Summer Sewing Camp


It’s time for sunshine and sewing! Join us here all summer long for a quilt-along (featuring original embroidery designs!) and a series of sewing how-tos. We are kicking off with a giveaway. Just tell us in the comments…what sewing skills would you like to learn?

416 comments on “Summer Sewing Camp

  1. Toni Buzzeo says:

    I’d love to acquire some free motion quilting skills.

  2. Susie says:

    Besides learning when to use steam or dry iron, I’d like to learn how to properly iron seams so that they lie perfectly flat without those annoying little extra folds!

  3. Marta says:

    I need tips for working with flannels

  4. Sharon Robinson says:

    I would love to improve my quilting skill on my home sewing machine

  5. Tamra says:

    I would like to know how to properly starch fabric without stretching

    • Dawn says:

      The best way to starch fabric without stretching is to saturate your fabric with starch and allow to completely dry. Iron without steam, but only after the starch has completely dried. Make sure you press and not scoot the iron over the fabric. I found putting extra batting underneath my ironing board covered helped with pressing.

      Sometimes seams are best pressed open. I bought a $3 wooden dowel rod at the hardware store and had them cut it down the middle lengthwise to create two half moon pieces. When pressing seams open I press on the curved section of the dowel up, because the iron only makes contact with the seam itself, it does not distort or stretch the seam. I hope this helps out with your ironing!

      • Tracy says:

        I like the information, as I think there is an art to the ironing. It’s all a process.

  6. Loretta Ray says:

    I love your site! As a new quilter I would love to learn more about seams, appliquƩ and binding. Thank you!

  7. Katie Harland says:

    All the suggestions so far are great. I would also like to learn applique. Thanks!

  8. Barbara Hills says:

    I agree with all of the above comments! These are things I would like to learn, too!

  9. Elin says:

    All skills for sewing bags, purses, totes etc.

  10. Donna W says:

    Any Free Motion Quilting tips are great. Also, sewing curves.

    • Dawn says:

      Hiya! I just finished an apple core quilt and was worried about my curves. I figured out my bad habit of looking at the front of the 1/4 inch foot instead of looking where the needle is actually sewing the two pieces together. When looking at the front of the foot, the two pieces go into different directions. When they are no longer meeting up at the front of the foot and veering to the left or right that is a good time to take a couple of extra stitches with your sewing machine needle. Then re-position your raw edge up against your 1/4 foot. All of mine the seams were accurate and were easy to sew a row at a time. Pin if you are sewing a row of curves. Have fun practicing. After you figure out your rhythm it will become as easy as sewing a regular seam.

  11. Janet Perry says:

    Making a quilt sleeve for hanging quilts.

  12. Michelle O. says:

    I would love to learn how to hand quilt (think Amish – style šŸ™‚ )
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Sandra D in Joliet says:

    ZIPPERS-LAPPED, INVISIBLE, ETC. What is the easiest way of putting in zippers in the side and also across the middle of a pillow back, down a dress back, etc. Ruffles if you don’t have a ruffler attachment. I would love to learn smocking but how can one make the pleats without a pleater? Maybe that’s not under the category of sewing though. Thanks!

  14. Patty says:

    Machine appliquƩ techniques

  15. Dedee says:

    I would like to make decorative pillows with consistent cording and perfect corners!

  16. Amie says:

    I’d love to learn many free motion stitches.

  17. janet says:

    I would appreciate a basic review of THREADS…for machine piecing, machine quilting, hand piecing, and of course applique….so many options and companies…it would be helpful to have some expert tips….thanks

  18. Cathy says:

    I would like to learn how to make my applique work look better and how to free motion quilt my quilts.

  19. Ann Wagner says:

    I like to have inspiration for small usable projects

  20. Betty Mask says:

    I am like everyone else I would just like to learn more about all of the steps in making beautiful Quilts. I would be very happy learning paper-piecing as well as how to make a circle quilt using a wedge ruler.
    Thank you for all of the quilt tops you post.
    Betty mask

  21. Sue says:

    Straight line quilting. Free motion quilting is not for me…too stressful. I have neck issues and this really aggravates things!

    • Nancy says:

      I’m with Sue! This newbie quilter would like to see creative ways to use straight line quilting besides just stitch-in-the-ditch, please.

  22. Michelle Tetlock says:

    I would like to learn how to hand stitch both a binding and/or the whole quilt sandwich- now I am dreaming. Lol

  23. Cheryl M. says:

    I’m with Sandra D…Zippers! If a pattern calls for a zipper, I will put it back and look for a different pattern. I used to take zipper projects to my mother…can’t do that anymore. I need to get beyond this fear of zippers!

  24. BONNIE THIEM says:

    Learn more about machine applique and paper piecing tips. I would love anything to help build on my skills.

  25. I would love to learn better ways to do borders that also serve as the binding. Ways to make the corners perfect. I had a program taped on tv and she did it by cutting the corner edges at an angle to make perfect corners, but lost the taping.


  26. Rhonda Kirkes says:

    I’d LOVE to learn free motion skills and a better technique to pinning the back together

  27. A better technique for the elusive quarter inch seam! No matter what I try………..!!!!!

    • Renee says:

      After I discovered the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide by Perkins Dry Goods, I no longer have problems with my quarter inch seams. I never sew without it.

  28. Marilyn says:

    Tips on the details that improve quiltmaking, threads, pressing, borders, all of it.

  29. Claudia Burns says:

    Wedge and circle quilts, Dresden plate

  30. KayMc says:

    I would like to improve my applique.

  31. thressa trausch says:

    Machine applique and embroidery would be great!! So excited for this!

  32. Sally says:

    Would love to be able to learn turning method of applique and other applique tricks

  33. Rosemaryflower says:

    There are a lot of ideas^^ already! Wow, yes, I would like to just learn to be less sloppy šŸ˜€
    free motion quilting but also more importantly
    I would like to learn the mechanics of FMQ: machine adjustments, and how to get right to it and avoid all of the tears , binge eating and meltdowns associated with that frustration.
    Thank you MODA for all that you do and share to encourage us. I know I NEED IT

  34. Cathy Echols says:

    Better accurate cutting. And all the above thank you

  35. Cheryl says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt more with my walking foot.

  36. Renib says:

    I would like to learn about sewing bag, purses, and simple tops. Thanks!!

