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How to Practice Free Motion Quilting —

Over and over and over again, I’ve said that anyone can learn how to free motion quilt— all it takes is some willingness and some practice. Today, I’m showing you what I consider to be a great routine for practicing free motion quilting, so that you can experience as much growth as possible each tim

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Six Tips for Machine Quilting

Are you new to machine quilting? You may have made tied quilts for a while and now want to explore machine quilting. I’ve seen a lot of advice given for how to machine quilt but I think mos…

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12 Ways Freezer Paper Can Simplify Quilt Making - Quilting Digest

Plus a Few More Ways it Can Expand Your Creativity! Freezer paper has long been a staple for quilters. It’s often used for needle-turn applique and English paper piecing. However, there are so many other ways it can help while making a quilt. The shiny side of the paper is coated with plastic that melts …

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Six Tips for Machine Quilting

Are you new to machine quilting? You may have made tied quilts for a while and now want to explore machine quilting. I’ve seen a lot of advice given for how to machine quilt but I think mos…

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How to machine bind a quilt - beginner friendly quilting tutorial

Free machine binding quilt tutorial by quiltylove. This tutorial will teach you how to machine bind a quilt. Beginner friendly quilt binding tutorial.

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How to Quilt Matrix - Walking Foot Quilting Tutorial

Learn how to machine quilt Matrix with Leah Day. Watch Leah quilt the design in a big square and follow along quilting a new design each week. At the end we'll put the squares together with an easy quilt-as-you-go technique to make the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt.

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Quilting With The Running Stitch

Easy technique for quilting - use an open running stitch for ripples across the fabric. Standard sewing machine stitch for modern quilting.

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Six Tips for Machine Quilting

Are you new to machine quilting? You may have made tied quilts for a while and now want to explore machine quilting. I’ve seen a lot of advice given for how to machine quilt but I think mos…

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Free Motion Quilting Sample Book

I'm teaching a Free Motion Quilting class starting in April at my LQS, Heartstrings and Heirlooms. I finished up the class sample over the weekend. In the class the students will do larger samples, but I needed a small book of designs to advertise the class. As you can see in the above end view, I used three different types of batting for my sample book - Quilter's Dream 100% Cotton, Hobbs 80/20 (80% cotton and 20% polyester), and a 100% wool. I used a tutorial from a recent Quilting Arts Magazine issue (the February/March 2014 issue) to make my little book. The instructions involved drawing some lines on a piece of fabric, then sewing on the lines with a walking foot to make a larger sheet and baste the layers together. Then you quilt your designs and cut the "pages" apart. The tutorial in the magazine was very good. If you are interested in making a book like mine, I suggest you get a copy of the magazine. Below is a collage of designs I plan to cover in the class. Along the top of each page I wrote the name of the design, the batting type and page number from the book I will be using for the class. In case you are interested, I'm using the book Free Motion Quilting with Angela Waters. It has become my go-to book for quilting ideas as of late.

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Free Motion Quilting For Beginners (and those who think they can't)

I've had the chance to review the book Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can't), by Molly Hanson. I love that title! I'm a big proponent of quilting your own quilts, as you know, and I've read a lot of books about free motion quilting. I like how everyone presents the information in their own personal way....there is always more to learn! This book presents all the practical information you need to get started. More importantly, it gives you the confidence to jump in and give free motion quilting a try. There are 15 projects in the book that encourage you to start small and increase your comfort level with free motion quilting before you tackle something larger, like a quilt. What I love most about this book is Molly's tone of encouragement throughout the text and the projects. She is great at guiding you though the entire process! I've done a lot of free motion quilting and I love how relaxing it can be. I also know how easy it can be to get in a rut. I challenged myself to get out of my box, so to speak and try some new-to-me, designs. I gave this squared off stippling pattern a try and it went pretty well! I had to slow down and think about where I was going from time to time, but it was fun! I could see doing this all over a whole quilt. I also quilted a few swatches of different designs and I turned them into a set of coasters. Binding them was a little fiddly, but totally worth it! (I can say that now that they are done. Ha!) These are great because I not only used scraps of fabric, but scraps of batting as well. Hurray! I'm happy to count these as scrap project #94/101. If you would like the chance to win an e-book copy of Free Motion Quilting for Beginners, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment, I'd love to hear what your favorite go-to FMQ pattern is. Or, if you are new to FMQ, I'd like to hear what pattern you would like to master. I will pick winner in a few days!

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