Free-Motion Quilting Panels and Book Give-Away

Hi everyone!

My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m a Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson for BERNINA. I wanted to share a new panel print that I designed to help teach free-motion quilting. It is available exclusively through participating BERNINA stores! I hope you like it!

Free-motion Quilting Panels designed by Amanda Murphy

Free-motion Quilting Panels designed by Amanda Murphy for BERNINA

In my studio I sew on the lovely BERNINA Q 24 Longarm Quilting Machine but you can also use this panel to practice on the BERNINA Q 20 Longarm Quilting Machine or on domestic machines.  I frequently teach both domestic and long arm quilting and think it is important to design for both. There is also a workbook available from participating BERNINA stores so that you can practice tracing some of these designs before quilting.

Free-motion Quilting Sampler on Frame

I used Aurifil monofilament on the top of my quilt, with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton in the bobbin. With this combination, I haven’t had to adjust thread tension at all—plus it is hard to see my mistakes!

Free-motion Quilting Panels - Sampler by Amanda Murphy for BERNINA

If you are a more advanced quilter, you can fill in some of the smaller spaces between the motifs with loops, pebbles, stilling or whatever your heart desires! Directions to quilt these motifs and more can also be found in my new book—the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, which gives you ideas for how to place these  motifs in actual blocks. The two products really work well together.

The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy

There are actually two versions of the panel—the “training panel” is pictured above. It finishes at about 36″ x 52″. A smaller event panel is also available. It includes the simpler motifs and is designed to be cut up into placemats, pillows, or even made into a bag! Please share pictures with us on instagram using #berninausa and #berninalongarm, we’d love to see them.

Even though Quilting BERNINA-Style: Free-Motion Quilting Panels look like finished quilts, they really ARE practice panels. So keep that in mind because, with quilting, you get better and better with time. I hope that these panels will make the process more enjoyable for you by helping you figure out which patterns are your favorites and how to travel from motif to motif for a beautiful finish!

Free-motion Quilting Sampler by Amanda Murphy

Stay tuned as I will share a few quilting techniques here on WeAllSew.

Happy quilting!


Giveaway Time!

I have a “Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book” to give away to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

Which Free-motion quilting technique would you like to learn more about?

A winner will be chosen on November 20, 2015 and announced later this month!

134 thoughts on “Free-Motion Quilting Panels and Book Give-Away

  1. I have just purchased a new Bernina 580 and want to learn ALL I can about using the BSR as well as free motion quilting. This Bernina is all new to me!

  2. Love the practice panel – what a great idea – I’d love to learn more curved designs, as I have problems making a smooth curve ! your book looks fabulous too 🙂

  3. This is so cool, I am just now learning to do free-motion quilting. I would love any ideas and help available.
    Just can’t wait to start sewing this evening!

  4. I just attended a Bernina Club on this very panel. I was intimidated by the BSR presser foot until I saw that this panel could help me actually learn to free motion quilt…and end up with a beautiful quilt while doing it! Thank you so much!

  5. I really like the idea of having it planned out and just following lines to learn free motion. I have always been afraid to try it. I think this would get me started. Love feathers & would like to learn to make them.

  6. I saw the panel in my Bernina store on Tuesday so it was very fun to read the article. I have not yet mastered free motion quilting but the BSR sure helps with my quilting desires. I like the thread suggestions and will try that soon but I would love some help in borders.

    1. I have tried free motion quilting but have not been that successful. Your book would be a great help and the panel is beautiful. I would love to have both the book and panel. Thank you for doing this.

  7. I have a Bernina 830e that I recently purchased used. I have done stitch in the ditch and stippling, but could really use some help learning to free motion quilt anything else!

  8. Just open my own home base sewing business last week. Today I picked up my Bernina sewing machine I had service oiled and clean now ready to open my doors. My ideal stitch for free motion stitching would have to be the feathers. Ever since I started sewing I wonder how can that look so good, I’m still wondering could I ever get that good. I sure would love to say “yes I can”. Thank you for the give away. Sonya

  9. I have a Bernina 560 and have almost mastered some of the easier free motion stitches, but I simply can’t do a feather design. I use both regular free motion and my BSR.

  10. I’m so excited about learning to free motion quilt with this fabric. Love the colors and design. I am inspired “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!”

