Thursday, July 25, 2013

Flying Geese Feather Quilting





If you've been intimidated by free-motion quilting, as I have been, it helps to watch people do it. 

I'm no expert, but here's a 3-minute video of me quilting on my Flying Plaids quilt.
You can't see the stitching all that well, but you get a feel for the speed and motion--very meditative.

I hope it helps you know you can do it.  If I can fmq, anybody can!



21 comments:

thea said...

Wow! You make it look easy.

Marit said...

Very nice!!! And it looks doable,too. Thank you for sharing with us ; ))

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

I'm very impressed, thank you for sharing and the fact you did this one a normal sewing machine is even more encouraging for me. Love from the warm Normandy coast

JaneB said...

Thank you so much for showing this!!! I could watch for hours, or as long as you could keep going. I love the quilt you are working on. I need to make a quilt sand which and get stitching.

Barb said...

thanks for the video!
I find FG tricky to quilt, feathers is a good solution.
Have you tried Sharon Schambers weighted hoop? I love it for FMQ. What kind of gloves are you using?

Kim said...

Now I just have to do it!

Thanks for cheering us on :0)

Happy Sewing

Janet said...

I loved your video. I was inimidated for years until I committed to practising regularly and now I enjoy it.

Jodi said...

Loved watching that. I have two quilts sandwiched and waiting. I'm going to try it after I finish a quilt I'm doing boring straight lines on - wish me luck!

Brenda said...

that was useful. I struggle to find the best way to quilt some of my tops, especially when they are of the more liberated variety.

Tonya Alexander said...

you are so right, it really helps to just SEE it demo'd. I can read about it til I'm blue in the face but the video is great. Thanks for sharing!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Two immediate observations - Having a single block repeated again and again reinforces the stitching pattern and eventually removes the stress-level of having to "figure it out" again and again; and (2) slow and deliberate instead of trying to be speedy. THANKS . . . I need to create a small piece and try this!

Mary Keasler said...

Good job. Next step, teach me how to stay focused for 3 minutes. LOL. That is my main issue. You are doing some fantastic quilting. I am so impressed

Phyllis said...

Thanks for showing, I could watch this for hours... just watching this is meditative... seriously, I am always interested in seeing how people do this, how they go from one area to the next and what they will quilt in that area. Enjoy your quilting!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

A video is worth more than a thousand words! Thanks for sharing. Slow, smooth, steady - beautifully demonstrated. I couldn't tell whether you have the Bernina stitch regulator I hear about (I do not). Any thoughts on that?

Helen said...

That video was wonderful...just my speed. I will try it one more time.

Carol said...

Great to see this demo. Looks like you have a Bernina 440 which I have. Are you using the BSR? You seem so at ease with your feathers! I'm scared to try but just need to bite the billet......

bloominworkshop said...

Your quilting looks great! Did you spray baste your quilt? Unpinning the pins always disrupts my rhythm.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Great video!! It's interesting to see the slow speed you're using. I was told by the person I bought my machine from to put the pedal down and make your hands keep up. I might try going a bit slower next time. Thanks for taking the time to make a video.

Mary said...

You make it look very easy! It looks like you have a speed regulator on your machine....do you set that at a comfortable pace?

Aliceart said...

Thank you. It always helps to see what others so. My main problem in FMQ (which I REALLY want to do) is that I'm so nervous that my motions are jerky. What a mess I end up with! Then I'm so discouraged that I quit for a long time again. Obviously, that is no way to get better, but I'm tired of ruining my nice work. I've taken numerous classes, and practice enough to get calm and smooth is what's missing.

Cathy said...

Fabulous Tute Nifty! xo