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.

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…

Expert Tips for Free-Motion Quilting

This time of year I am always looking for quilting techniques I can use in my quilted gifts. My go to technique is almost always free-motion quilting. Quilted potholders are the ideal project in my book because they are quick to make and easy to customize. Plus, potholders are a manageable size and they give…

Free-motion Quilting Feathers: Tips & Tricks

There is something about free-motion quilted feathers that makes a quilt stand out in a crowd. This machine quilting motif is one of the most difficult to master, but with patience and practice, along with a few tips and tricks, any quilter can quilt them! Just like a fingerprint, no two feathers are alike; each…

Free-Motion Quilting Inspired by the Masters

We’ve all walked through museums to soak up inspiration as we stop to inspect the work of our favorite artists. There is something about the excitement and wonderment that accompanies this sacred march through galleries filled with works of art. I was reminded of that feeling as I looked through the pages of the eighth…

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…

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…