  37. How to get seams to line up neatly when quilting. I still have trouble with making perfect or even near-perfect blocks.

  38. Cathy B. says:

    Machine applique that looks good. I have a vintage machine with no buttonhole stitch. Straight stitching around the pieces invariably leaves little points sticking up and fraying. So many patterns use applique, and am hesitant to even consider until I can be confident they will look good.

  39. Cindy Garaas says:

    installing zippers

  40. Jennifer says:

    I would like to improve on my paper piecing skills. I just started and I could use some helpful hints.

  41. Nancy Ciminello says:

    I would like a review of simple embroidery stitches.

  42. Maureen Dobranski says:

    I am always eager to learn anything I can but I am really excited about ways to incorporate English paper piecing into my quilt projects as I both love making quilts and handwork like EPP. Anything you could offer in that direction would be fantastic!

  43. Jessica Rollow says:

    appliquƩ is something I would love to be better at!

  44. Mary says:

    I’d like to become a better free motion quilter. I struggle with this on my home machine.

  45. beckyrab says:

    IMDb like to learn to put a zipper in a small bag. Sounds like a fun summer of learning new things.

  46. Marie says:

    Needle turn appliquƩ. That seems like it would be a great summer take along project.

  47. Donna says:

    I can think of several things, but this should be enough….wool applique, free motion quilting on my home machine, how to make a foundation for quilting.

  48. Diane says:

    Thanks for all your great postings!

  49. Kelly Austin says:

    I would love to learn applique!

  50. Terri Mc says:

    I need help with accurate cutting of fabric

  51. Sherrill says:

    Can’t think of any particular skill I want to learn. Just need a swift kick in the pants to get going again and keep on keepin’ on!!

  52. Kyle McDaniel says:

    more ” quilt as desired” ideas

  53. dana says:

    quilt binding…esp. the corners!

  54. Sarah B. says:

    Would love to improve my free motion quilting skills

  55. MARJORIE says:

    Free Motion Skills.

  56. Nancy A says:

    I really want to learn how to do free motion quilting.

  57. Lisa Marie says:

    Free motion feathers.

  58. Jennifer Leean says:

    I can’t think of one thing in particular. I just want to learn and improve on everything sewing/quilting encompasses. Thank you Moda!

  59. Donna says:

    So fun! I can’t wait! I’d love to learn any tips for working with double gauze and bag making. Also, love linen / linen/cotton and would love to use it in my quilts along with regular cotton…any tips would be great!

  60. Lisann D. says:

    Japanese shasiko is something I would love to learn more about.

  61. Karin Ross says:

    Knowing some flatter binding methods would be nice.

  62. Laura Valdez says:

    How to get my mini’s to look better. Small pieces give me fits sometimes and the piece just doesn’t look right.

  63. Annette says:

    I would love to learn to embroidery. I think it’s beautiful, but never had anyone to learn from.

  64. sara says:

    i’d love some lessons on free motion quilting.

  65. Stacy Lindblom says:

    Oh my gosh, applique is something I just can’t the hang of. Please help!

  66. Holly H says:

    I’d love to learn how to hand quilt.

  67. Jill says:

    Curved seams and y-seams, please!

  68. Melissa Dryer says:

    I would love to learn about quilting on my home machine–either straight line with my walking foot or free-motion with the quilting foot. That is the thing that stops me in my tracks when finishing a quilt project!

  69. Maggiie White says:

    Suggestions on how to tackle projects with Arthritic hands so that’s it is encouraging, instead of dreading and requiring that “swift kick” to continue.

  70. Trish S says:

    Embroidery would be fun to learn

  71. Sandra S. says:

    I would also love to learn more about quilting on my home machine.

  72. Vicki says:

    Quilting with my basic tabletop machine, tension setting seems to be my biggest problem…I get weird looking stitches on the back – kind of like blanket stitch.

  73. Kristen J says:

    I am new to quilting so any sewing skills would be great! Also would love to learn embroidery!

  74. Vicki says:

    Oops, forgot to sign up for new posts emails…. šŸ™‚

  75. Karen Mc Mahon says:

    I would love to learn curved piecing and hand quilting!

  76. Kathy Blankenship says:

    I would love to learn the art of
    shashiko please.

  77. Alex Brown says:

    I would love to learn how to do applique.

  78. Brianna says:

    I need to work on my paper piecing skills. I’ve also never tried curved piecing and would like to try that too.

  79. gerri nathanson-cook says:

    I would like to learn triangle and point piecing.

  80. Marti says:

    I would like to learn curved piecing.

  81. Laura Brown says:

    Curves still Leary of them!

  82. Jackie says:

    I am going to try applique and paper piecing this summer. Any info will help. Thanks.

  83. Patty B. says:

    I would like to learn about borders, using blocks as a boarder, how to do the math when it comes to boarders and how to add flanges to binding.

  84. Dianne H. says:

    Hand quilting is something I have never tried to do. I would very much like to learn this skill.

  85. Janice Regier says:

    I would love to try curved piecing , Thanks for all the great fun !


    Adding in embroidery to quilts.

  87. Terry Greenstreet says:

    would love to see beginners quilt videos for kids!

  88. Beverly Emery says:

    I’m terrible at choosing colors for the fabric in my quilts. I need help.

  89. Rita Champion says:

    Hi-I would like to learn paper piecing. I tried it a long time ago but have been hesitant to try again.

  90. leslie williams says:

    I’d love to learn quilting on my home machine.

  91. Sarah says:

    I would love to learn how to longarm machine quilt and free motion quilt.

  92. Marsha says:

    Machine quilting, both free motion and straight line on a home machine. Also appliquƩ by hand and machine. And hand quilting refresher.

