I’ve been wanting to learn how to free-motion-quilt/stipple for a very long time, especially after hearing about how fast it is. I’ve had the right equipment for a month or two, but never the right motivation. Things have changed now that L’s blanky is all sandwiched and basted and ready to be quilted. I don’t want to just go for it, though, without some good experience, so I’m practicing on a panel of material my mother-in-law gave me ages ago. I figure the kids will use it for their dolls or stuffed animals when I’m done with it. I’m still definitely a beginner, but I am loving the results. And the process isn’t nearly as hard as I expected. This is one of those skills that just takes practice. I just need to build some muscle memory, get some better thread, and I think I’ll be ready to tackle L’s blanky, finally. I’m excited to get it done since he caught a quick glimpse of it a few days ago and yelled, “I want! I want! I want trucks!” He knows, somehow, that it’s for him, and with the weather getting colder (it’s 38 right now) it’s time to bundle up my babies in some mommy-made blankies!
If you’re interested in learning more about or how to do free-motion quilting, here are some great links:
Free-Motion Quilting at Oh, Fransson!
Free-Motion Quilting at Crazy Mom Quilts
Tips on Free-Motion Quilting from Quilter’s Review
Tips on Free-Motion Quilting by LindaM at Creative Textile and Quilting Arts