Walking-foot quilting tutorial (video): try quick & easy curves

Are you a "quilt by check" quilter—meaning you send out your quilts to be quilted? Or maybe you’ve tried free-motion quilting and the results weren’t, um, what you’d expected (ask anyone in our office who’s tried it: we’ve all been there).

Today we’re here to tell you that free-motion quilting and quilting by check aren’t the only choices you have for finishing your quilts. If your sewing machine came with a walking foot (pictured >), you have another awesome option: walking-foot quilting!

Pat Sloan has a great philosophy about machine quilting: go for it! But start simple. Quilting with a walking foot is the perfect place to start building your machine-quilting skills. In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat shows you how your walking foot can do wonders—and how you can be successful the first time. That alone makes the technique worth trying!

Never tried machine quilting with a walking foot before? Let Pat teach you how—right now.


Pat SloanWalking-Foot Quilting Tutorial

Excerpt from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

Most sewing machines come with an even-feed presser foot called a walking foot. Some machines even have a built-in even-feed system. A walking foot helps evenly feed the thick quilt sandwich through your machine so you don’t create puckers and pleats as you quilt the top, batting, and backing layers together.

Machine quilting curves with a walking foot
Machine quilting curves with a walking foot

I started out quilting my quilts with a walking foot and still use it. I love the effects I get from straight lines as well as decorative stitches. (Yep, you can use some decorative stitches in conjunction with your walking foot to add texture and interest to your quilt.) If you’ve tried to quilt using a regular presser foot, you’ve noticed that the top fabric bunches and pulls. A walking foot pushes the top fabric evenly along while the feed dogs underneath control the movement of the backing fabric. The result is that you can quilt beautifully. From quilting straight lines to decorative stitches, your walking foot offers lots of options—including curves:


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Looks easy, right? In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, you’ll find many more tips for walking-foot quilting, with close-up photos that clearly illustrate each step (like how to start and finish your quilting so it looks nice and neat—those close-ups are below). Plus, you’ll get access to all 8 of Pat’s step-by-step videos. It’s like having Pat right by your side at your sewing machine!

Machine quilting with a walking foot
From
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

Here’s what quilters like you are saying about Pat’s latest book on Amazon.com:

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt“I’m reading this now and it is exactly what I needed to start my journey into machine quilting. I can hardly wait to try a project!”

“This is a really comprehensive walking-foot and free-motion quilting book. It covers everything from the materials and tools to the different threads, stitches, and patterns. Another great feature to this book are videos on the publisher’s website so you get both the printed tutorials along with videos.”

“As I expected from Pat Sloan! All of her ‘Teach Me’ books are detailed for the beginner and have great designs for any level quilter. I love them all.”

Pat’s ready to teach you more about quilting in her popular “Teach Me” series—buy two or more and earn free shipping! (US and Canada only.)

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique

So, which kind of quilter are you right now?

a) I’m a walking-foot quilter.

b) I’m a free-motion quilter.

c) I’m a hand quilter.

d) I’m a "quilt by check" quilter!

Tell us your answer in the comments!

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116 Comments (leave a comment)

  • You missed another type. I have my own personal, much loved and seldom abused, in-house quilter who smiles, comments on my tops being square, and who loves my cooking. My husband is my long-armer and he does fantastic edge to edge quilting, and works for laughs.

    An at-home long-armer – now that’s the way to go, Sandy! And working for laughs is the icing on the cake. 🙂 Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Sandy Navas on February 27, 2017
  • Mostly I am a free motion kind of gal although I will do the ‘by check’ method when I can and it is not a quilt that I have put much of my own design in. I have discovered I am a bit of a control freak and do not like someone else making the final decisions about how my quilt will look.

    —Cheryl Quigley on February 27, 2017
  • I have done echo quilting and also used freezer paper patterns to quilt around. Mostly, I have quilted by check. I have also rented LA time at a shop and done computer edge to edge. Would love to do at least a small amount of hand quilting

    Sharon on February 27, 2017
  • I mostly do free-motion quilting with occasional walking foot / decorative stitches — I like to combine the built-ins to make "custom" combinations — and very occasional quilt by check (such as with my very large Christmas tree skirt). The quilting is one of my 2 most favorite parts of the quilt-making process. Fabric selection is the other. Thanks as always for continued inspirations.

    —Jane on February 27, 2017
  • I am "a" mostly a walking foot quilter although I have done a couple hand quilting. Can’t afford to do "d". Wish I could.