  93. Melissa says:

    I would love to learn how to free-motion quilt and create blocks with curves.

  94. Anne Beier says:

    I would like to learn how to sew triangles in a more efficient way than I do now, and embroidery techniques. Thank you for the opportunity.

  95. DebrafromMD says:

    I would like some tips about designing borders for quilts.

  96. Margaret Lippert says:

    I would like gain confidence in quilting on my home machine.

  97. Jackie Bax says:

    I would like to learn more about longarm quilting

  98. Marsha Bradford says:

    I’d love to learn and be confident in foundation paper piecing. I feel if I master this skill the possibilities would be endless! šŸ™‚

  99. Robynn says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I would like learn free motion quilting.

  100. Diane Calvi says:

    I would like to learn how to’s for zippers, quilting on my home sewing machine and applique. Thank you.

  101. Lorraine McCarthy says:

    Half square triangles, please please. Mine mess up. Get skewed and twisted, especially the smaller ones.

  102. Rose Pierson says:

    sewing odd size fabric strips

  103. Sandhya Karandikar says:

    I would like to learn free motion quilting and also paper piecing

  104. Kira Holladay says:

    Which direction to press seams for perfectly match points

  105. Doris Matousek says:

    Would like to learn crazy quilting skills with embroidery. There are so many beautiful threads out there to try! And want to improve my machine appliquƩ skills.

  106. Anne Martin says:

    I would like to become more skilled at paper piecing (and like it better). So many small pieces.

  107. Janet says:

    This summer I would like to improve my skill of machine paper piecing, not to be confused with English paper piecing.

  108. Julie says:

    I’d like to learn how to machine quilt. And how to do a binding with a flange

  109. Pam says:

    how to do a mitred border in an easy to follow guide.

  110. Mary Jo says:

    I would love to learn how to decide which design to use to actually quilt my quilts!! I can never decide on a design soooooo…….I have several quilts I have made, just waiting on ME!!!!

  111. Marilyn Gierer says:

    I also would like to learn applique techniquest.

  112. Sandra says:

    How about some good old Y seam tips/tricks?

  113. Margie says:

    I’d like to learn the secret to basting a Queen size quilt without crawling all over the floor.

  114. cruisefan says:

    Curves, curves, curves! ;-))

  115. Inez MacCumbee says:

    all of the above – thank you

  116. Nikki says:

    I would like to learn how to make a block and know which direction to press seams so they nest in the rows and next to each other.

  117. Marsha Schmitz says:

    I’d like to learn more tips on sewing with Minkee fabric

  118. marcella says:

    So excited for another Moda sew along – they are always so fun. I would love pressing tips too – they are always missing from patterns yet make a big difference in the finished product.

  119. Susanna says:

    Good options for signing your quilt (pens that work and other things) and good options for adding a hanging sleeve to a quilt. What do the pros do?

  120. Linda Jesse says:

    I just want to learn it ALL! Bring it on!!!!

  121. amy says:

    Tips on ironing without stretching fabrics and whether or not to use steam/dry.
    Tips on better piecing with more accuracy-and skills like inserting zippers!

  122. I would love some tips on squaring off quilting blocks so my quilt is easier to piece.

  123. Jill Randel says:

    Quilting on my small sewing machine!

  124. Shari K. says:

    All skills for sewing bags, purses, totes etc.

  125. Becky s says:

    How and when to adjust the tension.

  126. Toni says:

    I would like to learn more about quilting on my home machine and become more comfortable with new quilting patterns on my home machine

  127. Linda Williamson says:

    Zippers. Also with pressing, steaming and starching fabrics tips.

  128. Janice L. Capano says:

    I would like some good tips for children’s charity quilts,adorable but fast. Machine quilting and hand appliquĆ©. Janice C.

  129. Lanib says:

    I need help with matching seams. No matter how carefully I cut out my fabric, there will always be a seam or two that doesn’t match up and I have to rip it out.

  130. Lynda Clute says:

    I would love to learn applique especially sewing around curves and using different stitches. Also haven’t tried paper piecing and would like to learn as it seems like a hard skill to learn.

  131. Sarah J. says:

    Curved piecing and beginner embroidery are on my “to- learn” list this summer– would appreciate any help!

  132. Jan h says:

    Best method to finish the binding on a quilt.

  133. Lauren says:

    When to use a scant quarter inch seam vs a full quarter inch seam when I am piecing a quilt block.

  134. EllenB says:

    Besides free motion quilting on my domestic machine, pressing seams so they’re flat and even can be an issue for me. When to press open/to the side, where many points come together when making pinwheels or triangles in a hexagon, and pressing curves.

  135. P H Albright says:

    I would like to learn to join curved seamed blocks as in Rob Peter to Pay Paul or Wedding Ring blocks. I find the intersections with so many seam allowances tricky.

  136. Tracy Hudson says:

    I could sure use some help on getting my seams, especially where sometimes several layers meet, to lay flat! I tend to get a ridge on some sections by the time I quilt and I thought I had everything ironed well but didn’t. Would like a good lesson on what I’m doing wrong and how to correct it!

  137. Betsy says:

    I would like to improve my free motion quilting skills.

  138. Becky says:

    I would like to learn more about applique, curved pieces and some free motion quilting.

  139. T_Bun says:


  140. Karyn says:

    Always love guidance for hand quilting.

  141. Linda Cejnar says:

    applique and how to put in a zipper

  142. senorabean says:

    quilt triangles, appliquĆ©, zippers, button holes, but just excited to get to learn…

  143. Dawn says:

    Learn more about machine quilting, tip & tricks. Also precut hexies – ideas and how to sew together

  144. Stephanie says:

    I am somewhat new to quilting so I would love to learn different techniques for appliquƩ, embroidery stitches, and any helpful quilting techniques.

  145. andiemcbee says:

    I’d love to be able to do all that professional, straight topstitching.
    distantsub at gmail dot com

  146. sheri says:

    May sound funny, but my problem is finishing up my projects! I love to sew along, but end up with piles of quilt tops!

