Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Video Tutorial: Free-Motion Quilting

Happy New Year!!

I can hardly believe that it's already 2013! (yep, I just typed 2012 first, and had to delete it. I have a feeling I'll be doing that on checks for the next month or two.)

Ringing in the new year with a new free-motion quilting tutorial sounds pretty good to me. What do you think? Alyssa, from Pile O' Fabric asked me to be a part of her Technique Tutorial Tuesday, and of course I said yes. I met Alyssa at the first Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild meeting that I attended. She's very talented, loves learning new techniques and sharing them with her readers. I'm pretty darn happy to know her, and to be a part of her blog.

Giveaway! Yep, there's a pretty great giveaway over at Pile O' Fabric for a Quilt Halo, Supreme Slider, Bobbin Genies and a copy of my mom's Filling the Spaces FMQ DVD. Make sure you sign up to have a chance at winning these fabulous tools!

This is my first video tutorial. I really hope you enjoy watching, and that you find something useful for your own quilting. If you have any questions, please shoot me an email, or leave a comment below.

Well, let's get to the quilting!

In this video, I cover some basics that I believe are essential to making free motion quilting easier and more successful, which makes for happier quilters. We all want to be happy with our quilting and basic set-up. Using good tools like the Quilt Halo and Supreme Slider can make a big, no HUGE, difference in how the quilting process goes. I also demonstrate a little bit of actual quilting (that's the fun part!), and show how I quilt feathers. Enjoy!


During the video, you may have noticed that I thread basted my quilt. I do thread baste any quilt that I quilt, no matter it's size, using my mom's basting technique. I find that I have more control, less shifting, and that I can start quilting in any area of my quilt that I'd like because the quilt is so secure. My mom's technique also gets quilters off the floor to baste, more comfortably, while sitting at a table. Doesn't your back feel better already? You can watch the basting technique {here}.

I'll make more videos, for sure. I have some more quilting to do on the Peeking Sunflower quilt, and I'd love to share it with you.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Cristy

40 comments:

  1. Ball point needles! Who knew. Thanks Cristy. I think I will actually have some finished quilts this year.

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  2. Wonderful video Cristy! I definitely need two halos!

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  3. Wow You make it look so easy. I am glad you talked about the needles and the thread. I was wondering if you could use machine embroidery thread since I have a whole cabinet of beautiful colors and nice thread that i use with my embroidery machine. You didnt say anything about bobbin thread do you use the same in your bobbin

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    1. Hi Margaret! Yes, I generally use the same thread in the bobbin. If I change anything, it's just the color. The same weight of thread should be used in both the top and bottom.

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  4. Thanks for the great video....I was thinking the halo was just another embroidery hoop, but I was wrong. What is the benefit of using two halos instead of one?

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    1. Hi Kimberly! The halos are weighted, which is what helps give control, and relieve stress on your joints. With the added weight of two, I gain more control and support, especially for larger quilts and stippling. Two halos makes it easier!

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  5. Hadn't thought about the ball point needles for not splitting previously stitched areas. Why do you use TWO halos?

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial. I have only tried to free motion quilt one time and I see what I need to make it easier. Thanks. Will watch for the tutorial you mentioned about burying the threads.

    Will the foot work with a Pfaff 1222 E?

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    1. Hi! The foot just might work for your machine. I'm going to consult my machine expert (aka Mom), just to be sure.

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  7. I am also really excited to learn the tip about using machine embroidery needles. It actually makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  8. Great Tutorial. I really can't wait to start using the ball point needles. Very excited to try FMQ have always been a little afraid of doing it. Thank you

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  9. Great video. I may actually get up the nerve to learn to free motion quilt in 2013. Thank you.

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  10. Muito legal,eu amo esse trabalho,vou tentar.

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  11. Ball point needles and a Halo....I have to get those ! Who knew they'd make FMQ so much easier !

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  12. Great video......thanks! I definitely want to get a halo

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  13. That was a great tutorial - I learned a lot!

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  14. Thank you for this great tutorial. Looks like a great tool!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  15. Wow. Loved your Mom's tutorial for basting. So much that I will NEVER use pins again. Even better, I have more ball point needles than I ever thought I could use, but now I know differently . Thanks for being so generous with your tips and techniques.

