Are you on Santa’s nice list? If so, we hope he leaves a Shark Applicutter under your tree this year! That pint-sized rotary cutter navigates curves and tight corners with ease. This week Rob used it to fussy cut dozens of little fish for his freestyle applique Coral Reef quilt. This tropical quilt pattern leaves lots of room for creativity, and it’s a blast to put together! Click HERE to learn how to sew up your own tropical ocean scene! (Be sure to watch to the end for some great tips on free motion quilting!)
A quilt top, no matter how intricate, doesn’t have a ton of texture. It’s just…flat. That’s where FMQ comes into play. Because with a little planning, your stitch patterns can force the batting to puff – or crush – exactly where you want it. Last week I pieced together a Mariner’s Compass, and this week I’m finishing it off with an action-packed session of free motion quilting. Click HERE to learn how to give your compass quilt tons of 3-dimensional character with a few basic FMQ motifs.
If you’ve been following along, you may have noticed that I like to approach quilting my own way. There’s no perfect method because every quilter thinks differently and prefers a unique approach that suits him or her best. This is definitely true for Free Motion Quilting! It’s supposed to be “free”-ing to do it your own way, but I can see how that might be difficult to tackle when you’re used to doing quilt piecing, which usually requires exact measurement and math. So, if you’ve been hesitant to try it out for yourself, we’ve decided to offer a little bit of motivation… and is there better motivationRead More →