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 is now over, but tutorials from 14 different FMQ Experts are still available for free to use to learn/improve your FMQ Skills.  There were over 2,000 participants in this challenge, with about 1,000 that joined a group on Facebook that allowed them to share insights.

While I didn't want to replicate the 2012 FMQ Challenge, based on interest, I did want to release 4-6 tutorials in 2013 that built on the challenges in 2012.  Currently 4 of the 6 2013 Challenges have been released and I'm working on getting the final two Challenges released this month (My).   I will try to update this group when new challenges are released, but those that follow my blog will always be the first to know (sorry, it just takes awhile to update a variety of sources, so my primary focus is blog updates).

And, the main page for this event will also be updated periodically, to show current links and info:



Discussion Forum

Table Top Long Arm Machines

Started by Lisa Wagner. Last reply by Lisa Wagner yesterday. 2 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 SewCal Gal Apr 5. 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

Quilting pattern ideas

Started by Ethelda Hillsman. Last reply by Ethelda Hillsman Mar 24. 31 Replies

Looking for suggestions for either an all over pattern or block/sashing patterns for a Bear Track (similar to Bear Paw) quilt top. I made it with batik fabric and have bought a variegated thread the…Continue

Cleaning a quilt.

Started by Susie Kirk. Last reply by Carolyn Hoxton Feb 23. 5 Replies

How do you recommend cleaning a quilt, dry clean, washer and dryer, dry flat, other ideas???????? Would appreciate advice. Now that I have made a few I am scared to wash them.Continue

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Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on March 24, 2014 at 3:41pm

The practicing really helps.  I want to have a quilt ready to practice on every day.  I know it would make a huge difference.

Comment by Linda Cardwell on March 24, 2014 at 3:36pm

FMQ scares me!  I'm practicing, but haven't mastered it yet. Gonna keep trying...

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 23, 2014 at 10:23pm

Riana ~~ i've been eyeing the class and the student projects for months. And it was 50percent off .. Weird needle with blade ??  didn't know that .. haven't even had a chance to sign in and look around yet .. will let you know about that ..

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 23, 2014 at 7:01pm

Dee, leather bag as in purse? Sounds like get to sew with that weird needle w/the blade on it :)

Comment by Deanna Davis on February 21, 2014 at 9:15pm

I love leah's site and blog and oh so many helpful hints. must admit however, I just want to sit and sew and practice for hours.  leave me with my machine and let me be ~~  hahahaha  I would never get anything else done ..

I just signed up for another class .. I'm still making my way thru leah's fillers and negative spaces .. but I really wanted to do the leather bag class ~~ ssshhhhh .. don't tell ..

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 21, 2014 at 5:14pm
jennifer - no. i looked at craftsy classes..even the free ones, they just want too much information from me. my feelings are is that "free" means " free" no obligatory forms to fill out in order to access the "free". i love leahs posts, even her personal life blog, & i would rather just lurk on her web pages. i have almost all of them bookmarked and labeled for easy finding. i think this one was from when i first started using my ipad and unfamiliar w how the bookmark system worked. but it was definitely, misfiled! lol in the embroidery section :)). another reason i love my ipad is that it is small and i can set it up next to my machine and refer to her pages, or photos of my various block arrangements, other web pages of patterns or how-to's that i am teaching myself something from. i even have photos on my ipad to remind me how to wind bobbins on my new to me pfaff. the book is very vague, images rediculously impractical. so after i finally figured it out, and it worked...i took pics and use them as reference till it becomes habit like on my old necchi. hope it doesn't take me another 30 yrs tho! :))

jean - thank you :)) .. WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress. an acronym from a list i posted here ....

quilty acronyms...

one of the more complete that i have found on the web. he also said he found all the acronyms on the list from his own web ramblings and gave his permission to anyone who wanted to post it somewhere else like i did.

clouds started moving in...messin' w the warmth of aforementioned warm sunny day :(( ..Psycho Pup has a new hoof to knaw on and his personal kitty-that-thinks-she's-doggy to play with, while the human member of this little menagerie blocks them off from the living room disaster area :)) ... which, hopefully, will have order restored by tonight. barring any more long exercise sessions for my canine shuffleupolous schnuffleling rambles ... spring is near enough the warmer days are bringing out the raccoons, coyotes and skunks et al, up into yard & garden offering enticeinly interesting scent trails for my darlin' schnufflin' canine :))
Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on February 21, 2014 at 4:45pm

I need to practice some more, too!  I really like Leah's blog.  Every time I visit I come away with inspiration and something new I want to try.

Comment by Jean Buchanan on February 21, 2014 at 4:38pm

Yes,  There are free block of the month quilts.  The one I did is 2012 and that is the one she is teaching to quilt.  I have just been practicing so far.  When I feel like I can do it on the quilt, I will start.

Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on February 21, 2014 at 4:00pm

Is that one of her Craftsy classes you are taking?  I've been thinking about signing up for one of hers.  I did take Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilting with Feathers, and that has really helped me to develop feather quilting skills that don't make me cry.

Comment by Jean Buchanan on February 21, 2014 at 3:54pm

Thanks Rogue Quilter Queen of the WISP -( whatever that is)n for posting that site!  You're the best!


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