This morning I sewed my free-motion quilting sampler into a pillow…you know me…I have to make something out of it!
I used a tan sateen fabric that has been in my stash for years and years for my sample. I also used Warm & Natural batting but no backing which I think is why the designs don’t show up that well. I think if I did this again I would prefer to make my block lines with straight stitching, my free motion straight lines….didn’t stay too straight.
Of course I used my 15-91 Singer.
The Free-motion quilt challenge this month featured Angela Walters who gave us some wonderful ideas. I really love this block and want to practice it some more.
It is funny, I can stipple quilt in my sleep as I have been doing it for over 20 years but it is VERY challenging to learn some different forms of free-motion quilting.
I was asked what kind of foot I used for my free-motion quilting. This darning foot is my favorite. I bought it over 20 years ago when I saw free-motion quilting for the first time in a shop in Clovis, CA. At that time I was using a Elna sewing machine so this was the foot recommended. Remember….this was a long time ago and there weren’t all the fancy feet for free-motion quilting. I bought it and then headed back to Iowa.
You don’t learn to do this type of stitching over night. I spent many frustrating hours, with lots of poor tension, thread knotted up in my machine and sometimes I would just get mad and quit. Then I would remember the beautiful quilting I had seen…..and try again.
This is a short shank foot which fits on any sewing machine that uses that type of foot. I do have several other feet for free-motion quilting and have a couple that I had Builder Bob cut the front off of so I can see better.
The foot I use really depends on what I am working on. I do a lot of raw edge applique and the open foot seems to get caught sometimes in the fabric….so I use the darning foot. Do you have a favorite foot for free-motion quilting?