Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Sewing Machine


Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Sewing Machine

For those are interested in Free Motion Quilting on a home sewing machine.

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QuiltShopGal's FMQ Challenge

This group is intended to help encourage and support members on their journey to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills. We do not judge, but love to see what you have created, as well as try to answer questions.

I am currently hosting the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, with a new challenge released the first of every month.  Everyone is invited to join.

I also hosted FMQ challenges in 2012 and 2013, where tutorials were provided by amazing FMQ Experts and are still available for you to use:


Discussion Forum

September FMQ Challenge - Kaleidoscope, Teri Lucas, Rebecca Kemp Brent and more

Started by QuiltShop Gal Sep 22. 0 Replies

I forgot about sharing the link for the September FMQ Challenge with this group.  This challenge is really super easy, fun and flexible.  Great opportunity create beautiful free-motion quilting while…Continue

August Challenge - Showcasing Angela Walters

Started by QuiltShop Gal Aug 6. 0 Replies

Blog followers have probably already heard, but the August 2015 FMQ Challenge showcases Angela Walters.  This woman is absolutely amazing.  So gosh darn talented and an excellent FMQ teacher.There…Continue

May FMQ Challenge - Showcasing Cindy Needham

Started by QuiltShop Gal May 4. 0 Replies

The May FMQ Challenge is now open and everyone is invited to participate.  Here is a direct link to this challenge: …Continue

Tags: needham, cindy, quilting, free-motion

February Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - Leah Day

Started by QuiltShop Gal Feb 19. 0 Replies

Anyone, in this forum, participating in the February Challenge for the 2015 FMQ Challenge ?  Participants are doing a great job, with some claiming more than one of the options to enter this…Continue

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 17, 2015 at 5:37pm
really? hmmm ..interesting idea. mono colored or many colors?

sigh! just came in from too warm, tho not hot, that comes tomorrow :((, front yard and mowing. my deck shady, but south side of house very hot!
Comment by Riana Noyes on August 17, 2015 at 4:17pm

Yes, l like the subtle ones too. l really liked using the "wilder"varigated when hand quilting my gfg , it was great for that on the calico parts.

Not an entire waste of time though...l've just spent some very relaxing time 'unsewing' on my shady deck overlooking the pond & gardens:)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 17, 2015 at 3:31pm
wow! very interesting! glad you not me, and from what you found out i will not be using my varigated for quilting. mostly i haven't for the same reason you first mention, some areas ok, some too light and some too dark. i love to piece w varigated thread, but didn't like it for quilting by hand. i do like valdani's "overdyed". there are very feint color changes, like the slight color variations you'd find in nature. love it in hand quilting & machine quilting.
Comment by Riana Noyes on August 17, 2015 at 3:25pm

l was experimenting on a scrappy quilt l'm fmqing on my Janome, in that l tried varigated thread on the area with multi-coloured scraps. lt was ok on 90℅ , l didn't like how it looked on the very light patches, as you'd see part of design & rest would "dissappear". But a nasty surprise awaited as l turned it over to check the back. Everywhere the 'dark blue' section of thread occured on the front had left loops on the back. Everywhere else, the tension was perfect. So l'm concludingbthat the thickness of the thread varies with the colour. l won't be using this for quilting again...those stitches are coming out. That cone will be used for piecing only.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 10:30pm
barbara i hadn't heard of 80 wt either, i have heard 60 wt in bobbin, but i worry about the lighter weight thread and durability. i have some aurifil now, two strand, same weight & strength but thinner, finer strands. i want to see how that doesin bobbin.
Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 15, 2015 at 5:10pm

The class was Free Motion Quilting with Lines, Curves, and Loops with Debby Brown.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 15, 2015 at 5:06pm

I just took a Craftsy Class on free motion. And I learned something new. To put 80 weight thread in the bobbin to eliminate seeing the bobbin thread on top. Never heard of 80 weight thread before. duh!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 15, 2015 at 4:24pm

:) yes...normally l do as you, Rogue, secure the edges. l was just SO glad to get this one to the quilting stage that l forgot.Not likely to happen again...l DO learn fom my mistakes,lol.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 12:27am
ooops! forgot ..riana that looks like a beautiful delicate floral that you are using for backing, looking forward to seeing this quilt, front & back, after you've finished it!!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 12:26am
i always roll my edges to front and use long whip stitches to secure. that way i don't have what you've encountered, & i don't have the batt catching on machine protrusions. started doing my prep of quilts i would fmq on domestic many years ago. i learned a lot out of my book, but little things like this i worked out as solutions as i became more experienced.

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