  147. Joan M says:

    I’d like to learn more about free motion quilting on my small sewing machine. Looking forward to this quilt -along.

  148. kaholly says:

    id like to learn how to make landscape quilts and how to incorporate other fibers .

  149. Anna-Marie says:

    I would like to learn how to make a 60% triangle quilt so that nothing stretches out and all points match up. Thank you.

  150. Lisa says:

    I would love to improve on all skills. Nothing in particular

  151. I would love to someday be able to cut and sew straight. I keep trying, perhaps some day I’ll get there…

  152. Mary Lou Tomei says:

    Free motion quilting on a regular sewing machine.

  153. Leslie K. says:

    I would like to better cutting techniques and learning how to get all my seams to match up. I feel like I cut my pieces well and use a 1/4″ seam, but somehow not all my seams match up when I piece a block. I am obviously doing something wrong. It’s very frustrating.

  154. Karen Wills says:

    I would love to learn more about free motion quilting and thread painting and how to embroider using my sewing machine instead of by hand.

  155. Sandy k says:

    I too would like to improve my free motion quilting skills.

  156. LISA STALLINGS says:

    I would love to learn more about making handy totes and bags with zippers and pockets, and of course, embellished with trim, buttons and fun doo-da’s to make it extra special.

    Another major learning technique for me is using those pressing sheets for multi-layered applique and what kinds of thread to use.

  157. Vicki H says:

    Applique and curved piecing.

  158. Becky S says:

    I would like to learn how to do curved piecing.

  159. I’d like to learn more about color theory. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  160. Janell says:

    I am still finding it challenging to get all three layers smooth when getting ready to quilt. I always end up with puckers on the backing. Love more ideas of techniques!

  161. MerryG says:

    would love to make a “sew happy” wall hanging

  162. Theresa Leppert says:

    I would like to learn how to machine quilt on my home sewing machine. All the details basting and quilting.

  163. Katie Belle says:

    Choosing a longarm quilting pattern is always a challenge for me, so any help there would be appreciated!

  164. Regina Harris says:

    Machine quilting with my home sewing machine.

  165. I could use tips on different appliquƩ techniques!

  166. Viola Swann says:

    Pressing matters, how to avoid those lumps and bumps when sewing together things like flying geese, and triangle units and get tidy intersections.

  167. Kath S says:

    I’ve been wanting to start embroidering (did quite a bit but its been over 25 years ago). So it looks like the quilt along, with original embroidery designs, will cover what I’d like to learn this summer.

  168. quilty2 says:

    Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, and since it’s been a long long time since…how to do free style embroidery just by drawing a pattern. To actually fill in the design with decorative stitches.

  169. Lori Morton says:

    I would like to learn FMQ for sure…doing practice things now. šŸ™‚ But would like to learn to machine applique too.

  170. Linda Kelly says:

    I need to learn basting of a large quilt sandwich. I can handle a crib or lap size quilt, but I have trouble with the larger quilts. It is hard for me to avoid puckers and fabric shifting. Thanks, I love your “Bake Shop”.

  171. Diane says:

    Some embroidery would be nice, as would some fun appliquƩ . Thank you

  172. Barbara morris says:

    How to quilt a project using my embroidery machine

  173. Kimberly says:

    I am a beginner in quilting and I think I love it! I am looking forward to learn as much as I can.

  174. Karin says:

    I’m learning curves right now!

  175. Nancy says:

    I would love to learn how to calculate fabric needed for various quilts

  176. Nancy Pleimann says:

    I would like to learn how to get moving and finish some UFO. That might be hard one to teach. Thanks, Nancy P.

  177. kathyinmn says:

    Does anyone else have issues with rulers slipping? What’s the secret to perfectly square blocks? I can fudge like the best of them, but I’d love to be more accurate with my cutting.

  178. Sue Adams says:

    How to best baste a quilt for machine quilting, and tips re thread and needles for machine quilting is one of many things I would like to learn thank you.

  179. Lynn Moody says:

    I would like to learn about free-motion quilting and sewing curves. Thank you

  180. Lesley says:

    I would like to learn hand quilting

  181. Sara says:

    I’d like to learn color theory.

  182. Lee says:

    Sewing curves and free motion quilting! thanks!!

  183. Blythe says:

    I would like to work on applique, and embroidery sounds good too.

  184. Dortha says:

    Quilting on my home machine. Paper piecing.

  185. Kelly Schott says:

    I would really like to learn machine appliquƩ.

  186. Cheryl says:

    I’d like to learn to sew curves šŸ™‚

  187. Kim says:

    Traditional Antique designs made easy and pre cut patterns

  188. Barb Czarniecki says:

    applique on my home machine, too. It is the thing I have the most problems with.

  189. Sharon says:

    Free motion quilting, applique tips, how to pick quilting design.

  190. June says:

    Big stitch quilting! Thank you.

  191. Patricia Phaiah says:

    I would love to do more with precuts, applique tips, and free motion quilting.

  192. Jean says:

    Sounds silly but I need to work on improv piecing to make a successful project.

  193. denise lasley says:

    I would really like to take my quilts up a notch from traditional piecing to art works.

  194. whitney says:

    I would Love to learn improv piecing and FMQ.

  195. Jenny M says:

    I would like to learn how machine and hand applique, hand quilting, curved piecing and how to fold fabric prior to cutting so you don’t get ‘elbows’ at the fold.

  196. stacey larson says:

    How to

    do a big stitch

    how to do the stitch that closes a seam where you can’t see it.

    improvements tricks on free motion quilting

  197. Sharon C. says:

    I would love to learn about inserting zippers and paper piecing.

  198. HeatherK says:

    I’m not very good at embroidery, so I’m looking forward to some tutorials on getting started. I also would like to know more about starching: when to/not to, how, starchy product review, etc. Also love to see different takes for quilting the same project and how to use quilting to enhance and spotlight different aspects of the piecing or create secondary designs.

