Do the Humpty Hump (Free Motion Fun!)

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on the Back to Amsterdam quilt. I can’t tell you how much time I spent fretting over various little bits of that quilt, so it’s great to have so many people say they like it and even that I should enter it in a quilt show! Wow! That’ll boost a gal’s ego.

At a sewing class the other night I noticed how much fun everyone was having checking out everyone else’s set up and all the little gadgets that other people couldn’t live without. I decided that some people might enjoy seeing how I have my space set up for quilting, and since I was working on the free motion quilting for the Plain Spoken quilt, I thought it was the perfect time to snap a few photos and maybe even try out the video function on my Canon G10.

This is exactly what my sewing space looked like, mid-quilting.

Free Motion Quilting Set Up

That hump I have in the quilt is there intentionally. Once the quilt gets past a certain point where it becomes hard to move it because of the weight on that side, I scrunch it up to make a hump. This really helps, because now as you sew you are only moving the fabric in front of the hump.

I thought this might be a bit hard to explain, so I made a little video (and got to learn a bit about iMovie at the same time – fun!). If you think the yellow squirt bottle on the shelf looks particularly bright, it’s because I accidentally shot this in color accent mode, which kind of grays out most things and brightens the colors on certain objects. At any rate, I think you can see how only the fabric on the front side of the hump moves as I quilt. (The video is 1:21.)


In case someone is interested, the table is available here. I totally love mine!

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9 comments to Do the Humpty Hump (Free Motion Fun!)

  • that table looks fantastic!

  • Christin

    Thanks for posting this. I was looking forward to what you were going to post. I saw the video and pic on Flickr last night. I’ve started working on larger quilts and the bulk is very overwhelming.

  • Viv

    Wow, great idea. Just in pefect time too, as I have 3 quilts ready to quilt, and your tip is going to be very useful. Thanks 🙂

  • Thanks for posting your tips! Maybe I should try a setup like this. My quilt wrangling has no special tips…I just yank it around and hope it works.

    I love how your PS quilt is coming along!

  • Thanks for posting this, i thought for a while that you needed to rotate the quilt to create the “Squiggles” i didn’t realize that you just move the quilt around in what ever direction you please, certainly looks easier that way! Can’t wait to try it…but i am going to start on a mini quilt !

  • Marge

    Had to have this table. So glad to have seen it on your website. I have just ordered it and am hoping to get it before 4/30/10 for a retreat!!
    My back ALWAYS tires before I am ready to stop quilting. I will also look for an ergonomic chair. Is yours the kind that has no back and you rest your weight on your knees?

  • Thanks for the hump tip. I live in a small space too and was wondering just how I was going to get those larger quits quilted! The use of your bed to hold up the already quilted part is brilliant! I don’t have the same table but due to your ingenuity I think I’ve figured out a way to put casters on mine in order to make it so much more useful. Thanks Amy!

  • Beth

    Thanks for the video! I am 5’7″ with long legs and am considering the Sew-Ezi table, so am happy about the open back. Do you find it wide enough to sit at and be centered in front of the needle? Thanks!!Beth

  • Hi Amy! I couldn’t find the link back to your christmas cards tutorial, i found it through google images but i just wanted to let you know what i featured it on my blog here http://memoryboxat27.blogspot.com/2012/12/hand-made-christmas-cards-ideas.html

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Marina

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