Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Free Motion Quilt

Free Motion Quilting has become one of my new favorite things to do. All you need is a free motion foot.

Once your quilt is sandwiched together, you can either do a stitch in the ditch quilting, free motion quilt, or free motion quilt following a template.

1) Stitch in the ditch means you will stitch exactly where all your pieces are sewn together. You won't see it from the front, but you will on the back.
2) Free motion quilting is basically just going with the flow... wherever you're guided. It's just your own masterpiece.
3) Free motion quilting with a template means you will trace a pattern with a water soluble pen or pencil onto your fabric and follow it.

Don't be afraid... I promise it isn't as scary as it may seem at first.

TIP: Remember to ALWAYS LOWER you feed dogs on your machine and use the smallest stitch length before free motion quilting!

The first thing you want to do when quilting with any method is to pull your bobbin thread through, so it's on top of your quilt with you top thread. I like to start on a corner and work my way over.

Next you will want to secure it so it won't unravel... just stitch back and forth a little bit like back stitching free motion style.

I like stippling personally. Here is stippling I done on my MIL's quilt.

Also... remember while you're quilting to watch out for the safety pens holing your quilt sandwich together.
Always take them before you get to that spot.

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