  199. Improving my FMQ skills and tips on hand quilting are high on my list.

  200. Julie NM says:

    Binding…making perfect binding!

  201. Maggie Kriz says:

    I’d really like to improve my free motion quilting skills. I always send my larger quilts out to be quilted, but I make a lot of baby quilts and I tend to quilt them the same way, because it’s what I’m comfortable with.

  202. Improve my FMQ skills.

  203. Phyllis says:

    I would like to learn more about Redwork.

  204. Jo says:

    I’d really like to learn hand embroidery but when I find time to sew, I’m usually focused on getting my quilts finished!

  205. Becky says:

    I’d love to be better at free motion quilting and appliqueing. Thanks!

  206. Jane says:

    I would like to learn more about paper piecing. I can see some people enjoy it, it feels like foreign territory to me

  207. Pat D says:

    Sewing binding on by machine.

  208. Pam Knight says:

    I would love to learn tips for more accurate piecing on mini projects where the pieces are cut 1″ or smaller. This is sometimes challenging for me. Thanks. šŸ™‚

  209. says:

    I would love to learn more about paper piecing and free-motion quilting on a basic sewing machine.

  210. Paula Abney says:

    Can’t wait to learn everything you all are interested in teaching. Even if I already know how, refreshing up on a skill is always good. In regards to sewing, I’d be interested in an easy way to do nice pin tucks and how to use a tailor ham properly. In regards to quilting, I have a few; A) spray starch applique B) Free Motion Quilting and C) the Grid method for lots of HST’s.

  211. Jen B says:

    I’d like to learn more about appliquĆ©.

  212. Becky T says:

    Better ways to organize my sewing space!!!!!
    There is a rumor it can happen for anyone!!!!

  213. Kit Tharp says:

    I have not ventured into applique’ – I need to learn!

  214. dani says:

    I would love to learn about how to mark my quilt top for quilting.

  215. Judy kay says:

    Still trying to learn how to do a better job on free motion.

  216. nanreflections says:

    Dresdens, applique, what kind of thread to sew with if you can’t afford Aurifil, sewing with flannel

  217. So many things – Serging! Have a serger and have yet to use it; applique – love the look, but have only done minute amounts. Free Motion Quilting – all I can manage to do is loops and little squiggles.

  218. Katy M says:

    I’d love to learn sashiko embroidery and free motion quilting

  219. Alice Garcia says:

    Free motion and appplique!

  220. I can’t think of any one thing that I would like to learn. I’m game for anything new and exciting…bring it on!

  221. Cecilia says:

    I want to improve my free motion quilting.

  222. Sally H. says:

    I’d like to learn how to machine applique.

  223. Rebecca Stipe says:

    Like to learn more on machine quilting

  224. Deb P. says:

    FMQ and Y seams, 2 buggers for me!

  225. I would like to improve on my accuracy. Sometimes my points just miss.
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

  226. Carol says:

    I would like to learn some more about embroidery…I know very little.

  227. Mindy Saye says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting. I’ve taken 2 different classes and I still struggle.

  228. Chris says:

    I need help with my FMQ. I just have so so skills

  229. Pauline says:

    I would like to learn tips, techniques, and the different effects different types of thread give when doing straight line quilting with a walking foot. I would also like to learn what different effects different batting/stabilizers give in bag making.

  230. ANNA NEFF says:

    I am venturing outside of my straight line quilting, plus teaching my daughters how to sew, starting with basics like a messenger tote. It should be fun!

  231. Halley Becker says:

    I would like to learn more quilting skills, from piecing to fmq, it is all challenging & so enjoyable!

  232. Jenny says:

    I’m new to quilting and there are a million things that I want to learn, but I think appliquĆ© is one of the most appealing skills – I see so many appliquĆ©d things that I would love to be able to make!

  233. Karen Seitz says:

    I’d like to learn the ins and outs of paper piecing. Thanks!

  234. Janet Davidson says:

    Free motion quilting on a home machine

  235. Elsabe Petersen says:

    I would also like to learn more about quilting on a home machine and the more tips about quilting

  236. Katri says:

    Would love to learn free motion quilting on a home machine.

  237. How to bind with perfect or close to corners and then connecting the two strips in a simple easy to understand way please thanks

  238. Donna says:

    Quilting on my home machine.

  239. Claire Sutherland says:

    I would love to learn how to appliquƩ. For my garment sewing I am keen to start sewing with jersey fabrics so any tips welcome x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  240. A. Bouwman says:

    Fussy cutting and brodery perse I would like to learn more about. Greetings aubphg (at) hotmail (dot) com

  241. Chris Combs says:

    I would like to learn basics of sewing basic clothing. Thanks for all the great information!

  242. Vreni says:

    I would love to learn how to use those new FMQ rulers on a domestic machine. It looks so intriguing and I think it would open up a new world of FMQ for me.

  243. Cindy says:

    I would love to learn binding! I hate binding my quilts, it’s hard, time consuming, and my results are less than stellar. Thanks!

  244. Deborah says:

    I am brand new at quilting and would like to start with the basics, sewing perfect straight seams.

  245. Carolyn says:

    I would like to try curved piecing.

  246. nicole says:

    I would love to feel more comfortable with free-motion feathers and curved piecing.

  247. Awna Stark says:

    I would like to try my hand at free-motion quilting. I can barely handle lines.

  248. Jan Altomare says:

    Quilting skills on my home machine.

  249. Jan Hruza says:

    I would love to learn hand quilting and free motion quilting using my machine. I am excited to see what skills you are going to help us with during Summer Camp!!!

  250. Cindy says:

    I would like to learn about long arm quilting.

  251. Kathy says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt small projects on my home sewing machine.

  252. Birgitt says:

    I would also like to improve my free motion quilting skills.

  253. Melinda Davis says:

    I’d like to learn more about using marking and sizing
    stencils on quilt blocks.

  254. Lori says:

    I’d like to improve my FMQ skills.

