Introduction to Freemotion Quilting

Freemotion quilting workshop

Have you always wanted to finish off your own quilts but have no confidence to do so and no idea where to begin?

In this workshop we will take away the fear and give you the confidence to develop your quilting skills which in turn offers so many more options for your quilt making.

You will learn how to:

Baste and pin your work for quilting

Set the machine for free motion including lowering or covering the feed dogs, setting your stitch length, and changing the speed, if your machine allows

Making sure you have ready wound bobbins

Use an open toe/darning/embroidery sewing foot (you will need to bring along one to fit your machine)

How to manoeuvre the fabric use of gloves and placement of your hands

A few basic shapes (including meander, stippling, simple flowers and leaves, pebbles, circles and swirls)

 How to develop muscle memory of a variety of designs to build your skills

How to mark the fabric if you choose to do so

Starting and stopping tips

You will need to bring along some quilt sandwiches ready to work on – see below for how to prepare them, please note this needs to be done in advance of the workshop




15 Oct 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Freemotion quilting £75
Available Tickets: 5
The Freemotion quilting ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

What you will need

You will need to bring along some quilt sandwiches ready to work on – see below for how to prepare them *please note this needs to be done in advance of the workshop*


Please bring  10 quilt sandwiches to learn the techniques on.

How to prepare your quilt sandwich for free motion practice:

The quilt sandwich consists of a top layer, middle wadding layer and then a backing fabric

Choose a plain cotton where possible for the top layer, you can always use the reverse of a fabric you dislike – this is also a good chance to use up those random colours and chop up old tablecloths or sheeting.

Good sizes for practising are fat quarter size (46cm x 54cm) or about 60 x 60 cm. This is a good size to hold and work with as a beginner.

Press the fabric well before you start, and the wadding to remove creases and pleats, press with a fabric cover or use a cooler iron setting.

If you have scraps of wadding, 80/20 works well, then this is the time to use these, you can zigzag these together with a large zigzag stitch.

Cut these to be at least an inch bigger than your fabric for samples

Lay the backing fabric flat then add the batting, and smooth out, layer the top piece on this and smooth again. Add a few pins to keep these together and we can baste in the workshop

Once these are all set up you can bring these along to the class and we will learn how to baste these.

Remember to also bring along your embroidery sewing foot for free motion for your machine and about 10 pre wound bobbins. You will get through these really quickly.

You will also need a pad and pencil



Covid precautions

Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Deborah Jarvis


Deborah Jarvis

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