    —M Elsey on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a stack the tops on the shelf to deal with later, quilter. Need to do something about this soon.

    —susan on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a procrastinator. I’m gonna try today. excuse spelling error.

    —harriet amacher on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a walkingfoot quilter

    —Anne on February 27, 2017
  • I’m pretty comfortable with my walking foot. However, as I’m quilting it will be working just fine and then all of a sudden the needle will just drop out. I think this is related to the tackiness of the spray basting and batting combination (I use Warm & Natural), but if any of you have thoughts, I love to hear them.

    Wendy on February 27, 2017
  • Both. I free motion small quilts and send large ones out. Wish I could learn how to do larger ones

    —Deborah k on February 27, 2017
  • I am a hand quilter by heart but have recently gone to "quilter by Check" This is to just get things done. Will have to try to do some with my walking foot after seeing this video. This looks like and awesome book.

    —Opal Rupp on February 27, 2017
  • I am a dinosaur …… strictly a hand quilter … with thimble on my grandmothers antique frame.

    Not a dinosaur, Marianne – a classic! 😉 –Jenny

    —Marianne on February 27, 2017
  • Always take mine to a quilter. I have never tried to quilt with my walking foot, too scared! But I would love to try if I had more confidence in myself!

    —Julie on February 27, 2017
  • I do walking foot quilting and when I’m not in such a hurry I quilt by hand.

    —Joanne O'Neal on February 27, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter and free motion quilter. I love to hand quilt but my hands won’t let me do much of that anymore. Always looking for ways to improve. Love to have a sit down longarm but that has to be down the road.

    —Rose Landon on February 27, 2017
  • I am a hand quilter, but I recently purchased Pat’s book and I’m anxiously awaiting the time when I can really dedicate myself to using a walking foot for quilting!.

    —Sandi Spence on February 27, 2017
  • I do both, and I agree that free-motion quilting isn’t easy to do well. I use a 1951 vintage singer to do mine, and I find it is relaxing (when it goes well) once you get in the rythym. I have recently been doing more with the walkng foot, as I find myself drawn more and more to modern quilting styles. Both are very satisfying!

    —Amber D Zona on February 27, 2017
  • Most of the time, I am a hand quilter. I have done simple machine quilting on small projects, but I hand quilt the special ones. I need to sit down and practice using my machine to quilt. It would certainly be faster!

    —Marsha B on February 27, 2017
  • I mix it up. If it is a large quilt that I can’t handle (shoulder and neck tension), I quilt by check. Sometimes the project screams for hand quilting (which I also sometimes do by check). I love to free motion quilt – especially smaller projects – twin size or smaller. I’ve tried my even feed foot, but not sure that I am setting it up right – keeps popping off.

    —Linda Ahn on February 27, 2017
  • I am both free motion and walking foot.

    —kathy o on February 27, 2017
  • I do quilt by walking foot if I am doing the whole quilt at once. If I am doing quilt as you go, I do stipple quilting on the individual blocks. I have never paid someone else to quilt my quilts.

    —janet on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a hand quilter.

    —Hedda Boon on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot quilter but practicing some easy free motion to build up those skills. I recommend Jacquie Ghering’s walking foot books. Her latest book has some walking foot patterns that go way beyond the basic line, wavy line and grid types of quilting patterns.

    —Dawn on February 27, 2017
  • I have done walking foot quilting ( a little!) and by check and also used my embroidery machine to quilt some.

    —Vickie Bell on February 27, 2017
  • For small quilts and wall hangings, I quilt them myself with a regular foot. For bed size quillts, I quilt by check.

    —Ann Rowland on February 27, 2017
  • I do freemotion quilting the most. I have been trying to use my walking foot more to quilt straight lines and gentle curves. I hand quilted one quilt.

    —Christy on February 27, 2017
  • Pat’s book has many good hints and ideas that I’m sure I could use and learn from. I have done all of the above as well as rented time on a Long Arm machine and did some of my own that way.

    —Marie Eddins on February 27, 2017
  • Hi – I love using my quilting foot. In the middle of a ‘quilt as you go’ king-size quilt for our new bed. Hares are the theme – leaping, boxing, dancing, sitting looking stupid (like they do) and gazing at the moon/sun/butterfly – I am using the quilting foot to echo quilt and then make swooping ‘motion’ lines around the leaping hares and ‘sunbeam’ lines from the moon/sun plus the more mundane stitch-in-the-ditch stuff. Oh, and I am happily getting out the needle and thread to do the fiddly stuff by hand – echo quilting the harebells, toadstools and hearts. The quilting foot holds the fabric in place and makes quilting by machine SOOOOO easy. Don’t know how I managed before I found out about it (well, I do – I hand sewed everything)

    —Liz Crater on February 27, 2017
  • A, B, & D apply to me. It all depends on the quilt or project.