  11. What a clever idea!! I have some panels that I purchased *years* ago that are supposed to help practice machine quilting . . . but yours are beautiful and you end up with a lovely finished product to enjoy!! Free motion feathers — that’s where I’d love some help!! 🙂

  12. I love the panels! I am just beginning to try to learn free motion quilting. I know that I would love the book! I am still trying to master “Stippling” and I want to learn feathers and other patterns. I love my Bernina!

  13. I’m excited about the practice panel and your idea book! I’m a new FM quilter and need all the practice I can get. The panel has the designs I’m trying to learn and looks like it will give me great incite into the process. Trying to figure out what to put where is hard for me. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, or my head! Pick me, I need you! Love my Bernina 550QE!

  14. The panel is beautiful and that is a great idea to have it ready for machine quilting! Just purchased a new Bernina and would love to practice my machine quilting.

  15. This book looks like it will be an excellent resource. I really like the practice fabric which is more like working with a finished quilt. My biggest insecurity is in designing the final quilting plan for my quilt. We have 2 Berninas so that my husband and I can quilt at the same time. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  16. I recently purchased a Bernina 550QE. I would love to learn at least the basics and have some practice. Then I’d like to expand on the quilting and learn to do all the beautiful quilting that you show in the book. I’d like to do free motion quilting but am too afraid:) Practice makes perfect!

  17. It would be incredibly helpful to learn everything, truthfully. I have zero confidence in my ability to FMQ, and would love to use my 750QE to its fullest potential.

  18. I love your projects! I love the practice panels, too. Ingenious! I am new to quilting, so all quilting techniques tips are great. I love the curls and swirls in quilt stitching.

  19. I would love to become more confident and have control over my free motion designs and techniques. This book and the panels look like something that will help me improve!

  20. I have always wanted to learn free-motion quilting using my Bernina 440. The panel and book are an ideal way to learn these techniques especially with the starting points already printed on the panel…how cool is that?!!!

  21. I need to know How…what stitch length…what stitch width…how fast, slow., thread to use…and love the Panel idea..what a great use of a lovely piece of fabric…follow along the curves and valleys to make something come together to be a quilt…Thank you for the great giveaway…and the Great Panel….cannot wait to show my friends this blog post……

  22. The answer to this question is easy. All of them! I have just started playing around with free motion quilting. I really need to know more of what kinds of threads to use. After I find one, what type of thread do I use in the bobbin so that there is not too much thread build up on the back side. I have just purchased a Bernina 710 and I also purchased the BSR. Looking forward to taking classes so that I can learn what the BSR is capable of. Then I want to start learning how to make feathers that fill in the specific space that needs to be quilted.

  23. I only do stippling and meandering quilting so I would love to learn many different kinds of quilting. Thanks for the great giveaway and for sharing about these quilting panels.

  24. I’m anxious to learn more about ruler work. I also need a lot more practice creating feathers. I can’t seem to get the right shape with free motion. These panels will help a lot!

  25. Oh boy, I need all the help I can get!!!!! I would love the book to help me learn how to do FMQ. OK, I know I need to practice, and I need to find someplace to get the panel to help me. Fingers crossed.

  26. I would like to see ruler work on the 7 or 8 machines. I know people are using various feet from other manufacturers. I’d like to see a Bernina specific foot and advice on using it. I can stipple but struggle with other things.

  27. I just bought a new Bernina two days ago…a 570QE! This will be so helpful in learning what I need while using my new machine. What I’d like to learn how to do is make those fun curved cross-hatched designs. THANKS for the contest. Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. I can now manage a basic stipple, thanks to my BSR, but I’d love to figure out how to progress to more variety in free-motion quilting on my domestic machine. Particularly, feather motifs.

  29. I am calling my dealer tomorrow. I have just started free motion quilting and this is so beautiful! It’s like a double bonus, beauty and practice, who could ask for more, and of course, who wouldn’t just love to win that book!?! I just purchased my first Bernina and I have named her Belle. I’ve ot a Girl Crush. I love her and she is my quilting queen. I am so happy to be part of the Bernina family!!!

  30. Wow, the answer would have to be all of them. Can you tell I’m a beginner?
    Could you please tell me where I can purchase the panel? I would love to practice on something this pretty and useful =)

  31. What an awesome idea to create a panel with quilting designs! Love it. I would like to get better on my feathers, so far I’m still in the practicing stage. Thanks

  32. I’d like to be able to center flowers in the squares on my quilts with my Bernina 780. I am new at quilting and I know I could mark the center but is there a way that you can just figure it?

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