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Free Motion Quilting

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Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial

Join us in the Free Motion Quilting Series and learn fun and easy techniques to practice your quilting skills.

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Free motion Quilting for Landscape Quilts

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Free Motion Quilting with Freezer Paper

Use freezer paper to easily mark areas you want to leave unquilted or transfer motifs onto your project. Quilting expert, Ashley Hough, shows you how.

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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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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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Quilting Circles by Leonie West

Quilt Circles on your Domestic Sewing Machine easily.Westalee Design Circles on Quilts templates for Domestic and Longarm Machines. Leonie West gives a tutor...

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Do the Woodgrain!

In an unprecedented act of blogging fanciness I decided to make a video documenting how I create the woodgrain texture (so thoroughly p...

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Free-Motion Quilt a Hearts Border

Learn how to free-motion quilt hearts in a border. The perfect way to embellish a quilt for Valentine’s Day.

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DIY Free Motion Quilting Practice Tool

I've been looking for some kind of practice tool or device to improve my free motion skills, but couldn't find what I was looking for. For sit-down quilting, the kind you do on a home sewing machine or a sit-down longarm, it is the fabric that moves and the needle is stationary. As opposed to stand-up quilting on a long-arm, the fabric is stationary on the quit frame, and you move the needle over the fabric to do the quilting. Sit-down quilting is a different type of skill to master. My DIY free motion quilting tool. Although, I could not find something for sale retail, I did find a home-made device on a blog post at Mary's Quilting Notes. Mary even has a short video for her device on YouTube. This is exactly the type of device I was looking for. Something to hold a pen steady while you move a practice sheet underneath. I went straight to the plumbing/pipes aisle at Home Depot and picked up the pieces I needed. I didn't want to do any measuring, cutting or filing, so mine is just slightly different than Mary's - but even easier too. 😉 Can't remember exact cost, but it isn't much. Think the total was less than $10. No special tools required except your sewing machine's screwdriver to open and close the clamps. Parts for the quilting tool. Pen-holder parts SUPPLIES NEEDED: 1 inch x 2 ft PVC pipe (2) 1 inch 90-degree PVC elbow (2) 1 inch PVC Tee (2) 3/4 inch PVC coupling hose clamp to fit a 1" PVC pipe hose clamp to fit hose adapter 3/4" hose connector (blue piece in photo above) a 3-ring binder with clear plastic insertable-cover (I used an old one I had on-hand) dry-erase marker rubberbands DIRECTIONS: The parts fit together easily. No cutting or filing necessary. Only tool needed is a flat head screwdriver for the hose clamps. Slide the larger hose clamp onto the 1" PVC pipe. Open the smaller hose clamp and loop it through the larger hose clamp. Center clamp on the pipe. Insert the hose connector into the small hose clamp. Use a screwdriver to tighten clamps over the center of the pipe. Pen-holder assembly. Fit each 3/4" coupling into the top of a Tee Bottom pieces of device Fit this piece into each elbow piece. May have to push a little bit for a snug fit. Fit these end pieces into the 2-foot PVC pipe. The end of the device. Cut the spine from the binder. You should have two flat clear plastic-covered panels to use as work boards. Place a work board under the quilting tool. Wrap a rubber band (or two) around the end of a dry-erase marker and drop it into the pen holder. Rubber band-covered marker. Drop the marker into the pen holder and push down until it reaches the work board. You're done! Move the board to Practice Away! The dry-erase marker easily wipes off with a tissue to practice again. Put a copy of your favorite quilting design under the clear cover and practice tracing as well. Tracing a quilting practice sheet. Just wipe off the cover and do it again. A short little demonstration video: I am sharing this post on FreeMotion Linky Tuesday, Fiber Tuesday, Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching, Show Off Saturday, and What a Hoot Quilts!. Happy Stitching!

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