FMMS Blog Hop | Giveaway at the Home Base!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Free Motion Machine Sketching DVD blog tour! (I believe we’ll have one more stop, Melody’s got a lot of balls to juggle right now). It’s quite an honor to have all these wonderful artists review my workshop for you, and I am deeply grateful for their time!

I’ve really enjoyed sharing my sketchbooks, it was torture keeping them under my hat since last Summer!


It’s such a great way for me to try out color combos and thread selection, as well as figuring out how to place my motifs on the patches I love to use!

The main focus of the workshop is showing folks how to Free Motion Machine Sketch. If you’ve not seen it yet, here’s the preview:

I’m able to take you through 9 complete motifs, and hope that by the end you can not only stitch the ones I cover in the workshop but you’ve got the ideas as to how to take some of your own favorite things and stitch them as well!

I also teach you how to make a fabric sketchbook…so I’d like to end my blog tour with another giveaway: I’ll give one lucky person a copy of my DVD as well as all the fabric you’d need to make a sketchbook!


plus this:


That is: 6 pieces of hand dyed fabric in my Autumn Splendor palette cut to size to be 2 pages in the book plus the interfacing to support it, pre-fused bits of fabric to use for the focus patches, and a piece of multicolor fabric plus the Peltex and batting to make the cover for the sketchbook!

How to Enter: Just leave a comment telling me what you would most like to learn how to free motion machine sketch!

When does it end? I’ll let this to until next Tuesday, April 1st, and announce the winner a week from today.

Don’t forget the rest of the stops on the tour! Many of them still have giveaways open too…don’t delay, enter today! 🙂

Free Motion Machine Sketching Blog Tour


77 Responses

  1. I am very excited awaiting the arrival of the dvd I pre-ordered from you! I want to learn everything about free-motion sketching! I think it would be a lot of fun and would work in quilt pieces as well. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

  2. HI Candy. I would love to be able to make my birds as cute as yours. Somehow they all wind up looking like scrawny crows! LOL

    I can’t wait for the DVD (I pre-ordered it), but would never turn down some of your lovely fabric.


  3. I would really love to learn to relax and design birds and flowers, plus how to make transition stitches like whirls and such from one design to the next.

  4. nice giveaway…I will start with birds and after that who knows…but for sure I will try !!…thank you

  5. Oh, I am so happy to see this new DVD of yours. I love thread sketching but am still learning. Winning would inspire ant teach me!
    Thanks so much.

  6. I’ve enjoyed your blog hop and of course seeing your beautiful sketches! I’d love to learn to free motion sketch botanicals from the garden.

  7. I’d love to learn how to free-hand machine sketch all manner of plants – leaves, flowers, trees, etc. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  8. Hi Candy,

    I just found out I’ve won one of your DVD’s from Victoria, but I’d love a chance to win your fabrics. I’ve done some free motion quilting but love the idea of individual motifs, the Queen Anne lace looks interesting. Thanks for allowing me to be a lucky winner.

  9. Having 2 Lego obsessed boys, I think I would give that a try with free motion sketching.

  10. Thank you for the opportunity to win your DVD. It sounds great. I would love to learn how to make those cute birds!
    And of course, I love your fabric.

  11. Cats and flowers would be great to learn. Actually, I’d like to learn how to make anything that comes to mind for any given project.

  12. I was initially thinking wildflowers…I’d like to translate some of my Texas wildflower pics to some sort of sewn media, but then I thought I’d really like to do a thread sketch of my cat. Thing is, I’m better at drawing flowers than I am cats!

  13. I love the stylised birds you do. I walk almost every day in a local bird Sanctuary and I’d love to be able to stitch our New Zealand native birds, so winning your DVD would help me so much.

  14. Everything!

    I’m desperate to try fmq’ing on some quilts, but I’m really really anxious to try some free motion quilting like yours so decorate bags, and all sorts of nifty projects! 🙂

  15. I love your birds, but I’m most interested in finding out the easiest way to start…free motion quilting looks so carefree, but it’s very intimidating. 🙂

  16. I would like to learn about your approach to sketching and your process so that I could make it my own. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I’ve done some ink drawings of flowers and grasses on paper that I’m very happy with, but am somehow hesitant to try them out with stitching–I’m thinking your DVD might help me get over that hesitancy.

