Free Motion Quilting

Practice Practice Practice: Free Motion Quilting

I’ve been following several tutorials and reading up alot on free motion quilting.  I attempted a small stippling project some months ago and have been practicing some more.

Many quilters suggest practicing by hand as well as on the machine, and so I’ve been doodling and drawing and seeing quilt patterns everywhere.

I was in a book store a few weeks ago and came across this colouring book for adults.

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Inside is a whole world of patterns that I have been colouring, tracing and reproducing (with varying degrees of success!).

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I’ve been using these patterns as inspiration for doodles and quilting patterns. First on paper, then with the machine.  I started with a dark thread so I could easily see what I was doing.  There’s nothing forgiving about contrasting thread!

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The first one is clearly pretty wonky, but they got better as I went along.

I think I’m just about ready to apply my pattern to a quilt top!

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