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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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 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.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 10:30pm
barbara i hadn't heard of 80 wt either, i have heard 60 wt in bobbin, but i worry about the lighter weight thread and durability. i have some aurifil now, two strand, same weight & strength but thinner, finer strands. i want to see how that doesin bobbin.
Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 15, 2015 at 5:10pm

The class was Free Motion Quilting with Lines, Curves, and Loops with Debby Brown.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on August 15, 2015 at 5:06pm

I just took a Craftsy Class on free motion. And I learned something new. To put 80 weight thread in the bobbin to eliminate seeing the bobbin thread on top. Never heard of 80 weight thread before. duh!!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 15, 2015 at 4:24pm

:) yes...normally l do as you, Rogue, secure the edges. l was just SO glad to get this one to the quilting stage that l forgot.Not likely to happen again...l DO learn fom my mistakes,lol.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 12:27am
ooops! forgot ..riana that looks like a beautiful delicate floral that you are using for backing, looking forward to seeing this quilt, front & back, after you've finished it!!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 15, 2015 at 12:26am
i always roll my edges to front and use long whip stitches to secure. that way i don't have what you've encountered, & i don't have the batt catching on machine protrusions. started doing my prep of quilts i would fmq on domestic many years ago. i learned a lot out of my book, but little things like this i worked out as solutions as i became more experienced.
Comment by Riana Noyes on August 14, 2015 at 12:51pm

Avoiding this is why we must remember to fold/pin our edges to the front, where we can see them. This is the back of my scrappy quilt...l wondered why it wasn't moving so smoothly, sigh.

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".


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