Ever since I started dabbling in quilting, free motion quilting has been on my list of things to learn.
Over the holidays, I ordered a generic quilting/darning foot to fit my machine. I figured I should start with a small project, and thought a cute and girly set of hand towels for my daughter’s bathroom would be perfect. (I also used this technique on her tooth fairy pillow as well.)
I grabbed a set of 4 towels on my last trip to Wal-mart and while I was there, found this cute little fat quarter set of coordinating pink and brown fabrics.
Adding the fabric to the towels was super easy:
Cut a piece of fabric about an inch taller and wider than your towel.
Fold the edges of the 2 long sides and one short side over 1/4 inch and iron them flat.
Pin the fabric in place, lining up the one ironed short side with the side of the towel and fold the other side in/under to line up with the other side of the towel.
Then, sew along the edge of the fabric about 1/8 inch form the edge, all the way around the towel.
I am not very artistic, so my loops and swirls are pretty sad looking, but when you use a thread that blends better you can’t even tell…
I love the free motion quilting for small projects like this, but I’m not 100% sure I would do it on a full or queen size quilt. It seems like it might take longer or be more difficult than straight line quilting.
What do you think? Have you free motion quilted a large quilt on a regular sewing machine? I would love to hear how it went for you or just get more advice…
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