Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3 by Nancy Zieman and Lori Kennedy | Sewing With Nancy | Machine QuiltingIf you are having fun while you’re quilting, your joy will be apparent in your quilts. That encouraging advice is from today’s featured Sewing With Nancy guest, Lori Kennedy, who is with us for this second episode on learning the basics of free-motion quilting. Catch up with Lori in this series by watching part one of Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3.

Quilted Leaves

Lori doesn’t strive for perfection in stitching, rather she hopes to make her quilts visually come alive with the help of imperfections!

Basic Leaf

Watch as Lori demonstrates the basic free-motion leaf motif. It’s a versatile leaf motif that adds a touch of class to any quilting project. Yet, there’s room to personalize the stitches.

Feathered Leaf

Feathers are a classic free-motion quilting design, yet feathers by themselves are tricky to sew. Achieve a comparable look by learning Lori’s streamlined technique of stitching feathered leaves. The tapered tips and scallops combine to create a unique look that’s a breeze to stitch.

Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3 by Nancy Zieman and Lori Kennedy | Sewing With Nancy | Machine Quilting

School of Fish

Add a touch of whimsy to your next quilt project with Lori’s School of Fish design. An ideal choice for the stitching on a guy’s quilt or to add charm to a beach house or cottage décor. This motif works well as a background fill or as a border motif. See how Lori stitches the fish on today’s Sewing With Nancy.

Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3 by Nancy Zieman and Lori Kennedy | Sewing With Nancy | Machine Quilting

Sail Boats

We’re concluding our lessons on free-motion quilting with another nautical motif. Sail boats add charm to quilts for guys, babies, or your favorite fisherperson. Once you learn the basics, Lori will show you how to create variety in your fleet by changing the shape and number of sails. Once you see how easy it is on today’s episode, you’ll want to add these to your next nautical project.

Free-motion Quilting-1-2-3 as seen on on Sewing With Nancy

Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3 Book and DVD

Lori Kennedy and I will inspire you to practice making attractive free-motion quilt designs on your domestic sewing machine.

  • Mark a representation of the design area on paper.
  • Doodle with pen or pencil on paper to foster hand-eye coordination and build muscle memory.
  • Set up your machine.
  • Start with an easy design of loops.
  • Use a variety of flower designs.
  • Make Spiral Roses with variations for borders and grouped roses.
  • Add Flower Power for a versatile fill design.
  • Use Square Flowers with variations for borders, as well as half-square and circle blocks.

Watch Free-Motion Quilting 1-2-3 (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


Happy Quilting!

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