If you haven't ever said it, I'm sure you have heard someone else say it....
"I can't do free motion quilting. It is so difficult."
Well, I can honestly say that is a load of rubbish! And here is the proof. Last Saturday I was with a group of ladies at Midsomer Quilting who are the proof that free motion quilting is not only easy to master, but lots of fun too. Some were complete newbies to FMQ - and others had dabbled a little and a few were already confident. Just look at what they made - I bet you can't tell who had never done this before!
Gill's brilliant and totally original golf playing bird has just scored a birdie. Get it?!?!?!?! I think he is wonderful.
We had quite a lot of Dodos (incidentally, my favourite Doodle bird
Robby Robin and his Christmas tree
So as you can see, a lot of very successful free motion quilting was stitched and a lot of concentration and fun was had. The great thing about making these lovely birds is not only do they look wonderful, but they are great at boosting confidence with free motion quilting. By working on a square of fabric of around 12" it is easy to keep control as you do not have to manage the bulk of a whole quilt in the throat of the machine. You are also free to experiment and try out lots of different patterns.
Still don't think you can free motion quilt? Why not just have a go?
If you would like some tips on how to be successful with free motion quilting take a look at my blog post from back in December 2014. You can read it here. I hope it helps! (Just one thing has changed since I wrote it - I no longer drop the feed dogs when I free motion quilt, - you could give it a try to see if you find it any easier). If you give it a try, I'd love to see what you do.
Thanks for reading