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FMQ Builder - Learn New Quilting Designs - 5 Week Course

Bored of Meander? - Expand Your Design Repertoire (domestic machines) - NOT for FMQ Beginners - JOIN THE WAITLIST

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  • So, you know how to set your machine up for free motion quilting (FMQ). You've learnt the loops and pretty much mastered the meander (and maybe even a few more)... but now you are stuck in a rut? 
  • Nervous to attempt new designs when you know you have a safe option?
  • Or perhaps you are excited and eager to try new designs but feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start?
  • Time to invest in your learning instead of paying for Long Arm Quilting services?
Is that you?  Does that sound familiar?  Then I would love to help you! After launching my successful Beginner Course for FMQ, I've realised that students are eager to learn MORE after mastering the basics.  So I have put together this follow-on course that will help you build your design repertoire and fill your quilting toolbox!  I've also found that students loving learning via the online platform.
  •  You will learn how to confidently quilt a number of beautiful designs (all listed below).  
  • You'll master the skill of turning the sketches into quilting.  
  • You'll learn how to build a complex design using simple shapes.
I'll break it down into manageable bite sized chunks so you don't get overwhelmed.  Each week there will be a new module for you.  These will consist of short videos to watch and practice sessions.  The last module will be an optional mini project for you to test out all your new designs.

We'll have a total of 6 LIVE Zoom sessions during the 5 weeks where you'll be able to ask me any questions you might have about the content.  (No pressure to attend if you prefer to learn on your own).

You'll be able to join a community of others joining in with the course.  Here you'll be able to share pictures of your practice pieces and encourage and celebrate with one another.   We also have a pretty active Facebook group for all participants of my online FMQ courses.

So, in a nutshell, this course is for you if you want to elevate your quilting skills and add more designs that you can confidently quilt and have fun with on your projects.

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"Have been wanting to do this type of quilting for a few years, I did a beginners course a few years ago but always felt I needed more. This course has done that.

I am not very good with the computer stuff, but managed to get around the website, portal and Facebook OK. Quite a feat for me. I wont shy away from online courses again. So that was a bonus for me.

The videos and paper lessons were easy to follow and I never felt stranded. I have enjoyed this course so much, I am an avid quilter but my enthusiasm had gone following the dreaded Covid infection.

This course has bought me right back into my quilting. I am thrilled with the project results that I achieved. Thank you Jo." 

Marilyn - FMQ Builder Participant

Why trust me with your learning?
  • Free Motion Quilting is a passion of mine - it's my favourite part of the patchwork & quilting process.  I have found that I can get so lost in free motion quilting that it reduces anxiety and makes me happy! And I want that for you too!
  • And I love teaching it to others, taking away the mystery of it and making it achievable for all!
  • I have successfully delivered course content in this format and have found that students learn incredibly well from a mix of pre-recorded and LIVE sessions that they can refer back to at their own pace in the comfort of their own sewing room.
  • I've been successfully helping people learn how to free motion quilt for the last five years so I know I can help you too!

"Jo makes FMQ feel less scary as she teaches the basics first and then explains how the basics are used in the more difficult motifs. She is very supportive and motivational and is very helpful if there is anything in particular which needs a bit more explanation. I loved every minute of it!!" 

Paula - FMQ Builder Participant

So, What's Included in the Course?
  • 5 weeks of learning content - pre-recorded video lessons and downloadable workbook - you can watch these as many times as you need to, pressing pause and play as often as you like! And they will be available after the 5 week course has finished for you to replay when you like.
  • Six Live Q&A Webinars - your place to ask me any questions you might have - attendance is optional (these will be recorded for you to watch later as well).   These usually take place on Saturday afternoons during the course, and run for approximately an hour.  (Time to be confirmed, likely to be 2pm BST unless a large portion of students are in a different time zone. In which case the time will be changed.)
  • Designs we will cover include: 
  • Petals; 
  • Leaves; 
  • Meandering Stars; 
  • Spirals & Ornate Swirls; 
  • Spools; 
  • Flowers - meandering - regular - stem flowers - large flowers;
  • Feathers - traditional - open - peacock - molar; 
  • Project Week (optional) - I'm including instructions for a simple wall-hanging / mini quilt for the final week.
  • Online Community for: sharing photos of your practice blocks with other participants; asking for advice; sharing ideas; making new friends; and being inspired and encouraged.  And also a Facebook group if that suits you better.
  • All videos have subtitles (Closed Captions).
What You'll Need?
  • A domestic sewing machine with the capability to either lower the feed dog or cover it.
  • A darning / free motion foot 
  • Some solid / plain fabric and batting (preferably not polyester) to make practice sandwiches.
  • Quilting gloves
  • Thread
  • Computer, Laptop or other device with access to the internet to watch the video tutorials on.  External speakers or headphones can enhance your experience.
  • Zoom software or app for joining in the LIVE sessions
  • Printer to print the downloads
Who Should Do This Course?
  • You want to add more quilting designs to your repertoire.
  • You will already know how to use your sewing machine and set up for free motion quilting.  
  • You will understand and be able to resolve tension issues.  
  • You will already be able to confidently free motion a meandering design and possibly some others.
  • If you answer No to some of those, then chances are, you are more suited to my Beginner FMQ Course: Confident & Joyful Free Motion Quilting.  So check that out instead.

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Ways to Pay

Enrolment is currently CLOSED
But join the WAITING LIST so you don't miss out!