    —Susan L. on February 27, 2017
  • I scared to even try! Looks easy enough…But…

    —Eva Hada on February 27, 2017
  • I also love a vintage Singer, circa 1953, and found my walking foot works perfectly with it. I have been a stitch-in-the-ditch quilter on baby quilts, and lap size, and a by-check quilter on the larger ones. My husband prefers his queen size flannel quilts tied. I am just getting ready to quilt a minky-backed baby quilt. No idea how that will go! I am interested in trying some wavy line free-motion quilting.

    —Colleen Ancel on February 27, 2017
  • For larger quilts, I quilt by check. I will do smaller quilts on my sewing machine, using the dual feed feature. I mostly do straight lines but have a quilt in mind in which I’d use some of my fancy stitches.

    —Sharron on February 27, 2017
  • I’m an a, b, and have been a d. I kept st it until I can do testers and all, free motion on my domestic. It’s true, practice practice and then practice. But I did all my practice on quilts.

    —Stephanie Woodward on February 27, 2017
  • I usually take mine to someone with a long arm, but off and on I do mine with a walking foot. I have tried free motion with the feed dogs down, but most of the time the result is not pleasing! The back side of the quilt tends to have loops and different size stitches.

    —Cynthia Fedak on February 27, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter. But I just do straight lines. I need 2 get brave and do some curved lines!

    —Nancy Harvey on February 27, 2017
  • I’m A, a stitch in the ditch kind of quilter. For me, fabric and design are the highlight of a quilt, and the quilting is just a function of holding the layers together. Occasionally, as in an Irish Chain, for example, there’s a blank space that cries out for something prettier. But I’m too eager to get on to designing the next top and cutting the next beautiful fabric, so I don’t seem to have the patience to learn/practice anything else. Having said that, most of my quilts are just lap quilts. When I do a bed sized quilt, I quilt by cheque.

    —Carol on February 27, 2017
  • Mostly free motion on art quilts.

    —Rita on February 27, 2017
  • I’m new to quilting but want to learn walking foot and free motion quilting.

    —Cathy on February 27, 2017
  • I’m new at it, but I am a "walking foot quilter." I could use more inspiration so this book should be great.

    —Eileen Heinze on February 27, 2017
  • Yep, I’m a walking foot quilter and use those gentle curves in most of my quilts.

    —Estie on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a Walking-foot quilter. I’m a newbie quilter. If I’m going to spend time piecing a quilt, I’m going to do everything needed to complete the project myself.

    —Terri D'Ambrosio on February 27, 2017
  • I am mostly a hand quilter but have done some straight line grid-like machine quilting on my grandson’s quilt. Do like the challenge and may try my hands at machine quilting again

    —Sue on February 27, 2017
  • D – Definitely a "quilt by check" quilter.

    —Linda on February 27, 2017
  • When feeling adventurous, I will free motion, but generally I quilt with a walking foot (SID, straight lines, wavy lines, etc.). I sure could use some variety as my machine has very few decorative stitches. Quilting by check is rare as it is hard on the budget.

    —Sandy May on February 27, 2017
  • I have only hand quilted up to now. However, having counted up all the tops I have ready to quilt – all 33 of them, I know I need to learn how to quilt by machine!

    —Jill on February 27, 2017
  • I quilt by both A & B. It depends on the quilt and if my machine is behaving enough for free motion. I don’t like to send them out, because then I don’t feel that it’s all my project. I guess I’m a little selfish that way. 😉

    —Jeannie Schultz on February 27, 2017
  • I do both walking food and free motion quiltng on my domestic machine. I prefer to quilt my own quilts even though they may not be "perfect". I’m also trying quilt as you go hoping it will be easier for larger quilts. I have free motion quilted queen size and king also but it is becomming more difficult to manage those large ones.

    —Beverly on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot quilter mostly. I also like to hand quilt, but lately I have been making scrap quilts and hand quilting takes too long to go through all of those seams. I have tried free motion, but do need more practice to coordinate my brain and hands together.