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  16. LOVE the tutorial Cristy. Thank you for the awesome information. Like I posted at Alyssa's blog, I've seen the Quilt Halo's before on a number of other blogs, but none of them ever mentioned how they are steel rings and weighted or the fact they are tacky. I'm SO glad I watched this video because I had just figured they were rings of some type of plastic but, knowing that's not true, I definitely think they would be great to have.

    Also, in watching all the videos I have about FMQ I've never seen anyone talk about using a machine embroidery needle. This did bring one question to mind however because you did not mention which size machine embroidery needle. Because I have been doing machine embroidery since late 2003 when I got my first nice machine and started sewing again (well the plan was to get back to sewing but machine embroidery took ahold of me LOL). Because of that and the fact that for as much as two of those years, the majority of my machine embroidery was Free Standing Lace which takes a smaller needle I have mutliple sizes of those needles. Is there one you would recommend as to the size?

    Thanks again for the great video.

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    1. Hi Vicki! The needle size depends on the weight of your thread. It will tend to be the same rules as with embroidery. Generally, i use 75/11s for 50 or 60 wt thread. In the video, I used 75/11s. Schmetz are my favorites. I do machine embroidery too! I'll make sure to show off some of my stuff on the blog later. Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Thank you Cristy for the answer. That will help.

      I have a request also and would love it if you would consider it. I can't find anyway to subscribe to your blog to follow you anywhere. It would be very helpful if there was a way to do that. I personally prefer the ability to follow with email notification if you do add the RSS feeds etc. Your Facebook page doesn't link to your blog either which makes it hard to find your blog there also.

      Thanks again for the great video

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    3. Hi! I added a link to follow me, on the right sidebar. I hope that helps! Thank you.

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  17. Hi Cristy,

    I am really, really new to quilting as far as actually doing it. I have spent probably the last two years reading, watching videos and absorbing as much information I can about quilting. I like the way you explain each step as you go. I probably have watched every video your Mother has made several times and I know I will be watching yours more than once too. I'm excited to start the BOM with Alyssa and this video gives me a headstart. Thank You, June

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  18. I want Halos and that Slider! Great tutorial Cristy! I always love hearing your quilty knowledge!

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  19. I learned sooo much Cristy! I love the machine embroidery needle idea and I really need to knot off my threads and bury them more...quite inspiring. Thank you

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  20. Wow, I learned alot. Ball point neddles, sliders, boy I have been doing this the hard way. Thank you again

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  21. Thank you for the tips and the video. This will really help me in my FMQ.

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  22. I cannot believe this was your first video tutorial, you did a fantastic job! Do you always use the magic bobbin things too?

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  23. Love the tutorial, I learned a lot! Was wondering if the foot would work on a Viking Platinum 755? Thanks!

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  24. Tutorial is great you make it look so easy! Got to get the tools! Thank you!

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  25. Loved this tutorial! Thanks for the tips Cristy!

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  26. Wow. This is really great....who would have thunk about using machine embroidery needles for quilting. Love, love the thought of giving my shoulders a rest with the Quilt Halo.
    I was super surprised to learn Sharon is your mom! Another Wow because I watched her videos on using glue for her bindings...and a dry iron. Love everything I've learned from her and now you! Thank you!

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  27. I've wondered about the Quilt Halo and thank you for demonstrating it's usefulness. Thanks for the FMQ information. Learning to FMQ is at the top of my techniques to learn list.

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  28. That's a cool little tool. I've never quilted FMQ on my machine yet, but I bet that would make it more manageable.

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  29. Thank you for the sharing your techniques and tools for FMQ. I have admired the supreme slider and now would love to try the Halo also! I will begin to use the embroidery needles for FMQ... and I love the results of using the YLI thread!

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  30. Great video and love the basting technique too. Can you give a close up or model number for the foot? I have done a few FMQ but hate hate hate the bouncing (hammering) of the foot that I have. Got a new machine for Christmas, a Juki, and will see if I have this foot.

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  31. Loved your video!!! I will definitely be purchasing some halos, it looks like you have such control over the quilt with them. I suffer from fibromyalgia and I hope it helps relieve the pressure in my neck and shoulders I usually get.

    I also watched your moms thread basting video I must try this....I can not tell you how many times I have stuck myself or get so caught up in FMQ that before I know it I am right on top of the safety pin. Thank you for your time and great advice!!!

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  32. Thank you so much for the tutorial, I am speechless, it is gorgeous. I so wish I could do that.

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