Free Motion Quilting

A Beginner’s Guide To Free Motion Quilting

So you’ve just created your gorgeous quilt top, and you can’t wait to try it out, but first, you have to quilt it. 

When trying to decide how to quilt your quilt, it can be a little overwhelming with all the different types of stitching. Plus, there’s the option to send it out to a longarm quilter as well. 

I personally love to do my own quilting, as it just adds that extra personal touch and handmade feel to my projects. In this tutorial, I am going to show you the following:

  •  How to free motion quilt (FMQ) (also sometimes referred to as freestyle quilting).
  •  A popular style of FMQ
  • Tips and tricks to help you practice FMQ.

What Is Free Motion Quilting? 

Before we jump right into the tutorial, I want to go over two of the biggest questions that come up when talking about FMQ.

What is free motion quilting?

Free motion quilting is a quilting style that you do with your home sewing machine.

As the name implies, you use “free motion” to create designs with your stitches. 

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7 Top Wool Pressing Mats For Quilters

A beautiful quilt involves getting many details right.

Precisely pressed seams on your quilt blocks represent one of those things that can make a massive difference in the outcome. 

Flat and straight seams ensure that blocks fit together correctly.

A fantastic tool for getting every block smooth and perfect is a wool pressing mat for quilting

Not only can a wool pressing pad improve the quality of your quilt blocks, but it also makes ironing more efficient.

You will spend less time pressing and more time being creative.

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Flying Geese Quilt

A Super Simple Flying Geese Quilt Tutorial

If you’ve done any kind of search for quilt patterns or quilt inspiration, chances are you have seen the versatile, beautiful flying geese quilt pattern. 

The flying geese block is such a great block since it is quick to construct, fun to make, and you can use it in a variety of ways.

It can work as a border or use it repeatedly to make a complete quilt top.

It definitely needs to be a staple in any quilter’s block catalog.

Today, I will go over some interesting facts about the flying geese block and give you a quick, simple flying geese tutorial.

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Star Quilt

An Easy Guide to Making a Stunning Star Quilt

One of the most traditional and recognizable patterns for quilts is a star quilt. Star quilt blocks can have various designs but will always have those beautiful, crisp points to let you know that it is a star. 

If you were to search online for a quilted star pattern, you may be bombarded with a vast selection and not know quite where to begin.

But have no fear — I’m going to break down some of the most popular star quilt patterns for you and also give you a quick star quilt tutorial.

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What Is a Quilting Bee And How To Start One

When you see or hear the words “quilting bee”, what comes to mind? 

I don’t know about you, but I always think of a bunch of women sitting on the front porch of a quaint little house, sipping sweet tea, gossiping about friends and family while quilting the same quilt they’ve been working on for the past ten years.

Well, what if I was to tell you that a quilting bee is SO much more? It’s more like a quilting party with an actual purpose.

Let’s dive in and explore some of your burning questions about the origins of this group sewing gathering and how to start one of your own.

I hope to answer all of your questions and teach you some fun facts along the way!

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How to Square Up a Quilt

A Simple Guide To Squaring Up A Quilt

Have you ever wondered how to square a quilt? Squaring up a quilt is such an essential step in quilt making.

It can make the difference between your quilt being a wonky creation to a truly square, beautiful masterpiece.

I know some of you are wondering, “Do you square up a quilt before adding borders?” or “Do you wait until right before you add your binding to square up your quilt?”

My answer is yes — to both questions! I try to square up my blocks, rows, quilt top and finished quilt sandwich after each step to ensure my quilts are as square as possible.

This post will walk you through step-by-step my method for squaring up a quilted quilt sandwich.

What Is Squaring Up a Quilt?

So what exactly does it mean to “square up a quilt?” It means all your corners are cut square at a 90° angle, and all your edges are cut straight.

This will make attaching your binding much easier, and when your quilt is laid out on a bed or folded neatly, it will look professionally made.

When I am piecing my blocks together, once a block is complete, I like to go ahead and “square it up” or make sure it is a perfect square to keep things uniform.

Keeping your blocks square will also help your overall quilt top be neat and straight throughout the entire quilt-making process.

Here are a few tips when you create your quilt top to help keep your quilt square:

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