The thing that helps me most in my free motion quilting journey is this: I don’t quilt with both hands on top of the quilt sandwich. I tried it in my first days of quilting and I hated it.
I wanted to free motion quilt and I wanted to make it easy and fun so I tried something else. I just put my right hand under the quilt.
I fold the quilt near the area I am quilting. I put the right hand on that fold.
With the left hand I keep the quilt flat. I use the right hand to move the quilt. The left hand helps moving the quilt as well, but the right hand is mainly doing the job.
If you are frustrated that your quilting doesn’t look the way you want, I urge you to try to quilt this way. Don’t think you need more skills or you need more talent. All you need is easiness in moving the quilt under the needle.
I don’t have any special talent for free motion quilting. I progress because I do it often (90% of my quilts are free motion quilted). I do it often because I like it. And I like it because I made it easier. I truly believe that 90% of the easiness to free motion quilt I owe to that right hand I keep under the quilt!
Will you try this way to free motion quilt? Let me know if you like it more than the traditional way.
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