    Jeanette Jensen on February 27, 2017
  • I am a "Quilt by check quilter". But I am trying to be "walking Foot
    " one. Think I will have to get this book.

    —Barbara Duval on February 27, 2017
  • I quilt by check right now but am slowly learning to do my own.

    —Becky B on February 27, 2017
  • I used to be a quilter by check for big projects but now i no longer am I have a daughter who has a longarm so I quilt by aLove.
    Small projects I like to hand quilt or machine quilt myself.

    —Linda Bragg on February 27, 2017
  • (A) I’m a walking foot quilter. I’ve tried free motion I’m okay at loops but, everything else is a herky jerky mess. Pat’s new book looks wonderful, I need to look into buying it. Thanks for the look see. ;-> Toni Anne

    —Toni Anne Potter on February 27, 2017
  • I’m definitely a walking foot quilter.

    —Kim Brownell on February 27, 2017
  • Love free motion, trying to use more walking foot in my designs and need help and ideas

    —Patricia on February 27, 2017
  • I have thought about it but I always make king size quilts and there is not way I could work on this amount of quilting.

    It sure would save me a bundle of money. I think I would be pulling my hair out.

    —Lora on February 27, 2017
  • I have done some free motion quilting but find it stressful – mainly i am a walking foot quilter, i tend to head for easy straight lines for many small projects & would love to learn how many other ways i can quilt with a walking foot.

    —suzanne on February 27, 2017
  • I only use a walking foot. This is why I have so many UFOs. I think I am a step behind. It is the sandwich. I don’t like glue basting, spray basting, pins, or even hand basting. No matter the technique I think my walking foot is still ending up with a few puckers. I don’t know if I don’t have the stitch long enough, going too fast, too slow, the dreaded tension word, Not sure. So I dread this step.

    —carol on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a free motion quilter.

    —Virginia in AK on February 27, 2017
  • Hi, I’m a quilt by check. I’ve tried to quilt but you wouldn’t want to see the end results.
    I never thought to try my walking foot, only used it for bindings.

    Thanks, this book looks great.

    Marion on February 27, 2017
  • I do both quilting free motion and use the walking foot. My free motion quilting still needs work. Thanks Pat for the helpful book and the videos.

    —Rita S on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot quilter and love it. I tried free motion and just can’t get the knack of it but this method really works for me!

    —Carol on February 27, 2017
  • I am learning to machine quilt and have hand quilted a lot…. my husband says I am not a quilter. That I am a quilt top maker…

    —Diane' on February 27, 2017
  • I have had 2 large quilts done by check however the largest that I did on my machine was 54 x 54 and since I have a machine with lots of stitches I use those for my quilting. I have never done free motion and have tried the quilting foot but thought I was limited to straight stitch or zig zag but now that I know that you can do different stitches and even curves I may give that a try.

    —Alma on February 27, 2017
  • I do walking foot, free motion, long-arm and "by check" quilting, depending on the amount of time I need to get the quilt done!

    —Jean Blythe on February 27, 2017
  • I love the process of hand quilting, but I also do stitch in the
    ditch quilting.

    —Marlene on February 27, 2017
  • I’m a hand quilter.

    —Renee G on February 27, 2017
  • d.quilt by check….but, most of my quilts are for Quilts of Valor, so we have volunteer quilters!!

    Barbara Winkler on February 27, 2017
  • I, too, am a handquilter, tho I recently got a machine with a wonderful walking foot and won a book, "The Quilting Manual" in a drawing, so I may try some machine-quilting on utility or give-away quilts!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on February 27, 2017
  • a, b, &c! I just love to quilt. My only regret is that I didn’t learn FMQ at a younger age.

    —Anne Dirks on February 28, 2017
  • d. we love to learn to quilt with a walking foot though

    —madeline on February 28, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot quilter. Plan to try free motion sometime. That’s in the future.

    —Judy on February 28, 2017
  • I would choose A although I would also like to master free motion some day

    —M Elsey on February 28, 2017
  • I am new to trying more than stitch in the ditch..slowly becoming friends with my walking foot tho 🙂 I am in practice mode still, with FMQ…only sample pieces…nothing bigger..yet… giggle

    —Lori Morton on February 28, 2017
  • I Have used all ways of quilting including renting a long arm with a computer to do some of my quilts. ,I do love what your live example has shown, I will be looking for your book Thank you for your talents

    —Karen K on February 28, 2017
  • i am a hand quilter for small quilts and wall hangings but for big size quilts i am quilt by check quilter

    Albert Trotter on March 1, 2017
  • I mostly do walking foot quilting. I keep trying to free motion and getting better but my brain just won’t let me meander. I also have several church’s that I send out to get special quilts done.

