Let me start with a confession: I’m afraid of free motion quilting and I feel lost without my walking foot!
The sheer thought of having to guide the fabric sandwich all.by.myself ruins the experience and result of free motion quilting for me. The few times I dipped my toes into it, I quickly found myself back with an installed walking foot and quilting straight lines again.
I decided to embrace it and have fun with straight line quilting!
There can only be so many ways to quilt straight lines you might think…
Well, I compiled a few different patterns from the top of my head and honestly, there are so many more. Think a bit outside the box and join me on the straight line couch.
As a general rule, always start quilting in the centre. But if you want to fill a patchwork block with a spiral (as nr. 4 shows) you usually break the rule because you trace the shape from its outline and sew your spiral to the centre. Make sure to smooth out the sandwich a lot with your hands so you don’t end up with a bulk of fabric. A little tricky, but I love the look of it.
What’s your prefered way of quilting? Have you mastered free motion? Or are you too sticking to straight lines? Or do you even send them off to have a long-armer work their magic on it?