Facets Quilt Along Week 7 – Free Motion Quilting

Free-motion quilting is probably the most exciting, but scary part of making any quilt! But never fear, help is here. I have written numerous times about machine quilting that can help you out as you make your Facets quilt.

facets_quiltingMachine quilting is my favorite part of the quilt-making process!

Read my articles about machine quilting here.
Purchase my machine quilting books here.

book-covers2Writing and teaching about machine quilting is just as much fun as doing it!

This week, we are free-motion quilting switchbacks and swirls. They make a great combo when quilted together!! 🙂 Notice how I quilted the switchbacks using white thread (Aurifil 50 wt cotton). I quilted the red swirls with red Aurifil thread and quilted the improv patchwork with a blending light yellow Aurifil thread.


Detail of Facets, from Machine Quilting with Style

In Machine Quilting with Style, I give you some practice exercises on how to quilt switchbacks and swirls on pages 69-70. Then, the Facets instructions include diagrams with a suggested free-motion quilting plan on page 95.

Take a peek at the beautiful Facets quilts being made by members of my facebook group:


 Renee gets a gold star for practicing on a sample first before quilting the full sized quilt!


Katherine’s quilt is dramatic and beautiful with the black sashing. Her switchbacks look great!!


Can you believe it’s Suzy’s first time doing FMQ? Way to go Suzy!! Keep it up!

If you are just finding this quilt along now, here’s the introductory post to get you started!

4 thoughts on “Facets Quilt Along Week 7 – Free Motion Quilting

  1. Sharon - IN says:

    I’m just checking out where I should be in the QAL. Oh my! I’m trying to catch up with the FMQ, but that is a lot for one week. I am loving how my quilt is turning out. Doing the switchbacks today! Everyone is doing such a great job on their quilts! Enjoying the inspiration.

  2. Kelley H says:

    They are all well done & beautiful!! I’m a step or 2 behind, but I hope to catch up quickly! Love this QAL and your book!!

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