Catherine Redford Modern Machine Quilting

Hello and welcome to Day Five for the Catherine Redford Modern Machine Quilting Blog Hop! Aurifil is so happy to be helping spread the good word about her incredible new instructional video that is perfect for every level of quilter.  This video has something for everyone!


Catherine is an avid Aurifil quilter and has been teaching quilting for twelve years.  Her quilts are fabulous pieces of quilting art. If you are unfamiliar with her work, please enjoy these photo samples and visit her website to find out more.

More Than Twenty Three Hexagons



Embroidered Orchid Quilt


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Ready to learn how you can create lovely free motion quilting with Catherine Redford?


Catherine’s personal style of teaching quilting is now available on DVD.  This informative video is set up with easy to follow along instructions for every level of quilter.  Catherine offers advice on all the tools needed for successful quilting , special advice to help keep your breathing consistent while quilting ( this one was surprising to me and I will be trying it out), and how to get ready to successfully free motion quilt without marking!

This adorable example has a Hobbit’s eating schedule free motion quilted between wavy lines that were quilted using a walking foot.  Catherine points out where certain techniques ( the walking foot for the wavy lines)  are easier to use! This is very helpful for all quilters! Why stress when you do not have to…quilting is fun!

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Catherine goes through a variety of tracing design patterns to help you gain the confidence you need to take on clamshells, pebbles, flames, hearts and flowers.

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Then she takes you to the machine to show how you can apply those same designs that you practiced drawing and add them to your quilt following the same steps. Pictured here is the sweet clamshell design.

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In celebration of her new Modern Machine Quilting dvd release, Catherine is running a giveaway over on her blog. Simply go to her website and leave a comment. At the end of the blog hop (calendar listed below) , she will pick 2 DVD winners and 1 grand prize winner who will receive a Stella task lamp (winner’s choice of color!) and a DVD as well.

Don’t miss out on any of the insights for this fantastic video by visiting the following blog hop calendar!

Thursday January 7th – Catherine Redford
Friday January 8th – Fresh Lemons Quilts 
Saturday January 9th – Bonnie Hunter
Sunday January 10th – Svetlana Sotak
Monday January 11th – Kim Niedzwiecki (Aurifil)
Tuesday January 12th – Julia Wood
Wednesday January 13th – Susan Brubaker Knapp
Thursday January 14th – Jenny Lyon
Friday January 15th – Kathy Matthews
Saturday January 16th – Back to Catherine!

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to learn some new free motion quilting techniques or brush up on some old ones with new ideas!  Make Modern Machine Quilting part of your quilting library!

To add to the fun blog hop, Aurifil decided to offer a GIVEAWAY with some of Catherine’s favorite Aurifil threads!  One winner will receive three large spools of the most popular perfect piecing and quilting 50wt thread!  One solid #2600 and two of Catherine’s most favorite go to variegated, #4651 and #4060.



To enter for your chance to win these threads visit and follow the easy Rafflecopter prompts!   All of the options are not a requirement to be entered for your chance to win!  You choose the ones you like! The giveaway will close on 16 January and the random winner will be announced on or about 18 January.  This giveaway is open to all of our international friends!



  1. I usually like swirls but have been incorporating a few more straight lines:) Always trying new things!
    Have started using Aurifil and love it!!!

  2. I have not been brave enough to try FMQ yet but I do designs using my walking foot. I have done car logos, beakers, spider webs.
    I use Aurifil. Thanks for the chance to win some thread.

  3. I am very new to machine free motion. I have done about 9 quilts but consider myself new at it. To become very good, it will take a lot of practice. I do mostly sippling, swirls, and circles that do not require marking the quilt but I long to be better. Love Aurifil.

  4. I’m a nervous FMQ beginner so plan to learn techniques this year. I tend to stick to straight lines, zigzag or echo quilting. I need to practice more!

  5. I’m just starting to do free motion quilting & enjoying the process! Using my first purchase of Aurifil thread & loving the #50 Steel Grey for handstitching my Kaffe Fassett hexies together …smoothest stitching ever!! I’m a new fan!! 💎💎💎

  6. I’ve been practicing FMQ and really understand why all the pros say to sketch first to learn the design you want to stitch. It really does help. I have a long way to go but it is so much fun.

  7. I love just about all quilting styles. Often I use straight line because I feel more confidant with it. FMQ is a style I definitely need more help with and this DVD sounds perfect!

  8. I just pieced my first quilt with Aurifil and will quilt it with Aurifil. Love the way the thread works with my machine. I will quilt with a combo of walking foot and free motion.

  9. I love straight line quilting, and spirals, and anything that can be done with the walking foot and have just started to teach myself FMQ and am about to start using rulers too.

  10. If I’m doing the quilting, I like straight line. If I’m paying someone, I like lots of swirls and feathers.

  11. I enjoy free motion, I like walking foot quilting but the quickest that I prefer is machine embroidered quilting.

  12. I’m a huge fan of straight line quilting. I’m learning some basic fmq motifs, however, I still lean into clean lines.

  13. This video looks wonderful! Love all kinds of quilting both straight line and especially free motion. It gives your work personality.

  14. I love looking at all the FMQing going on out there. I like trying that and ruler work, I’m just not good at it for now. I definitely need to log more practice hours.

