Free-Motion Quilting

Drop your feed dogs, pop on your darning foot, and use free-motion quilting to complete your quilts with stipple quilting, meander, vermicelli, feather stitch and other quilting motifs. These can be used on a domestic sewing machine for when longarm quilting.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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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Combine Free-Motion Quilting and Art Supplies for Zentangle on Fabric

I love it when two popular art techniques come together. In this case: free-motion quilting motifs and Zentangle®. Zentangle free-motion quilting motifs with machine stitching and shading with paint and pencil, by Nysha Oren Nelson. If you’re not familiar with Zentangle, it’s a form of line drawing with repeated designs, also known as Zen doodling.…

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Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial: Dots and Dashes by Lori Kennedy

In my experience most quilters’ stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt. In the other camp, there are quilters who prefer to free-motion stitch fanciful motifs and drawings. Maybe it’s…

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Longarm Quilting: Fill Faster with Pebble Stitch Tricks

The pebble stitch is a popular filler stitch for free-motion quilting backgrounds. It's easy to get into a Zen-like state while machine quilting little connecting circles over and over again. S-curves and curls make longarm quilting with the pebble stitch go more quickly. Stitching and photo by Angela Huffman. But when you're trying to cover…