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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SewCalGal's FMQ Challenge

This group began as part of a 2012 FMQ Challenge, which I hosted.  There were close to 3,000 participants that joined the challenge, even though few took time to enter the monthly challenges to win prizes.  A follow-on challenge was hosted in 2013 and there were 16+ FMQ Experts that provided free tutorials, which are still available.

Dec 28th update:  My SewCalGal blog will migrated  to as of January lst  I am also hosting another FMQ Challenge in 2015, where monthly challenges will be released the lst of every month.  This challenge is open to beginners thru advanced who want to learn/improve their FMQ skills on a domestic machine, mid-arm or long arm machine and live anywhere in the world. Sponsors have also donated prizes which will be awarded monthly, to random participants.

Happy Quilting!


Discussion Forum

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

Any new Blogs to Follow?

Started by Lisa Wagner. Last reply by Martha Briese Feb 16. 14 Replies

I have been yearning so badly for a long arm quilting machine, but it isn't going to happen for me for a few years yet. So in the meantime, I am determined to learn how to use my Janome 7700 to its…Continue

Table Top Long Arm Machines

Started by Lisa Wagner. Last reply by Riana Noyes Apr 24, 2014. 7 Replies

Has anyone used any of the table top models of long arm frames with their domestic sewing machines? In theory, they look like a good middle step until I can afford a real long arm. But how do they…Continue

Free-Motion Quilting Classes at Craftsy

Started by QuiltShop Gal Apr 5, 2014. 0 Replies

Craftsy has a sale on 11 quilting classes this weekend, including several excellent free-motion quilting classes: Design…Continue

Tags: Experts, FMQ, classes, quilting, free-motion

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Comment by Riana Noyes on March 14, 2015 at 8:42pm

aah, now l get it...l wondered if sewcalgal had left us.

Yes, l intend to donate this one plus a panel w/borders l made. l'm just binding Scrappy 10. Then l'll show a's been fun...a different quilt design in every motif, a quilting "sampler".

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 13, 2015 at 10:10am
has anyone here noticed the little change? the group is now belonging to "Quiltshopgal" instead of "Sewcalgal" same person can read all about it on her new blog.

thanks darlene, your new blog is looking great! same great types of info & learning tools. do hope you keep the old blog up online for a while, even after you finish transferring etc.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 13, 2015 at 9:55am
is this the one you're going to donate to a group there in florida? can't remember the name of the mqp member who shared info on it in florida group recently.
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 13, 2015 at 8:39am

Having a lot more fun today...l'm quilting "scrappy10" on the old Jeans machine.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 9, 2015 at 5:01am
i have done several flannel backed quilts on domestic. stid & wavy lines etc, but they all had batt. and after i started spray basting it was much less difficult, but i agree, w/o the batt there's no sculpted texture to the surface, i would just stid if i were you.
Comment by Riana Noyes on March 8, 2015 at 10:09pm

Well, l've learned my lesson, sigh. When "quilting" a flat coverlette ( top over flannel, no batting) it's better to just use the feed dogs and sew . l tried doing it freemotion...a disaster. On a batted quilt, l can now do a decent job doing fmq on domestic ( l'm even using my dd's new little machine), but the seams "pushed" me around, and there were wobbles because of that. ln addition, without the 3 dimentional effect, there's really no point...l should've just done straight lines or stitch in ditch

Comment by QuiltShop Gal on January 22, 2015 at 7:53pm

The first of the 2015 FMQ Challenges was released January lst.  My apologies for not sharing with this group before, I'm finding it difficult to keep all the balls in the air.  Those that follow my blog will always hear what is going on the fastest.  But, if you haven't already done so check out the January challenge and consider entering.  Very flexible challenge with multiple ways to enter.  You can do one or all of the options and get an entry to win prizes with every option you complete during the month of the challenge.  There is also an optional Flickr Group for non-bloggers to share photos and enter, as well as for all participants to share their work on any FMQ project, include those that may complete this monthly challenge at another time.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 10, 2015 at 9:51am

Thanks Rogue, Will do!!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 9, 2015 at 5:45pm
welcome barbara. this is a frequently quiet little group, but it's filled w all quilters of all skill levels and everyone is so supportive and helpfu. be sure and check out sew-calgal link and all the links posted in the above discussions.
Comment by Riana Noyes on December 3, 2014 at 8:33am

Welome Shirley.What are ou newer members of the group working on?

l'm just finishing piecing my tessilating leaves quilt ...can't wait to get to the quilting stage. Hopefully some time next week.


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