MONDAY ! REVIEW Free Motion Quilting Tutorials for Beginners

As I’ve been reviewing resources for quilting, I’ve become more and more intrigued by art quilts and other uses of free motion quilting. I went out and got a free motion foot for my Husqvarna and like most everything, decided I could learn without reading a single instruction. Can you tell I’m of the ‘trial and error’ method of learning? Needless to say, it went badly. LOL

Vanessa, The Crafty Gemini in the 6th Free Motion Tutorial

Vanessa, The Crafty Gemini in the 6th Free Motion Tutorial

So, I decided I needed to learn more about the technique. In my search for material, I came across a six-part online tutorial on Free Motion Quilting given by Vanessa of The Crafty Gemini.  Vanessa is delightful and her instructions are clear and very easy to follow. The filming is clear and well produced and she shows lots of close-ups of the work.

Video 1, gives information on settings for free motion quilting and is very specific. You can start the viewing here. I would definitely recommend watching these six videos in order.

Video 2, entitled, “Beginner Exercises” starts by showing you how to use a fabric/quilt ‘sandwich’ from two fat quarters and a layer of batting for your practice.  Vanessa also demonstrates how to start and stop your line of stitching to make the cleanest possible finish on your project. You can view this video here.

Video 3, “Straight Stitch Exercises” demonstrates exactly that. View here.

Video 4, “Practice Designs for Straight Lines” expands on what you learned in Video 3. See Video 4 here.

Video 5, “Stippling and Meandering Stitches” obviously teaches you about using stippling. Vanessa shows three different sizes of stippling and gives instructions on how to adjust your machine speed to accommodate the different sizes of shapes. See it here.

Video 6, “Practicing Curvey Stitches” builds on the learning in Video 5. Vanessa shows alternate ways to move fabric through your machine and offers tips about how to get the effect you want. You can view it here.

Who would enjoy these tutorials?
They are not for the advanced free motion quilter. They are definitely for beginners and for novices who want to improve their technique.

Upsides:
Vanessa is delightful, clear and the videos are professionally done without becoming too slick.

Downsides:
The only one I can think of is that I enjoyed them so much that when I’d viewed all six, I wished there were more.

Where to find them:
I’ve given the direct links to them above. You can also go to Vanessa’s website at http://craftygemini.com/ to learn more about her other tutorials and paid options. If you love crafts, you’ll find something there to enjoy.

Happy Quilting!

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