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!

 

 

Open Line Friday–Stitch Regulators

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, Stitch RegulatorsGood Morning, Quilters!

We certainly had a resounding response yesterday when I asked YOU if my little quilt needed more quilting!

I will be adding more quilting…which puts one more in the UFO column!–

I plan to add the quilting this weekend and will re-post my “finished quilt” photos next week.

Thanks for your responses!

THE INBOX JAUNT: MOST FREQUENTLY RECEIVED QUESTION

The question I am most frequently asked:  Do you use a stitch regulator?

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, Stitch RegulatorsTHE ANSWER

No, I have never used a stitch regulator.

When I started to learn free motion quilting, stitch regulators were not available.  (Otherwise I’m sure I would have wanted to try one…I’ve tried EVERYTHING related to FMQ over the past ten years!)

After I was already fluent with free motion quilting, I tried the Bernina Stitch Regulator and I found it completely discombobulated my own rhythm!

(Plus,  it was always beeping at me for moving too fast…not very conducive to relaxing and getting in a groove!)

HOW DOES A STITCH REGULATOR WORK?

First, the regulator attaches to the machine like any foot.  (Regulators are not available for many machines.)

Next, the quilters chooses the desired stitch length.

Once stitching, the regulator senses how fast the fabric is moving and the computer speeds up or slows down the needle to create the desired stitch length.

If you go too fast…BEEP!

You do not have full control over the speed and you don’t develop your own rhythm.

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, Stitch Regulators

SHOULD YOU BUY A STITCH REGULATOR?

When someone asks me if I use a stitch regulator, what they really want to know is:  Should they buy a stitch regulator….

If you a serious about free motion quilting for the long-term…I would say “NO”…Eventually you need to develop your own rhythm.

Stitch regulators have been compared to training wheels, so they may be beneficial.

However, anything that hinders you from developing your own timing is ultimately not a good idea.

Stitch regulators are very costly AND you are trading short-term benefits for long-term gains.

Go for the long-term.

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, Stitch Regulators

Now that’s just my opinion…

Do YOU have any experience with stitch regulators?

What’s YOUR opinion?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…The Pumpkin quilt was made last year.

You might also like The Perfect Pumpkin Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

and Braided Wheat Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

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