  255. I absolutely love everything that this site has taught me. I was never taught by any one person but I learned very quick about it through the internet, YouTube, and many sites as yours. I do struggle very much when it comes to sewing curves!! I have seen many quilts that require this technique but I can’t get it right. OH and I have a machine that will NOT allow the feed dogs to go down and I am wondering about quilting on that home machine. Thanks for ALL that y’all do!!!

  256. Michele says:

    I’d like to become better at matching multiple points at intersections.

  257. Jennifer says:

    Free motion quilting, for sure. (I don’t know why that intimidates me so much…) And appliquĆ© šŸ™‚

  258. Cindy says:

    Applique and sewing perfect points.

  259. Rebecca says:

    Most definitely free motion quilting and what designs to use and how such as to help compensate for an off seam or not so perfect points.

  260. Nancy Stone says:

    I would like some information on sewing machines for young children and safety issues with them. Also would like some tips on hand quilting.

  261. Audrey says:

    I would like to improve my free motion skills. Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated.

  262. Tricia says:

    I would like to learn free motion quilting and how to sew zippers.

  263. Connie says:

    I feel confident as a quilter in every aspect but applique! I really would like to learn to embellish using this technique!

  264. Linda Schabelski says:

    I need to know more about sewing curves

  265. I want to learn more about appliquing. I have tried this myself but I really do no more help. Thank you for another fun quit-a-long. Sounds like fun and another great way to learn more skills.

  266. Ruth Clucas says:

    love to learn how to sew with curves.

  267. Crystal says:

    So much to learn. So little time. Basically anything you could teach me would be a bonus. But I would love to learn to apply and appliquĆ© properly. Mine always look a little suspect. šŸ™‚

  268. Diane says:

    I have sewn hexies, triangles and everything in between BUT I have not tackled curves. So that is my new challenge. Thanks for the opportunity to win a giveaway,

  269. Kathleen says:

    I would like to learn about sewing with double gauze and lawn as well as had quilting.

  270. Robin says:

    I would love to learn which fmq designs to use with which quilt!

  271. Leloy says:

    Any tips and tricks for machine quilting – including longarm quilting.

  272. Patti says:

    If we’re talking embroidery french knots that don’t come apart.

  273. Mary says:

    I’ld like to learn free motion quilting.

  274. wendie says:

    Id love to learn some patience…. i tend to rush projects thinking they all have to be completed but some are best left to bake for a little while. Other than than maybe some hand embroidery to label my quilts with much more love sewn in

  275. Barb S says:

    How to raw edge applique so the edges don’t ravel so much and designing my own quilts…thanks for asking!

  276. linda yarrow says:

    machine quilting

  277. Denise W says:

    Well, it’s not like there aren’t a ton of tutorials out for free motion quilting on a home machine, but a little extra hand holding would still be appreciated. And some for curved piecing. Thanks so much! Loved Camp Moda photos.

  278. Rebecca Kuck says:

    I would like to learn more about an easier way or better way to hand applique! Plus more quilting tips or videos on quilting with a home machine.

  279. MG says:

    MG – I would like to learn how to applique and hand quilt. I would also like to smock and use other decorative stitches on children’s vintage clothes.

  280. Sue H says:

    I’d like to learn more ways to use the decorative stitches on my sewing machine! They’re there … I need to use them!

  281. Glenda Beck says:

    I would love to learn how to put a binding on a quilt. Also the correct way to iron.

  282. Meredith says:

    I’d love to learn applique

  283. Katie T says:

    I need to know my applique!

  284. Mara says:

    I love doing embroidery and would like to learn more stitches, or using fancy stuff like silk ribbons in embroidery, I forgot the name of the embroidered rose that I see, but it looks so pretty, would love to learn how to make it.

  285. Tonya says:

    I’d love to learn free motion quilting.

  286. Staci B. says:

    I really really want to learn thread sketching. I’m dreaming of bicycles on totes, hot air baloons on pillows, etc. There is just something that grabs the imagination and makes me feel like a kid again when I see the thread sketching embroidery / applique designs.

    • Staci B. says:

      Okay i just read the other comments. They all sound great too. Looks like we’re going to have a busy summer. šŸ™‚

  287. Quilting Tangent says:

    Piecing and quilting on a sewing machine.

  288. Jennifer V. says:

    I would like to know the best and easiest way to transfer the idea in my head to reality. Many times I buy fabric because it inspires me such as Little Red for a baby quilt. Then I have an idea of what design I might want. What is the best way to transfer that to a pattern that can be easily used? Thank you!

  289. Donna says:

    Pretty much anything and everything!

  290. Trisch says:

    I would love to see quilt as you go projects.

  291. Cheri says:

    Color theory, especially modern quilts. I love the big quilts but they are just too big to take on alone. Would love a small project using the same ideas and colors to learn on.

  292. Rose Nelson says:

    I would like to learn English paper piecing g.

  293. melanie c says:

    I love learning sewing tips that help your project look more professional!

  294. Ana Sweet says:

    Applique ideas and free motion quilting on a domestic machine.

  295. Amy says:

    Binding, joining the ends when you are done, I’ve bought every tool imaginable and still can’t seem to get the hang of it and using jumbo rick rack as a binding instead of binding-how to apply etc.

  296. Mary Ann says:

    An easy way to put zippers in tote bags and also on the inside pocket.

  297. Cheryl Barkdoll says:

    Although I have taken many applique classes, I still would like another reminder on how to do needle
    turn applique.

  298. Kath says:

    I would like to become more confident with free motion embroidery.

  299. Tracydvr says:

    Need to improve foundation piecing and understand how it is different from paper piecing.

  300. Janet Crossman says:

    Any easy ideas relating to quilting in its entirety.

  301. Pat Madsen says:

    Great idea Moda! Teach me about monograms.

  302. Kim S says:

    I’d like to learn more hand stitching, how to make the stitch on binding invisible and perfectly smooth and flat.

  303. Robin Lynn says:

    I love handwork so I am excited to see what you have planned for us. I’m sure I am going to learn some new tips & tricks in all areas of creating a beautiful quilt.

