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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Latest Activity: Oct 4

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.

For 2016, I do not plan on hosting an FMQ Challenge throughout the year. But I do plan on hosting a variety of FMQ Challenges during the year, as well as FMQ Stitch A Longs. Here is a summary of current plans:


This event will have three phases, including a doodle/sketch on paper challenge, with free downloadable templates,  that is open to everyone.  The first phase, a virtual quilt show for projects previously made using the Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background collection is for sharing past projects, to help inspire others.  For more info:

Discussion Forum

A Challenge For 2017

Started by Regina Hyatt. Last reply by Denise Lawrence Apr 6. 4 Replies

Anyone interested in doing a challenge? Reviewing the ones in the past, it looks like it's been quite some time. Maybe something Holiday related?

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge - Summer 2016

Started by QuiltShop Gal Jun 16, 2016. 0 Replies

Just kicked off the three events. Everyone is invited to join the fun this summer.  You can create a project of any size, any style, even consider FMQ on an UFO.  For more info: …Continue

November FMQ Challenge

Started by QuiltShop Gal Nov 26, 2015. 0 Replies

This is the last weekend to work on your November FMQ Challenge, which showcases the very talented Sarah Vedeler. There are also plenty of options to enter.  …Continue

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

Started by QuiltShop Gal Sep 22, 2015. 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

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Comment by Riana Noyes on July 10, 2017 at 6:36pm

Wilma, did you find some rulers? Westalee has quite a few available for domestic machine use.

Comment by Deanna Davis on May 10, 2017 at 1:19pm

Riana ~ thank you for that. I have been looking too as I am doing the ruler class online, but had no idea .. :)  

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 7, 2017 at 7:02pm

Wilma,  has nice ones with peg handles on them...good for use with a domestic, or with a machine in a frame. They' ve also just come out with a clear ruler foot! You can chose from high or low shank.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on April 21, 2017 at 3:08pm
Just joined this group. I have just started trying FMQ on small projects. Have heard about some of the rulers, where are you finding them?
Comment by Deanna Davis on March 2, 2017 at 9:31am

Thank you Carolyn !  The pattern started off with a pattern called Elves at Play (fusible applique) and I added the 'Believe' to it.  I have been making my daughter things that match her quilt I did from Kate Spain's (Moda) 12 Days of Christmas line back in 2012.  And this is the very last item that can be done .. thankfully.  She did not like a few pieces in the line so they became backings etc.  She has stockings, table runner x2, coasters and now this wallhanging for her decor @ Christmas.

For the quilting, I split the hanging diagonally and from that line UP going from right to left (and vice versa to prevent puckering), made a registration line and did straight stitching @ 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 in varying lines.  From that point down, I did a line that went from side to center and a 90 deg to the bottom from both sides, still diagonally  .. I'll try and post a couple of closeups for you.  I did a cream thread on top and a lime green on the bottom, and it looks HOT :) 

Daughter's birthday is 2 wks before Christmas and I was going to save this til her birthday, but I will be moving again in the near future when I find a house to purchase, so I may just start sending things out as I finish them to their intended recipients .. knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing .. have a wallhanging on the wall at the moment for newest grandson and I will be doing a large FMQ on the background of this one :)  Letters are now stitched down on banner, and cut out, elephant is now holding the stick and it is stitched down, last night I started making the outline of the elephant ear, top trunk holding stick, inner leg .. will do tail tonight :)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 2, 2017 at 8:51am
dee ..your elves finished up adorably. and i also use fmq plus walking foot. but i didn't know it was 'chearing'! lol

ruth ann ..a member of my local quilting group is 'resting' in the sands & sun of maui. we all decided that we would drop off a truckload of snow in the middle of her driveway to 'welcome' her home :))
Comment by Carolyn Hoxton on March 2, 2017 at 8:21am

Deanna Davis, your elves are cute , how did you do this, you used your walking foot, I am impressed.

Comment by Deanna Davis on March 1, 2017 at 11:51pm

Riana, I have been watching the FMQ and using rulers on a domestic machine class .. trying to find a foot that will allow me to 'hop'  .. I might have to upgrade lol  Not yet, first must find house with a sewing room to be able to breathe in .. or get a duplex, live on one side, quilt on the other  :)

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 1, 2017 at 6:51pm

Mary C. did you get a floating ruler foot or a hopping one? l purchased a " floating " 3 in one foot & changed it to a hopper by removing one of the springs. The floating foot got " hung up" on seam intersections, then when l tried to raise it, it caused skipped stitches...l'm happily hopping along now-a-days... no seam problems. ( l might add that l often use high loft batting).

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 1, 2017 at 6:47pm

Dee, your elves are so cute! And hey, there's nothing wrong w/using your walking foot. l often use a combination of both...walking ft. for straight lines, hopper for fmq. 


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