    —Judy on March 1, 2017
  • Handquilted for 35 years then found out about free motion quilting. Can’t quilt a feather to save my life, spiky is apparently my style. LOL! I have used the walking foot and used the wave setting on it to quilt several things with radiating circles. Pretty cool effect.

    —Jenn Martin on March 2, 2017
  • I’m a hand quilter, no frame or hoop. Love it. I also do walking foot quilting, especially on Linus quilts. Thsts what they prefer.

    —Nicola on March 2, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter. I am very excited about all the new ideas being provided for this method of quilting, thank you.

    —Cathy King on March 2, 2017
  • I am a "Walking Foot" quilter and I love it.

    —Beverly Burton on March 2, 2017
  • Since I bought a new walking foot ( my first was a cheap knockoff) I now love using it. I pretty much use it for everthing, not just quilting.

    —cj on March 3, 2017
  • I quilt using walking foot, free motion, and rent a long arm. These are quilts that are special to me or practicing a new design. Other times, I pay someone to quilt for me. Usually those are quilts with no emotional investment but just need to be done. It is good to know several techniques to finish a quilt, we have put too much money and time not to finish and use the quilt.

    —MARJORIE Via on March 3, 2017
  • I am both A and B. I wish she had been available when I first started quilting by machine 30+ years ago. About 3 years ago I experimented with using decorative stitches with my walking foot, following the walking foot maxim that I only use forward stitches. I was pleased with the results.

    —Sherbie on March 3, 2017
  • D..mostly, but have done C, and a little bit of A. Would love to become more efficient @ both A & B. Maybe would get more done if felt more comfortable & relaxed at it.

    —Kathy W on March 3, 2017
  • I am a B all the way. I haven’t tried the Walking Foot for FMQ. I may give it a try on my next one.I FMQ on a domestic only and have never paid someone to quilt mine.

    —Cindy M in Oregon on March 3, 2017
  • I’m a hand quilter, walking foot quilter and trying to learn free motion quilting. I don’t do by check because I want my quilts to be completely mine.

    —Joan on March 3, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot AND free motion quilter, and working at perfecting both.

    —Karen B. on March 3, 2017
  • I’d be a quilt-by-check quilter if I could just afford the check. Instead, I just keep piecing the tops and hoping they’ll get finished some day. I’ve finished some by quilting in the ditch with my walking foot. I’ll have to put it to more use.

    —Pearl on March 3, 2017
  • I am a free motion quilter and a walking foot quilter.

    —Renea Yarolim on March 3, 2017
  • I have a longarm and also heavy duty factory machine. The walking foot does help at times and also free motion quilting can be fun on small projects.

    —Linda Christianson on March 3, 2017
  • walking fot, but it broke.can you help me repair it?

    Hi Nina, I’d suggest taking it to a local sewing-machine shop, where I’m sure they can give you some advice. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Nina Scrabeck on March 3, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter; but my goal is to do free motion quilting also with my domestic machine.

    —Nancy on March 3, 2017
  • I’m a "quilt by check quilter" sometime, hand quilt on small pieces, and machine quilt with a walking foot or a regular foot. I would love to become a proficient machine quilter then I would give up "quilting by check".

    —Juanita Decquir on March 3, 2017
  • I’m a walking foot quilter. Pat Sloan’s book is great with all kinds of ideas. I may feel comfortable in doing quilting sooner than I thought!

    —Janet Sabol on March 3, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter mostly, but have done some hand quilting. Currently teaching myself free motion quilting with home machine.

    —Valorie Martin on March 4, 2017
  • I use both the walking foot method & free motion methods of quilting. The chosen method depends a lot on my time and "creativity " level at the time.

    —Lillian K on March 4, 2017
  • I do all of the options above, but machine quilting with the IDT system on my Pfaff is used most often.

    Thank you for the wonderful emails you send out. They inspire me greatly!

    So happy to hear you are inspired here, Barbara! 🙂 –Jenny

    —Barbara on March 4, 2017
  • Hand quilter and walking foot for baby quilts. Hand quilting has saved me from many many bad days……

    —Candy van Olst on March 5, 2017
  • I am a walking foot quilter, and I really enjoy it. I recently took a free-motion quilting beginner class, just haven’t been able to practice much. I will get to it because I really want to learn FMQ. Also, I have Pat Sloan’s book, and I’m sure that will be of great help.

