Friday, October 17, 2008

Machine Quilting

I am a happy girl these days! I have been trying to figure out (or work up the nerve to try) machine quilting. I have a sewing/embroidery machine that will also do free motion quilting. But, since I'm the free motion in the quilting, I was a little bit nervous to try--I didn't really want to mess up any of my projects with my practicing.

I've been doing some reading and watching videos on the internet and as it turns out, it's not that complicated, only slightly intimidating. But I gave it a whirl this week and am happy to report that I really like it! I think I could really become addicted to this type of quilting. Besides, I love not paying someone to quilt my projects for me. (Just for the record, I've never actually had anything quilted simply because I'm too cheap to pay for it.)

Here is my practice piece:

You can see that my technique needs some work, but I am happy with the look from far away! Now, all I need is about 100 more hours of practice and I'll have nice even designs. But, I'm a firm believer that you have to start somewhere...


  1. Your quilting looks fantastic! How cool are you!? I find it quilt intimidating too, but there's nothing to do but to JUST DO IT!
    And I so agree with you, it is much more rewarding to be able to finish it on your own :-)

  2. I think it looks nice. I'll have to figure out if I can do that on my machine too. Then I can try a pillow or something since that is about as big of a quilt project as I like to do.

  3. I used my embroidery machine with the embroidery foot (the Q foot) and had the regular sewing part on the bottom (taking off the hoop and the big part that it goes into). Then you just "free motion" on your fabric.



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