  18. I love that your DVD is so relaxed and freeing, not having to stitch over the original stitching takes all the pressure off and it makes the design stand out so much more. Thanks for sharing and offering the chance to win.

  19. I’d love to do the botanicals….and the birds…and…and…and!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Oh my gosh, your books are sooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful. I would love to make my birds look like the ones you make. I really want to win. Your work is stunning. Thanks for the chance.

  21. Hmmm, I guess I’d like to learn to make something fun like high heeled shoes or mustaches. The hand dyes are spectacular! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  22. Oh my goodness – that beautiful fabric is making my heart beat faster! And I love the delightful stitching on your sketchbooks. I like birds and bugs and I’d love to start incorporating these motifs into my free-motion quilting. Thanks so much for the chance to win, and thanks for this whole inspiring hop!

  23. The sketchbooks are wonderful. Thanks for sharing these in your blog. I would love to know how to sketch the herbs and that hummingbird and the Jasmine!
    Ann Louise

  24. I want to learn the art of free motion. I practice but I have a long way to go! The designs examples are fabulous!

  25. I would love tips on stitching my signature and other kinds of readable script. I do it but it is very inconsistent and not
    good to look at!

  26. I’d like to learn to get my stitches even and transfer my doodles into quilting.
    You make it looks to easy and I just love the way your fabric colors and stitching all come together so beautifully.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    Happy Sewing

  27. First, I love your fabric choices, just my colors. Do you mark your design and if so what do you use? I feel lost if I don’t have a design to follow.

  28. Beautiful, I come from a knitting background so I appreciate the hand dyed fabric. Free sketching, is way too cool. I would start with something, simple and organic.

  29. It all looks great! I especially love the birds. I hope to be able to sketch dragonflies once I’ve practiced….thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize!

  30. What a great giveaway! I would like to try thread sketching and this would give me the start I need.

  31. Love your hand dyed fabric and the free motion thread sketching. It is such a nice contrast to the highly micro stitched quilts and so much more care free. The 2 -3 lines of stitching give a real pencil drawn effect. Thank you for sharing this.

  32. I love your dyed fabric and I would certainly love to win this DVD. I love the colours!

  33. Would love to learn every thing I am a like a sponge as a beginner in this art.

  34. I love all your fabric and have really enjoyed your DVD on dying and am looking forward to your new one on stitching.

  35. I would love to learn how to loosen up when I free motion quilt. The whimsical nature of your quilting is something that eludes me. I’m way too straight line – grid oriented.


  36. If this QA workshop is anywhere nearly as good as your online classes, I would really like to learn how to COMFORTABLY machine quilt. Congratulations!

  37. Candy–You make it look so easy! I guess I need to practice on paper before I try it with my machine. And your hand-dyed fabrics are beautiful! I signed up for Dyeing 103, so I look forward to making more of my own. I would love to learn to sketch motifs from some of my favorite fairy tales.

  38. Your online dyeing classes give very helpful hints, even for experienced dyers! I bet your FMQING DVD does as well. Add me to your list of admirers.

  39. I took your class, Dyeing 102, and loved it. The textures you taught were amazing. Congrats on your dvd!

  40. I would love to learn free motion couching. I just bought the feet for my Baby Lock Tiara, but have yet to put them on my machine. I know that more machine manufacturers are making these feet for a their machines.

  41. I love the birds and flower motifs. I would love to learn the techniques and how to put it all together. I have enrolled in your new class, so it would be fun to have a project to do with my new fabric! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!

  42. I need practice, mostly. But, i enjoy flowers and leaves, tracing photos
    and making up a flower where i see the shape of one in my hand-dyed fabric,
    so i would like helpwith curvy, organic shapes.
    Thanks for sharing,