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The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Free Motion Quilting Project
Josh here! No piecing instruction from me today, but instead I'd like to talk about something that is the very foundation of quilting: color choice. To get an idea of my favorite colors, here is Leah's quilt Shadow Self. I helped Leah in the designing process by selecting all of the colors. Lots of greens, teal, varying shades of blue and gray. You can read more about Leah's creation of Shadow Self here.

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McTavishing Quilting Technique Kelly Hanson discusses a new book by award winning longarm quilter, Karen McTavish. In this video, Kelly gives us insight into the book and the art of “McTavishing.” The first piece of advice Karen gives is for quilters to begin by drawing on a piece of scratch paper. 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.

How Do I Quilt This?! Intro Yay! I'm finally ready to start “How Do I Quilt This?!” a video series devoted to explaining all the different ways you can quilt your quilt with the free motion fillers from this project. Here is a video introduction where I show all four quilt tops and explain the different ways each one will be free motion quilted: I know not everyone can watch the videos, so here’s the basic rundown of what I shared in the video:

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. Quilting BIG Quilts Here's another post I've been meaning to get to for a long time! How do we quilt big quilts on a domestic sewing machine? I know I've said time and time again that you can quilt anything, even king sized quilts on a domestic, but how do we really do it?

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.

Stumpwork Blackberry Slip Hi! Today I finally had a go at creating a simple beaded berry slip and, as I took photos of the whole process, I thought you'd enjoy sharing it with me. I decided to have a go at a blackberry as you can get a few more colours of bead in the berry than with a raspberry, but this process will work just as well for plainer red berries too. You don't need to use all the different colours I did, I just thought it would be fun to do so. Stitch Freely With Creative Quilting Background Filler Designs - Welcome to the Craftsy Blog! Free-motion background filler quilting designs add interesting texture to your quilts, playing a “supporting actor” role. But how do you decide which filler to use? One consideration is the size and shape of the area you need to cover. Follow along to see how to apply free-motion quilting backgrounds!

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 Are Mid-Arm Quilting Machines? Have you ever shopped for a mid-arm quilting machine? If you don’t have the budget or the space in your home for a longarm quilting machine, but want to upgrade from quilting projects on your domestic sewing machine, a mid-arm quilting machine may be just the answer for you! Priced in the general range of $5,000 to $10,000 new, mid-arm quilting machines have a few differences from both longarm machines and home sewing machines.

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:

How to Free-Motion Quilt on a Regular Sewing Machine We recently had quite a few questions on free-motion quilting (FMQ) via our Ask an Expert questionnaire, in particular regarding free-motion quilting using a regular machine. In response, I thought it would be helpful to answer some of the many questions we received dealing with how to free-motion quilt on a regular sewing machine. Whether you enjoy machine quilting modern, art or traditional quilts, hopefully you will pick up a tip or two!

START HERE! 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:

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #62 Hello Friends! As promised, here is my tutorial for my “Riley Blake”-ish flower motif from yesterday’s post. In order to quilt this motif, you will need a marking pen and something that will allow you to draw a circle, besides your usual free-motion quilting notions. Here goes the tutorial.