Free-Motion Machine Quilting Techniques: 81 Tips for Free-Motion Quilting, Thread Sketching and Quilting Motifs

We've all heard the saying about drawing, right? That "practice makes perfect." Well the same goes for free-motion stitching. It takes time, practice, and commitment to get those stitches and quilt motifs to look exactly as you envision. In this free eBook, three highly respected quilt artists share their knowledge to help all quilters be more successful free-motion quilting.

If you are new to the craft, we've included all the resources you need to get started and be successful learning how to machine quilt. You'll not only find Frieda Anderson's five basic elements for enjoyable free-motion stitching but get her machine quilting patterns for success, including 12 quilt motifs to try. Or if you are looking for more advanced machine quilting instructions, you'll love Robbi Joy Eklow's free quilting motifs and variegated threads articles. Finally, if you've been interested in thread sketching, then take a look at Susan Brubaker Knapp's informative article on thread sketching, including color exercises and examples.

We hope you enjoy this compilation of exercises, tips, techniques, and quilt motifs to help make your free-motion quilting fun, successful and enjoyable. Download the free eBook to get your machine quilting instructions and discover how fun free-motion stitching can be!

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Discover free-motion machine quilting with this collection of free quilting motifs, machine quilting designs, and thread sketching tips!

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This free-motion quilting patterns and techniques eBook is jam-packed with advice for quilters of all levels! Included are tips for how to machine quilt, stippling quilting, free machine quilting patterns, and proven techniques for success. We've also included step-by-step quilting motifs that invite a closer look, how to use variegated threads, tips for filling in borders and how to combine free-motion quilting designs. Whether you're new to machine quilting or you're eager to improve your technique, you'll find loads of useful advice in this free eBook. Plus, along with this collection of machine quilting instructions, you'll get pages and pages expert instruction and helpful tips. And with your free membership to the Quilting Daily community, you'll have the help and support of thousands of quilters of all abilities. What are you waiting for? Download the free eBook today!


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Tips for Successful Free-Motion Machine Quilting

27 Tips for Successful Free-Motion Machine Quilting

"All the Right Moves Part 1" by Frieda Anderson

Quilting 101 with Frieda Anderson covers the five basic elements for getting started in your quilt making adventure—what equipment you'll need, how to select the right needle, what is the perfect thread, making the most of your work space, and more. She also enforces the three "P's" that all beginners must remember . . . practice, practice, practice. Frieda then walks you step by step through six free machine quilting patterns to get you started.


Tips for Successful Free-Motion Machine Quilting

6 Tips for Successful Free-Motion Machine Quilting

"All the Right Moves Part 2" by Frieda Anderson

Frieda Anderson takes quilting 101 to the next level, and instructs you on how to draw with thread (just like drawing with a pencil) using machine quilting designs and techniques. You'll also discover a variety of ideas and shapes to try (and where to find others that inspire you) including square stippling quilting, Ms and Es, leaves, feathers, stars, triangles, and many more. With Frieda's advice, you'll soon be on your way to mastering more advanced machine quilt motifs.


Free Quilting Motifs that Invite a Closer Look

24 Tips and Free Quilting Motifs that Invite a Closer Look

"It's Polite to Stare" by Robbi Joy Eklow

Learn how to make a quilt like Robbi Joy Eklow! In this section, you'll receive advice on how to make your free-motion quilting patterns transform your quilt into a "look at me" masterpiece. Using free-motion quilting designs you can learn to combine quilt motifs to make your quilt projects truly original. Robbi Joy will walk you through several different samples—from easy and versatile to eye-catching quilting motifs in more complicated fashions. These tips will have you running for your sewing machine, eager to try new free-motion quilting designs.


Variegated Threads for Free-Motion Embroidery

10 Variegated Threads for Free-Motion Embroidery

"It's (Still) Polite to Stare" by Robbi Joy Eklow

Learn the ins and outs of variegated thread and the many types of fibers it comes in. Need ideas on how to fill a large area on your quilt? We've got you covered with quilting ideas galore! You'll also receive creative lessons on how to fill borders, and will be able to soon apply these expert techniques to make your own masterpieces using free-motion embroidery.


Thread Sketching Lessons

14 Thread Sketching Tips

"Focus on Color" by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Learn how you can use thread sketching and machine quilting designs to change the appearance of your entire quilt. With thread sketching you can achieve subtle variations in shading, make a background stronger or more subtle, and enhance design elements on the quilt. Understand the basics of thread sketching and free-motion quilting, how to set up your workspace, and see stunning examples of this technique at work with this informative article.


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Practice makes perfect with machine quilting designs, and whether you've been quilting motifs for years or are brand new, you're going to love the variety of quilt motifs included. Expand your skill set further with a free-motion quilting tutorial, one that looks at stippling quilting, one on using variegated threads for free-motion embroidery, and another on thread sketching. Get creative quilting ideas to give your projects the polished finish they deserve, from the experts at Quilting Daily. Claim your free-motion quilting tutorial to get all 81 simple tactics and proven techniques for more successful free-motion quilting!

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