Twelve Steps to Free Motion Quilting

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

One of YOUR favorite blog posts is The Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting which I wrote over three years ago.

Today, you will find the Updated, Revised and Overall Improved—-Twelve Steps to Free Motion Quilting—with more explanations on BERNINA’s blog:  We All Sew.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I’ve added more steps to clarify a few things, provided more explanations, and added better photos!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

The We All Sew post contains background photos of My Apples quilt…
Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I bet you recognize The Apple Core Tutorial!  (And the Pearl border tutorial…)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

To create an interesting and subtle background, I used Sulky’s variegated cotton thread!

and of course, it was stitched on my domestic sewing machine, the lovely BERNINA 770QE!

Happy Stitches!


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

13 thoughts on “Twelve Steps to Free Motion Quilting

  1. Lori, thank you for updating your FMQ tutorial. It is great to have a list to make sure you’re doing everything necessary. My only question/comment is, you don’t address the (relatively) new trend of FMQ with rulers on a domestic machine, using a taller foot to accommodate the thicker rulers. Will this be a part of your repertoire?

  2. It’s awesome! Lots of info but quick to the point and great pics! I love that Apple quilt too! And the bernina!

  3. Ditto to all the others who love your photos and wonderful instruction ! ! I recently did your red w white apple as the center of three vertical apples — the other two were paper pieced — it’s really “cute”. (I don’t know how to send photos)

  4. YAY
    I am going to print it out this time and study it thoroughly
    Lori, I am always busy running around town with the oldsters, or MY grandbaby Sarah, and I do read your amazing blog every day.
    You are such a blessing to all of us

    • There are two plates for every machine. You may have to purchase as an accessory. I recommend using a single hole throat plate for FMQ and for piecing–you’ll see a noticeable difference!

  5. Great 12-step! Can you put it on your “link” area so I can refer to it now and then. Us “oldsters” need refreshment often!

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