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Free-Motion Quilted Gifts

Practice your free-motion quilting–and learn a handful of new designs – as you create three textured projects: a journal cover, basket, and zippered bag.
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The best quilt projects are the ones that get used. And these small-but-mighty projects certainly fit the bill. Practice your free-motion quilting as you create a quilted journal cover, basket, and zippered bag with step-by-step guidance from designer Christina Cameli.


Christina Cameli


Christina Cameli is a quilt designer and free-motion quilter with more than a decade of experience. She writes the quilting blog A Few Scraps and contributes to numerous publications, including Stitch, Quilts & More, Quilty and The Quilt Life. She's the author of "First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting," "Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting," "Step-by-Step Texture Quilting" and more.

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01: Introduction

Meet Christina and review the three quilted projects you'll make in class: a journal cover, basket and zippered bag.

2 min
Quilting Refresher

02: Quilting Refresher

Get a quick refresher on basting fat-quarter-sized quilt sandwiches and setting up your machine for free-motion quilting.

4 min
Journal Cover: Quilting

03: Journal Cover: Quilting

Start your journal cover by quilting your panel with an all-over seafoam design made by echoing wavy lines. See how to create pockets of space in the design and then fill them with quilted pebbles or other filler variations.

13 min
Journal Cover: Construction

04: Journal Cover: Construction

Trim your panel and a few more fabric pieces to finish up your journal cover. Christina shows you how to cut, stack and sew it all together with ease.

13 min
Basket: Quilting

05: Basket: Quilting

Christina guides you step by step to quilt a textured triangle basket design. See how easy it is to keep your triangles on track using quilting guidelines with your walking foot. Afterwards, add filler between triangles for texture that pops.

9 min
Basket: Construction

06: Basket: Construction

Your basket is almost done! Sew your quilted panel into a structured basket (that's perfect for holding fat quarter bundles!). Learn how to create boxed corners in the outer quilted panel and lining fabric, then add handles and a cuff for a beautiful finish.

10 min
Zippered Bag: Quilting

07: Zippered Bag: Quilting

Quilt a symmetrical curvy radar design on your panel to start the last project, a zippered bag. Christina shows you how to mark and stitch guidelines with your walking foot, and add curves with free-motion stitching.

11 min
Zippered Bag: Construction

08: Zippered Bag: Construction

Zip up your quilted panel after you turn it into a handy bag, complete with lining. Then insert the zipper, stitch and turn the bag. Finish it off with a zipper pull for a personal touch.

15 min
Bonus: Scrappy Quilted Panel

09: Bonus: Scrappy Quilted Panel

In this bonus video, Christina shares her secrets for using up even the smallest quilted scraps. With a simple joining method, learn to piece a patchwork panel and use it to create any of the projects from class.

2 min