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Free Motion Quilting~ Pebbles and Feathers

When it comes to Free Motion quilting I’ve been self taught.  Thanks to an artist mother who has a home that is better stocked than most craft stores and encouraged me to dabble in painting, sewing and various other crafts.  I’ve had a lot of practice trying new things.  When I first started quilting, my kids were little, hubby was in school and money was tight.  So quilting by check was not an option.  So I asked questions at my guild.  Took the handful of knowledge I was given and went for it.  

 Now that the kids are grown and money is not so tight I still quilt my own.  It’s not my favorite thing always but I feel a sense of accomplishment saying I made my quilt completely by myself.  I’ve know I have lots of room for improvement in my quilting. So I recently started taking some classes on Bluprint.   Did you know you can get unlimited streaming of classes for less than $4 a month.  Between the yoga classes I watch on snow days when I can’t walk outside.  The sock knitting classes I’ve been watching.  I really want to knit socks!  And the free motion quilting classes I’ve been binge watching.  I’m getting my moneys worth.

I watched Christina Cameli’s Secrets of Free Motion Quilting and Patsy Thompson’s Feather Basics.  They both taught me things that my self teaching had totally missed. I used what I learned to start quilting my Clamshells quilt.

I’ve got all the pebbles done in the background and a couple of the clam shell rows are finished.  I’m thrilled with what I learned and how it is helping me improve my skills.  I’m even really liking the effect of my quilting rather than just being happy to have a finish under my belt. 


  • Farm Quilter says:

    Good for you!!! Youtube has quite a few free videos from quilters that are wonderful for showing how to do a specific motif. I can't quilt for beans on my sewing machine (walking foot only), but I am blessed with a wonderful longarm that is so much fun to use. I admire anyone who can do their quilting on a sewing machine!

  • em's scrapbag says:

    It's true. You can learn anything on YouTube. I like that on Bluprint I can ask question and get feedback from the instructor as well as others who are taking the class.

    I've been toying with the idea of a long arm. I think it would save me time. But the cost so much. So for now I do it on my domestic.

  • Elaine Adair says:

    Patsy Thompson was my first "teacher" and I have many of her DVDs – from her I gathered my courage and happily discovered MQ'ing was not so hard. And Christine Camelli is my current favorite – her style is not too fussy, not too formal, more woodsy, outdoorsy, casual. I love your scrappy projects, and you've been listed on my blog for years! Happy Quilting!

  • Kathy S. says:

    Wow, your pebbles and feathers look great! Perfect quilt for them. Keep on keeping on. 🙂

  • em's scrapbag says:

    Thanks! That is so nice of you.

  • em's scrapbag says:

    Cool that you also learned from Patsy. I do like the less formal look of Christine.

  • Susie H says:

    My favorite knitting is socks! Your quilting looks fabulous!

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