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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Friday, 2/20

10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Natalie Barnes, Beyond the Reef #523
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10:00 am: Deanne Moore, Modern Cotton #306
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11:00 am: Elizabeth Dackson, Austin Sewing Machines #615
3:00 pm: Deanne Moore, Modern Cotton #306


11 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Once you watch the videos, you’ll want to buy Molly’s book. I’ve tried free motion quilting before and never had any success. After watching the videos, I decided to give it one more try. I followed Molly’s examples, and used some left over fabric and batting. The results were amazing!!! I think it’s because she breaks it down into some basic steps and also talks about the pitfalls you can fall into. All I can say is Thanks, Molly. I’m now a free motion quilter

    —Mary on February 5, 2015
  • quilting by check. I am a beginning quilter, and definatley do not want to ruin what I have sewn.
    I do plan to learn!

    —Judy Tournillon on February 5, 2015
  • Machine quilting

    —Barbara on February 5, 2015
  • Can free motion quilting be done on a Bernina I bought in the 80’s? But I also love the look of hand quilting. There’s no two alike and that’s what makes it unique and different than machine quilting.

    —Joan on February 5, 2015
  • I have to confess I am stuck in a UFO stack. All the pieced tops need quilted. I would like to machine quilt each top. Stitch in the Ditch is what I have attempted in the past. I have watched the two part series on machine quilting with Nancy. I really want to learn to machine quilt and be comfortable with this skill.

    —carol on February 5, 2015
  • I like to machine quilt using my Bernina 150 QE, although I will occasionally hand quilt a small project. Recently I purchased an on-line class from Craftsy on using the walking foot for quilting beyond just straight lines. What a revelation! I’ve now completed a king size and a full size bed quilt using this method and am totally hooked!! I do a lot of free motion quilting also and am working hard to improve that skill also. I don’t feel I’ve had a good day unless I’ve indulged in some form of quilting activity! LOVE it 😀

    —Linda on February 5, 2015
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot for toppers and runners. Larger items are done with quilting by check. I hope to change that eventually when I get more comfortable with free motion quilting.

    —Janet in ND on February 5, 2015
  • right now I do a lot of hand quilting, BUT…I am learning to machine quilt and have a new Bernina 830 and love the BSR on it. I did watch the Nancy Zieman show with Molly Hanson and have it saved on my DVR…lots of great information, and I am practicing! Practicing! Practicing!

    —Jeanette on February 5, 2015
  • I love to hand quilt . But, arthritis sometimes makes this difficult, so for large projects, such as bed size quilts, I have a gal who does them for me, beautifully. Right now, I am hand quilting a wall hanging to send to my nephew who has returned recently from the wars in the middle east.

    —Norma on February 6, 2015
  • Queen and king-size quilts are quilted by check. Smaller quilts or wall hangings are by machine quilting, but these are rare.

    I tried hand quilting, but decided if I wanted to finish a quilt in this lifetime; I’d best pay someone to quilt for me.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on February 8, 2015
  • i am new to quilting and have tried my hand at machine quilting . I don’t feel it was my best work but it’s a gift for my son and know he will love it. It’s really hard to get the large quilt rolled up to do even work. I can’t afford to quilt by check so I will keep on sewing until I master it! I am determined!! I plan to buy Molly’s book as soon as I can!

    —Kathy on May 12, 2015

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