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Thread: Free motion quilting on Front or Back

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    Free motion quilting on Front or Back

    I'm wondering does anyone free motion on the back of the quilt face up? I'm using a solid backing and it seems like it would be easier than the front that is mainly white

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    You can stitch whichever side of the quilt you want as long as you can be assured your stitching will be where you want it -ie if you need to be careful to stay within a border, you might need to mark that on the backing if you're stitching with the backside up.

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    I've never fmqed with the back side up before, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
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    Excellent idea. I think I'm going to try that.
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    I've always done it on the front but that's all I've seen on the examples and tutorials. Just wondering how doing it on the back would make it easier. I'm all for easier! I always dread it until I get started, then I'm okay. I think too much and get stressed instead of just tackling it and doing it. haha Let us know what you decide and be sure and post pictures. I'm always learning something on this board.
    Debbie

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    ​Some people put a large floral on the back and outline quilt the flowers for their quilt design. If it is easier to quilt from the back, go for it.

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    No rules - I've done both, depending on whether I'm trying to stay within borders or just do an all-over meander.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Thank You all...I thought about applying a stencil with a pounce pad on the back and going for it....I will let you know....I am having so much fun with my new Pfaff Expression 4.2....I just wanna quilt quilt quilt......

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    It works just fine from the back. They even make a preprinted muslin with lines for quilting. When it is quilted, you wash it and lines lines are gone. I did a Quilt of Valor on the back with meandering and stars on white muslin. Looked great. Good luck and have fun.

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    This made me think of a book...it may be out of print now:Quilting Back to Front: Fun & Easy No-Mark Techniques.

    Laura

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