Free-motion for the First Time

Yesterday held firsts. The Janome serger and sewing machine arrived! I’ve been waiting all month and it flew by. After  returning home safely, I wasted no time switching over needle plate, threading up, and trying out free-motion quilting; Lori Smith’s appliqued piece was my first choice.

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Complete satisfaction: I loved every second I spent trying out this new skill. The hours flew by while I stitched. I’m nowhere near steady, but am enthused to keep practicing; I want to quilt everything and am quickly on that path. Free-motion work is what drew me in to quilting for good: Fabric doodling! I was captivated by the work of other artists/quilters, and I couldn’t wait to join.

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Doodling is an activity I love. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to transfer my ideas from brain-to-fabric. Many draw with friction pens or use an overlay, but I was so excited to try out the machine and an eyeball worked best for me. The endless options are incredible!  Before I knew it, I had a sweet little table accented by a window. This stitching made easy with Aurifil thread.

The table was a little hard to see, and I wanted to play with texture, so in came some thicker thread paired with hand stitching and a great outline formed. All of the applique practice has paid off in the stitch regularity category.

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Happy Spring! It has been a busy and exciting March. The spring peepers are out and the trees are pushing to bloom. Have you been working on anything exciting?

Thanks for stopping by!

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8 thoughts on “Free-motion for the First Time

  1. Very pretty! Sometimes I use a Pounce pad and stencils; other times I use rulers. But my favorite is just free motion. I may have it mapped out in my head, or practiced on a scrap piece of fabric first but FMQ with no boundaries suits me best.

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  2. Your design is so clever! Love it! I have been changing out the fabric and lining on one of those old time folding knitting baskets. I have some old ones myself that need new fabric, but I found one as cheap as I could on EBay without any fabric. Almost finished. It’s looking good. Some of those older fabrics that these things were sold with can be on the dull side.

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