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.

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Eyes on Thread Painting

Although there are so many options when it comes to creating portrait quilts, thread painting is the technique I find most inspiring. The ability to shape facial features with fabric and thread is remarkable. Lea McComas is a master at thread painted portraits and is exceptional at teaching other artists how to use this technique…

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Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers. Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques…

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Thread Painting Portrait Quilts with Lea McComas

Portrait quilts are all the rage. There are so many different ways to make them, from pieced pixel quilts to fused appliqué. But if you want to give your portraits a more painterly look–less like an Andy Warhol print and a little more like a Leonardo Da Vinci–thread painting is just the ticket! Painting with…

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Practice Free-Motion Quilting on Your Home Sewing Machine

Whether you’re working on a traditional, contemporary, or art quilt, you’ll need to join the layers of your sandwich with quilting. Challenge yourself to go beyond your favorite handful of free-motion quilting patterns by learning 52 fillers and motifs from Susan Brubaker Knapp. To improve your skills, make a small quilt sandwich approximately 12″ x…

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Valentine Gifts for Quilters and Non-Quilters

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner–only one month away! I don’t know about you, but it feels like I just finished putting my Christmas decorations back into storage and am finally recovering from the anxiety of finishing my handmade gifts. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to stop…

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Blocking My Pixelated Quilt

Please enjoy Vivika’s journey creating a pixelated quilt. KL It’s done! My quilt, titled “Ed Note,” has finally moved officially from the UFO list and on to the Finished list. This quilt began as a lark. I met Andi Herman from YouPatch last year at QuiltCon and admired the software she and her husband developed…

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Thread Painting

This beautiful work by Anne Eckley was featured in the “Thread Painting” article from Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2003. Simply put thread painting is using a sewing machine like a paintbrush; free-motion stitching images and designs. It’s such a simple process — all it requires is a sewing machine, fabric or canvas, thread, and patience.…

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Free Motion Machine Quilting – Resources

Free-Motion Machine Quilting Free-motion quilting is more than just a way to hold the pieces of your quilt together. Stitching lines, swirls, and motifs onto your quilt can add dimension, depth, meaning, and interest. You can use free-motion quilting to accent parts of a quilt or as an overall texture. And you can change the look…

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Keep Your Quilting Stitches Even with These 5 Tension Tips

Is there anything more frustrating than being ready to quilt only to find your tension is off? Not too loose, not too tight–how to get your sewing machine stitches just right! We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in…