Free-Motion Machine Quilting with Molly Hanson

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Free-Motion Machine Quilting with Molly Hanson

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Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Free-motion quilting is easier than you think with expert advice from Molly Hansen and a little practice. According to Sewing With Nancy guest Molly Hanson, all you need is a bit of confidence!

Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy feature. Watching Molly free-motion quilt is the best way to learn her techniques. Watch online, on Public TV, or on DVD.

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Stippling

The most common free-motion quilting technique is stippling. Its versatility, light texture, and ability to blend and not compete with the piecing make it a favorite among quilters. If you’ve been hesitant to learn this technique, fear not! Learn and use Molly’s muscle memory technique to master this first of many free-motion quilting options.

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Loop de Loops and Handwriting

What free-motion design should we stitch first? Where should do we start? These are questions that you might ask. Molly’s answer is, “Start by stitching your name or a favorite word!” The basic loop de loop design—just like cursive—allows you the freedom to incorporate words into free-motion quilting designs.

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy ZiemanFree Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Pebbles and Chains

Pebbles and Chains consist of a space filled with as many touching circles as possible. Pebbles can fit just about anywhere. Even a single row of pebbles, called a chain of pearls, can be beautiful in small spaces.

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

10 Free-Motion Quilting Techniques, Plus 15 Projects

In Molly’s book, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, learn how to:

  • Set up your machine for free-motion quilting; no technique is left out.
  • Begin by learning how to quilt your name, because soon you’ll be signing unique works of art.
  • Master all the fundamentals of free-motion quilting by working on manageable fat-quarter-sized fabric pieces.
  • Confidently stitch 10 different quilting designs, including stippling variations, pebbles, square meander, swirls, and woodgrain.
  • Take your skill to new heights as you quilt 15 practical projects to enhance your daily life, such as a table-top organizer, table runner, tote bag, weekender bag, and laptop sleeve.

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners by Molly Hanson as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Watch Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner a copy of the new book, 101 Renegade Sewing & Quilting Tipsfrom Nancy’s Notions is K S Harlin.

Her comment is, “I love these tips. One I can suggest is to use a Command metal hook and adhere it to your sewing machine. Then hang a small pair of scissors on it for handy use to clip threads, etc.”

Read all the reader submitted tips in the comment section of this 101 Renegade Sewing & Quilting Tips blog post.

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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17 Comments

  • Susie Furgason
    April 17, 2018

    I just love her feather stitching. It gives me so many ideas.

  • Ennis A
    April 17, 2018

    I so want to learn how to do this!!!!!

  • Margaret C.
    April 17, 2018

    Too many years this has been on my bucket list. Gotta spend the time now that I have a new sewing machine.

  • Donna Fecteau
    April 17, 2018

    I need to over come my fear of trying this!

  • Martha Morgan
    April 17, 2018

    I need to quit creating and start practicing~

  • Sandra N
    April 17, 2018

    I want to learn how to do this. This is a great resource!

  • laura
    April 17, 2018

    thank you, diving in now!

  • Dixie
    April 17, 2018

    I can’t wait to try this.

  • Joanie Wallrich
    April 17, 2018

    Practice and even more practice will help one to obtain decent quilting. I like the idea of writing it on paper first so your brain has something to refer to when you begin. Good solid information in the series.

  • Judy M
    April 17, 2018

    A newbie at FMQ, love watching others make it look so easy, I am sewing a tshirt quilt and at the fmq part, they present their own issue, with screen printing and all,,so I am watching all the examples I can, thanks for the help!

  • Peggy S
    April 17, 2018

    I have a quilt ready to be quilted and Molly makes it look so easy, but she had to learn at some point. Now I am ready to give it a whirl.

  • lworman
    April 17, 2018

    I have had a mind block with this, but see others manage so effortlessly. Time to take on the confidence building!

  • Linda
    April 18, 2018

    I love the look of free motion quilting and splurged on a Babylock Coronet. I’ve been doing small wall quilts and now I think I’m ready to tackle something larger! Thank you for the confidence and inspiration!

  • Kathy S.
    April 18, 2018

    I enjoyed the tutorial and found it very helpful. I have realized that the only thing stopping me from trying FMQ is me. So I am stepping out.

  • Mary
    April 18, 2018

    I like the idea of practicing on paper. i have to dive in and practice!

  • Cecilia
    April 18, 2018

    I have always wanted to learn to do machine quilting. Looks so easy , but am sure you need to practice practice and practice. I would love to win this book. Thanks for continuing Nancy’s inspiration.

  • Louise
    April 18, 2018

    I have only been quilting about 18months but one of my goals is to be able to free motion my quilts.

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