Mystery Quilt-a-Long — Swimming Along!

Mystery Quilt-a-Long, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Fishermen!

Hope your quilts are coming along swimmingly…

Last week we stitched Rows 3, 5, 12, and 13 HERE

We are stitching Rows 7 and 11 this week.

Row 11

Let’s add a little character to our quilts–

In Row 11 add one row of the School of Fish tutorial.

machine quilting, Fish


This motif is easy--if you spend the time to doodle first!

If you’ve never stitched The School of Fish, plan to doodle it at least one hundred times, before you stitch it!

Doodling a motif 100 times should take less than fifteen minutes.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away.  Doodle for fifteen minutes and then stop.  If you don’t feel comfortable with it, repeat the doodles again tomorrow.  Doodle again for ten to fifteen minutes and stop…and repeat this for a few days until you feel comfortable enough to stitch the motif without hesitation.

Several short doodle sessions over a few days are much more effective than one long session.  Your sub-conscience is an amazing processor of information–let it do the work!


Row 7

In Row 7, add The Paperclip design

Paperclip, Free Motion Quilting

Follow the doodle sequence above to learn this versatile motif.  Once you learn to doodle this motif I am certain you will stitch it into your next ten quilts because it is so pretty, so easy, and it just flows…Truly one of my favorites!  (I know, I know…I say that a lot!)


Our Mystery Sampler is really starting to take shape in only a few minutes per week!

(AND It is so much cuter than those plain ole muslin samplers with motifs filling squares on a grid-argh!!!  Wouldn’t YOU agree?!?)

Mystery Quilt-a-Long, Machine Quilting

Once you learn The Paperclip and The School of Fish, make a notecard for your personal motif libraryRead more HERE.

Doodle Cards, Lori Kennedy, Free Motion Quilting I used the notecards a lot while planning my second Craftsy video and included them in Creative Free Motion Techniques:  Doodle to Design  (Doodle the motif on scratch paper 100 times or until it is fluid, then make your notecard and throw the rest away.)

By the way, both of my classes will be 50% off until the end of this week–so take advantage of the great savings! (Divide and Conquer 50%)


If you would like to make this sampler a little easier, you could replace the Fish in Row 11 with Beginner Loops or Paperclips.


and a challenge…with winners…it’s not what you expect!…(backstage drum roll)

Love a Mystery,


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