Intro to Free-Motion Framework: A New Workshop
The new book Free-Motion Framework hits stores in May! A brand new quilting workshop will also be offered. I’m so excited to share the Intro to Free-Motion Framework half-day class. The spirit of the book focuses on challenging yourself at your own skill level and pace. It gives you an opportunity to reflect and say, “I think I’m going to practice such-and-such quilting design, and maybe also the whatever-whatever design.” Then, take those ideas and practice your quilting design symmetrically to accidentally create a wholecloth quilt.
Just like the book, the workshop project can be completed on a longarm or domestic home sewing machine. (When booking the workshop, special arrangements may need to be set for hosting a class in a longarm studio.)
In the workshop we’ll mark a solid color fat quarter to create a 15-18″ mini quilt using the same design framework. Just like the 10 linear designs in the book, the Intro design also has its own goals worksheet to give you an opportunity to practice, take notes, and doodle before stitching.
For the workshop, I created three samples to represent three skill levels who may try the Intro design. Of course, you do not have to make your mini quilt like these at all. Each quilter will likely turn out very different projects. (That is my favorite part!) The challenge levels are associated with these fabric colors:
- Pink – more advanced
- Grey – confident
- White – beginner
In the pictures below, you’ll see the original marked lines on the finished samples. I’m hoping that will give you a reference point as to which shapes were isolated to be quilted.
Pink Mini Quilt
To create the pink mini quilt, I was able simply lay the light-colored fabric on a work surface and trace the design through the fabric.
The water soluble pencils from Clover work great for this project; keep a pencil sharpener handy.
I set the fat quarter up on my HandiQuilter Avante longarm frame, though this absolutely can be done on a domestic home sewing machine. (The workshop will be geared towards home-sewing-machine-based free-motion quilting.)
Starting in the center, I isolated a few shapes. I stitched ruler guided straight lines; I echoed design lines; I made feathers; I stitched tiny pebbles.
From here, I decided I need a bit of “all-over-filler” type designs inside the circle.
I finished by trying to make a diagonal grid behind the circle. Each quilt is a different challenge for myself. Hopefully showing all three of the same design will give you a few ideas, too.
Grey Mini Quilt
The grey fat quarter fabric was quite a bit more opaque than the pink. To trace the design, I taped the paper template to a window, then taped the fabric over it.
Again, I used the water soluble pencils from Clover.
To create a design that was less complicated, I decided to isolate less shapes than I did in the pink mini quilt.
The grey mini quilt only has three total quilting designs.
- Wishbone lines in the center square
- Meandering in the four cardinal directions
- Pebbles in the background
Side story: Let’s go on record and say Pebbles are not my favorite. I can make them alright, but boy, I always regret stitching them after the first two inches. Who’s with me?
Comparing the grey quilt to the pink one, you can see how choosing different shapes and fills makes for a unique challenge each time.
White Mini Quilt
As you may have guessed, the white fat quarter was plenty light to see through and trace the Intro design straight onto the fabric without the window/light board set up. For this, the simplest of the three designs, I only have two fill designs: Straight lines and meandering. It stitched up so quickly that I forgot to snap any progress pictures.
Booking the Workshop
The Free-Motion Framework lecture and workshop are available for quilt guilds, shops, and private groups. Please see this page on my site for more information and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cannot wait to start quilting with you.