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This episode focuses on stitching. It's a recurring theme this season and is an important part to just about every quilting project. Frieda Anderson starts out with a primer on free motion quilting - learn the basics to get started. Then, Wendy Butler Berns is back to show us the wonders of the walking foot and how it's used in your projects. We finish up with Jane LaFazio and project "paisley fever" using painters tape and taking your project from sketchbook to cloth.

When a creative urge strikes, grab a needle and thread and go with it. Quilt story-teller Lorie Hancock McCown uses fabrics, lace and thread to stitch her stories. Fiber artist Lea McComas brings life to compelling images using stitched lines for maximum impact.

A simple stitch is a powerful design tool. Wearable art maker Jenny Lyon shares tips for free motion quilting. Textile artist MJ Kinman uses non-directional patterns to create a see-through effect in jewel quilts. Art quilter Susan Brubaker Knapp melts bubbles and stitches high-density synthetic materials for artful effects.

Free yourself from traditional stitching with free motion. Long-arm quilt artist Nancy McNally explores free-motion stitching on a long-arm machine. Cyndi Souder writes on her quilts to add depth and meaning. Susan Edmonson reaches below the surface to paint-dye batting for special effects.

Free-motion stitching is a favorite topic for art quilters; unique thread patterns are an all-important layer in contemporary quilting. We begin with Ellen Anne Eddy and her free-motion techniques for making flower motifs. She's making pattern-free embellished flowers with free-motion applique stitching. Then, meet Lindsey Murray for some of the best quilt storage and organization tips for both your machine and your studio.

Break loose. Celebrate artistic freedom with stitches. Artist and quilter Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum finds inspiration in architecture and floral images as she creates little works of art. Jenny Lyon starts out in free motion to create quilted bubbles, then breaks loose with lots more ways to sew circles.

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