    —Barbara on March 5, 2017
  • I hand quilted my first crib quilt and managed not to "beat" the stork ! After that episode, I do walking foot quilting on smaller quilts especially, but am itching to try more with it. Also want to try some FMQ as well ! Will really need to consider purchasing your book !

    —Carol on March 7, 2017
  • I’m a free motion quilter and done some ruler work on my home machine.

    —Karen on March 10, 2017
  • Im a free motion quilter 😊

    —Katy Hunt on March 10, 2017
  • LOL I am a hand quilter and a quilt by cheque quilter.

    —Ondrea on March 10, 2017
  • I hand tie my quilts. And I just purchased a walking foot. After viewing your video, I am going to try the free motion quilting. I was sure that I would not be able to do it with my machine. Thank for this video.

    Doris on March 12, 2017
  • I love doing red, white and blue but may do a splash of green to mix it up. Sometimes I don’t know until I look at the block and get ready to cut.

    —Susan Schneweis on March 15, 2017
  • Well, finally I an confident enough to try something other than ‘in the ditch’ or ‘cross hatch’. I have 5 quilt tops ready to quilt and I can’t wait to try this curvy quilting. By the way, I use my walking foot about 90% of the time, and I love the results. Thanks so much for this video,

    Rachel on March 22, 2017
  • As a beginner quilter, so far it’s been straight line quilting and practice free motion, which I would love to learn. Sounds like this book is perfect for me. I use my walking foot a lot quilting bags, table runners, hot pads, etc, looking forward to receiving your book and getting started. My problem is I don’t have a "go to person" to contact when I get "stuck" or have a question I don’t have an answer for. Hope to find help in your book. Thanks for the video……

    D. Nelson, Lemont, Il. March. 2017

    Dianna Nelson on March 24, 2017
  • Hi, the last time I did free motion quilting was 3 years ago. Now I’m in process of quilting 4 quilts. I’ve hit a problem, the needle stitches come out as eyelashes, bobbins sews lovely. Can’t get my head round this. I’m now deciding to have a go at the walking foot method, worried that I can’t get the look I’m looking for. Thank you for the video

    —Jackie Mattock on May 29, 2017
  • Am a walking foot quilter, can do such a lot with it! I fail desperately at free motiong quilting! Bought myself an amazing new Pfaff machine thinking I could master it now I got the technology but no sadly, still looks like a child trying to scribble, hahaha!

    —Tina on July 8, 2017
  • I am mostly a walking foot quilter. Brought some templates and a ruler foot. Need to practice on that.

    —LoAnn Trowbridge on August 11, 2017
  • I have the walking foot and have used it once, not so good at it yet. I did a little lap quilt for my first time machine quilting. It turned out funky, but I did it just the same. I will attempt more as I make them, I have a Singer SewMate 5400 or 5600 cannot remember, so it’s a smaller machine, thus limiting my ability as to what I can actually quilt. I do want to get an actual sewing machine that allows for better quilting, have not gotten to that point yet though. I love the machines that quilt and embroider, that would be awesome. But you have to start somewhere, so here I am. Me and Singer, starting our day with some coffee for me, some oil for her and our day begins.

    —Wronda Lamando on August 14, 2017
  • I’m a free willy girl. Straight lines??? Never! LoL

    —Valerie Booth on August 14, 2017
  • I do both. I make lots of quilts for charities and some quilts for special occasions, and a couple that were commissioned by someone.
    If someone else is paying me for my time and for the fabric, I will send it to my quilter. I never care what she does, she is just magic with ideas for quilting, and changes of thread colors. I was her first client and I love everything she has quilted for me.
    But when it comes to simple baby quilts or lap quilts for charity, I get brave and do the walking foot quilting, very simply, but pleasing to me.

    Barbara D Hess on August 28, 2017
  • I hand quilt my small pieces and send out my larger ones. I know I’ll have to start to machine quilt someday……..it’s just intimidating!

    —Mary Smith on October 13, 2017
  • I quilt by hand

    —Sue Ridge on September 9, 2018
  • I’m A and D. My large quilts I send out to the quilter and the smaller quilts, I use the walking foot. I have never used any templates in machine quilting.

    —Florence Burton on September 27, 2019

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