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    Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

    I am starting to quilt a new top for a friend and she wants it to be stippled. And I have never done this but told her I would try. Any one have any tips, suggestions etc for someone new to this?

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    Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

    Take a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper and with a pencil draw your meander pattern. Trace over it many times with your finger. Mentally trace over it. You want to get it ingrained in your brain! When you are ready, tack it to the wall within eyesight of your sewing machine. Grab a practice piece of fabric/batting/backing and practice away. Place your hands to hold the piece so that you have about 6 inches that you are working on and concentrate on making that the best 6 inches of meandering you can do. Repeat. My sewing machine can be adjusted to how fast you can sew with the pedal "floored". I put mine on the lowest sewing speed, and "floor" the pedal when I meander. When I get going again from a stop, I go slowly for just a couple of stitches and then floor it right into the pattern. I would practice this a lot, (how to go from a stop to sewing) before moving on to the actual quilt. And relax! Hope this helps.
    See what I'm sewing at http://disfordovey.blogspot.com

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      #3
      Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

      If it's a very large top, roll it in from the sides and start in the middle - they say that it evens out the batting better.

      I also always use those machine gloves to grab onto the quilt better.

      If you have a machine like mine where the feed dogs don't drop, make sure you cover them up - there should be a cover plate that came with your machine. Also use a foot where you can see what you are doing.

      And definately practice on a scrap top. I've only ever done the stippling.

      When stippling, someone told me that you should never cross your lines. Well, the quilt police don't live here, so I started doing some loops here and there and you have to cross the lines when you do them, and if you want to do stippling and not cross the lines and you accidently do, who is going to see it anyway unless they scrutinize it very closely.

      Have fun with it, that's the most important thing.

      Hugs,
      quilting trish
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
      http://quiltdreaming.blogspot.com
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      What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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        #4
        Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

        Hi, there are pattern papers you can stick on your quilt to help you get the hang of the shapes you want to do.. I keep thinking to buy some, but so far I'm still doing like the others said, small area, wear the grabbit goves, relax those shoulders, and have fun. What's the worst thing that can happen???? You don't like how it looks? That's no big deal - just give it away and you won't ever have to look at it again!
        Stippling is a smaller random pattern, meandering is a larger random patterm m,aking what looks kind of like puzzle pieces, just not so rigid. It's actually kind of fun once you get started
        If you can't see it riding by on a fast horse - it ain't there.

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          #5
          Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

          I wouldn't recommend those pattern papers that stick to the quilt top that you are supposed to trace over when you sew. I tried them when I was just getting started machine quilting. I think they work better for someone who has been machine quilting for a while. Plus you have to be careful at removal ::tedious:: or else your stitches can be distorted. I was at a quilt show once when first learning and had a quilt designer tell me to relax, and chew gum!
          See what I'm sewing at http://disfordovey.blogspot.com

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            #6
            Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

            what great suggestions everyone!! Thanks so much!!
            Michele

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              #7
              Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

              Whoa Mariann - glad I checked here t his morning... I am going into Orange County today and one of my stops is Soft Expressions (online busines with a small store front) with the intention of looking for those STICK-ON things!
              So now I am scrapping THAT idea...
              If you can't see it riding by on a fast horse - it ain't there.

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                #8
                Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

                Thanks for the tip about gum chewing to relax. I'm going to try that because my shoulders are constantly creeping up on my ears when I'm sewing!
                I wrote a blog post about my first stippling experience if anyone would like to read it.

                http://dottyjanedesigns.blogspot.com/20 ... lt_05.html
                http://dottyjanedesigns.blogspot.com/

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                  #9
                  Re: Got any Free Motion quilting Tips?

                  Here is a fun site to check out for FMQ. She is doing 365 days of FMQ stitches.

                  http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/ ... lower.html

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