Question for Quilters/Sewists Follow Up

Hi there!  I wanted to follow up with all of you after my question last week.  Here’s  a quick list of the top three responses:

paper piecing – 5

free motion quilting – 25

appliqué -9

Free Motion Quilting~

If I’m completely honest, my fmq skills are rusty right now…Natalia did all my quilting for me when I was producing quilts for my book (coming in February!) and since then my quilts have begged for straight lines.  However!  This guest post was awesome!  Candy included some videos of her quilting, and maybe it can help you too!  If you check out her recent posts, she has had an exciting week!

What about turning your machine, I love quilting this way.  If you get everything ready, then turn your machine perpendicular to you, so that the needle is closest to you – it’s great.  You have more room to move the quilt with your hands on either side of the needle.  Check here, for a video!  One last thing, I like to try out my stipple plan on paper with a pencil.  It seems to help my brain convert it easier.

As for paper piecing and appliqué, we will just have to work on those things together!  Maybe our next quilt-along can be one of those two styles….?

A few of you mentioned having trouble with bowed strips – this all comes down to squaring your fabric, and squaring it often.  I have a tutorial here, I usually square my fabric each time I move it.  Once at the beginning just isn’t enough.  Let me know if you have more questions there, I know it can be really frustrating!

And Week 3 &4 of the recent quilt-along have great info about Half Square Triangles, they can be mastered!!

All the pictures for this post are in the links!  I hope you click around a bit!


By |2017-02-06T09:18:49+00:00September 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|8 Comments


  1. Lindsay September 6, 2010 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Amy! Thanks for the great tip on turning my machine for free motion quilting! I will have to give that a try!

    I have signed up for 2 classes on applique and i would be very interested in an applique quilt-a-long!

    Right now I am going to try and do it on my own, I have a couple of things that I would like to sew and applique for our new puppy when she arrives in a few weeks, hopefully I can figure it out!

  2. Quiet Quilter September 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Yes! Yes! Please more tutorials! I will follow with either the applique or paper piecing. Both would be new to me.

  3. Allie September 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Turning your machine – brilliant – I’m going to try this!

  4. Liveacolorfullife September 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    I will try turning my machine. I want to badly to learn how to stipple. Start small, right? Like potholders? and practice, practice, practice.

  5. Candy from Candied Fabrics September 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out Amy! I’d love to try out the sideways sewing machine but I CAN’T – I’m ADDICTED to my knee lift – LOL!

    A couple of things that help me: keeping your arms at a 90 degrees really helps – so a lowered bed and/or high chair is helpful. I’ll often use gloves with larger quilts – it helps keep my hands from tensing up. ANd you know…at some point, you just have to quilt, then quilt, and then quilt some more.

  6. Leslie September 7, 2010 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Good Morning!
    Just a few comments if I may…
    1. Make sure you have a ruler with those little grabbies on it, like the Creative Grids ruler. These hold your fabric so it doesn’t slip, and thus no bowed strips, plus you really do need to ensure you realign your fabric so it is square, even if you need to cut the little angle off as you go, it will make a big difference in how your pieces go together, ie: square, it will help your blocks be square and your final product will be square and will hang straight too.
    Applique tutorials, quilt alongs: lots going on in blog land right now:
    pat sloan has 2 great quilt alongs going on, 1 with great machine applique (you could do hand applique as well, I am) with great tutorials too.
    The rabbit factory had a great BOM, Bunny Hill designs too.
    Take care, Leslie

  7. Leslie September 7, 2010 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Oh yeah, stipple quilting, don’t need to go fancy if you are just starting. Teachers recommend starting will pencil tracing, that enhances the eye-hand connection.
    Pick any design your brain wants to do, the important thing is consistant speed and movement.
    Start with “mushroom” shapes, waves, puzzle pieces.
    I like to do hearts, cause then you can cross the lines. With stippling, you are “not” supposed to cross your stitching lines. But I say, make it your own!
    Take care, Leslie

  8. Cathy A September 7, 2010 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I didn’t know you had a book coming out–exciting!!

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