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

Any new Blogs to Follow?

Started by Lisa Wagner. Last reply by Amy Dreisbach Johnson Jul 27. 11 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. 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 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

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Comment by Riana Noyes on February 11, 2014 at 12:21am

Merry, l fold the backing over to the front & pin...but eventually you must open it to quilt around the outer edges, and THAT'S when it gets caught.

Emmy, you could start in the center hexie of each "flower", and quilt a small circle in center, then spiral outward w/deep petal-like  scallops ...sort of like a dahlia. You might try that on a mock up w/clear thread .

Comment by merry amethyst on February 10, 2014 at 11:10pm

Teri, loved your website! i just read your post about needles..

Riana, Ive started folding back the binding and pinning or basting it to the edge in the seam allowance since i started using my open toed darning foot. this stps the batting snagging on it..

Jean Buchananan - Isacord sounds awesome. where do you all usually buy it from? 

Comment by Teri Lucas on February 10, 2014 at 11:00pm

I use the BERNINA 24 foot

most machine companies have a similar foot. It's amazing (to me) how much it changed the visibility as I quilted. It changed my quilting when I started using it.
Shoulders and body relax with music, tv, quiet it all depends on the person. A lot of relaxing has to do with good set up and getting comfortable with the process and that takes time.

Comment by Emmy Prewitt on February 10, 2014 at 10:30pm

I have made a Grandmother's Flower Garden top with large hexagons.  How would you suggest to quilt it besides going around each seam?  I would like to do something a bit different.  Thanks

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 10, 2014 at 9:33pm

My larger metal open toe foot is great for taming loftier bat, but no better for visibiity.l find it gets caught in batting around outer edges.My small square plastic one developed splits ( wear factor after 18 mo. hard use) l had to file it to temp. fix. l have purchased a new round plastic ( shaped like saucer) with bullseye line on it...but must wait 'til May to try it out. Has anyone else got one of these here? 

Comment by Jean Buchanan on February 10, 2014 at 9:29pm

I had trouble with thread breaking until I  switched to Isacord.  Trouble solved.

Comment by Mary Moore on February 10, 2014 at 7:43pm

Question #2  I am using my Pfaff's clear square darning foot.  Things are moving well, but visibility is distorted.  Would buying their larger open toe FMQ foot make $35.00 difference?

Comment by Mary Moore on February 10, 2014 at 2:23pm

I recall textured a wall, in the bad old days, after sharing a bottle of wine.  Did you know you can get a really nice clamshell effect in mud?  

I have been using one of those semi-inflated discs to sit on when I know I will be working for long hours on something.  I'll try using that today while I FMQ.

Thank you all for the hints.

Comment by Colleen Blackwood on February 10, 2014 at 11:33am
There have been some very good comments so far! I agree that it is important to recognize how demanding the act of machine quilting can be on your body...frequent stops for stretching and staying relaxed are key. I have found that core strength can contribute to longer periods of quilting. Tai Chi classes have added considerably to my core strength as well as keeping my arms, exercise to quilt! I also agree with Teri..a little liquid refreshment can contribute to the flow of stitches...
Comment by Riana Noyes on February 10, 2014 at 11:23am

Playing around with patterns/designs on paper w/pen helps your brain think out the quilting path...even though it's different movingbthe pen across paper tgan moving the quilt under machine, tge more you doodle & draw these things, the easier it is to sew them.

BTW, don't kid yourself, a sewing machine is a power tool. l would never dull my senses even a bit. 


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