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September 9, 2021
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/661808024879579136 from Living Water Quilter

5 Easy Free Motion Quilting Designs for BeginnersLearn 5 easy free motion quilting designs. Loops...

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September 8, 2021
Free Motion Quilting Design Heart Lines, #518 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today is the perfect day to learn how to quilt Heart Lines!

Heart Lines

Heart Lines free motion design

Since the birth of our daughter Betty, I feel like my heart has tripled in size. Here’s my favorite picture so far of Betty’s beautiful smile:

Baby's first smile

Baby Betty Day

Quick Links from this free motion quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about my home sewing machine – You don’t need a massive machine to learn free motion quilting. You just need a sturdy machine and a willingness to practice!

Deluxe Foot Set – This set includes two styles of walking feet ...

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September 6, 2021
Garden Fence Art from Quilting & Learning

I hope that this post finds you well. The cooler days and nights are with us, hopefully for a while, and I'm very much enjoy them. I never want summer to end, just because it's always too short, but this heat is nuts and I'm glad that fall is in the air. The leaves haven't changed yet but it won't be long!

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September 4, 2021
Free motion quilting for beginners – Start from the beginning from Essie's Quilts

We have come a long way from the beginning of this series about free motion quilting. I sure hope you have learned a thing or two along the way. Are you keeping up with your everyday quilting play? I hope that it becomes a life-long habit.

Previous Posts

I’ve heard from several folks who have joined us along the way and missed out on the earlier posts. The list of previous blog posts, shown on the right side of the page, only goes back 5 posts. So I’m going to post some links to previous posts in the ...

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Free motion quilting for beginners – Start from the beginning from Gwen's Quilts

We have come a long way from the beginning of this series about free motion quilting. I sure hope you have learned a thing or two along the way. Are you keeping up with your everyday quilting play? I hope that it becomes a life-long habit.

Previous Posts

I’ve heard from several folks who have joined us along the way and missed out on the earlier posts. The list of previous blog posts, shown on the right side of the page, only goes back 5 posts. So I’m going to post some links to previous posts in the ...

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August 31, 2021
Easy Loop Meander – Beginner Friendly Free Motion Quilting Stitch from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Today we’re going to look at how I quilted Whirligig, our latest Stashin’ with Stephanie pattern with an easy loop meander.

This beginner-friendly free motion quilting stitch is great as an all over design. For Whirligig, I wanted something fast, but that I could customize to fit the size of the blocks and quilt the background separately from the print fabrics.

So I loaded the quilt on sideways so I was quilting from top to bottom so I could quilt the entire way across without having to break my thread. Then I quilted the easy loop meander in the ...

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https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/660994435832823808 from Living Water Quilter

Free Motion Quilting, A Love Hate Relationship Do you love machine quilting but have challenges with...

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August 24, 2021
Learn How to Quilt Zigzag Path, Design #517 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

If you’re looking for a very simple, elegant design, you should definitely learn how to quilt Zigzag Path:

Quick Links from this free motion quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about my home sewing machine – You don’t need a massive machine to learn free motion quilting. You just need a sturdy machine and a willingness to practice!

Deluxe Foot Set – This set includes two styles of walking feet, a darning foot, and a ruler foot! These are the feet I use for machine quilting on my Eversewn machine.

I’m also quilting on a Janome 1600 set ...

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August 22, 2021
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/660189184672301056 from Living Water Quilter

The Practice of Machine Quilting PracticeHow do you practice machine quilting? Do you use scrap...

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August 21, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Advanced Meander from Essie's Quilts

Last time we talked about the ubiquitous stipple. I said if the stipple is larger, we often call it a meander. Meander works for quilting entire quilts, edge-to-edge style. It creates good texture, holds the 3 layers together well and is fast and easy. On some quilts it is the perfect choice because the fabrics or piecing carry the design. Like this adorable license plate quilt made by my good friend, Jean Chapman. Jean quilted it on her HQ Sweet Sixteen, stationary machine with an edge-to-edge meander.

License plate quilt by Jean Chapman of North Carolina

detail of license plate ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Advanced Meander from Gwen's Quilts

Last time we talked about the ubiquitous stipple. I said if the stipple is larger, we often call it a meander. Meander works for quilting entire quilts, edge-to-edge style. It creates good texture, holds the 3 layers together well and is fast and easy. On some quilts it is the perfect choice because the fabrics or piecing carry the design. Like this adorable license plate quilt made by my good friend, Jean Chapman. Jean quilted it on her HQ Sweet Sixteen, stationary machine with an edge-to-edge meander.

