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May 10, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial :: 2012 Stencil Hop with Balzer Designs & The Crafter's Workshop

Yipee! It's my second time to be part of the very fun Spring 2012 Stencil Hop with Balzer Designs, featuring the wonderful new stencils designed by Julie Balzer for The Crafter's Workshop. The stencil that I have used for this project is the Peek a Boo Stencil. And with it, I made a couple of free motion stitched art quilts. So fun. free motion quilting tutorial
I first used a water-soluble marker to trace the peek-a-boo shapes onto muslin with the stencil. The pen goes on blue and disappears with just a dab of water.
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I layered the muslin with batting and another piece of backing muslin fabric and then brought the layers to my sewing machine. I lowered the feed dogs, put its darning foot on and free motion quilted the traced shapes.

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So cool, huh?

IMG_2952I free motion quilted little frames around them and also free motion stitched some words. After that, I dabbed the blue pen marks with some water to see them disappear.

For this one below, I also added more stitching to the small crescent shape ... little doodle stitched flowers.

IMG_2960I cut the excess fabric layers away from the frame and then added watercolors to the crescent shapes.


Many thanks to the talented Julie Balzer for inviting me to be part of this stencil hop and also to the good people at Crafter's Workshop. Check out other cool projects using the Peek-a-Boo stencil by these talented participants:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Joanne Sharpe

Ronda Palazzari

And check out the entire line of kickin' stencils from Crafter's Workshop here.

The Crafter's Workshop


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love your take on the stencil- lovely stitches and watercolor!

Love your sweet quilties Jenny! I'm going to make sure my next sewing machine allows me to free motion stitch-tho stitching the words like you have must take alot of practice.

What a unique way to use a stencil. I'm not much of a sewer myself, but I love what you've done.

ok, now i have to figure out my free motion on my sewing machine.

Your work is always so simple and yet compelling. i love what you did with the stencil and stitching. I just got a new sewing machine and will have to learn free motion. Thanks for sharing.

What great little quilts! I especially love how you created flowers with the stencil!

Beautiful work Jenny - I especially love the watercolour on fabric!

What a super idea!! Love it!

love your fabric work! And how true is the saying...thank you for the inspiration.

Wonderful!! I wonder if I can get a free motion foot for my sewing machine? I'd love to be able to sew with it that way.

Lovely, so fun...

You have reminded me that I really need to use my sewing machine more! Very cute indeed.
Connie in Canada

That is just absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea for a stencil! Thanx for the inspiration. :)

Amazing projects! I love love love that you saw flowers in that stencil! So completely fab! Thanks for playing along with the hop!

Well, that was inspirational! I'm not so good with a sewing machine but that darning foot, which I had never heard of, looks like just what I need. wonderful use of Julie's stencil.

i like your Words of Wisdom feature!

Great projects. I love Julie's stencils.

Not only do I love the free motion stitching of the crescents but the handwriting is perfect too!!

AMAZING !! I used to make so free motion with free style pattern of mine but these are great !!! I love !! I wanted to ask you what are these fabric gloves you wear and why you wear them and where I should be able to find some too ?! thank you so much ! Cheers from Belgium ;-)

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