Learn free-motion quilting in new Sewing with Nancy videos

Molly Hanson with Nancy Zieman
Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners author Molly Hanson visits Nancy Zieman at the Sewing with Nancy studio.

Most quilters fall into one of two camps: those who’ve tried free-motion quilting and those who want to try. Have you given it a go?

If you haven’t yet—or if you’ve tried with unfortunate results—or if you’ve tried, succeeded, and want to go further—we’ve got an all-inclusive, ease-into-it plan that will build your confidence.

The plan is simple: Watch. Read. Do!

Molly Hanson’s resource-rich book, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t, is the focus of two new FREE videos from PBS’s popular Sewing with Nancy TV series. Pair Molly’s hands-on, visual demonstrations with step-by-step guidance from her book, and you’ll be free-motion quilting in no time.

> Watch part 1 of Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners on Sewing with Nancy: See Molly demonstrate stippling, loop-de-loop, and pebble patterns. (Already know how to set up your machine for free-motion quilting? Start stippling with Molly at the 7:27 mark.)

Sewing with Nancy free-motion quilting episode 1

> Watch part 2 of Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners on Sewing with Nancy: In this episode Molly demonstrates paisley, wood-grain, and swirl patterns, as well as print tracking—quilting by following a design printed on fabric.

Sewing with Nancy free-motion quilting episode 2

Love the practice projects featured in the Sewing with Nancy videos? You’ll find step-by-step instructions for making them all in Molly’s book:

Projects from Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners
Step-by-step projects to make from
Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners

Free-Motion Quilting for BeginnersIn Molly’s book you’ll also learn how to:

Set up your space for free-motion quilting, from the best tools to proper ergonomics

• Use your body’s muscle memory as a starting point—begin by quilting your name

• Free-motion quilt 10 different quilting designs on fat-quarter-sized practice pieces

• Create 15 pretty, practical projects that will continue to build your confidence

Plus, learn the 5 steps Molly takes every single time before staring a project to ensure success.

Test that tension, drop those feed dogs, and commence quilting! Click here, and then on the “Customer Reviews” tab, to read enthusiastic reviews of Molly’s book.


What’s your go-to method for quilting right now: machine quilting, hand quilting, or quilting by check? Tell us in the comments!


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