Curious about learning how to free-motion quilt, but haven’t had the courage to try? Gain quilting confidence with help from my guest, Molly Hanson. According to Molly, quilters at any skill level should give this quilting style a try. Molly Hanson, who taught herself free-motion quilting early in her sewing career, shares methods from her new book on this week’s Sewing With Nancy. Molly’s goal is to instill confidence in new quilters.
The most common free-motion quilting technique is stippling. Its versatility, light texture, and ability to blend and not compete with the piecing make it a favorite among quilters. If you’ve been hesitant to learn this technique, fear not! Learn and use Molly’s muscle memory technique to master this first of many free-motion quilting options.
Loop de Loops and Handwriting
What free-motion design should I stitch first? Where should I start? These are questions that you might ask. Molly’s answer is, “Start by stitching your name or a favorite word!” The basic loop de loop design—just like cursive—allows you the freedom to incorporate words into free-motion quilting designs.
Pebbles and Chains
Pebbles and Chains consist of a space filled with as many touching circles as possible. Pebbles can fit just about anywhere. Even a single row of pebbles, called a chain of pearls, can be beautiful in small spaces.
10 Free-Motion Quilting Techniques, Plus 15 Projects
In Molly’s book, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, learn how to:
- Set up your machine for free-motion quilting, no technique is left out
- Begin by learning how to quilt your name, because soon you’ll be signing unique works of art
- Master all the fundamentals of free-motion quilting by working on manageable fat-quarter-sized fabric pieces
- Confidently stitch 10 different quilting designs, including stippling variations, pebbles, square meander, swirls, and woodgrain
- Take your skill to new heights as you quilt 15 practical projects to enhance your daily life, such as a table-top organizer, table runner, tote bag, weekender bag, and laptop sleeve
Watch Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
The random winner of a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew book, is Patti K. Her comment was: This sounds like a great book!! I learn so much from Nancy every time I watch one of her programs. Thanks for making them available to us.
Bye for now,