January 20, 2016

Free Motion Quilting Practice

I have been working on several projects lately, but they are all mini quilts for challenges or for gifts so I can't reveal them yet. However, I have been practicing free motion quilting.

I am not particularly fond of this fabric. It has a weird metallic-like glaze on it and it has a stain so I decided it was destined for a practice sandwich for quilting.
And in addition to just practice, I decided to try some free motion on the projects I am working on. I have been reading that you may find some fmq designs easier or more natural to you as you are learning. In playing around I discovered that I like doing spirals. So I included some on my current projects.

I can't show them yet, but here a few sneak peeks showing my fmq.

First, just a single spiral shape on a patchwork square.

Then free form spirals moving over the surface of the little quilt.

It really does make a difference to practice and it is motivating to practice on a real project.

So that's what I have been up to in my sewing room. I'd love to see what you are working on.

Have a creative week!



  1. I've been working on some fmq as well. Your spirals are looking good.

  2. I haven't home quilted for a while! Been working on tops, mostly large ones that have gone to my longarmers. You remind me that I need to get back in practice. Your spirals are good...no wonder you love doing them!

    1. Thank you Jennifer. Practice definitely makes a difference ;)

  3. Your sneak peaks are very intriguing. Your practice sessions look great.

  4. Lol. I'm glad they are intriguing since that all I had to show. Thanks Kate!


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