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my first free motion work

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Beyond Basic Machine Quilting taught by Ann Petersen

Take your machine quilting skills in new directions as Ann Petersen teaches you 17 quilting designs that will add richness to your free-motion work.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
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What are you most proud of? I'm so happy I got over my fear of free motion quilting. I've been wanting to learn for so long. From now on I will quilt all of my own quilts. No more paying for long arm quilting!

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Beautiful work! One of these days I will get over my free motion fear and give it a try.

01/18/2013 Flag

Wow - It is stunnig. I am also trying to master that skill.

02/05/2013 Flag

Fabulous Gloria. I have done up first quilt top and and watching classes like crazy and trying out free motion quilting. Did you use a long arm? Did you trace out your design? If you could share more details for all of us inspired by your beautifil first project :)

03/01/2013 Flag

Scheri, I have responded to your questions in a comment above. Please read. Thanks for your interest in my work!

03/03/2013 Flag

It is a very beautiful quilt. Congratulations! Nice work.

03/01/2013 Flag

Thanks everyone for all of your comments. To answer your questions Scheri I used a regular sewing machine. I bought it recently at Costco online. I got it here in Canada. Model # PC210. (I think model numbers are different in the States) I paid around $350 for it. For the money I would say it has good value. I really can't make any complaints about it at all. I left the feed dogs up. I found it is very important to use the right thread. I am using Isacord 40. I am still trying to get the bobbin washers. They aren't avail. here so I will either order them online (although shipping to Canada is $8) or I will try to find them on a daytrip to Washington state. I am hoping I will see a difference on the back of my quilt once I get the bobbin washer. If you haven't heard of these before google "Leah Day" She does amazing free motion work and really recommeds these. You can order them from her site. Her videos are also very helpful and free to watch. The tension doesn't look quite right when I sew quickly while sewing around in a bend. I have to sew quite slowly to keep the tension looking right at the present time. When I did the feathering I just used a mark B gone water soluable pen to draw the stem. The rest of the feathering I just "doodled" in with my sewing machine. I may have been happier with some areas it I did draw it in first. For the "swirls" in the sashing I did use a store bought template and I marked it on with the mark B gone pen first. The only other thing I can say is use gloves. It really makes a big difference. Hope this comments are helpful. The feathers didn't really feel natural at first. I have been practicing and practicing and they are slowly improving.

03/01/2013 Flag