29 April, 2016

Free motion quilting shouldn't scare you!

Here is my new small wholecloth quilt - a new version of this quilt -  I left the center rosette unquilted and there is a different - and such FUN - background quilting.

The quilt is 20'' and the rosette - 16''.
The fabric is Fossil Fern (Benartex) and I quilted with Aurifil.
This quilt was entirely free motion quilted - but the center rosette can easily be quilted  with the walking foot.

free motion quilting tips

The rosette has 40 repeats and I quilted it in one continuous stitching -  isn't this what quilters love most? I know I love this!

free motion quilting tips

free motion quilting tips

Free motion quilting shouldn't scare you!

I posted pictures of these small wholecloth quilts on Facebook and there were many comments like these:

- so difficult
- I only wish I could do that
- I'll never be able to do it

I ASSURE you - free motion quilting following a design on fabric is much easier than you think! I know it because when I started free motion quilting, I thought the same myself. And I was so wrong!

Here is what I have learned - in my first months of quilting!

- half of the job (of doing a great free motion quilting) is done if you can clearly see the design you have to stitch; you want to focus on quilting exactly on the lines and not struggling to see the lines; so it's essential to have a very well (and safe, of course!) marked design on fabric. 

- it's a huge difference between free motion quilting a small quilt and a large quilt; if you already enjoy free motion quilting, it's the same difference that you see when quilting the center of a large and, let's say, the borders of the same quilt.
So, if free motion quilting still scares you, start with SMALL pieces! 

free motion quilting tips

Try this free motion quilting TRICK!


Free motion quilting allows you to freely move the quilt under the needle and quilt in any direction. 

If stitching diagonally or backward intimidates you, here is what you could do: move the quilt under the needle the same way you move the quilt when working with the walking foot, meaning:

- move the quilt so that you stitch only in front of the needle – where the visibility is the best
- to do this, you have to rotate the quilt a lot under the needle- that's easy if you have a small quilt (25'' - 30''); the darning foot also allows an easy rotation, because you don't have to raise the foot to do it.

The length of your stitch will be affected by how fast you move the quilt under the needle - do not strive for perfection! A uniform stitching should be your least concern.

free motion quilting tips
Did I say how much fun is this wavy background??

free motion quilting tips


I did not make all these quilts - I just changed the color of the only one I made!

PRACTICING free motion quilting on PAPER!


Have you ever tried practicing free motion quilting on paper?  But not with a pen, but actually stitching through paper - with a needle kept specially only for this purpose and without thread.
It's a great way to easily and quickly "understand" the quilting motif you want to stitch!

And of course, you could quilt through paper! Do you remember my shadow trapunto quilting technique?

More about the many uses of a design printed on paper in the future!
 
free motion quilting tips

PATTERN AVAILABLE


The pattern for all these small wholecloth quilts is available now- click here for details. Many designs, different sizes, lots of tips for your success -  the possibilities are endless - as our love for quilting!!

Happy (free motion) quilting!
And thank you for your support.
Geta

free motion quilting tips

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25 April, 2016

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt

Piece #2 is done (here is piece #1).

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt
The fabric is Fossil Fern. It's quilted with Aurifil.

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt
This block measures 14''.

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt
And it was a lot of fun to quilt it - it's free motion quilted.

Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt
Fast, fun and easy small wholecloth quilt
Two pieces done! More coming soon!

Have a great sewing week,
Geta

16 April, 2016

Free Motion Quilting Fun

I had so much fun quilting this little piece.

Wholecloth quilt pattern
The 14'' design was first drawn on fabric then I free motion quilted.




Wholecloth quilt pattern

Wholecloth quilt pattern

Wholecloth quilt pattern
Other 5-6 designs, in the same series, are waiting to be quilted!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Geta

13 April, 2016

Faux leather pouches

Do you know what fabric is this?
It's a laser cut faux leather, a very fine and stretch material, used in the garment industry.

I knew that it's not strong enough for using in bags, but I thought that it's lovely to see the cut away motifs highlighted by the bright color of the fabric used underneath, so I bought it.

Faux leather pouch pattern

Three years later, I thought it's time to make a pouch or two!

Faux leather pouch pattern


So here are my new pouches (made with my new pattern).  

Faux leather pouch pattern

For sewing faux leather I successfully use the walking foot, but this fabric is fine and stretches a lot, I made a few creases while stitching the 2 seams required by this pattern -stitching done on the right side of the fabric (if you have the pattern, you know what I mean!).

 
Fortunately, the next step of the pattern hides the small imperfections, so that I ended up with almost "perfect" pouches.

Faux leather pouch pattern
I wanted to show you that it's OK if your stitching is not perfect. So I made other two pouches (the same thin and difficult material, only without the cut away motifs); as you can see, the stitching is not perfect, but on the other pouches, it was worse, much worse.

The pattern is really great for "difficult" fabrics!

Faux leather pouch pattern
 Faux leather pouch pattern
 Faux leather pouch pattern

If you are not happy with the way your machine sews faux leather, here are a few tips:

- use the walking foot
- use Jeans needles
- use good thread
- lengthen the stitch

And use an easy pattern, like this pouch pattern. 

Happy sewing,
Geta
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