  304. Alice Beimer says:

    I would like to learn needle turn appliquƩ

  305. Elaine K says:

    Foundation Paper Piecing!

  306. Jules says:

    I’ve started to try free motion quilting, and would appreciate some helpful hints.

  307. Diana says:

    I would love to learn some new ways of quilting using a jelly roll.

  308. Kym says:

    Oh to be able to stipple quilt, what a joy that would be!

  309. patty says:

    love to learn more embroidery stitches to enhance quilt blocks

  310. Stephanie says:

    I just bought a new sewing machine and would love to learn how to do free motion quilting.

  311. Cathy says:

    I’d like to overcome my fear of zippers.

  312. Gale says:

    I would love to learn a lot of different embroidery stitched. Curved piecing is also on my list.

  313. Katie says:

    I would love tips for using a regular machine for free motion quilting

  314. monddie says:

    Sounds like many want to learn what I want to learn – to quilt with my regular sewing machine. I’m most interested in straight-line quilting. I’d also love how-to tips on machine applique.

  315. Kathleen says:

    I agree-learning to quilt with a standard machine would be great.

  316. Lynette Crowther says:

    I would like to learn to do sew on bindings. I had cancer and neuropathy is not letting me needle bind by hand.

  317. Vicki Hubbell says:

    binding how to cut and apply

  318. Sydnie McConnell says:

    Applique – I’ve never been that interested in doing it, and it seemed hard – but now I would like to learn! šŸ™‚

  319. Bethany Martini says:

    I want to learn how to piece curves!! They scare me a little!

  320. Amie M says:

    Free motion quilting, and curved seams! How to get away from using the walking foot to do the quilting, and work beautiful designs in the negative space of a quilt.

  321. Annette says:

    Curved seams are such a challenge, would like to learn easier methods. Tips on all processes are greatly appreciated.

  322. Jo Anne Berry says:

    Scalloped edges with bias binding

  323. Laureen Hauser says:

    I’m interested in more advanced embroidery as I am familiar with basics. I’d would like to,learn to sew some simple items without a pattern such as skirts and light weight capres and pants suited to the weather here in Doha. Hope you offer classes soon!

  324. I would like to improve my free motion quilting skills. something beyond straight lines and meandering. Looking forward to your classes.

  325. Diana Metz says:

    I would like to play with the Tumbling Blocks pattern. I need to perfect my Y-seams.

  326. Diana Wylie says:

    I would love to learn ruler work on my domestic machine

  327. maureen says:

    I really would like to learn free motion quilting using a standard machine.

  328. Kathy E. says:

    Moda, you know how to teach us with the best methods!
    I’d like to learn trapunto, couching and get my FMQ perfected!

  329. Jo Locke says:

    Trapunto, couching and ruching will certainly help me add dimension to my applique projects.

  330. Hope says:

    I’d like to know more about decorative borders that really compliment the quilt and not just plain-jane borders. Not necessarily applique borders, but borders that reflect the piecing. Thanks

  331. Marisa Adams says:

    I would love to learn paper piecing! All those hexes look incredible!

  332. sheils Perrella says:

    I would love to be able to quilt my quilts on a domestic machine.

  333. Lauren Vanaman says:

    Free motioning skills for sure and a little better on appliquƩ as well

  334. Janie McCombs says:

    I need to learn different quilting designs aside from the standard meandering. I am looking forward to the quilt a longs.

  335. Kathie L says:

    I’d like to have less bulk in my seams when many come together.

  336. Pam says:

    I’m game for ANYTHING. Love seeing all How-To posts. I’m trying to gather the nerve to attempt hexies; simple, probably, but getting started causes me anxiety.ha

  337. Brenda Maxwell says:

    Although I could use help in any area, I need the most practice in layering, basting and quilting with puckering my quilt top or back

  338. Aggiequilter says:

    Walking / dual feed quilting techniques & designs would appeal to many of us. A hand embroidery stitch refresher would be great. Machine appliquƩ tutorials too! Happy Summer & Happy Stitching!

  339. I would love to learn how to work with denim in quilts as well as learn fusible applique.

  340. Beth Pritchett says:

    I would like more info on the scant 1/4″ seam. How crucial is it? How do you accomplish it? Is there a foot for my machine that is for this?

  341. Linda Peacock says:

    I would like to learn more about applique and zippers. Thanks for the tip about using a dowel for pressing seams!

  342. Judy G says:

    I would like to learn about making usable items for gifting. Thanks!

  343. Debbie says:

    More on improving my free motion quilting – & appliquĆ© – & embroidery – & …

  344. Renee Welton says:

    More accurate seams, applique and embroidery.

  345. Harriet Peoples says:

    Improving my long arm quilting.

  346. susan linn says:

    Improving my accuracy!

  347. Nancy says:

    I need a beginners course. I’m new to machine piecing and newly retired so I need basic tips for newbies for matching points and seams. I’m use to doing everything by hand one piece at a time, so I’m looking for shortcuts tips too.

  348. mortisa says:

    Free motion machine quilting /embroidery, machine applique, hanging sleeves -but any tips greatly received

  349. Irene says:

    All of the above and making time to do it.

  350. Diana says:

    I would like to learn more free motion quilting skills and if I learned more paper piecing techniques maybe I wouldn’t dislike it so much šŸ™‚

  351. Becky Baxa says:

    More quilting.

  352. Melinda Wolfe says:


  353. Carol B says:

    Would like to improve hand embroidery, learn machine quilting, learn hand quilting, and applique.

  354. Jaye G says:

    Paper piecing and applique are on my list to learn.

  355. Pati Cook says:

    The biggest thing I need to learn is how to get off the computer and in front of the sewing machine more. Love classes of all kinds and sew-alongs too.

  356. Sherry says:

    I need to start quilting my own quilts, at least the small ones. I love to piece them but the quilting I leave to others. I would also like to improve my applique skills.

  357. Sarah says:

    I would like to work on my applique skills.

