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: Feb 19

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 May 1, 2014 at 6:41pm

Sorry, guess you'll have to go to "you tube" & search that...url must not have linked.

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 1, 2014 at 6:39pm

http://Quilt lt : Eye-Hand Coordination and the Longarm Quilting this you tube video by Jamie Wallen will help you learn freemotion designs by practicing w/pen & works for longarm, tabletop quilting and freemotion on domestic...helpsvtrain brain/hand/eye to work over patterns.

Comment by Edith Heffner on May 1, 2014 at 5:39pm

Hi everybody just joined this group  been quilting  but last year i did my first free motion quilting  scary at first but with allot practice.....

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.


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