Tag: Machine Quilting

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…

Machine Quilting & The Spark of Inspiration

We all have benchmarks or turning points in our quilting journey. Those moments where we feel so inspired, we are compelled to move forward. Its source could be a stunning fabric collection, a pattern you can’t wait to make, or even a technique you simply must try. The lightning strike of inspiration can occur at…

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,’…

Modern Patchwork Magazine July/August 2017

Whether you make bold and graphic bed quilts, small projects for your home, or charity quilts, these and more are all explored in the July/August 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. Join in the fun of modern quilting and explore the possibilities with new patterns from top designers, reviews of fresh fabrics and books, and…

Best Quilting Books: Editor’s Top Ten

With so many quilting books in the world, it can be difficult to decide which to add to your collection. To make finding the best quilting books and surface design how-tos easier, the editors of Quilting Arts Magazine have rounded up ten of their favorite surface design, art quilting, and modern quilting books. Here’s a…

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…