Monday, December 16, 2013

Free Motion

Free motion quilting on my DSM has always been a bit of a challenge for me.  I keep practicing and working on trying new pathways.  But the other day I came across a video that gave me a little more help.  You can find it on Amy's Free Motion Quilting blog.

I discovered that I may be going too fast when I am quilting.  As I watched Amy's video I could see how she has much more control then I have, and it is mostly because she is going at a slower speed.

Here is what I've done since watching the video.

I know it's a little hard to see the stitching on this fabric, but I did feel a lot more control by slowing down.  I hope Amy's video will help you too!

Happy Stitching.


Dora, the Quilter said...

That's interesting. I quilt on vintage treadles--that naturally go more slowly than 1600 stitches per minute; maybe that's part of why it's easier for me--although I learned to sew on tailed machines and use one when I quilt at our church, since a treadle is a bit hard to transport.

Unknown said...

Years ago I was taking a quilt class, and the teacher asked a student why she sewed fast. The student said, it's just how I sew.

The teacher said, when you want to be a good quilter, you will slow down.

At the time I thought that was harsh, but I have learned she is right

Unknown said...

I love Amy! Good luck with your quilting. It is possible to quilt fast, but generally that happens with an overall edge to edge design like stippling. Going slow is no fun;) I have to make myself slow down!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Oh, thanks for the tip!!

Lane said...

I'm also a quilter at a slower speed. It's the only way I can track quilting over a previous line of quilting. When I taught last year, the classes always thought I was going slow for them, and I had to explain that no, this is my general speed. As I get more and more familiar with my pattern repeat, I'll get a little faster, but I don't quilt nearly as fast as many professional teachers I've seen. Glad you found the video that helped. Lane

Amy @ Amy's FMQ Adventures said...

Glad to help! And thanks for mentioning me to your readers!