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Thread: My First Free Motion Quilt

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    here are some pics of my first free motion quilt. i've never done free motion before but i purchased the Flynn Multi Frame System and have finally entered into the world of FM.

    i have cats so forgive any stays hairs you might see i haven't run the lint roller across the quilt yet :shock:
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    Your FM looks great.

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    You did a really good job on your quilting. Your quilt pattern is really interesting. :D

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    I like your quilt, it is very original and the quilting really sets it off :D :D :D I can't wait to see more of your free motion work!!! :D :D :D

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    Great job,

    I start a machine quilting class next week, can't wait. It is such a deal 6 weeks 2 hours each week no more than 3 in the class for $80. It is basically private lessons.

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    You did a great job!!! Keep up the good work!! (And I know all about kitty fur.... :roll: )

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    Looking good! Your stitches are so nice and even.

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    :) ; have you used any pattern or a a special idea?

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    thanks for the nice comments everyone.

    i have used patterns in the past like the log cabin.

    this quilt wasn't from a pattern. i was looking to do something more manly in design that had a cabin or lodge feel to it and hinted towards hunting/fishing.

    i used plaids and then thought this type of piecing would look like arrows and the free motion was my attempt at flowing water - i was trying to stay in the hunting/fishing kinda thing.

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    Wonderful job!!! :thumbup: Wish you could come over and teach me! lol!! And yeap, I know all about kitty fur too! :-)

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    Love your quilt and the free motion is wonderful. I always thought cat hairs were part of the quilt. Helps keep you warm, right. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    here are some pics of my first free motion quilt. i've never done free motion before but i purchased the Flynn Multi Frame System and have finally entered into the world of FM.
    I would like to know more about working with the Flynn Multi Frame - - for example ... the loading method, how much table space did you need for what size quilt?

    You did a grand job of making a manly quilt! Your quilting was very consistent, and I read somewhere that the lady only used two fingers to move her quilt .... Thank you in advance!

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    Looks good to me!

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    Looks very good! :)

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    Ought Oh.....your hooked now.....what's next?....:-)

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    Great job!! Hope my first FM is as nice.

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    Looks cool! I'd say you are really getting the hang of it!

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    my next project is to quilt another.

    i make a bunch of quilts for hospice care and i've stocked them all up waiting for my flynn frame - this way i can quilt about 10 quilts in a row and really get the hang of it.

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    Now that sounds like a plan!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    here are some pics of my first free motion quilt. i've never done free motion before but i purchased the Flynn Multi Frame System and have finally entered into the world of FM.
    I would like to know more about working with the Flynn Multi Frame - - for example ... the loading method, how much table space did you need for what size quilt?

    You did a grand job of making a manly quilt! Your quilting was very consistent, and I read somewhere that the lady only used two fingers to move her quilt .... Thank you in advance!
    i saw john flynn at the Lancaster PA quilt show 2 weeks ago. i watched him and asked questions. then he let me play with the quilt frame for about 15 minutes since his booth was slow.

    i didn't buy it from him because i knew All Brands had it much cheaper.

    the frame system is 3 rods. the size that came with the frame are 48 inches long and he says if you need to quilt something longer you can buy electrical conduit and cut it down to size.

    that idea really appealed to me - i've built stuff with electrical condiut in the past and find it very easy to cut down and work with - so love that i can switch it up.

    each of the 3 rods comes with a muslin leader strip - this is how you attach your quilt to the frame.

    you attach the quilt back to a rod at each end (bottom and top) by hand basting some big stitches.

    then you hand baste the quilt top bottom to the other rod.

    now you need to lay your quilt and rods completely out - i use the carpeting floor in our bedroom.

    you put down the quilt back with the 2 rods and smooth it out, then you lay down the batting and smooth it out, then you lay down the quilt top and smooth it out.

    you hand baste the top of the quilt top and batting to the top of the quilt back.

    now you begin at to roll the quilt up on to the rods.

    you roll up the quilt top and batting onto the rod, then you roll up the back onto the rod.

    now you're ready to put on the frame side braces. the frame side braces have slots for grosgrain ribbon that you attach to the brace an loop over and then pin to your quilt - this keep everything tight.

    now you load it onto your sewing machine. you sew from the side now instead of the front - i thought i might find this hard to do but my brain didn't have a problem with it since its free motion.

    i moved my sewing machine from my sewing table and put it on my cutting/work table. my work table is about 72 inches long - i got it at staples - its just a cheap folding table.

    the flynn frame comes with 2 really fat PVC pipes that you use to rest the frame on while you're working.

    this allows the frame with quilt to feel like it floating. it truly is weightless.

    now take your 2 hands and make a "thumbs up" this is how you position your hands on the quilt frame.

    you rest the quilt frame on your index fingers and the thumb is there to prevent the frame from slipping away and you just guide the frame in which ever direction you wish to go.

    i know typing this out - its seems like a lot of work but it really isn't. its so easy to set up and the actual quilting is effortless.

    what i like about this set up too - is you can do the sections of the quilt that has an all over design and then when you reach the bottom of the quilt you can pull out the middle rod because that pattern has quilted all the layers together.

    now you can roll everything back up onto the rods and go back and do the fancy designs in the blocks.

    i did an all over continuous line design so i was able to stop when i completed an area with needle down - loosen the braces on each end and the grosgrain ribbon - and roll out an entirely new section to quilt and then tighten the braces and put the ribbons back on and get to work quilting.

    this is a real plus for me since i only have 4.5 inches of throat space from my needle to the back of the machine.

    so that entire quilt pattern was done in 4 inch sections across the width of the quilt.




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    i know that post was long - sorry about that - but i wanted to give you some useful details.


    if you have any questions or would like to see pics of the quilt frame parts let me know and i'd be happy to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i know that post was long - sorry about that - but i wanted to give you some useful details.


    if you have any questions or would like to see pics of the quilt frame parts let me know and i'd be happy to help.
    I think he has a website, and if I remember correctly, it isn't all that expensive. Your explanation was very good, thank you very much ... it does sound a lot of work, but not unmanageable, certainly less than what I had to do to do FM on my regular sewing machine and not any more than I have to mess with putting a quilt on the Pinnacle ... the difference is: I could sit and quilt, versus standing and bending (which is getting more painful each week!) but, I digress! THank you for your good information.

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    You have a great start for FM quilting. All you need to do is practice, practice practice and practice some more. Thanks for the very nice compliment on my quilt. I still need LOTS more PPP.

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