Sunday, November 9, 2014

Free Motion Quilting

What is this mess below?

Oh, that's me trying to free motion quilt. I recently found out about Leah Day and her fabulous free motion quilting. She is a talented young lady. You can take one of her classes on Use the link on Leah's website to get 50% off the classes.

I signed up for "Free Motion Quilting a Sampler". It is 9 hours of video instruction about free motion quilting. I've watched a few hours so far and it is great. It's the first class I've taken on Craftsy. You go at your own pace, can pause any time you want and even add notes at any points in the video. 

One reason my practice piece is such a mess is because of tension issues. I had dark thread in the top and light thread in the bottom to make sure the tension was right. It wasn't! I kept messing around with it. Tried different thread on the top and still had problems. Finally I tried a different bobbin. Ah ha! That was the problem. The bobbin I was using seemed to not be wound tight enough. 

I still need a lot more practice of this type of free motion quilting. I'm not good at judging distances. That is part of my problem doing this type of echo quilting.

This practice was done on my Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer II. Leah Day talks about a way to modify a generic free motion quilting foot so that it does not "hop" while you are quilting. I realized with my Quilt Designer II, that is not necessary. If you get the speed up just a little, the foot stops hopping. I made a short video to show you.


I spent a lot of time organizing quilting supplies and fabric this weekend. I found two items I need to frame or make into wall hangings.

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