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Quilting Tip #9 - Experiment with ways to Quilt

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Quilting Tip #9 - Experiment with ways to Quilt

I know - most of you probably use a Long-Armer to finish your quilt tops, but there are some out there who would like to try their hand at free-motion quilting. 

Now, I am not an expert by any means and I absolutely use a long-armer for my quilts, but there are a couple of ways you could get started on smaller projects.

1. Smaller projects.  Yep, this is first and foremost.  I am talking mug rug small.  In fact, get some scraps, drop those feed dogs on your machine, put on the quilting (or darning) foot and just have fun.  You may find you adore it!

2. Use a walking foot - this is my space.  I use a walking foot and stitch right along seams.  You could stitch in the ditch, but that is too fussy for me.   You could also make marks on your quilt, but I have not found anything that will come out wonderful other than simple tailor's chalk.  A Hera Marker - which basically just scores the fabric, is very good for marking stitch lines in small projects.

3. Find a Class - there are many local shops that teach free-motion quilting and they will walk you through step by step.

4. Hand Quilt - I know - it is a slow process, but the hand sewn look is so in right now.  Especially when mixed with machine quilting. 

To me, this is where a lot of creativity can be wonderful and experimenting is a very good thing.

Remember, Quilting from start to finish is a fun!  Take your time and explore new processes - that is the joy of quilting.

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  • Jennifer Armentrout
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