yourself get lost in the process. The quilt really does not have to take a long time to make, but for me, the time spent on it was so refreshing for my soul.

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How to Embrace & Disguise the Imperfections in a Quilt

Womp Womp Womp… Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this before.

Recently I finished a quilt top and was SO thrilled with how it looked and then when I brought it outside into natural lighting for photos, I noticed that some of the white background pieces got mixed up and I somehow used the WRONG SHADE OF WHITE.

In this post, I want to teach you what I did to try to embrace the imperfections instead of ripping out the seams!

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AccuQuilt: 12 ways to use the 12″ Qube

If you love precise quilts and endless possibilities, this blog post is for you!

I got an AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine a few months ago and I really just can’t stop dreaming up projects to make with it. I want to make everything I see! Since getting my AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine I have had a ton of fun making a Pillow/Wall Hanging Duo and also some adorable Baby Shower Gifts, just to name a few! My most recent AccuQuilt finish is my 12 Block Sampler Quilt!

Today I am going to teach you about the beauty of getting an AccuQuilt Qube! If you have the AccuQuilt Go!, AccuQuilt Go! Big Electric, or even the AccuQuilt Go! Me you can use the Qube die sets! (The Go! Me machine can use up to the 8″ size Qube!) Continue reading

SEO for Selling Handmade or Homemade Items Online

Last month I shared with you all my top 9 Simple Tips for Selling Homemade Goods and I want to follow that up with some more details on how you can easily implement SEO tips & tricks into your current marketing and business practices.

If you have an existing business selling homemade goods, then you likely already have some sort of online presence, whether that be a website, social media, or online selling platform. Your homemade goods company’s web-based presence can easily be categorized into two main segments:

  1. Where your sales are happening (Etsy, Amazon, your own site, etc)
  2. Where you engage with potential buyers and market your products (social media, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)

These basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) principles will work in both forms of your business’ online presence but you’ll shift them just slightly to get the best bang for your buck! Continue reading

The Ultimate Homemade Girls Dress

If you’ve been following along with my sewing lately you may have noticed an increase in garments popping up on my photo feed! Believe it or not, I actually started my sewing journey with garments and kind of stopped for a few years when quilts completely took over my life.

One of my goals for this year has been to increase my garment sewing so I did what I like to do: found amazing fabrics and killer patterns and dove right in! Continue reading

The Sewing Machine that Teaches You How to Sew

Beginner’s Guide to JoyOS ADVISOR™

This post is for all you high-tech high-quality sewing machine lovers out there! Did you know there is a way to have sewing instructions and tutorials completely integrated into your sewing machine?! It’s practically like having a sewing teacher that lives inside your machine!

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Since getting my HUSQVARNA® VIKING® DESIGNER BRILLIANCE™ 80 sewing/embroidery machine I have actually learned SO much about sewing, quilting, embroidery, materials, stabilizer, thread, stitch length, and well, a lot of stuff! One of my favorite features on this new HUSQVARNA® VIKING® machine (that I was not expecting to find so impactful) is the JoyOS ADVISOR™ which came built into the machine. Continue reading

How to Upcycle Clothing: What Dave Ramsey and Marie Kondo Taught Me About Fashion

Do you love to sew but get tired of how expensive quality fabric can be? Have you noticed that it actually can be much cheaper just to buy clothes at the big box/department store than to make them yourself? Or maybe you’re like me and you just want to actually wear the items in your closet that keep sitting there taking up precious space!

Marie Kondo taught me to only keep the clothing items that Spark Joy, but Dave Ramsey taught me to use what I have & live frugally! Guess what happens when you combine the love of living debt free with the love of keeping things tidy? I learned how to revamp my wardrobe without spending a dime! Do you want to learn how to have new clothing for free too?

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Birds Hill Quilt Pattern

The Birds Hill Quilt Pattern by @theblanketstatement is a fun, modern twist on a simple, versatile, quilt block – the Half Square Triangle, also known as the “HST”. For anyone new to quilting, the HST is a total staple and one of my BFF quilt blocks.

I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Erin on this project and I am really thrilled with how my baby size Birds Hill Quilt turned out! I’m writing this blog post for you so I can share my experience with the pattern, tips & tricks to make it easier, AND how to make it SUPER easy by cutting the pieces with an AccuQuilt Go! fabric cutting machine.

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