My First Free Motion Quilting


The quilting is done on my Cardinal and Red Berries Quilt and this is my first “real” free motion quilting project. I am more a hand quilter but recently a few things incited me to learn this new method of embellishment.

First, let me repeat that this project started when I won a giveaway from Karen at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals. The giveaway was a starting kit to make her Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt. If you saw her quilt, you know that Karen quilted hers beautifully and I wanted to get a similar effect on my background.

Second, I visit Freemotion by the River every week and Connie makes beautiful projects that she free motion quilt. She and the many blogs I visit showed me that free motion quilting makes remarkable finishes and that pushed me to try it even thought it brings me out of my comfort zone. If I machine quilt, it is usually quite simple, done with the regular foot.

So, some weeks ago, I took my free motion quilting foot from its bag. I had once tried it, a few years ago, but did not know then that the grips below the foot must be lowered. You may guess how bad it went when I tried to stitch with it in those conditions.

With the grips down, I have practiced on scraps and decided to make my true first attempt with my Cardinal. I must say I enjoyed it.



There was some awkward moments for sure, like when I went from bottom to top or when the fabric seemed to make a jump to the side all of a sudden. Anyone looking closely would see how imperfect it is. But I do not mind the imperfections and I enjoyed seeing the patterns take form so quickly. I certainly learned a lot while doing this piece and as the saying goes, practice makes perfect!


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12 thoughts on “My First Free Motion Quilting

  1. your cardinal and berries quilt looks amazing. I would never guess that this is your first attempt at free motion! It has such wonderful texture!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. Yay France!! This piece came out wonderfully – you did a fantastic job with your applique and with your free motion quilting!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us and congratulations… {hugs}, Karen

    • This comment from you means a lot to me. I saw that you pinned it in a new board you created just for people’s versions of your creations. I’m looking forward to see more pins in this board. Thank you!

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