Advanced | 2 hours
Taught by Sue Nickels
Once you have designed your quilting motif, the next step is to mark your quilt top. Sue teaches several methods for transferring your pattern to fabric, including tracing patterns using a lightbox, freehand drawing, tracing plastic templates and using rulers as guides to create geometric patterns. Finally, Sue covers basting your quilt sandwich to prepare it for machine quilting. 
Learn how to:
  • Trace patterns onto quilt using a lightbox
  • Draw freehand feathers using circle template as a guide
  • Use a plastic template to trace patterns
  • Use rulers as a guide to draw grids, rays and triangles
  • Line up quilt sandwich and baste

Chapters
00:40
03:03
Quilt Marking
08:02
04:37
11:00
04:25
Basting
09:12
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials for marking:
  • Marking pencils (white and silver)
  • Hand pencil sharpener
  • Light box (can also use a window or an acrylic tray table from sewing machine)
  • Pressed quilt top
  • Prepared designs
  • Scale drawing of designs
  • Template plastic and circle template
  • Quilting rulers
  •  
    Materials for basting:
  • Size one safety pins (approx.150)
  • Kwik Klip
  • Masking tape or T-pins
  • Tape measure
  • Hand-sewing needle and thread
  • Thimble
  • Marked quilt top
  • Batting (cut approximately 2” bigger than quilt top on all sides)
  • Backing (cut approximately 2” bigger than quilt top on all sides) 
  • Discussion
    Notes
    Your timecode tags and notes for this section
    Transcript
    Free-Motion Quilting
    Part 1:
    Create Your Own Quilting Design
    Sue Nickels
    In Part 1, you will learn how to design your own quilting patterns and create custom templates. Using an already-pieced quilt top, Sue demonstrates how to create a design concept and sketch patterns. All of the basics are covered here, including how to design patterns using rulers, how to cut out your own template plastic, and how to create a cable pattern using a paper folding technique. She also shows how to draw her signature feather motif and turn it into a circular template. Once you have completed this class, you will be ready to move on to marking your quilt. 
    Now Playing
    Part 2:
    Marking and Basting
    Sue Nickels
    Once you have designed your quilting motif, the next step is to mark your quilt top. Sue teaches several methods for transferring your pattern to fabric, including tracing patterns using a lightbox, freehand drawing, tracing plastic templates and using rulers as guides to create geometric patterns. Finally, Sue covers basting your quilt sandwich to prepare it for machine quilting. 
    Part 3:
    Machine Quilting Like a Pro
    Sue Nickels
    Now for the fun part—machine quilting! Sue teaches you all about her favorite part of the quilting process in this final class. Learn how to work with a large quilt and use free-motion quilting techniques to create feathers, straight-line geometric shapes, scallops, and cables. You will be amazed at what you can do with a sewing machine and a darning foot. 
    Class Discussion
    Questions or comments about this class? Join the conversation here.
    8 Comments
    View More Comments