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Improving Free Motion Quilting

Three years in, I think that I am finally starting to understand why some quilters actually enjoy the quilting part of making a quilt. Aside from the basic stipple, my free motion quilting skills are nil. And the actual quilting part has been something to deal with in order to have a finished product.



But the tricks of the trade seem to be 1) go slowly; 2) don't worry about imperfections; 3) pay some attention, but not too much; 4) take regular breaks. So I tried to just have fun doodling with thread onto the Bohemian Bird quilt.


Mostly swirls, although some random echoing lines too. There are lots of mistakes, but nothing that a shrink in the wash can't fix. Or just don't look too closely. All this dense quilting shrunk the quilt from 50" x 52" to 48" x 49", all before a wash.

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  1. Lydia, is free motion quilting the curvy looking stitches? I love the Bohemian Bird one...you create really beautiful work!

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  2. Hi MB! Free motion quilting to me basically means "drawing" freehand with thread using the sewing machine and manipulating the quilt through the machine. A lot easier to do when the quilt is small.

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