2016 Free Motion Quilt Along - Supplies

Welcome to the 2016 Redbird Quilt Co.
Free Motion Quilt Along featuring
the Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart
by Susy Bleasby
for The World of Susybee

This page outlines the recommended fabric, thread, and batting for the Quilt Along.
For a printable version of the supply page click HERE

What's Next ?

Call or visit your Local Quilt Shop to see if they carry the Susybee Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart.  

Can't find the fabric locally?  
Our Sponsors have it at their shops ~ visit one below: 

Cindy at www.sewitis.com 
Val and Roni at www.quiltypleasuresny.com

Participating from the UK, Australia, or Canada?
Check with these distributors to find your panel locally
Susana Marambio ~ susana@eqsuk.com

Victorian Textiles

International Textiles

We'll start by piecing the panel later in January -- so get your supplies now!

If you would like to participate in the Quilt Along without adding a border -- that is OK -- just get that fantastic panel, batting (waddling) and backing ready to go!

For general information, schedule, sponsors, prizes and updates, 
Click the link below:

Questions ?  Leave a comment below and be sure to leave your email address!

Last Update: 2016-1-11 8:00 AM


  1. Can we use any panel, or does it have to be this one?
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

    1. Hi Jen - I hope you are well. You're welcome to participate in the Quilt Along with any panel but use of a Susybee Growth Chart panel will make you eligible for the prize drawings. Although our discussions and motif will be applicable to Lewe they are very basic and will generally apply to other panels as well. If Lewe doesn't appeal to you there are a variety of other beautiful growth chart panels by Susybee. I hope you decide to join in -- we'll have fun! Thanks for the great question.

  2. Can we use any panel, or does it have to be this one?
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  3. Do I need a special presser foot for FMQ? ~Dixie

    1. Hi Dixie - great question. I have an upcoming blog post that will discuss key tools and notions that I use for Free Motion Quilting but in the meantime -- Yes. You'll need a free motion, darning or embroidery foot for your machine. Most machine manufacturers carry a variety so it is best to check with them to ensure what you purchase will work on your machine. Personally, for a general purpose FMQ foot I like a rounded and closed foot. Rounded because it helps me with echo stitching and using as a rough measure while quilting. Closed toe because I often quilt wool and cotton applique pieces and the open toe foot can catch on threads along the applique. Personally, I also prefer a foot that doesn't "hop" while quilting. For me the hop becomes distracting -- so consider that too when looking at feet for your particular machine. Thanks so much for the great question.

  4. I don't think I've seen a class schedule listed. Will you be letting us know? I'm wondering if I can hold off on getting some of the required supplies, as we go along, if it's going to be once a week, etc?


  5. Thanks for all your help