  358. Cathy C says:

    I would love tips for working with small pieces, learning to make minis. Also ideas on how to get started with improv quilt blocks

  359. Linda Edwards says:

    Hi. I enjoy embroidery and would like to learn new types of stitches. Also, I would love to learn about thread. What are the different weights, 50, 40, 28, 12 used for? What’s the difference in 12 weight embroidery thread and floss? How many strands of floss = 12 weight? What is pearl cotton? How thick is it? Is it intended to be used in place of embroidery floss? Thread is such an integral part of sewing. I have heard of all these types of threads and I’m sure there are others, but I’m afraid to try anything new because I don’t know what to expect and don’t know if they will work in my projects.

  360. Mindy Gooding says:

    I guess this goes along with hand quilting but I would like to know more about and how to execute the big stitch quilting that I see mentioned more and more on quilter’s blogs.

  361. Brigitte says:

    I would love to learn how to use a long arm

  362. Lacey Price says:

    I’d like to learn about zippers and buttons.

  363. Belinda Cook says:

    I would love to learn to free motion quilt and to pick fabric colors.

  364. Rosy says:

    Machine quilting a king size quilt on my sewing machine.

  365. I have a quilting/embroidery machine and thousands of adorable designs. I would love to learn how to 1. select background fabric. In general and in special situations (such as a solid bleach white Layer Cake can be perfect with a bright Layer Cake like Dot Dot Dash, especially if it has a matching white in the print. Is there a way to tell what color Bella will match any other Moda Fabrics? Also want to learn about choosing for best color advantage given the variety of color around or in the print in less obvious Precuts? Their colors may be cream or gold and finding a Bella Solid may be too much the same? Sometimes I want blendy background…. . I sometimes want to use a print from the package as my background, but don’t you lose a lot of contrast with the similar tone prints if you do so. Or how much dot is too much dot in a background?

    2.choosing background fabrics for embroidery design to go into blocks for the quilt? Can you really do it on a precut or is it better to embroider on larger fabrics and cut down? Colors? Match or contrast any other background elements/solids? Prep for embroidery going into the quilt? Best stabilizers, etc

    3. Using panel pieces and Precuts together in a quilt top, figuring out block sizes that fit together.


  366. Angela Makovec says:

    I would love learning how to embroider!

  367. Angele Robichaud says:

    I would love to improve my skills in machine appliquĆ© as well as needle turn appliquĆ©. Two separate projects I’m working on and I know that if I had more instructions my finished wall hanging would be better. Another thing is big stitch hand quilting.

  368. Diane Jankowski says:


  369. Linda P in IL says:

    would love to learn how designers work

  370. Cathy Olson says:

    I would like to learn how to make my binding corners square not rounded.

  371. MaryEssenburg says:

    Hexies…I have never tried them and think they are cute. Can they be done on a machine? That is how I hope to do them.

  372. Mary Robertson says:

    I would like to learn applique.

  373. Susan says:

    ragged edge applique and tips for working with wool

  374. Sherrye B says:

    free motion quilting and curved piecing!

  375. Glenda Weber says:

    I want to learn how to appliquĆ©. I’m new to quilting and want to learn this skill along with others.

  376. I would love to learn all of the fancy intricate stitches used in Crazy Quilting.

  377. Diane Beavers says:

    Stitching children’s clothing from knits, and making absorbent baby bibs..layering w/certain fabrics.
    Quick cut quilts too , or smaller items like runners…from Fat Quarters.

  378. Dee says:

    I’d like to improve my applique skills, along with learning to properly finish the binding on my quilts. I can’t seem to consistently finish the binding properly!

  379. Dee says:

    Any chance you know how I can purchase a Moda jellyroll Breezy Batiks #4323JR?

  380. Sara Hoffman says:

    I would love to improve my appliquƩ skills. But any tip is appropriated!

  381. Julie says:

    Improve my appliquƩ skills and cutting with more exactness!

  382. Rae says:

    I’d love to learn paper piecing. I’ve seen some amazing blocks using this technique however I’ve been too intimidated to attempt it.

  383. Doris McCarty says:

    I want to learn applique!

  384. younghomemakers says:

    So many great idea’s! šŸ˜€ For me, I’d love some tips and help with hand quilting [small-sized projects]. I’ve tried already, but looking at how-to pictures just aren’t helping me to grasp how to even begin to hand quilt and get the knack of it. šŸ™

  385. Linda says:

    Basting the quilt sandwich is a frustrating process for me so any new tips would be helpful.

  386. Kim says:

    I would love to learn to work with knits

  387. Debbie says:

    I’d love to learn free motion quilting. I’m completely self taught, but I haven’t gotten the courage up to try this out yet.

  388. Lori Butler says:

    Help with free motion quilting. I have so many tops(flimsies) that need to become quilts!

  389. Sybrina Gillespie says:

    Free motion quilting on my machine and applique with my machine.

  390. jevwight says:

    I’m wanting to improve applique skills and learn new tips!

  391. Angel says:

    Would love to learn more about applique. I’ve been struggling through and just not happy with the final result.

  392. Becoming better at fpp is a goal to achieve…..

  393. Jackie Isler says:

    I would like to develop applique skills.

  394. Mary says:

    I would like to learn more about working with wool.

  395. i love learning new things. I am 71 and always learning new techniques.

  396. Karen A says:

    I’m interested in learning how and when to block a quilt.

  397. bmahere62 says:

    I would like to learn about embellishment.

  398. Margaret says:

    Needleturn applique – particularly with small pieces of fabric.

  399. Carol Detloff says:

    I certainly need to improve my hand embroidery skills.

  400. Jane H. says:

    I would like to learn how to use my serger for quilting.

  401. Mary Jane says:

    I would really like to improve my embroidery skills and add that to my quilting

  402. Deb says:

    Working with wools and flannels, both machine and hand techniques (thanks for this summercamp!)

  403. Kirsten Juenke says:

    Machine applique – is there an easy way?

  404. Sharon G says:

    English Paper Piecing is next on my wish list

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