How to Free-Motion Quilt on a Regular Sewing Machine Would you like to quilt your own quilts on your regular home sewing machine? Are you afraid to try because you don’t think you have the right quilting equipment? What if I told you that you can add beautiful texture to your quilts without investing in a specialty machine? If your machine can sew a straight stitch, it can be used for machine quilting. You can machine quilt on any “regular” sewing machine. Craftsy blog reader Sue recently submitted the following Ask an Expert question: “Hello, I am a novice sewist and trying patchwork and quilting, but my machine doesn’t do free-motion. Great question, Sue! Free-motion quilting is a technique whereby quilting stitches are added by sewing in any direction on the surface of the quilt. Two things are needed to perform free-motion quilting: The feed dogs need to be disengaged.A free-motion quilting foot needs to be used. If you think these options are not available to you on a basic sewing machine, think again! Supreme Slider in action
Quilting Basics ~ The Quarter Inch Seam & Pressing Techniques Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios is back for part two of her Quilting Basics series (with installments every week throughout Quilting Month II!). Part one covered preparing and cutting your fabric. Learn more about Jacquie’s quilting in her Sew,Mama,Sew! Enjoy today’s tips from Jacquie! A Perfect Scant Quarter Inch Seam Quarter inch seams are the standard in quilt piecing. It seems like a few threads less wouldn’t make a difference, but multiply a little bit across the many seams in a quilt and it can become a problem when it’s time to put everything together. The Test Cut two 2” x 4” rectangles. It should measure exactly 3 ½ “ wide. Piecing With an accurate scant ¼ “ seam you’re ready to piece. I use a stitch length of 12 to 15 stitches per inch for piecing. Pressing Don’t you love when your seams lay flat and your block is crisp and square? Pressing technique is a matter of preference. You’ll also need to decide if you want to use steam. This is my pressing routine: 1. 2. 4.
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The Quilt Index Free Motion Quilting ~ Home Machine Features & Tips We know many of you want to learn more about free motion stitching on your home machine. Kellie from our board and Don’t Look Now blog does a lot of free motion stitching and does it well! Today she shares some tips so you can feel comfortable jumping in and trying it out on your own machine, plus features to consider when looking for a new machine conducive to free motion stitching! From Kellie: So would you like to try your hand at free motion stitching? What is Free Motion Stitching and why would I ever want to do it? Free motion sewing involves lowering your machine’s feed dogs and releasing the pressure on your presser foot… Once you have done this it’s now up to you to move the fabric while gauging the speed of your machine’s motor to perfectly time the creation of your stitches… Sounds tricky! Free motion stitching is used to create the beautiful swirls and curls and any other number of designs that you may like to use to quilt your quilt. Again this isn’t essential.
Easy Quilt Patterns for a Quick Quilting Project Easy quilt patterns for beginning to experienced quilters. New quilters can use my easy patterns to learn how to make a quilt, since they always include detailed instructions and illustrations. Easy Rail Fence Bed Quilt PatternUse my easy rail fence quilt pattern to make a 73" x 85" quilt... it's easy to customize the size. Easy Garden Lattice Quilt Pattern... What's Through Your Windows?Named for the lattice work it resembles, the Garden Lattice quilt offers a glimpse of blue sky framed in foliage green. Easy Log Cabin Quilt and Block Pattern (No Templates Require)It's super simple to sew log cabin quilt blocks without templates. Bricks and Cobblestones Quilt Block PatternsA super easy pattern for Bricks and Cobblestones quilt blocks. Easy Pinwheel Quilt Block and Quilt PatternA brights-on-black Pinwheel quilt and quilt block pattern that's sewn with a single type of patchwork unit. Aurora Borealis Quilt Block and Quilt PatternUse my quilt pattern to make the Aurora Borealis Quilt.
Womenfolk: The Art of Quilting: Patterns & History r0ssie (fresh modern quilts): learning more about free-motion quilting While I have been enjoying all the piecing I've been getting done, I've jumped into a bit of quilting this week. You see, I sold one of my finished quilt tops to a friend, but she of course wants a QUILT, not a quilt top, so I needed to hop to it and actually quilt it. You'll have to excuse me for posting "sneak peek" photos rather than proper photos, but this quilt is going to be given as a gift, so until it's in the intended hands, I'm holding back on the photos. I've said it before and I'll say it again: quilting is my growth area. I'm not horrible, but I'm not awesome. With a new machine in my studio, one that a lot of people buy specifically for its free-motion quilting potential, I figured it was a good time to start again with learning to free motion quilt. A few of my take-away from her Craftsy class so far: 1. 2. sidenote not from Day's class: Starching your quilt back: My friend Lynn recently mentioned that she does this and I was super-excited by this obvious and awesome idea.
Quilting Board Section Quilting Style Free Motion Quilting Section Quilting Style Free Motion Quilting Learn how to quilt multiple quilting designs over your quilts! Do you have a special quilt needing an extra special quilting design? When you look at it, do you fear the design could be ruined if you covered it with All Over Quilting? It's time to learn how to Section Quilt your special quilts so that each area is covered with beautiful, rich quilting texture. This style of quilting is more time consuming to complete, but the results are absolutely worth it! Of course, in order to be able Section Quilt your next quilt, you first need to understand what designs will work best for each area of your quilt. Quilt Blocks Section Quilting Your Quilt Sashing Quilt Borders Learn how to fill the borders of your quilts with beautiful designs! Always remember - there is no WRONG way to quilt your quilts! Section Quilting is a great way to finish a special quilt in a super special way. Back to the Quilt Gallery
The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting Unlock the secrets to free-motion success and flawlessly stitch your quilts with confidence! Add exquisite visual interest to your quilts as you uncover the elements behind your favorite free-motion quilting designs. Author Christina Cameli guides you step by step, from identifying the basic structure of seven sophisticated design families to recreating motifs that have always inspired you. Lesson plan Lesson 1. Meet quilting instructor and author Christina Cameli, then dive right into learning about nestled free-motion quilting designs such as pebbles. Lesson 2. Beads on a string is a low-stress, high-impact design that's fun to learn and modify. Lesson 3. Christina demonstrates how emerging designs can "grow" across your quilt, with each new element sprouting like leaves between two others. Lesson 4. Is there an echo in here? Lesson 5. Use climbing designs to quilt the borders of your project, or use them as an all-over motif. Lesson 6. Lesson 7. - ClanawleyLancashire, England
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