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Free Motion Quilting

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Free Motion Quilting with Freezer Paper

Use freezer paper to easily mark areas you want to leave unquilted or transfer motifs onto your project. Quilting expert, Ashley Hough, shows you how.

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DIY Free Motion Quilting Practice Tool

I've been looking for some kind of practice tool or device to improve my free motion skills, but couldn't find what I was looking for. For sit-down quilting, the kind you do on a home sewing machine or a sit-down longarm, it is the fabric that moves and the needle is stationary. As opposed to stand-up quilting on a long-arm, the fabric is stationary on the quit frame, and you move the needle over the fabric to do the quilting. Sit-down quilting is a different type of skill to master. My DIY free motion quilting tool. Although, I could not find something for sale retail, I did find a home-made device on a blog post at Mary's Quilting Notes. Mary even has a short video for her device on YouTube. This is exactly the type of device I was looking for. Something to hold a pen steady while you move a practice sheet underneath. I went straight to the plumbing/pipes aisle at Home Depot and picked up the pieces I needed. I didn't want to do any measuring, cutting or filing, so mine is just slightly different than Mary's - but even easier too. 😉 Can't remember exact cost, but it isn't much. Think the total was less than $10. No special tools required except your sewing machine's screwdriver to open and close the clamps. Parts for the quilting tool. Pen-holder parts SUPPLIES NEEDED: 1 inch x 2 ft PVC pipe (2) 1 inch 90-degree PVC elbow (2) 1 inch PVC Tee (2) 3/4 inch PVC coupling hose clamp to fit a 1" PVC pipe hose clamp to fit hose adapter 3/4" hose connector (blue piece in photo above) a 3-ring binder with clear plastic insertable-cover (I used an old one I had on-hand) dry-erase marker rubberbands DIRECTIONS: The parts fit together easily. No cutting or filing necessary. Only tool needed is a flat head screwdriver for the hose clamps. Slide the larger hose clamp onto the 1" PVC pipe. Open the smaller hose clamp and loop it through the larger hose clamp. Center clamp on the pipe. Insert the hose connector into the small hose clamp. Use a screwdriver to tighten clamps over the center of the pipe. Pen-holder assembly. Fit each 3/4" coupling into the top of a Tee Bottom pieces of device Fit this piece into each elbow piece. May have to push a little bit for a snug fit. Fit these end pieces into the 2-foot PVC pipe. The end of the device. Cut the spine from the binder. You should have two flat clear plastic-covered panels to use as work boards. Place a work board under the quilting tool. Wrap a rubber band (or two) around the end of a dry-erase marker and drop it into the pen holder. Rubber band-covered marker. Drop the marker into the pen holder and push down until it reaches the work board. You're done! Move the board to Practice Away! The dry-erase marker easily wipes off with a tissue to practice again. Put a copy of your favorite quilting design under the clear cover and practice tracing as well. Tracing a quilting practice sheet. Just wipe off the cover and do it again. A short little demonstration video: I am sharing this post on FreeMotion Linky Tuesday, Fiber Tuesday, Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching, Show Off Saturday, and What a Hoot Quilts!. Happy Stitching!

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Free motion Quilting for Landscape Quilts

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Quilt As You Go - Connecting Sunshine Blocks

Connecting a sampler sunshine quilt with the Sunshine Surprise quilt along from Leah Day.

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A Stylised Flower Quilting Motif - Clever Chameleon Quilting

Learn how to use baking paper as an aid for your free-motion quilting. Tutorial includes instructions on how to quilt a stylised flower motif suitable for square blocks. Free downloadable template provided.

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Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial

Welcome to Day One of our Free-motion Quilting Series here on WeAllSew: Four Designs to Take You Beyond the Basics! Learn how to FMQ waves, squares, ripples and loops. #quilting #fmq #freemotionquilting #free #tutorial

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Free Motion Quilting Sample Book

I'm teaching a Free Motion Quilting class starting in April at my LQS, Heartstrings and Heirlooms. I finished up the class sample over the weekend. In the class the students will do larger samples, but I needed a small book of designs to advertise the class. As you can see in the above end view, I used three different types of batting for my sample book - Quilter's Dream 100% Cotton, Hobbs 80/20 (80% cotton and 20% polyester), and a 100% wool. I used a tutorial from a recent Quilting Arts Magazine issue (the February/March 2014 issue) to make my little book. The instructions involved drawing some lines on a piece of fabric, then sewing on the lines with a walking foot to make a larger sheet and baste the layers together. Then you quilt your designs and cut the "pages" apart. The tutorial in the magazine was very good. If you are interested in making a book like mine, I suggest you get a copy of the magazine. Below is a collage of designs I plan to cover in the class. Along the top of each page I wrote the name of the design, the batting type and page number from the book I will be using for the class. In case you are interested, I'm using the book Free Motion Quilting with Angela Waters. It has become my go-to book for quilting ideas as of late.

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Free Motion Quilting For Beginners (and those who think they can't)

I've had the chance to review the book Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can't), by Molly Hanson. I love that title! I'm a big proponent of quilting your own quilts, as you know, and I've read a lot of books about free motion quilting. I like how everyone presents the information in their own personal way....there is always more to learn! This book presents all the practical information you need to get started. More importantly, it gives you the confidence to jump in and give free motion quilting a try. There are 15 projects in the book that encourage you to start small and increase your comfort level with free motion quilting before you tackle something larger, like a quilt. What I love most about this book is Molly's tone of encouragement throughout the text and the projects. She is great at guiding you though the entire process! I've done a lot of free motion quilting and I love how relaxing it can be. I also know how easy it can be to get in a rut. I challenged myself to get out of my box, so to speak and try some new-to-me, designs. I gave this squared off stippling pattern a try and it went pretty well! I had to slow down and think about where I was going from time to time, but it was fun! I could see doing this all over a whole quilt. I also quilted a few swatches of different designs and I turned them into a set of coasters. Binding them was a little fiddly, but totally worth it! (I can say that now that they are done. Ha!) These are great because I not only used scraps of fabric, but scraps of batting as well. Hurray! I'm happy to count these as scrap project #94/101. If you would like the chance to win an e-book copy of Free Motion Quilting for Beginners, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment, I'd love to hear what your favorite go-to FMQ pattern is. Or, if you are new to FMQ, I'd like to hear what pattern you would like to master. I will pick winner in a few days!

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