Beginner Free Motion Quilting (Machine Quilting)

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Hillary Sperry (Jenny Doan’s daughter) demonstrates how to free motion quilt.

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  • sewandsew a

    Hillary you make it look so easy! You are as pretty as your Mom! Your instructions are clear and easy to understand.  
    I want to try to make a changing pad for my granddaughter and stipple it myself. Thanks for this great video and the confidence that “I can do it” now!  
    Keep the videos coming, I love ‘em!! Have learned SO MUCH from you gals! 

    • Jean Smith

      I agree, the videos have the “I can do that” feel to them. I am learning to patch simply by following your tutorials.
      By August I want to be ready to make a cot quilt, by then we will know if it is a boy or girl!
      Thank you for all of your help.

      • Sarah

        That is wonderful to hear!  Congrats on the new baby!!  :)

  • Kittyga54

    you can tape down your backing fabric with masking tape and pull a little to get it smooth. Then lay batting on top. fold batting back to reveal half of the backing, spray and lay the batting down and smooth it out and repeat with other half. lay your quilt top over the batting and repeat same procedure used earlier. be sure to have 1-2 inches extra around all sides of your quilt top. 

  • Marva

    Which basting spray are you using.

    • Sarah

      It was one from June Taylor.  We were able to find it at Walmart.  :)  hope that helps!

  • Giheser

    I’m so thankful for this tutorial!!!  Especially all the specific details. Except you make it look so easy and I’m still struggling a bit!  My tension on the bottom just isn’t right, it’s too loose and the stitches fall right out: my machine won’t set higher than +3.  Is there a special thread I should be using or is it possible that my machine just isn’t good enough to do this consistently? It’s just a cheap Singer 7258? For a few minutes with a different fabric (flannel), it worked just fine, but it won’t quilt my cotton sandwich to save my life!  Also, if one were in the middle of quilting when the tension goes bad, how do you recover?  Do you have to unstitch the entire project and start over or can you just unstitch back to the point where it went wrong and start again from there?  I’m confused about the starting/stopping if I can’t get through the whole thing in one try. Will it come undone if you didn’t get a chance to finish with the locking stitch?  Thanks so much!!!!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Mar 20 @ 5:51pm (UTC):

      There is always hope even if that lies in a new direction :) It sounds like your machines tension does not go high enough to be the only adjustment. Before we throw the towel in for your machine check your owners manual and figure out how to adjust the lower tension. Sometimes that’s done on the bobbin and sometimes there’s a screw next to the lower gears, or any variety of methods. Your manual should be able to tell you. The next step is just to play with it and see what works. Start testing different tensions and see what works. Remember that loops showing on the top is lower tension issues and loops on the bottom is upper tension issues. If your loops are on the bottom and your upper tension is fully tightened try loosening the bottom tension. Maybe evening out the tension will be enough. Your stitch might not be as tight in general but as long as it’s not so loose it’s comes  out you will be OK…     when you are in the middle and
      the tension goes bad you can just pick out the bad part and start right back up.  When you start up you can just stitch back and forth
      1 or 2 stitches and that will lock your thread.  I hope this helps! Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Jeanne13az

    Enjoyed the instruction, but the hair in the eyes was too distracting…

  • Bren

    Love your tutorials!  Thank you for expanding to include machine quilting.  The process for starting in the middle would include first bringing the lower thread to the top with one single deployment of the needle into the fabric and back up again, then lifting the lower thread to the top, avoiding tangles on the bottom during the quilting.  Will you be showing more quilting tutorials including these additional tips?  I have watched quilters bast their quilts with the spray by taping the fabric to a wall with a newspaper or drop cloth shield to protect the over spray area.  Ventilation is important but I tried the system out on my own and it worked wonderfully!  

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Mar 23 @ 2:47am (UTC):

      Hi Bren, Thanks for the great ideas.  We continue to film tutorials…sadly we can’t add parts to the tutorials that are already made. So just comment on the tutorials and then we can benefit each other!  Thanks for helping!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Trasif

    You make it look so easy! I am going to get myself some of that spray. Then I will have to start practicing!!! Thank you for a great tutorial!!!

    • Sarah

      Thank you.  Best of luck to you!!  

  • Faye Parkman

    Jenny,  are just too cute and so much fun to watch.  I really enjoy your tutorials.  You are so enthusiastic and give so much good information.  Are your video tutorials in written form anywhere?  I try to write things down as you go through them, but I’m sure I miss a few important measurements or tips.

