25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas: Part 3


FMQ_Project16_SwimBikeQuiltI first saw this design in Angela Walter’s first book,
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts

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Welcome to Part 3 of 25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well.

This is the last installment (for now) of free motion quilting (fmq) designs.  I have found that people, myself included, are generally better at Circles, Lines, or Curves. Sometimes, things click in your brain different, or not at all, so keep that in mind as you try new stitches.

Curves = flowers, leaves, curlicues, spirals, paisleys, etc. These are probably the hardest designs for me to get right, but I think they have the potential to make a big splash.

Things to think about as you practice stitching different curved designs–you can vary the scale (1” vs 2” leaves, for example), the density (how close the leaves are together), and size (will your leaf have 2 echoes? 3? 4?), and each of these slight variations will give you a very different look.

Try combining lines and curves–for example, you could stitch a box and fill it in with flowers, or alternate wavy lines with spirals. Some quilt tops will look best with the same free motion pattern over the entire quilt top. Others will really benefit from a variety of stitches in the same quilt top.

Take a deep breath and remember to have fun!




curves in different directions




Swirls_SwimBikeQuiltall the swirls face the same direction, more or less



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  1. Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your fmq ideas. They are so inspiring! I especially like Angela’s flowers. The leaves are sweet, too! Great job on all, Katie.

  2. TexPat
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this fmq series! It’s a great reference. I’ve been practice drawing and, wow, there’s some progress! Now to the machine.

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