License plate quilt by Jean Chapman of North Carolina

detail of license plate ...

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August 19, 2021
Dragonfly Playground from Quilting and More...

The latest quilt is now finished! I had such a good time quilting this one, especially since I wasn’t constantly fighting the weight as I moved it around under my Bernina, thanks to my new suspension system. The background fabric is a white-on-white fabric with happily flitting dragonflies, which is where I got the name […]

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August 17, 2021
How to Free Motion Quilt Sun Burst, Design #516 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a perfect border or sashing design for you to free motion quilt this week – Sun Burst! This design is a complex series of steps, but once you memorize the sun side, the rest is easy as you’ll see in this video:

Quick Links from this free motion quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about my home sewing machine – You don’t need a massive machine to learn free motion quilting. You just need a sturdy machine and a willingness to practice!

Deluxe Foot Set – This set includes two styles of walking feet, a darning foot, and ...

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August 12, 2021
Improv piecing and FMQ from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week   of Free Motion Mavericks linking party. I'm not sure if the eye candy will show up today since I waited too late in the day to take pictures.

Playing with improv piecing and FMQ

I'm really into mindless at this time. The heat is back and Chevy is not letting me sleep as much as I need to! All that to say that last night I wanted to sew but I didn't want to follow a pattern or plan, therefore, improv piecing! Since I also wanted some free motion quilting for today's post ...

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August 10, 2021
Let’s Free Motion Quilt Loopy Angles, Design #515 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

What happens when you free motion quilt Loopy Line with straight lines? You get Loopy Angles!

Even with 500+ designs shared to this Free Motion Quilting Project, I still find myself surprised by the simple variations of easy designs still waiting to be shared. This design is so easy to free motion quilt you may find the bigger issue is moving your quilt or machine too fast!

If your stitches start getting too big, that’s a sign you need to slow down and take your time forming each line of the design.

Quick Links from this free motion quilting ...

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August 7, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Stipple from Essie's Quilts

The time has come to talk about stipple. You see it all over the place on quilts. What is a stipple, anyway?

Dictionary.com says:

Stipple History

Dots, small spots, small touches. In the quilting world stipple began with hand quilters. They placed single stitches randomly in the background of an applique or embroidery or a larger quilted motif. These stitches mimicked the small dots of paint used by artists who use the stipple technique. VanGogh’s self portrait is an example.

The stipple stitches did the job of flattening the surrounding area, letting the focus motif come forward and ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Stipple from Gwen's Quilts

The time has come to talk about stipple. You see it all over the place on quilts. What is a stipple, anyway?

Dictionary.com says:

Stipple History

Dots, small spots, small touches. In the quilting world stipple began with hand quilters. They placed single stitches randomly in the background of an applique or embroidery or a larger quilted motif. These stitches mimicked the small dots of paint used by artists who use the stipple technique. VanGogh’s self portrait is an example.

The stipple stitches did the job of flattening the surrounding area, letting the focus motif come forward and ...

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August 1, 2021
New quilting tool from Quilting and More...

One of the most difficult things about quilting on a domestic machine is managing the bulk and weight of the quilt. For some time now, I’ve been looking at a couple of tools that claim to help hold the weight to make quilting easier and less tiring. One of those tools requires floor space, which […]

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July 31, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – For Real from Gwen's Quilts

I know you have been practicing every day for 15 minutes. You raised your right hand and made that promise. I saw you. I’m getting lots of comments from folks who are finding it to be very effective in improving their skills and it makes me so happy to hear that! It’s super easy to fit that 15 minutes a day into your schedule, when you always have your frame loaded with practice fabric. But what happens when you want to quilt something for real?

 

Switching from practice to for real

When your confidence swells and you think ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – For Real from Essie's Quilts

I know you have been practicing every day for 15 minutes. You raised your right hand and made that promise. I saw you. I’m getting lots of comments from folks who are finding it to be very effective in improving their skills and it makes me so happy to hear that! It’s super easy to fit that 15 minutes a day into your schedule, when you always have your frame loaded with practice fabric. But what happens when you want to quilt something for real?

 

Switching from practice to for real

When your confidence swells and you think ...

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