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.

While I've hosted many prior FMQ Challenges, that are now over, there are still plenty of tutorials from FMQ Experts that are still available for you to learn/improve your FMQ skills.

Discussion Forum

Fall 2017 - FMQ Challenge

Started by QuiltShop Gal Nov 1. 0 Replies

Just kicked off another challenge, sponsored by Martingale.  This challenge runs thru November 2017 and is based on two FMQ tutorials where you can do one or both.  Each will help you learn/improve…Continue

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

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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.

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.


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