We would LOVE to have you join us for the next enrolment of FMQ Builder: Fill Your Quilting Toolbox
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Not this time, but I will run the course again so make sure you are signed up to my email newsletter list to find out when I will be launching it again.

Absolutely - so long as you meet the criteria given above about who this course is aimed at.  You will already be able to set up your machine for free motion quilting and confidently free motion quilt a meandering design, and possibly others such as loops and pebbles.  You'll already know how to resolve tension issues.  If not, then this course may not be the right one for you and may be too advanced.  I have designed this course to follow on from my beginner class so I won't be teaching the things I taught in that course on this one.

If you are at all unsure which course is most suitable to you after reading both course descriptions then by all means email me before booking so I can make sure you are booked onto the correct course for your current skill level. I want you to feel that you can achieve the course objectives not be totally out of your depth.

Once you’ve paid you’ll be asked to set up a log in.  Once that’s done you’ll be able to access the portal.  You’ll automatically be emailed a receipt and log in link to my Online Sewing School (Portal), so if you didn’t set up the log in when you paid, you’ll be able to do it using the link. 

Some security systems are causing a glitch in the system and not registering the click on the Buy button.  If this happens you have various option to buy the course: try buying on a different device; contact me to arrange a different payment method; go into your security (e.g. Kaspersky / Norton) and allow data collection for this website, that seems to resolve the issue.

No problem at all!  The content will be delivered weekly but you might choose to do a little bit each day.  You might not have time to do it in the 5 weeks, that's ok you'll have access to it for a minimum of 6 months after signing up.  So find a solution that works for you.  All that said, please be aware that the LIVE sessions are planned for certain points of the course, so you may want to try to have completed the lessons available at that point so you understand what I'm talking about and can ask questions about the content delivered to that point.

The other thing to say here though, is that you only get out what you put in.  In other words, you will need to spend time practising a skill to improve at it.  And this particular skill is best learned if you are able to practise little and often, if you could manage 10-15 minutes a day that would be amazing and you would definitely see results quicker!  If you put the time in you will develop good habits and improve your skills.

The important thing is to remember that this is fun! It's your hobby and should never make you feel stressed out!  Go at your pace, you'll have access to the content for a minimum of 6 months after signing up.

No problem! You can ask me a question during one of the LIVE Q&A sessions using the chat box.  If the time doesn't suit your schedule or time zone then just be sure to email me the question ahead of time and I'll answer in the LIVE anyway.  I record the LIVES and load them into the portal for you to watch when convenient.  

Alternatively post your question in the Community Page or Facebook Group.  Either myself or one of our other lovely members is sure to be able to answer it for you. :-)

This is all listed above.

Sometimes the technology decides not to do what it should!  Very frustrating!  Sorry it's happened to you.  First of all, just double check your junk/spam folder.  Also make sure to add to the Safe Sender list in your email settings.  Next go to the Register Page and sign up.  Once you are in, you'll be able to click on the My Courses tab at the top.  If your enrolment was processed then the course will show up in your courses.  If it's not there or you have problems registering then just drop me an email at  It could be something as simple as a typo in the email address.

It is not possible to issue refunds for digital products for immediate download and customers lose their 14 day right to cancel. This is because it is not possible to recall digital content. By continuing to purchase digital products the customer is acknowledging that they have waived that right.

What are you waiting for?
I can't wait to help you learn more FMQ designs!

"Very informative course material, clear instructions for weekly tasks but with the flexibility to work at your own pace. Benefit of tuition by an experienced free motion quilter who is willing to cover the basics as well as techniques for more advanced free quilting. Fun, friendly and hugely enjoyable."

Sarah - FMQ Builder Participant



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Lesley Seymour Seymour

Free motion builder course

If anyone had told me at the beginning of the year what I’d be capable of quilting now I’d never have believed them, I amazed at what I’ve achieved all thanks to Jo’s brilliant tuition. The course is designed to teach you basic quilting shapes that are then used in a variety of stunning designs. The format and Jo’s excellent videos are there to look at again and again so you learn at your own pace. I can’t recommend this course highly enough.

2 months ago
Pauline Harrison Harrison

Confidence Building Course

Having completed the introductory FMQ course and really enjoyed it I was keen to build on my knowledge and skill. This course followed on so naturally and Jo's ability to share her love of FMQ is inspiring. Jo is a natural teacher and communicator and the course material is easy to follow and understand. I have not only added another tool to my quilting tool box but perhaps more importantly gained in confidence to try new things. The supportive, friendly Facebook group is an added bonus too. Thank you Jo.

8 months ago
Sheila Pitt

Brilliant course.

Thank you for another great course. Having completed the beginners course I jumped straight in to learn more. Realize that practice, practice, practice is the way forward so must set a session each day to improve. Thank you again Jo and look forward to the next course you may run.

1 year ago
Susan Fay Fay


Thank you Jo, for this course. Although I have not yet done the project, I have done all lessons and have learnt such a lot. You make it easy to understand, and a lot less scary than I thought it would be. You have given me the confidence to move in to bigger and better projects. Thank you. Xx

1 year ago

Legal Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to accurately represent our products and their potential. The testimonials and examples used are exceptional results, don’t apply to the average purchaser and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire and motivation.   I promise to give you the knowledge you need and show you the skills so you'll have everything you need to master this.  You'll have the confidence to keep on practising.  But, like anything in life, you only get out what you put in.