I hear from lots of New Quilters readers who want to learn more easy free-motion quilting designs. This tutorial video from Laura at Sew Very Easy shows you a motif you can use as an all-over pattern on just about any quilt. Perfection is not required!
Laura also has some good general machine quilting advice worth trying out:
- Before you start quilting, use a Sharpie to practice your design on a large piece of paper. Use a Sharpie instead of a ballpoint pen or pencil because the Sharpie’s thicker line gives you the mental freedom to make larger shapes.
- Test out your stitch on a practice quilt sandwich made from the actual fabrics, batting, and threads you will use in the final quilt.
- Mentally divide your quilt into quarters for machine quilting, and stitch in one quarter at a time. Working in a more limited space makes it easier to handle the quilt while you work. Less wrestling of a bulky quilt through the throat of your sewing machine!
Check it out!