Once you learn how to drop your machine’s feed dogs and take control, there are several ways to use the free motion technique.
FREE MOTION QUILTING
Of course, you can use free motion quilting to create fabulous designs and texture. This is the technique we are most familiar with here at The Inbox Jaunt--stitching through a quilt sandwich to create a quilt.
FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY
Another free motion technique is free motion embroidery. Lower the feed dogs and stitch on a single layer of fabric (usually using a stabilizer). I used this technique to make a few kitchen towels recently–read more HERE.
NOTE- Free motion embroidery is different from machine-guided embroidery done on computerized sewing machines.
FREE MOTION, RAW EDGE APPLIQUE
Still another way to use free motion–is to do appliqué. I used this technique to create a project for OLFA (FREE instructions from OLFA HERE).
In this method, the appliqué is fused to the base fabric and then layered into a quilt sandwich. The free motion stitching simultaneously secures the appliqué, quilts the layers together and adds decorative elements.
I guess you could call it Free Motion AppliQuiltOidery!
FREE MOTION CHALLENGE
As you learn new motifs and enjoy the freedom of machine quilting without the feed dogs, challenge yourself to find new ways to incorporate free motion into your projects!
Why not embellish an appliqué quilt with The Basic Leaf?
What about YOU?
Have you used your free motion freedom beyond the quilt sandwich?
Have you ever tried free motion appliqué?
Do YOU have a favorite motif?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your Mulit-tasking quilt friend,
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