I’m a free motion kind of guy. My quilts are like blank canvases just waiting to be filled with pure creativity. But this week, I’m actually “coloring” inside the lines. Free motion quilting on a panel is like target practice. As you stitch along the printed designs of your panel, you get a feel for the pace and movement of machine quilting. Bonus: because you’re practicing on a panel rather than scraps, you’ll end up with a totally useful quilted project. Click HERE to watch the vid!
When I’m working on a Trapunto quilt, I layer extra pieces of batting in certain areas of the quilt to create a nice, puffy loft. Then I go to town quilting tight, intricate designs everywhere else. The result is a high-contrast 3D texture that looks much more difficult than it really is. Click HERE to watch the vid.
Come on, baby! Let’s do the twist! It’s time for another Free Motion Quilting tutorial. This week, we’re working on a Basic Twist. It’s a simple motif that packs a punch when you need to fill large areas. In this tutorial, I’ll show you two versions of this design, so pick your favorite and start stitching! Click HERE to watch the vid. (This is the 17th video in my FMQ series. I’ve gone over techniques, troubleshooting, and tons of cool motifs. Check out the entire collection HERE!)
The Garden Quilt is a softer, more organic version of one of my favorite patterns, The Gears Quilt. I use miniature pinwheels as the background, layer on some killer floral applique, and finish it off with my signature free-motion quilting. This garden is bold and modern, and it’s a cinch to put together. Click HERE to watch the vid!
Here is a super awesome quilt design for any quilt needing a little bit of floral flare! This fun little Daisy Chain is easy and a great way to add more texture into some of your other FMQ patterns. Click HERE for a free downloadable PDF! Click HERE to watch the full tutorial!
Rob demonstrates a square and arc stitch motif for FMQ on a home sewing machine. This design is perfect for a modern quilt pattern or even to bring more life to a solid choice in fabric! He uses Machingers Quilting Gloves and a Sew Slip Multi Purpose Sheet as he quilts. Click HERE to get supplies
Quilt top complete. Sandwich basted. Machine geared up for a free motion quilting extravaganza. It’s go time, baby! But…where do you start? How do you take those first few stitches with confidence? Conquer that blank canvas like a pro with a simple method I call “Building from the Base.” I begin with one basic shape that serves as the starting point for all the detail to come. Click HERE to watch the vid!
For months we’ve been cranking out the free motion quilting tutorials. Many of you have jumped in and given it your best, and we’ve loved the pics you’ve shared of your efforts! But for those of you still sitting on the sidelines, it’s time to bite the bullet and start stitching! Jenny Doan may be the Queen of Quick & Easy Quilting, but when it comes to Free Motion Quilting, she’s a beginner like many of you! So don’t be shy; we’re all learning together! Click on the button below to watch a true beginner tackle the first hurdles of free motion quilting: sync &Read More →
I was out meandering in Sisters, Oregon last week and I happened upon a deer eating breakfast. I tried to get a photo without disturbing her, so this is the best I could do. 🙂 It was one of those moments where you just have to stop and appreciate life… and you can’t help but feel like it’s going to be a good day. That’s what Open Meandering in Free Motion Quilting is all about. It just makes you feel better about life! Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it definitely adds some major options and possibilities to your free motion quilting tool belt! ClickRead More →
Have you ever watched a high energy caffeinated guy sit and focus closely on an important task? Well, it’s a sight to be seen, so break out your quilting gloves and slip sheet, folks, cuz it’s free motion quilting time! This week the focus is vines and leaves and it’s going to be a blast! Thanks to my friend Christina Cameli for allowing me to reference her excellent teaching materials from her Free-Motion Quilting books! You can find them in the list of supplies HERE!