Quilting Tutorials

Stacked Quilting Plan

Kimberlee Tanner

Tags Free Motion Quilting, Quilting, Quilting Plan

Stacked Quilting Plan

One of my favorite parts of the quilting process is to sit down with a top after it’s all done and figure out my quilting plan. This is my opportunity to decide what I want to accent and make a focal point and how to best elevate the entire design. I’ve found that the basic principles I learned in my art classes many years ago are so important to quilts and a quilting plan as well. As you watch the video to see my process for creating a quilting plan for our Stacked pattern, I want you to pay attention...


Have you stretched your creative muscles recently?

Kimberlee Tanner

Have you stretched your creative muscles recently?

A few weeks ago while teaching a ruler quilting class, I mentioned to one of my students that on my longarm, I have to hold my ruler with my left hand and guide the machine with my right. My brain just doesn’t work to guide the machine with just my left, even along the edge of a ruler. This particular student just happens to be a counselor and is all about brain stuff. She mentioned, “but just think how much more creative you might be if you force yourself to use your right hand to hold the rulers.” I immediately...


Scrap Flower Quilt – A Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

Kimberlee Tanner

Tags Foundation Paper Piecing, Free Patterns, Tutorials

Scrap Flower Quilt – A Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

If you are anything like us, you are drowning in little scraps of fabric. You hate to throw them away, but what are you going to do with all of them? We now have a solution for you. We designed this little flower as the perfect scrap buster. It uses up all your little scraps that aren’t really usable in other patterns. The block finishes at 7″ square. For this project, you are going to need background scrap ranging from this to this, green scraps for the leaves and stems ranging from this to this, and a variety of colored...


More Free Motion Quilting Questions Answered

Kimberlee Tanner

Tags FMQ, Free Motion Quilting

Did you start FMQ on a regular machine? Is that the best way to try out FMQ? I did. I actually learned Free Motion Quilting right after I made my first quilt. The very first one I did, I hand quilted, but then knew I wouldn’t get far if I kept doing that (it was a baby quilt and took me 2 1/2 years to finish). My mom had recently taken some free motion quilting classes and showed me what she had learned, so I tried it and was hooked from the beginning. I have quilted every quilt I’ve made....


FMQ Questions? Ask me!

Kimberlee Tanner

Tags FMQ, Free Motion Quilting

What is the most common thread you use when there are a lot of color changes in the top? And bobbin? I am not one to constantly change thread color (unless that is what a client requests). I’ve found, that for the most part, the quilting blends well enough that I can use the same color.  For example, my Christmas Whirl quilt (the first photo) was done completely in white, regardless of the bold red, greens, and yellows. Currently I use Glide 40 wt in most of my quilts, top and bottom. 95% of the time, if I have white...