Practice does make perfect — especially when it comes to free-motion machine quilting, either on a sit-down machine, a stand-up longarm, or a domestic sewing machine.
The HQ educators always emphasize the importance of “doodling” quilting designs to build muscle memory. So get out a notepad and pencil and start doodling. Practice drawing feathers, meandering designs, loops, swirls, and invent some of your own all-over continuous line quilting designs.
Or if you have an iPad, how about using a sketching / drawing app.
These are three free sketching apps I’ve tried (download them from the App Store in iTunes):
- Paper (by FiftyThree)
- Skitch (by Evernote)
- SketchBook Express (by Autodesk).
Use your finger — or consider picking up a capacitive stylus (a couple dollars) and use it instead of your finger on your iPad screen.
Are you a free-motion doodler?