Free Motion Quilting-Mini Christmas Quilt

Free Motion Quilting, Trees, Presents

After completing the sample for yesterday’s free motion quilt tutorial, The Chevron,  I stitched this mini Christmas quilt using The Chevron to create the trees.  The quilt is six inches square and I think I will frame it.

Free motion quilting tutorial, Chevron

I’m toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop with a few framed pieces.  Does anyone have any experience selling on Etsy?  I’ve bought several darling things from Etsy in the past…just wonder if I have the time…

Free Motion Quilting, Trees, Presents

Below, is my new BEST FRIEND — I began using them last week after I reviewed my dangerous work habits (see HERE and Cautionary Tale HERE)— I really like using the tweezers and don’t know how I ever stitched without them!

I hope you will find them to be a faithful friend as well!

Free Motion Quilting, Trees, Presents

For more Christmas Trees–make sure you try these trees, too!  and you might also like Christmas tree quilt HERE.

On Friday, we will be talking about Needle Selection and one of our readers would like YOUR help with monofilament thread-her needles keep breaking—Love to hear what you all think of monofilament thread and how you use it!

Keep stitching.  Buy yourself some tweezers.  And Keep Doodling,


29 thoughts on “Free Motion Quilting-Mini Christmas Quilt

  1. I agree, there is nothing like those Bernina tweezers. In my drawer, I have 3 or 4 others and find myself always searching for the Bernina tweezers. Perfect for my embroidery too.

    • This is the first time I am replying to your page, I just discovered you about a week ago and am truly enjoying and learning on your page; Thank you. I have Stitched my finger twice,once when I was a girl and then latter when a trip to urgent care was manditory..Tweesers never acured to me , slow I guess. Thank you I will give them a try! Sew Safely, Mary P.

  2. Lori, what do you use the tweezers for? (I know, ending a sentence with a preposition is grammatically wrong, but I don’t care!) I hope your finger is healing well! I’ve been worried about you.

    • I use tweezers to remove unwanted facial hair. What does one do with quilting tweezers? And will my Revlon tweezers do the same job?

      • I think any good tweezers will work. I have been using the tweezers to grab the tail ends of the thread as I start to stitch to prevent the threads from jamming the machine. I happened to have the Bernina ones in my sewing kit–they are nice because they are long and they close on threads tightly.

    • Hi Claudia, Just got the stitches out this morning and all is healing well! It may take a long time for my nail to grow back, though! I use the tweezers whenever I reach near the needle to grab the thread tails. It’s actually much easier (and safer) than reaching my chubby digits under the needle!

  3. Hi Lori! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your FMQ – so creative! Sorry to read about your injury. I cringed when I saw the Xray and read you ripped your nail off! Hope you are healing up well. Great advice for using tweezers. I recently had a needle shatter and the shards flew into my face. So glad I wear glasses to quilt! I had accidentally set a zigzag stitch while using a straight stitch presser foot. Very startling! Happy quilting and fast healing!

    • Thanks, Julia–Accidents happen so quickly, don’t they? I had heard warnings about wearing glasses, but now I take safety seriously–so I always wear my glasses now.

  4. My daughter has a shop on Etsy and gets customers from all over the world. She designs and makes custom clothes. Just like everything online, there are good and bad practices. I remember she told me that it’s better to post something everyday rather than a whole lot at once, because it keeps the page active (or something like that). I’m sure you could google and come up with lots of tips.

  5. I can’t live without my tweezers! I have a pair at each machine and one extra just in case. I also have a really nice small pair of needle nose pliers, which are also awesome for pulling out threads, and catching little threads that my fingers can’t get. My machine cuts the thread and when I need to pull the bobbin thread up, it’s quite short, sometimes the tweezers can’t quite grasp the thread, the thread slips out, so the needlenose pliers grab and hang on.

    • Thanks, Laura. My machine cuts the thread quite short as well and I wonder if that wasn’t part of my problem–one really needs to get under the needle to reach that short thread. I love the tweezers! So much easier–not to mention safer. I’ll add some needlenose pliers to my toolkit now…

  6. Oh my gosh I love your trees! I am so glad I came across your blog. I love to free motion quilt but I haven’t had too much time to experiment yet. I will be thoroughly checking out your blog. Thanks.

  7. Luckily I’ve never injured myself while sewing. I joke with hubby about my sewing machine being a “power tool,” but it really is, and power tools get used with safety equipment… I really felt for you when I saw the X-ray, and reviewed my own practice. Foot comes off the pedal before sticking fingers into the needle area, and glasses on, I’ve shattered needles, and having a barrier in front go my eyes is just good sense. Feel better fast!

  8. Lori, do you ever help someone figure what pattern to us on a wall hanging? I pieced a 4ft tree and need help with the quilting pattern in tree and out. PatQ Tx

      • Hi Pat, Thrilled that you are sending a photo… Do you have a cell phone or a regular camera? On your cell–add it as a medium attachment to an e-mail. On your computer, do them same…my e-mail is label it “Blog Photo” because it will end up in my “junk” folder…I will look for it. If that doesn’t work, let me know.

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