Thursday, February 2, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

When searching for a quilting design for your next quilt, it helps to look at FMQ pictures for ideas.    For ideas, go to my pinterest and look for the FMQ board.  I haven't had time to link each picture to the blog post.  If you want the link, just leave me a comment.

match stick quilting

match stick quilting


To "stitch in the ditch" means to stitch in the seam on the fabric which is lower.

 When you quilt around your figures on the front, look what you get on the back !!!

 Small stippling around images makes them pop.  Pebbles.

I quilted around the whirley gigs, including the seams inside, and stippled all the white.

I found this design on Day Style Designs.  She has lots of fun designs and video tips for FMQ.  I found it helped to have a blown up picture of the design on my computer next to my machine to refer to.


before washing . . .


 My HQ Sweet 16.  Love it!

Straight line quilting.

Organic line quilting

echo flowers

open center circles.

I love the idea of a quote on the back of your quilt.  Carrie of Miss Rosie Quilts taught me that.

circle rulers.

straight stipple

I guess this isn't technically "free motion", but it took so dang long,  I've got to put it in.

I had to create my own stencil.  I'd like to try this again some time.  I'll use a pounce pad.

What a great idea for a sewing machine cover.  Great practice too!

"Don't Look Now", Kelly Wulfson is an amazing FM quilter.

Riley Blake display at market

Notice the quilting below the road (ground) and above the cars (sky/clouds).


  1. your FMQ is so do you handle the stops and starts when you are doing individual sections?

  2. If it's a nice heirloom quilt, I start by pulling the bobbin string up, after the first stitch. Then, at some later point, I tie those 2 strings in a square knot, and fish them into the inside quilt with a needle. But usually, I back stitch 3 or 4 stitches before starting, then just clip the threads.


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