    Thanks for being such a good entertainer!

    • Sarah

      We are working on having them all available in written form!  It just takes time…..ahh, sure wish I had more!!  hahahah!!  I’ll let you know when they are available!! Have a great week!

  • Freesoul_angel

    hello am from egypt & i just love the way u teach i wish u all the luck & am sure i’ll learn alot from these tutorials thx alot

    • Sarah

      Thank you, so much! 

  • Lisablundell

    Another really good tutorial.  I appreciate learning from you so much!  Thank you for taking the time to make these.  You don’t know how much it helps to watch someone do this before attempting it yourself.  Thank you again.

    • Sarah

      You are so welcome!!!  Teaching is what we love!!

  • Miss Blue

    really interesting. I am 12 years old and I LOVE the missouri star quilt company!

    • Sarah

      Awesome!!  Glad you are here!!

  • Denise Bender

    this was wonderful ~ I think I will try to machine quilt

    • Sarah

      I hope you do!!  You will love it!

  • Anna

    you guys have inspired me to become closer to my mom who passed away 6 months ago. She was 83 and she loved to quilt.  I never was very much into crafts or could sew a straight line at that.  As she came to her final stages of life this was the one way I could connect with her.  I still do as I’m sitting at my sewing machine sewing my bow ties together.  Getting  just as frustrated as she did when points didn’t match up. I must say my points are getting better and I’ve brain stormed some great gift ideas from your tutorials.  Thanks so much for making this so easy to understand. Mom would of loved your site and so do I

    • Sarah

      What a sweet way to honor your Mom!  I can just imagine her being proud of you as you learn and grow in quilting.  Thank you for sharing your story about you and her, with us.  

  • Felicia

    Hillary did a FABULOUS job on this machine quilting video.  I tried it for the first time, and just made my very first baby quilt!  I’ve been told that it is beautiful, and I must say that I agree with them.  Thank you for jump starting my new love for machine quilting, it is so much fun.  Thank you!

    • Sarah

      I agree with them too!!  :)  So glad you sent us the pictures!!!  I LOVE to hear about your experience!!  Keep it up, it can only get better and better!! :)

  • terry263

    Hi Jenny!  I think you are all fabulous.  I have been watching your tutorials over and over again for two years.  I have all the equipment and even some material, although I would love to buy your every recommendation of precuts.  Do you ship to England?  My husband says I feel akin to you because we have thirteen children as well!  I hope soon to get up the courage to cut and sew something.  Thanks so much for all of your wonderful ideas and tips! I think you are adorable.

    • Sarah

      How wonderful to hear about your family!  Big families are so rare and so much fun!  :)  Don’t be scared!  Cut that fabric and get started!  There isn’t much you can’t fix!  Remember to have fun!  It can be scary at first, but you’ll never get comfortable unless you just go for it!!  I know you can do it!!  :)  

  • Janetarrant38

    Great tutorial but i found the fringe very distracting – how can she see what she’s doing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pattimeyers2 Patti Meyers

    The beginner quilting demo was the best I’ve seen.  I have one comment and question to ask.  I want to learn machine stippling.  I prefer a a less dense quilting design.  When I am practicing stippling I want to make stitching slightly less close to other stitching.  I may change my mind after I become more proficient.  Is it OK to quilt my quilts however I want?  I like a more simple pattern with less colors, and a uniform block placement. Busyness bothers me. 

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Apr 26 @ 4:29am (UTC):

      Hi Patti, You can do what ever you want…remember there is NO quilt police.  My only advice is that the biggest space on your machine quilting should be about a hands width apart….even with that said, it is your call!  Have Fun
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Lois Holt

    I enjoy the tutorials very much, except the one on machine quilting which I couldn`t understand because of so much static and eoching. This is the only one that I`ve had trouble with.

    • Sarah

      Sorry you had trouble with that video. We are always improving the quality of things.

  • Mmcgeehan

    i just recently started using the basting spray and just love it, will never go back to pins.  also, i always wear the gloves as it seams to give me better control.  I too only create lap size quilts as i really enjoy the quilting process.  I watch your videos all the time and have always been so pleased with purchasing your fabrics, particularly pre-cut.  thank you for everything you do. 

    • Sarah

      Thank you!

