Micro Stippling Tips and Video

How do I make my stippling so small? Find out some tips and watch the video!

More Circle Designs

As I was creating the quilting designs for my current quilt project, I discovered some new circle designs to share with you.

Clutch Purse with Kimono Silk Thread

Kimono Silk is a 100-weight Japanese filament silk thread. I used it to add decorative quilting to a small clutch purse.

Circle Patterns

A myriad of shapes are possible simply by repeating or overlapping circles. These appealing circle patterns make great machine quilting motifs. Here are just a few ideas.

Bobbin Work with Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle is a sparkly 8-weight polyester thread made by Superior Threads. Due to its thickness, it isn’t intended to be used in the sewing machine needle but to be used for couching or bobbin work.

Thread Tension

When it comes to machine quilting, the stitches are visible on the front and the back. Good thread tension is critical.

Machine Quilting Practice #10: Zendoodles

Our final machine quilting practice session of the summer is a free-hand free-for-all: zendoodles!

Machine Quilting Practice #9: Free Hand Feathers

Summer is almost over and so are our machine quilting practice sessions – only two more weeks to go! We are moving on to a new technique: free hand feathers.

Machine Quilting Practice #8: Teardrops

For this practice session, we will try a design formed by echoing loops – one that I call “teardrops”.

Machine Quilting Practice #7: Loop-de-loop

We turn our attention this week to the fun and playful loop-de-loop background fill.

Machine Quilting Practice #6: Echo Quilting

Echo quilting is another random free-motion background fill and the technique we will practice in session #6.

Machine Quilting Practice #5: Stippling

We have reached the midpoint of our summer machine quilting practice sessions! We now turn our attention to random free-motion background fills, beginning this week with stippling.

Machine Quilting Practice #4: Star Motif

For our fourth machine quilting practice session, we will work on a star motif. This motif will be used in future sessions to practice background fills, so you will need to quilt it four times.

Machine Quilting Practice #3: Orange Peel

We are three weeks into our summer machine quilting practice sessions. This session, we will build on the half-circle shape from last week and practice the orange peel design.

Machine Quilting Practice #2: Clamshells

Summer machine quilting practice sessions started last week with a straight line grid. This week, we move on to free motion quilting beginning with the classic clamshell design.

Machine Quilting Practice #1: Straight Lines

If you are serious about improving your machine quilting skills, you must practice. We begin our summer practice sessions with a straight line grid.

Instructions for Preparing a Machine Quilting Sampler

You will need a 20″ square of fabric for the quilt top and a 22″-24″ square of batting and backing fabric. Each “block” in the sampler is 6″ x 6″.

Beginning and Ending Machine Quilted Stitches

Each line of machine quilted stitching must be secured at the beginning and the end. But how?

Machine Quilting Sequence

Now that you’re ready to begin machine quilting, where do you start? A strategic approach can save you time and help you achieve great results.

Machine Quilting Set Up

In order to successfully machine quilt any size quilt on a home sewing machine, we don’t want the quilt to drag while we are stitching. Find out how to set up a workspace for machine quilting.

Practice Quilt Sandwich

Making a practice quilt sandwich is, well, a good practice. The safety of the practice sandwich makes it possible to relax and test many things before you ever touch the actual quilt.

Machine Quilting Needles and Thread

Before we begin machine quilting, we must choose needles and thread. The humble sewing machine needle plays a significant role in the success of our machine quilting; thread is an important design decision that has a huge impact on the look and feel of the completed quilt.

Basting for Machine Quilting

There are a variety of basting methods to choose from. When it comes to machine quilting, my preference is pin basting.

Quilt Backing

Find out how to choose backing fabric strategically to complement your machine quilting and take a peek at the back of some of my quilts!

Batting for Machine Quilting

Once we are ready to layer our quilt top with batting and backing fabric, what will we use? This week, we will consider our choices for quilt batting.

Marking Without Leaving a Mark

Here are some ways not to mark quilting designs on your quilt top.

Marking Quilting Designs

Once we have decided on our machine quilting design, we may need to mark it on the quilt top. Here are some tools to help with this task.

Auditioning Quilting Designs

We can audition quilt layouts in software like EQ7. We can audition fabrics on a design wall. But how can we audition quilting designs? Here are a few ideas.

Machine Quilting Design Example

I have just completed a quilt top and have been going through the exact machine quilting design process we have been talking about for the past ten weeks. Let’s use the quilt as an example and consider our options for its machine quilting design.

Machine Quilting the Fabric Print

After nine posts on machine quilting design, there is still more! Yet another approach is to actually machine quilt the print in the fabric.