  15. I recently used an Aurifil variegated thread on a bright batik quilt. I would love to win the soft colors in this giveaway

  16. I heard Catherine talk in Houston! I love her work. And I use nothing but Aurifil thread. These are lovely colors!

  17. I do straight line quilting and need to learn more–Aurifil thread is wonderful—thanks for the chance to win these great colors…

  18. I normally do straight line quilting but I would LOVE to be able to free motion quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I’ve been practicing my FMQ, doing feathers and more, and love it. It’s fun to be inspired by designs, and to create my own. And Aurifil is my favorite for it.

  20. I like simple walking foot designs like wavy lines and spirals but I am learning to love fmq as well

  21. I love seeing the FMQ…but have only tried practice things so far! 🙂 I have stitched in the ditch mostly..and would looove to learn to do more. thanks for chance tow in your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  22. I find quilting with my walking foot easier but I love the variety in fmq and I would like to improve and use it more often.

  23. I usually do straight line but now with aurifil, I’m trying some FMQ and wavy lines with the walking foot. I crave aurifil!!!

  24. I have always done straight-line machine quilting but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying some free-motion quilting. I really enjoy free-motion quilting but need a lot more practice!

  25. I like straight line, but on some projects, esp. with childrens fabrics, I will follow around different elements to make it textured and fluffy. I don’t do dense quilting.

  26. The only machine quilting I have been able to do is straight line, so that is my favorite and “go to” quilting style. I would love to win so I can learn something else to use and to try out AUrifil thread!

  27. I’m thinking the rest of this winter will encompass lots of machine quilting. It sounds like Catherine has some great ideas that I could apply to a cupboard of UFO’s.

  28. I’m a mixed quilter and use both straight line with a walking foot and free motion quilting. Often with free-motion, I leave the feed dogs up for better control.

  29. Free motion quilting is my favorite method, but I fail miserably at it. I have tried and tried. Sigh. So I resort to straight line or wavy lines in my quilting projects. I need this DVD!

  30. Straight line quilting is all I’ve done so far,but I am learning Fmq. Thank you for the chance to win!

  31. So far, I’ve only done straight line quilting–but I think Catherine’s DVD could really stretch my creativity! Thanks so much for the thread giveaway. I always use Aurifil and have been wanting to give some variegated thread a try!

  32. I have only been successful with straight line quilting so far. I love Aurifil thread. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. I haven’t don’t much free motion, but my favourite projects use a combination of walking foot and fmq.

  34. I like the look of the variegated threads, I would love to give them a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. My favorite way to quilt is free motion and I do both line stitching and various patterns that I have learned over the years.

  36. Currently, my favorite way to quilt is to have someone else do it. However, since this is quite expensive, I have been wanting to start quilting my own but I do not have the skills to do so. Thank you for sharing the info about Catherine’s DVD, I think it will be helpful in learning how to master the art of quilting for myself. I have not used Aurifil thread before and would love to give it a try.

  37. I love free motion – just learning, so I am far from being proficient! Straight line has been the most successful! Every day I am learning more! Love Aurifil! Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’ve been lucky to see some of Catherine’s work up close and it’s wonderful and I only use Aurifil!

  39. I mainly use straight-line quilting with my walking foot. I also like serpentine quilting. I’ve tried some FMQ, but do not feel comfortable or satisfied with my results. Also, I do not like dense quilting. I like my quilts to drape nicely and be a little fluffy. I’ve found that Quilter’s Dream Wool batting gives great stitch definition and more loft than cotton batting.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely Aurifil threads!

  40. I did some free motion quilting years ago and want to try it again. Somehow I got away from it. This dvd would be a great start back to my favourite quilt method. thanks for the chance to win the thread. It would be great.

  41. Straight lines or more so pantographs on my shortarm machine. FMQ is on my to-do list! Thanks so much!

  42. Aurifil threads ARE the best. I tried using serger thread as it was less expensive, but oh the gunk that builds up and I had to refill the bobbins so frequently! I tried other brands but they didn’t work out either. Auriful glides thru my machine on to the fabric. I am doing my first straight line piece just now. It’s going pretty well. I’m glad to be able to do both straight line and FMQ on my domestic machine. Thanks so much for the chance!

  43. I love Aurifil thread and I have a good amount of solids but I have never seen the variegated. The wool 12 wt is yummy!

  44. I like free motion quilting the best. It seems the most forgiving. The times I’ve done straight line quilting, if your quilt is not flat and completely square, there will be tucks! But with FMQ, those little problems don’t seem to come up! I have bee friends that are totally scared of FMQ, but I continue to encourage them to try it with donation quilts. I know they will find it just as liberating as I do!

  45. I have recently made the switch to Aurifil and am very happy with the quality of the thread and how well it performs. FMQ is a lot of fun and great thread makes it more so.

  46. I really love straight line quilting, and its the only kind that I know how to do, but I also love free motion! depends on the quilt but anything that makes the quilt cuddly is okay in my books.

  47. I am really new to quilting and have only tried straight lines so far. I can’t wait to try something a little more creative and adventurous!!

  48. I have used the Aurefil thread for many years for piecing — it is my favorite. Nice to learn of other methods.

  49. i love the ease of FMQ, but I also love the precision of straight line quilting. It’s a toss up!

  50. I’ve always struggled with quilting on my domestic so I took a long arm class and started renting time on a long arm. I love it! It’s so easy. Now I want to go back and put what I’ve learned there to use on my domestic.

  51. I love Aurifil thread!! It gives me the nicest stitch and doesn’t give me any machine problems with lint or breaking thread – it is definitely my favourite to work with!

  52. I like to do both styles of machine quilting – depends on what my project requires to make it looking how I want it to. 🙂

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