  • Nancy

    I am mesmerized by all your tutorials…I watch them several times over.  It is generous of you to give these FREE lessons.  I do have a question about the spray basting used in this tutorial.  Obviously, it works well to machine quilt through.   Does it work as well if hand quilting?   My mother is 89 and still quilting…she is planning to make a baby quilt for her second great grandchild.  She has physical problems now when it comes to basting a quilt.
    I want to recommend she try the basting spray, but is it OK for HAND QUILTING????  Sticky at all?
    THANKS  SO  MUCH.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 2 @ 11:54am (UTC):

      Thank you for you kind words!  I work hard to mesmerize….On the spray basting for hand quilting, I have never done it my self however I know a lot of people have.  They say you don’t need much spray and that is works great.  If you decide to be brave and try it, let me know how it goes!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Starlite_44

    Was wondering why she did not bring her bobbin thread to the top then start quilting?

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 2 @ 11:56am (UTC):

      She did it just wasn’t on camera…sorry
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Tseykora

    I want to thank you for this tutorial – you gave me the courage to attempt free motion quilting on my home machine and I am two quilts  into the process.  They turned out great and I get to say I made the whole thing! :)

    • Sarah

      yay!  That is awesome!!  I am so glad you have found success!!  It feels so good, right!?!?!?  

  • Bluebonnets1952

    Not only am I learning, and loving it, the entertainment of your marathon quilting is wonderful!!! Mo Star Quilting is going to be my favorite bookmark!!  Thank you for all your tutorials!!! I am a beginner, but I love to sew!! now that the kidas and grandkids are grown I have lots of time (after work) to practice!!   Thanks again!! Sheila

    • Sarah

      Hahah!!!  I love to hear that you are learning from the tutorials!!  And it’s great to heat that you are entertained!  Haha! We can be a bit crazy at times!!  Keep quilting, and remember to have fun doing it!! :)

  • Ginbart1954

    I went on a quilting retreat last weekend and made these.  I couldn’t remember how you finished them so I had to come back and watch it again.  lol   I made them the double squares but I may take them out the do the double hour glass.  I think I like them better.   Thanks so much I have learned to much from watching your tutorials

    • Sarah

      Awesome! I bet you had a blast at your retreat!!

  • Huck

    Hi:  Would you please tell me the name of the fabric collection for the jelly roll quilt on the wall in this tutorial?  Thanks

  • Huck

    Hi:  Would you please tell me the name of the fabric collection for the jelly roll quilt on the wall in this tutorial?  Thanks

  • SandraMac

    I liked all the detail provided in this tutorial!

    • Sarah

      Thank you!

  • Cathys-email

    Just discovered your sight, and used the tutorial for jelly roll race.  It was terrific fun. Also enjoyed your machine quilting tutorial,  that is my next mission.   

    • Sarah

      Cathy, that is great to hear!!  So glad you are having such a fun time!  Good luck machine quilting!!

  • Joy

    Does it matter what kind of thread I use?  I would like to try some of my Madeira Poly Neon #40 machine embroidery thread.  It’s so pretty and shiny and would compliment a particular project I’m working on. 

    Thanks so much for posting these tutorials.  My aunts and grandmother always quilted, but being at a young age, I had no real understanding or appreciation for what they were doing.  After most of them passed away, I wished I had paid more attention and learned from them.  Now that I have found your tutorials, I am trying things I never would have tried on my own.  We are all very blessed to have access.  My family would be proud.

    • Sarah

      That is awesome Joy!  Mom says that thread should work fine!  Try it on a ‘scrap’ piece to check your tension and sew-sew-sew!  Good luck to you!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D3O4O6RG33S5XC4NHIOHHCYMKY Denise B

    Jenny…Your so motivating! Your daughter is also!

  • Connie

    I like everyone of Jenny’s tutorial,I think she brilliant, easy,quick instructions

                             Take care Best Wishes Connie

    • Sarah

      Thank you.

  • Beth

    Thank you so much for this easy to understand tutorial!  It was fun to watch the two of you together.  I am about to do my own machine quilting for the first time, and your information just gave me a lot more confidence to begin.  

  • miss blue

    can i just use my all purpose foot for free motion quilting?

    • Natalie

      If you are quilting in straight lines it will be great, but for any other type of quilting, the all purpose foot will not give you the range of motion that you need to do free motion quilting. You need a free motion quilting foot, or a darning foot and remember to drop your feed dogs. Good luck! 

