Tools to free motion quilt

(Just to let you know, my camera is M.I.A.  I think my mom might have grabbed it – you see we have the same camera – so all photos courtesy of my phone…which for a phone aren’t too bad!  and I suppose I could alter them with my mad photoshop skills – but I’ll leave you with the Straight Out of the Camera shots…although I did crop…so I maybe they’re not SOC after all!)

1. A Spanish Dictionary:


I suppose an English Dictionary or a English to Spanish Dictionary or a phone book or thesaurus or other large book would also work!

I guess I shouldn’t assume you are all short like me and need a bit of a boost to sit comfortably at your sewing machine.  Okay – fine!  For all you tall freaks, you can leave this out.

And I suppose that some people might have a chair that is better than a folding chair at their sewing table – a chair that is the right height or that adjusts.  Well  – lucky you!

2.  A Pair of Quilting Gloves


I got mine at a local quilt shop.  I could have ordered them from one of my distributors – but I needed them NOW.  I was surprised at the difference they really do make!  Thanks, Linda for recommending them!

3.  A Free Motion Foot


I opted for the spring loaded kind.  The lady at my sewing machine shop recommended it…probably because it cost more money.  (only joking!  I think her advice is pretty good 😉   )

So there ya go! I am so glad I’m forcing myself to do something outside of my normal sewing comfort zone. It is NOT perfect – far far from it. But I am learning and enjoying the process. Plus I know that my family will enjoy it come Christmas. I hope to do the big reveal on March 21st (it may not be until 11:59pm) because that is National Quilting Day. See you again soon!

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3 Responses to “Tools to free motion quilt”


  1. 1 Marissa March 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Good for you for branching out of your comfort zone. I got a quilting foot about a year ago and I have really loved it. In fact I think I use it just as much as my regular foot.

  2. 2 Abby March 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so close to trying it! Ok, so now I need gloves…and a table to put my sewing machine on…Maybe not so close 🙂 Can’t wait to see it!

  3. 3 mary March 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Ha! I thought you wanted to cuss in Spanish so no one could understand you! hehe Actually, I find free motion quilting one of the only non-cussing oriented sewing tasks. Great quilt! I have those Fons and Porter gloves, too. Mine are yellow. : )


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