Machine Quilting Techniques and Tips

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Heather Thomas talks about her love for machine quilting, and she stresses the importance of practicing constantly to get the hang of the difficult process. When she was initially learning, she practiced by creating 10×10” stitch books, which both helped her get used to machine quilting and provided her with endless possibilities to add to a quilt.

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5 Responses to “Machine Quilting Techniques and Tips”
  1. Susan Bruss

    Thank you. I have been a dressmaker all of my life, even supported my family making bridal/formal wear for over 35 years before entering the work world late in life. But I am new to quilting (not as new as I thought as I just repaired a long forgotten quilt I made for my 34 year old daughter when she was in middle school. I am amazed at what I’ve learned since then.) Since I retired, I have so many quilts floating around in my head that I want to put to fabric. This tutorial gave me the courage and direction to experiment. It is, after all, the process that counts. I am going to practice 20 minutes a day for the next 21 days. By the time my next project is ready for quilting, I should be a pro! Can’t wait to get started!

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    • Editor

      Thanks for sharing your story, Susan! We hope your journey back into the world of quilting is a successful one – and good luck with your 21 days! What a great idea!

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  2. ADK Kate

    It is a proven fact in education that one needs regular daily repetition in order to train your brain to the new skill and have it become “comfortable” and “natural.” So your advice to practice for 21 days for 20 minutes makes a tremendous amount of sense to me. I agree that you need to go to work on something you have made and not just practice on paper or scraps. Thank you for the tips!

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  3. AndyG

    It’s a good job I have two sewing machines! I’ll be able to keep one on quilt setting to practice my freehand quilting (I love the mixed “pebbles”, feathers and straight lines – perfect for my Anne Hathaway project!) and I will make a book/s as a resource for future quilting projects. I can’t wait to get on with it!

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