  • JoAnn

    Thank you so much for this tutorial.  I’m totally new to the quilting arena (actually not much of a seamstress at all).  I cross-stitched for a number of years and actually came up with an idea of doing lots of designs to be ‘quilted’ when they were completed.  This has taken 30 years … but I’m there.  I found someone locally to quilt this for me, but who also recommended I check your tutorials.  The one for free motion quilting was great!  I had been told that I should practice this, but I really did not understand what stippling meant.  Thanks so much for this website you have created.  It was nice to actually see someone do what I want to learn.  Thanks again!!!

    • Sarah

      Thank you JoAnn.  It’s great to hear! I am so glad that you have been able to get the projects you’ve worked so hard on quilted!  Good for you!  Best of luck into this world of quilting!  :)  Have a great weekend!

  • Grtgrtgranny

    I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS – many are saved in my ‘favorites’. This one is GREAT!!!  It is inspiring me to try to keep quilting.  As an avid hand quilter nearly 80 yrs old, I’ve loved quilting for years, but my “uncle arthur-itis” visits my hands so often, it is not a lot of “fun” anymore.  My stitches “ain’t what they used to be”  (Many years ago, I won 3rd place at the Houston Intl. Show in the whole cloth division)

    But with an ever growing family w/even several great-great grand kids now, it is hard to have to give up making something for each one that they will hopefully treasure in years to come.  I’m trying to get at least some lap quilts & smaller items made for them.

    • Anonymous

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      Wow what an amazing accomplishment! I am glad the machine quilting video helped you and I know about uncle Authoritis! So just about everything i do these days is on the machine…
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • patricia velasquez

    felicidades por su valiosa labor,en casa tengo una maquina singer ref  6180 a esta ref le puedo colocar el pie de movimiento libre y me sirve para hacer acolchados ?
    y por favor tengo otras preguntas, la primera; como se llaman las  telas que utilizan para un acolchado de cama.?
    en Colombia con que nombre se consigue el pulverizador?
    como hago para  conseguir sus telas de pre corte,en que consisten , si venden las herramientas y el costo de las mismas,por su valiosa atención mil gracias…..

  • Jessica Mayoh

    I’ve never machine quilted before, but this tutorial has made me confident that I can do it! Thank you!

    • Sarah

      Good to know!! You can do it!!  Best of luck to you!

  • Elaine.

    Hi Jenny, I have really enjoyed all your tutorials, I am a complete beginner as far as quilting but by watching your videos I have completed two quilts from Jelly rolls for my children.  This video on machine quilting has really inspired me to give it a go.  Thank you and your daughter for such an inspiring video and thank you for giving your time to help others to make some beautiful projects.  I have been passing your details on to lots of my friends to help inspire them too.  Regards and best wishes, Elaine in Ireland.

    • Anonymous

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      Hi Elaine, Thank you so much for all your kind words. I love that the internet reaches so far! It is sew much fun for me to hear about your projects and i will tell Hillary that you enjoyed her video as well! Thank you again.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Patricia lewis..

    Brilliant turorial … I am now confident enough to try sewing my own quilt :)) Thankyou :))

    • Sarah

      Yay!!  Go for it!  You will love it! And I am sure you will do amazing!!  Best of luck to you!!

  • Kelley

    HI:
    Thanks a bunch for doing this it has given me the confidence to use my machine to its fullest capacity.  I can now do all my wall hangings.  One question, though, what weight and brand of thread do you recommend?
    Thanks
    kelley

  • Jean Boyd

    I’m looking for the spider web tutorial

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryelizabethbs Mary E Brown Schneider

    I am brand new to quilting. The tutorials on this site are wonderful. I am so excited to make my first project! Thank you so much!

    • Sarah

      So glad they are helping! Thank you!

  • Peggy

    I can’t thank you enough! This was exactly the video I needed to see. So clear! Time to start practicing!

  • Fi

    I’ve never left a comment anywhere before but I just wanted to say thank you. I have wanted to try this for years maybe now I’ll be brave enough!

  • farrukh

    Hi I am a beginner in free motion quilting I do not know anything please help me, I need to know how to adjust the machine like the upper tension speed etc please reply me,I follow all your videos its so simple and easy thanks for the techniques,love u guys.
    Thanks.
    farrukh parveen

    farrukhparveen@gmail.com

  • mamaw

    Can you please post what make and model of sewing machine your daughter used to quilt on?
    Thanks

    • jenny

      She used a Janome …4800. Its an oldie but a goodie!