How to quilt an overall swirl using Full Line Stencil and the Pounce Pad

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.

In today’s tutorial I show you how to use stencils as a guide to learn and master the overall swirl. Once you have got the muscle memory down and have practiced moving throughout the quilt creating an even quilting texture, you can ditch the stencil and start getting creative.

Supplies we used:

Pounce Pad:

Full Line Stencil Overall Swirl:

Machingers Quilting Gloves:

Free motion or darning foot:

Test fat quarter sandwiches

Aurifil 50 WT thread in contrasting color to your fabric:

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  • Reply daisy young

    Stef, I love your tutorials and they are very helpful. I keep trying to learn to free motion but not doing so well YET! Thanks for your help.

  • Reply Rosalee

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I am a beginner beginner, lol, but this is going to be my year to learn some FMQ!

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