Free Motion Quilting -Quick Tips

Free Motion Quilting - TipsGood morning, Quilters!

Today–A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Escapes

Adding this little skill to your “bag of tricks” can dramatically improve the look of your free motion quilting!

Whenever stitching a “shape-within-a-shape”  motif–for example,  a leaf with stems in the center, or a flower with a stamen…

Leave a small opening in the bottom of the shape.  It will still “read” as a closed shape…

Free Motion Quilting - TipsLeaving this small gap allows the INNER stitching line to exit without a stitching over any previous line of stitching.

Free Motion Quilting - TipsThe “closed leaf” below looks messy with “overstitching”…

Free Motion Quilting - Tips


Free Motion Quilting - TipsFor other examples of leaving an “escape”  take a look at The Basic Leaf,  The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, and many of the other motifs found on The Free Motion Quilt Motif Page.

Using an ESCAPE to avoid “stitchovers” will give YOUR quilts an instantly improved appearance!

Give it a try!

Happy Stitches,


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15 thoughts on “Free Motion Quilting -Quick Tips

  1. Hey -wise words and a pretty design too! Warm Scottish summer day and sunflowers -I am smiling -so thanks for that.

  2. Thanks for sharing that excellent tip. I’ve fussed over thread buildup sometimes and now I have the answer!

  3. Lovely flower and excellent tip! My free motion quilting just keeps getting better and more fun to do, thanks to you!

  4. Honestly it is a great tip if you feel that way about it, but I always felt like open ended objects look unfinished and sloppy compared to closed end. The thread play has never bothered me, but rather I believe adds an artistic flair that I find appealing.

  5. What a delightful way to begin the morning — I had been looking for a sunflower design. Now I need to figure out how to continue it in an all over pattern.

  6. Love love this flower too…Thanks for the escape route! I have been trying to mimic that as I hate that uh oh trapped feeling…makes me stress and so does the cringe when I got myself in a pickle without being able to eek my way past somewhere. Won’t be so nerve racking with a planned escape. I agree with Karen, you definitely make this more enjoyable and projects are turning out so much cuter. Thanks bunches and gobs.

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