Free-Motion Quilting Progress

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I finished my first attempt at free-motion quilting today, done this weekend in bits and pieces in between caring for the kiddos. It definitely looks like a first attempt, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot from it. I know that next time I need to use better thread and find some quilting gloves, since gripping the fabric and moving it this way and that is tough on the fingers. I’m hoping I’ll continue to get better with more practice. I like the look of the quilting and how fast it is, but I really have trouble with the “randomness” of it.  That’s just not how I think; my husband joked, “Can you get a template for ‘random'”?  I wish.  I’m not going to quilt L’s quilt using this technique, since I’m still so nervous about it. I think I’ll just use my trusty walking foot.  Sewing using pre-printed panels isn’t really my thing, but I’ll probably add some ribbon and binding to the edges of this one and use it as a play mat for MB and/or a place to set her when we go outside.  Although pretty soon she’ll be too mobile to stay on one little square of fabric.  Babies grow up too fast, don’t they?  She’s outgrowing all the projects I wanted to make for her!

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3 Responses to “Free-Motion Quilting Progress”


  1. 1 Penny October 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    is this the quilt you were nervous about quilting? It turned out so good!! You did great being random!!! And yes, I agree, quilting gloves are a must!

    • 2 everydaychaos October 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Penny! Of course, I chose the picture that shows the fewest mistakes. 🙂 The quilt I was nervous about was a toddler-sized one for my 2-year-old’s birthday. But I went ahead and did it free-motion after all! His quilt was why I wanted to learn, so I told myself to go for it, and I love the results. It went so fast, too! Only a few days of a few hours a day and it was done. Now all I have to do is bind it, my favorite part. Here’s a pic of the top: https://everydaychaos.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/img_4864.jpg
      And here’s how part of it looks quilted: https://everydaychaos.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/img_53833.jpg
      It’s pretty simple, but I only had a few weeks to do it, so it had to be. I like it, though. I used Gutermann thread, and honestly, I’m never going back to Coats and Clark. There was such a huge difference between the two. I love what you did with the “A Little Help From My Friends” quilt. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  2. 3 ladykylara October 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    That looks amazing Chica!!! You are so talented! You really should give yourself more credit. To me, that quilt looks professional.


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