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Are you new here? Hi! Welcome to the Free Motion Quilting Project! I’m sure you have a lot of questions about what this project is, how it works, why I created it, and where to get started, so the easiest thing was just to make a video explaining it all in one go: Click Here if the Video Does Not Appear Tip: If any video on the project stops playing try clicking “pause” and allow the little red bar at the bottom to fill up completely before hitting “play” again. I mentioned a lot of different things in this first video, so here's a list of links you might be interested in checking out first: Leah Day - Learn more about the gal that started the Free Motion Quilting Project. Karen McTavish - Learn more about the awesome quilter who inspired Leah and her design called McTavishing. Stippling, Pebbling, or Paisley - Learn about the three other most popular quilting designs. Release Your Light - Check out close up photos of this quilt and read the story about why it was created. Leah Day

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

Christa Quilts | Make it yourself. Make it your own. 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.

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.

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

Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures The Free Motion Quilting Project Quilters' Corner >> Free motion quilting with OUT a foot?? Date: 1/20/10 5:04 PM I think you're going to like your new machine. And yes the Viking feet cost a bomb but they do work very well. There are different sorts you can buy- open toe metal, or plastic horseshoe (doesn't change the visibility much, as when it is moving it blurrs)...and do look into what generic sorts might work- take your machine to the dealership and fit them if necessary. And, if there doesn't seem to be enough clearance with the generic foot add a rubber hair band looped two or three times around the metal part at the top right near the plastic or metal housing for the spring area- if you do this it will lift the foot up a few millimetres, the more loops you make the higher the foot will go. But, don't go too overboard- you want the foot just barely touching the top of the quilt layers so you still get good stitch formation as you work. the foot should be able to hold the layers still when the needle is down, long enough for the stitch to form well.

Question Thursday #16 It's time for Question Thursday, the day where your questions get answered and hopefully sets you on the right track for free motion quilting. First off, reading through everyone's posts about Sharp Stippling, it seems my advice to "not hesitate on the points" has caused you all to feel that you must zoom through this design without stopping. So please go back and ignore my advice! Instead, stitch a wiggly line, then stop with your needle in the down position. THINK about where you want to go next. Many quilters experienced a difficulty visualizing the design, and a definite increase in getting lost within the texture. Do the exact same thing with sharp stippling, only this time instead of stitching curves, stitch points at the ends of every wiggly shape like this: Simply stitch rows of the exact same shapes until you feel comfortable forming the flames. Only after some practice with rows, try combining the shapes together until you find a complex, interlocking pattern to the design. 1. 2.

The Free Motion Quilting Project: May 2015 Josh here, and it's past time we did our own little Throwback Thursday post! If you're a member of Facebook, you've likely seen pages and facebook friends sharing old pictures and stories under the tagline "Throwback Thursday." We've even seen a few funny and memorable Throwback Thursday entries on Leah's facebook group page, which is a great place for quilters from all over the globe to come together and talk about quilting, sewing, crafts, and anything and everything. Have you ever been watching one of Leah's youtube videos and heard a rooster crow in the distance? Let's rewind back to a few weeks before Easter of 2010. Unfortunately, the gag gift nature of these two played out as both grow into roosters. Along the way, we picked up three hens, got a few more over time, hatched out their eggs, and fast forward to today where I currently have nineteen laying hens and three docile roosters, along with six Indian runner, Magpie, and Pekin ducks. Josh

FMQ tip and other uses for foam pipe insulation For those of you that do FMQ on a short or mid arm machine, this is kind of cool. Go to a DIY store and buy a piece of foam pipe insulation. Its about $3.00 for about 8 feet and comes preslit along its length. Cut two 10" lengths. Diane Gaudynski "A New Tradition in Quilting": Relaxed Diane-shiko Sometimes we need a quilting design similar to a grid, but easier and faster. Diane-shiko has filled that need for me and for my students for several years now, and I still love it, the look of it, and quilting it. However, perhaps 2010 calls for a new, "Relaxed" Diane-shiko! In this version, you have all the advantages of Diane-shiko with half the quilting, and less stress. It consists of marking a regular, even design with either a ruler or Grid-Marker stencil (June Tailor) in a 1/2"format, but quilting around the marked lines free motion, not trying to stay on them, aiming for the intersections instead and hitting those precisely. When I began this design, photo above, I was a little slip-shod, and sort of raced along thinking this will be fast and easy. Going too fast and being lazy about hitting the intersections was a big Mistake! I love my magnifier. Do NOT go back up to the starting point as we did in Diane-shiko. Instead, you travel OVER to the NEXT LINE.

The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 6 - Echo Shell This design is also featured in the ebook From Daisy to Paisley along with many other free motion designs from this project! Click here to learn more about our Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers DVD. Today is day 6 and the free motion design I'd like to share is called Echo Shell. This difference between this filler and the typical echo half circle filler is that this is much more random. Here's an example of a less random Echo Shell: Inspiration - My wonderful hubby gifted me with "Quilts of Provence," a beautiful book on french Provence quilting. Traditional echo shell has been around for hundreds of years as first a hand quilting stitch, then a machine quilting free motion stitch. Difficulty Level - Beginner. Design Family - Echoing Directional Texture - 3 directions. Suggestions for Use - Like yesterday with the Basic Spiral, this is a pretty dominate filler. Back of Echo Shell Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts, and send in a picture to show it off!