Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting

Bernina Sewing ManualMost of us have very little time to spend quilting each day.  In order to make the most of our time, we must be very organized.

No time can be wasted finding our supplies,  searching for our sewing machine  manual or fumbling with our machine settings…

Today we will be beginning a new series:  Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting

Bernina Sewing ManualEach week, we will have tips designed to help make our creative time more productive and more creative…

One of the key skills every quilter must master is KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE…

Bernina Sewing ManualFor Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) , every quilter must know how and be efficient at

  • Cleaning and Oiling
  • Changing the Throat Plate–Use a single-hole throat plate for FMQ
  • Threading
  • Lower Feed Dogs
  • Needle Down Position –whenever the quilter stops sewing, the needle will end in the needle down position (not available in older machines)
  • Tension Adjustments

Bernina Sewing ManualIn order to build YOUR Rock Solid Routine, your mission this week:

  1. Find your sewing machine manual –or look it up online
  2. Mark the pages for the topics above
  3. Read those sections.  (Even if you think you know your machine, reading the manual often reveals new options…)

That’s it!  Three easy steps this week…

Bernina Sewing ManualAnd of course…Doodle…Doodle Always,

Signed,

Ready to Rock and Roll my Routine,

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 and Pin and share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Football–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted FootballGood Morning, Quilters!  Are you ready for some football?

Do you have any boy quilts in your stash?  Many of you have requested more “boy patterns”.  Earlier this month we stitched The Race Car.  Last month, we stitched The Baseball and today, we will stitch The Football.  Combine any of these patterns with The Jigsaw Puzzle or any geometric design like Diamonds are Forever or The Greek Key for your next quilt…Sure to please…

Free Motion Quilted Football

PK in action. September 2014

THE FOOTBALL FREE  MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three lines equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 3/4 inch apart.

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Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a curved line up to the top line and back to the middle line.  Stop at the middle line and stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted FootballStitch ON the previous line of stitching several stitches to the right.

Stitch a curved line from the top to the bottom of the football.  Stitch over one stitch and echo quilt back to the top line of the football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch along the top of the football ON the previous line of stitching, then stitch another set of curved lines.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch to the right point of the football.

Next, stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch ON the middle line again, then stitch a zig-zag to create the laces.

Stitch to the right point of the football and begin the next football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

You might want to create a small trophy quilt–like The Home Run Quilt–as a gift for a coach or ask your player’s teammates to sign.

OR use The Football to tie a quilt –see TYING A QUILT The Free Motion Quilt Way….

Free Motion Quilted FootballCombine The Football, The Baseball and any of your own motifs to make a personalized quilt for the Sportsman in YOUR life!

Free Motion Quilted Football

I think this motif is a TOUCHDOWN, don’t YOU?

Signed,

Left-tackle, Lori

PS…This tutorial is stitched with Aurifil 50wt  cotton in the bobbin and Aurifil 28wt cotton on top–for a casual look.  The motif was stitched on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle, Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric.

PPS…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 or Share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!