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: Dec 5, 2016

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:

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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

August Challenge - Showcasing Angela Walters

Started by QuiltShop Gal Aug 6, 2015. 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

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Comment by Riana Noyes on February 19, 2016 at 9:11am

I'm so proud of my fmq students! A group member let us use her top as a class project. The improvement of each person shows in the finished project. l did the sashing & border...those things will be taught in the "advanced" class next time.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 3, 2016 at 8:55am

Barbara D.,Juki has a solid reputation as work horse, l used a Juki as one of drapery shop machines too. However, l'd check out the Janome 6500, which is still has a lot more options for stitch variety. You'd have the same nearly 10" throat, but more bells/whistles for similar price range. The 6600 is also a fine machine, as it has a built in walking foot...but l prefer the spool holding option on the 6500. l can put the walking foot on when l need it.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 29, 2016 at 11:54am

Hi Barbara, You most likely have heard of Leah Day. She has a Juki, It is something new for her since most all her emails were with the Janomi. She said something like, if you want to know about her machine to ask on her website which I believe is Hope this helps a little.

Comment by Barbara Drennen on January 29, 2016 at 9:43am
I'm new to machine quilting. I've been using a 1970's me more and a 1920's singer. I'm in the market for a new machine. Looking at the Juki 2010. Any comments or suggestions would be awesome
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on December 29, 2015 at 10:45pm
i gave a short demonstration years ago to quilters at senior center classes. was well recieved by few, in those days, machine quilting in that town was not acceptable by most quilters. when i left that town a dozen years later, i had to laugh at how the attitudes had changed. at the biannual quilt show, MOST of the quilts had been machine quilted! but i think also, that my demo would have done better if it had been divided into a few sessions instead of the one i was asked to give. i found that the biggest problem for most of my students was that they really couldn't understand the concept of fmq at all. they couldn't understand dropping the dogs, coordinating motion of hands moving quilt w speed of stitching etc. i think maybe some test blocks following predrawn lines and then on to the plastic and planning process. i afree too, the tutes on quiltshop gal are really good for beginner fmq.
Comment by Riana Noyes on December 29, 2015 at 8:07pm

This morning l went to the quilting group's meeting and was handed a list of 8 names... my students whom l will be teaching fmq in several classes. l plan to use some of tge resources listed above by sewingshop gal.I have taught applique and hand quilting classes before successfully...but this is my first time teaching fmq. Any tips on what l should ( or should not ) do? l plan to start with simple drawing lines using clear plastic laid over quilt blocks to show the planning process... then start on practice sandwiches to let everyone learn machine set-up and the feel of moving the fabric.lf l can, l'll do 5 weekly classes through Jan.

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.


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