Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Splendid Sampler -- Echo Quilting Tutorial

So many quilters responded to my Why I Quilt post and told me why they quilt: they quilt because it is their relaxation, their escape, their art, their passion.  It is all of those things for me and more!

Many quilters told me that they want to learn more about machine quilting.  I adore machine quilting and am thrilled that it's time for the first Machine Quilting Tutorial for The Splendid Sampler!  I used our first block, Hearts Aflutter, to show how to echo inside and outside the heart.


Echo quilting is simply a series of parallel lines outlining a shape on a quilt.  It is a very effective technique that will work great on your Splendid Sampler quilt or on many of your other quilting projects.  See how great these lines look on my block made with Hometown Girl fabrics from Pat Sloan:



I had fun filming this tutorial on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, but this quilting technique will work on any machine that allows you to free-motion quilt.  My machine has a 1/4" foot, but you can use whatever size foot your machine has to help keep your echoed lines consistent.

Pat Sloan's Hometown Girl AuriFil 50 weight thread was a dream to quilt with.  It was thin and smooth, tensioned beautifully, and looks great on my samples.



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For more information on machine quilting, check out my Craftsy Class "Free-Motion Quilting with Lines, Curves and Loops"




36 comments:

Shelor Robin said...


Thank you so much for doing this for us. As a beginner at fmq, I struggle with ALL aspects of it. I definitely will be following you in this journey!

Kay Strong said...

I have been trying to learn free motion on my domestic machine. This was useful. Thanks so much. I am getting better.

Jane Hyde said...

Hi Debby, I've just learn to free motion quilt and love it - your video and tips were super helpful - thanks for doing this

Unknown said...

Thanks so much. Those feet surely would help!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this video! I'm trying to teach myself free motion quilting but I. Keep getting hung up on my mistakes. Nice to see that the pros aren't worried by perfection.

Unknown said...

Hope to quilt my Splendid Sampler quilt. Thanks for the lesson. Plan on doing each block different.

Lu Hare said...

Thank you Debby for your splendid tutorial. I will be watching for more of your teachings. It was most informative.

kupton52 said...

Thank you for the video....I started quilting on my domestic machine a couple of years ago after being a hand-quilter for decades. Last year I bought a HandiQuilter Avante longarm and have only recently starting using it---and am still getting used to moving the machine, not the quilt. Straight lines and loops are fine with me, but I'm having some difficulty getting my curves to suit me---I can write a "c" just perfectly but quilting them, especially as in waves...well, it just isn't pretty...lol

Darla said...

I'm a novice machine quilter and I just use my domestic machine. Love the videos and learn something new with each one. Now I know the secret is to practice, practice, practice. Hope to improve with time.

nycjoan said...

I have been free motion quilting on my machine for a few years, but tend to stipple -- a lot! This tutorial looks easy and encouraging. Will definitely try this on my next quilt. Thank you!

beefi8 said...

Love this! Thank you!

Greg said...

Thank you for this splendid echo quilting tutorial! I love it! I am doing my first QAYG on the Splendid Sampler and will be looking forward to your tutorials.

Karen said...

Thank you! I'm looking forward to watching your quilting series here. For those using a domestic machine, there are also feet designed for echo quilting.

Marion said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I like your suggestion on marking the point. I will use that when I echo around appliquéd leaves. Looking forward to more tutorials.

Marion said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I like your suggestion on marking the point. I will use that when I echo around appliquéd leaves. Looking forward to more tutorials.

Cheryl Buchanan said...

Thank you for sharing with us the Echo technique. A great one for the heart block. I look forward to watching others you will be making.

Elayne Novotny said...

Your tutorial was very good, I especially liked the step of stopping, taking a breath, blinking your eyes, shaking your shoulders. Best tips of the day! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Susie said...

Thank you.

ChristaQuilts said...

Great tutorial Debby! You have such a calm, soothing teaching voice - I love it!!

Jacqui Delchau said...

Thankyou for taking the time to make this video for us. I'm not too confident at machine quilting so this will help I'm sure. Cheers!

Nancy McClelland said...

Thank you so much, Debby. Can't wait to see what you do with the other Splendid Sampler blocks!

Jean Balliro said...

Debby, Thank you for the video. Your description of the process is slow and steady. Just what we need.

Christine Wallace said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more.

Christine Wallace said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more.

Alice G said...

Hi Debbie,
Thank you so much for this tutorial about echo quilting. I have always been a little afraid of trying to do anything other than 'stitch in the ditch' or a simple 'outline' around the border of each block. I'm planning to try some heart block quilts for my granddaughter while working on the mini sampler. Your tutorial gave me the confidence to give this a shot.

Thanks again,
Alice G

Michelle Bowes said...

Wonderful tutorial. This technique will certainly come in useful. I've just recently tried FMQ and will watch for more videos for sure! Thnx so much for passing your knowledge along to us!! ��

Cathie in UT said...

Really enjoyed the video and the tips you gave as you did the quilting. I work with a vintage Singer Rocketeer and my biggest problems is speed control. Any suggestions?
Thanks again

Molly Risewick-Zeno said...

I am going to have to take a lesson on how to do this on my babylock ellegante! I have only used the most basic features since I got it last year. I need to dive into machine quilting! I would love to be able to do every aspect of my quilt myself. Thanks for the lesson!

Connie said...

free motion quilting is a challenge for me. I need to practice more.

debbiesc1 said...

FMQ scares me, I took a class and didn't practice after so now I will be starting over. I want to learn and your video was very helpful. Echo would be a great start, going to make a sandwich and give it a go. Did you spray baste it? Thanks!

Laura McFall said...

Great lesson - thank you for sharing.

DMJ JIMENEZ said...

Debbie.Leblanc@fwmedia.com this is great. I want to know if you are using a regular sewing machine can you do the with a walking foot?

DMJ JIMENEZ said...

Debbie.Leblanc@fwmedia.com this is great. I want to know if you are using a regular sewing machine can you do the with a walking foot?

Gail Cali said...

Thank you for this great tutorial. Have not attempted machine quilting yet and you have made this seem doable.

Yaharalady said...

Thank you for the video. I've been FMQ on my domestic machine for awhile and always like to see how others do it. I seem to pick up new tricks each time. I like your tip about bringing the Bobbi. Thread to the top at the end of stitching.

Diana said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. Watching you go over each step and the thought process for stitching is great. I'm going to try the echo quilting on Valentines Day placemats.