Machine Quilting

Machine quilting is one of the main techniques used in modern quilting and art quilting. Usually it’s achieved by lowering the feed dogs on your sewing machine, attaching a darning foot, and free-motion quilting motifs all over the quilt. Quilt motifs can be simple or complex depending on the look desired and the skill of the quilter. Straight-line quilting with a walking foot is also popular, especially among modern quilters.

Free-Motion Quilting: Sewing Machine Setup

The first time I ever tried my hand at free-motion quilting I had no idea what I was doing. While channeling my inner Rosie the Riveter, I naively sat down to my machine with a stack of small quilt sandwiches and a belief that I could do this. Unfortunately, after struggling to set up my…

Ink & Thread Sketched Pet Quilts

One of the many benefits of having a smartphone is the ability to use it as a virtual sketchbook. Laurie Russman uses an app called Popsicolor to change the value and contrast of her photos making them exceptional source material for ink and thread sketched pet quilts. She demonstrates her method for manipulating the photo,…

Meet the Artist of the Month: Catherine Redford

I know lots of crafters and fiber artists who do it all: they quilt, embroider, knit, and maybe even make garments on the side. But there are few that I know who approach the needle arts with such plucky humor and outright charming creativity as Catherine. She first caught my eye as a guest on…

Machine Quilt Meanders Like a Pro

Free-motion quilting is a technique that takes a lot of practice. Susan Brubaker Knapp wrote a series of articles, which has been collected into a convenient eBook, to help artists like us develop our skills and to encourage us to explore diverse quilting motifs. The section where she teaches how to machine quilt ‘basic meanders,’…

Gorgeous machine quilting by Dawn Cavanaugh.

Longarm Quilting: Making Muscle Memories

Machine quilting, whether it’s on a longarm or a domestic sewing machine, takes practice. Of course, you can do this sitting at the machine, but you can also work on machine quilting exercises which don’t require a needle and thread. Dawn Cavanaugh shares a few ideas I’d like to try. I mean, you can’t go…

Top 10 Tips for Domestic Machine Quilting

Like many of us, I machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine. As much as I’d love to own a longarm machine, I don’t have one yet. Of course, sending quilts to professional longarm quilters is a fantastic option that yields magnificent results. Unfortunately, I’ve never left myself enough time to make that happen before…

Anatomy of Machine Quilted Feathers & Troubleshooting Tips

Feathers are one of the most popular free motion quilting motifs around. Learning how to machine quilt this design takes patience and practice; expert advice can also be very helpful. Get started on your journey to mastering machine quilted feathers with insights from quilt instructor and fiber artist Ana Buzzalino. She wrote an entire series…

Quilt Lessons: What is Stippling?

If you are new to free-motion quilting or unfamiliar with the terminology of various free-motion quilting motifs, you may have asked yourself, “What is stippling?” With so many quilt artists well-versed in the art of quilt stippling, it can be difficult to discern what stippling actually is. Personally, I’ve found Sulky’s explanation the most concise…