Hello my friends. It's been a long busy summer. I'm taking a free motion quilting class and I'm really enjoying it. It's not as scarey as I thought it would be. I have part 2 tomorrow. My goal is to get over my fear and get my tops quilted. There was no way I would do this on my own. Classes are the only way I could make myself even give it a try.  I'm making good progress and having a lot of fun too. What has your free motion quilting experiences been like? Do you love it, hate it, haven't tried it? Let me know.

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Comment by Arteria McCummings on October 30, 2011 at 5:32pm

Hi Ladies, I'm halfway through free motion quilting my first quilt. I'm quilting a memory quilt for the parents of a class mate of my 17yr old daughter. He died during a teen drinking incident this summer that affected her and the entire senior class deeply. His parents (both high school teachers) recently celebrated his life with a birthday gathering for all his classmates.  My daughter asked me to make a quilt for the family and I couldn't say no. I was totally freaked about quilting it but I'm giving it a go. My quilting isn't perfect but I'm proud to say, I'm gonna go the distance in finish it this weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for all the support and encouragement ladies.


Comment by QuilterBridget on October 4, 2011 at 10:55am
Hi Arteria! I so envy you for getting to take classes! I could have learned much quicker that way! My hint about feathers is to practice making hearts by themselves. Then the feathers come much easier. The only thing I haven't yet done is to echo quilt; I've just not yet come across a quilt that it would be appropriate for. I've done it on my practice pieces, but not on a quilt. Fillers are fun because there are so many to choose from! With all those classes you'll be a pro in no time!
Comment by Arteria McCummings on October 3, 2011 at 3:19pm

All, my second quilting class was awesome. I learned feathers (OMG, feathers are evil), a simple flower and two background filler patterns. I was so inspired I signed up for three more classes. The last Wed of the next three months we'll focus on one set of patterns (Oct - spiral patterns, Nov- flowers & Dec- background fillers). I'm practicing to build my confidence. I have two table runners I'm finishing up and will use these to try out the patterns I've learned so far.

@Lynn, I love Leah Day. I'm a member of her Freemotionquiltproject.com and love getting her daily patterns for free. I'm fortunate to have classes taught locally, however, I like practicing with Leah as well. She is so creative and inspired me to just dive in there and do it.

@Bridget, Eleanor Burns is awesome too. I like how she simplifies everything for me. I just got two more of her books and will make and her Ohio Star quilt after I'm done with Christmas stuff. BTW, you're also an inspiration. Learning on your own is so amazing. I wish I had the get up and go you exhibit. To get where you are with your quilting on your own is really just wonderful. When ever I get discouraged I just go to your page and look at all the quilts you've quilted and then "Feathers Beware, here I come", then I got practice some more.

Ladies thank you so much for you comments. It's great to know I'm not alone on this journey. I'll keep you posted on my progress. I hope to have my runners done and posted by the end of the month. Happy Quilting!! Arteria

Comment by Angie on October 2, 2011 at 6:31pm

Lynn, and all:

since posting my last post, I indeed did just jump in there and started freemotion quilting my first quilt (not practice pieces). Not perfect, but I'm no perfectionist and actually I am very happy with it. I did do this on fabric that was very forgiving: the print was such that imperfect, erratic stitch lengths and sharp jumps and irregular shapes :)... were camouflaged. I can do this!

And Lynn yes I've seen Leah Day and she was an inspiration to me, too. !!

Comment by Lynn Michel on October 1, 2011 at 9:42pm
Great news about your free motion class. I want to learn to do free motion also, BUT I can't disagree with Angie. After putting in all the work and quality fabrics in a project, the last thing I want to do is sew my wiggly quilting on it. Yeah, I've tried the practice thing. I am too impatient for practice. But I have found new inspiration on You Tube. Her name in Leah Day. Her filler patterns are beyond anything I could ever come up with. AND on a domestic sewing machine. If Caryl Bryer Fallert and Leah Day don't need a long arm
machine then neither do I. So I will keep trying. The only quilting I can get done at my LQS is an all over design. I have a stack n whack quilt with a border, I don't want that type of design overflowing into the border. My plan is to mark it with a pounce and give machine quilting a go, AGAIN. Have fun in your class and cross your fingers for me and my stack n whack. ;-)
Comment by QuilterBridget on September 17, 2011 at 6:41pm

I never had the opportunity to take a class, so I had to learn free-motion quilting using books and the internet.  I absolutely love it!  I wasn't afraid to try because I didn't know any better.  I knew nothing about quilting at all until I got an Eleanor Burns book; her Log Cabin book.  It taught me how to do straight line quilting and from there I learned about other quilting styles.  I think free-motion quilting is my favorite part of making a quilt because the design possibilites are endless.  And I LOVE all kinds of quilting threads!  I'm totally addicted to Superior Threads; they have so many fabulous choices!  Learning through books and practice is what works for me, although I'd someday enjoy taking an advanced free-motion class by a well known teacher.  By the way, how did part 2 go?

Comment by Deb Carfield on September 17, 2011 at 5:17pm
I have taken the plunge on free m otion quilting.  I have learned how by watching several videos, as no one in podunk south west Nebraska has classes nor have they tried free motion.   What  I have done I love it.
Comment by Angie on September 13, 2011 at 8:22pm

 I saw this blog post on the home page as I just logged on to email my friend Bridget for a pep talk to give me courage to start freemotion quilting on my quilt! I'm teaching myself (with books and you tube tutorials, etc, and practice). I'm still nowhere, nowhere! near perfect. But I've made this quilt and I want to just jump in there and freemotion quilt it! I'm scared though, as I've spent a lot of time on this quilt top (not to mention money and quality materials with fabric, thread backing, batting). Let tme know how YOUR progress goes. I'll be interested to hear what others feel about it.

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