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Straight Line Quilting

(FMQ) Free Motion Quilting. Hand Quilting. Machine Quilting - Topics - Quilting Daily. Free-Motion Machine Quilting Free-motion quilting is more than just a way to hold the pieces of your quilt together.

Machine Quilting - Topics - Quilting Daily

Stitching lines, swirls, and motifs onto your quilt can add dimension, depth, meaning, and interest. You can use free-motion quilting to accent parts of a quilt or as an overall texture. And you can change the look of the stitches simply by changing the color of the thread. Machine Quilting - Beginner's Quilting Tutorial Series – Pile O' Fabric. This post is part of the Beginner's Quilting Tutorial Series.

Machine Quilting - Beginner's Quilting Tutorial Series – Pile O' Fabric

We are going through an in depth series which will teach you everything you need to know to establish a solid quilting foundation. Click here to see all of the posts and learn more about the series. Quilting is the step in which you stitch all three of your quilt sandwich layers together. The first step before you begin quilting will be to decide and plan in which way you will be quilting. So let's talk about some of the different quilting methods before we begin.

Stitch in the Ditch Stitch in the ditch is a method of quilting that minimizes how much thread shows up on the top of the quilt. Outline Quilting Similar to stitch in the ditch you will quilt lines parallel to your seam lines, but use the edge of your presser foot, or a quilting bar to stitch 1/8" to 1/4" from the seam line on both sides of each seam. Basic Straight Parallel Lines Random Spacing Straight Lines. Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. If you have chosen to machine quilt your project, you need to prepare your machine for the chore at hand.

Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks

Each machine quilting technique requires a different type of presser foot and machine setting, so read through the following information carefully. If you have pin basted your quilt together, you must remove the safety pins as you approach them. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to stitch over a safety pin. Not only does stitching over them make them difficult to remove, but it's dangerous! You could easily break your needle, sending a fragment of the needle into your eye. Preparing large-size projects If you are quilting a large project, such as a bed quilt, be sure you have a large surface to the rear and to the left of your machine to help you support the weight of the quilt. Prepare any quilt larger than 36 inches x 36 inches for quilting by rolling it as follows. Figure 1: Rolling and securing the quilt. Bicycle clips function the same way on a quilt. Machine Quilting. The WWQP How-To's Introduction For many quilters, machine quilting is a way to quilt those tops that seem to go together faster than they can be hand quilted.

Machine Quilting

For others, machine quilting is a means of self expression. Machine quilting can range from an almost invisible stitch outlining the quilt blocks to a combination of threads and stitches creating a one of a kind work of art and everything in beween. Machine Quilting: Managing a Large Quilt Sandwich. Question: For a year I have been learning free hand quilting by machine and I find it very difficult to move my work smoothly and with constant speed.

Machine Quilting: Managing a Large Quilt Sandwich

Often my movement is blocked because the heavy quilt won't come over the edge of my working table. Can you give me some advice or suggestions where to find information about feehand machine quilting and what kind of sewing machine is best to do this kind of work. Answer: I do all my quilting on a regular size Bernina sewing machine. I find that I have better control and my body is better balanced if I move the foot control to my left foot. An added bonus is that I can operate the knee lift with my right knee, and never accidentally hit the foot control at the same time (thus making hairballs in the bobbin case).

For large quilts I push together several tables, desks, etc. so that the entire weight of the quilt is supported on the table top. Sometimes I spray a little silicone on the table top to make it more slippery. Local Classes – Pile O' Fabric. In this class you will learn the foundational basics to help you begin free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.

Local Classes – Pile O' Fabric

We will start off learning how to set up your machine for free motion quilting, then we will be practicing six designs. You will walk away with a fun FMQ swatch ring to use for planning designs in the future. Date: Saturday, August 29th from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Sew from the Heart, Scottsdale ArizonaPrice: $60Registration: Register by calling Sew from the Heart at (480) 998-8886 or visiting them in their shop. Learn How to Machine Quilt Big Projects on Your Home Sewing Machine. Class Description Finishing a bed-size quilt doesn't have to be a king-size chore.

Learn How to Machine Quilt Big Projects on Your Home Sewing Machine

Award-winning quilter Ann Petersen shows you five easy, large-scale quilting techniques. You'll learn how to finish any quilt beautifully with the same sewing machine you've always used. Basic quilters will enjoy Ann's helpful, easy-to-follow instructions, while more advanced quilters will pick up dozens of tips and tricks for whole-quilt finishing, splitting your block or batting, quilting blocks as-you-go or adding borders to a central medallion.

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General questions about the project How do you come up with so many designs? Why did you start the project?