Free Motion Quilting with Stencils video tutorial! Master the stipple and leaf meander

When you start free motion quilting, you are told to just do an all over meander, keep everything curvy and don’t overlap your lines. It sounds easy to someone who has been quilting for a while. But to a true beginner, that can be very intimidating.

You have to learn how to create smooth even curves, pointy points and move around the quilt top with an even quilting density without backing yourself into a corner all while keeping your stitches small, but not too small with a consistent stitch width. That’s a lot to handle if you’ve never done it before.

In today’s tutorial I break down free motion quilting and show you how to use stencils as a guide to learn and master the stipple and leaf meander designs. The stencils are already drawn out for you, so you just have to follow the lines.

That way instead of worrying about where you are going to go next, you can focus on creating those smooth curves and even stitches, all while developing muscle memory needed to do it without stencils once you are comfortable.

I recommend you pull out all the fabric you regret buying and create a dozen test sandwiches that are the size of fat quarters. Then quilt one fat quarter a day using the stencils, or at least one a couple times a week. By spending a half hour or so several times a week, you will gradually improve, build confidence and be able to ditch the stencils before you know it.

As always we have all the supplies you need to get started free motion quilting on your home sewing machine. Just click on the links below to get it from

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  • Reply Sharon Garbett

    Excellent video. You’ve inspired me to not be afraid. Pace of the video was perfect for a beginner!

  • Reply Kathy Q

    Love your videos…You are such a good teacher!

  • Reply Karen Arnold

    Excellent video lesson. Easy to understand and follow. Definitely made me interested in getting the pouncer and stencil myself. I look forward to watching future video lessons from this instructor.

  • Reply Carmen Montmarquet

    Loved this tutorial. Really helped to give me confidence to really give this a try. Have been wanting to for a long time and watching you i feel i really can do this. Thank You for that!!

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