Build a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ-Supply List

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingMost quilting and most art is done by ordinary people with busy lives.   Masterpieces are painted by people who work full time jobs.  Quilts are stitched in snippets of time.  Most artists and quilters don’t have the luxury of long periods of uninterrupted time for their creative lives—therefore that time has to be highly organized!

With that in mind, we are working to establish a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting to minimize wasted creative time.

HUNTING

Last week, we found our sewing machine manuals (for some this was a hunting expedition…) and marked several pages pertinent to free motion quilting…

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingGATHERING

This week, we’re gathering all our supplies in one place.

This small step can make a big difference in productivity.

First–Make the list.

I recommend you make a copy of the list in your best hand-writing on a heavy piece of paper or stationery.

The List should remain in the box with the supplies for ready reference.

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingSUPPLY LIST FOR FREE MOTION QUILTING

  • Brush for cleaning sewing machine
  • Oil
  • Single Hold throat plate
  • Darning foot (I like Bernina’s #24 Offset darning foot)
  • Needles (If you don’t have a favorite–start with Topstitch 90 Needles and adjust if necessary.)
  • Supreme Slider (If there is just one thing you treat yourself to for FMQ-this is what I recommend.)
  • Painter’s Tape (Optional–when the Supreme Slider is linty–it moves.  I tape mine down because I don’t clean it as regularly as recommended.)
  • Snips
  • Tweezers (NEVER forget your tweezers–Read Inattentive Quilting: A Cautionary Tale and Learn from my Injury
  • Hoop
  • Gloves–(Most people like these, but I never use them.)
  • Sewing Machine Manual
  • Thread–(I often use Sulky or Robison-Anton 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin.)

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingA Single Hole throat plate is optional, but it helps with stitch formation.

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingSupreme Slider by LaPeirre Studio–A teflon sheet that allows a quilt to slide more readily while quilting.

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingMost people like gloves for free motion quilting. (I never use gloves.) However, I often use this hoop by Husqvarna--see My Secret Weapon for Free Motion Quilting

Supply List for Free Motion QuiltingOnce you’ve collected everything, find a pretty box or basket in which to store everything.

Don’t forget to put your handwritten Supply List inside…

(If you are sewing on a long arm machine, you may have to adjust this list a bit–but the concept is the same.)

NEXT WEEK:

Build a Rock Solid Routine:  Get Ready to Sew and…

A CHALLENGE!

Don’t miss it!

Happy (Organized) Stitching,

Lori

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

 

 

Pebbles-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Pebbles, BubblesGood Morning, Quilters!  Welcome to all the new quilters who have joined us and to all our long-time friends!

We have almost 5000 followers of The Inbox JauntThat’s a lot of quilt experience in one place!

Today we have a new Free Motion Quilt Tutorial:  Pebbles! Continue reading

NOW it’s Finished–More Quilting, Thank YOU!

 

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge QuiltingLast week, I posted a photo of my finished raw edge with free motion quilting

After taking a second look, I thought it might  benefit from more quilting and I asked YOUR opinion.

Before I had finished my breakfast, I had a resounding answer:  YES it needs more quilting.

Floral raw edge appliqué with free motion quiltingAs one reader pointed out, quilts need to have an even amount of quilting–and this quilt did not.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge QuiltingSo I took YOUR advice and I like this quilt much, much better!

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Quilting

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • Quilting should be evenly space all over a quilt.
  • When in doubt, ask 5000 friends for their opinion.

and….

  • MORE free motion quilting, ALWAYS, MORE free motion quilting!Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Quilting

You’re MY kind of friends!

Lori

(PS–Now I need more help…all five of my daughters have declared “dibs”….)

I think there’s a lot more free motion/raw edge appliqué in my future.

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