Return to the Quilting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Free-Motion Stars

Posted by geezerfolks (My Page) on
Thu, May 9, 13 at 19:11

I know we've covered this subject time and time again, but this might be a unique situation. I have bit the bullet and am trying to make FM stars in the center square of my QOV wonky stars. I cheated and used a marker to have a line to follow but my problem is, I periodically lose sight of it, and even though I know where I'm supposed to go something happens and I don't end up where I thought I was going. Some of it is my eyesight, but was wondering if there are any tips besides practicing.....I have 4 done and they don't look too bad, but there is a lot of room for improvement and ending where I started! White on white doesn't help either. Thanks for any helpful tips.......

At least I'm trying...........


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Free-Motion Stars

Make them wonky on purpose. Don't try and make them perfect and give them odd shapes and they will all look great and no one will know. I think there is a quilt in my past where I did that. They are just five lines that meet at the points so play on a scrap and you'll see you won't need markings except to see where each line ended.

RE: Free-Motion Stars

Good for you, Sharon. Great idea to make everything wonky, Linda. You could also draw the star on paper, pin it down, sew over the line and remove the paper.


RE: Free-Motion Stars

Absolutely made them wonky and irregular in shape, size, and placement on the quilt! The more irregular they are, the easier they will be. If I were doing stars in the center of a block I would connect them with a curved line of stitching from one block to the next block, entering the block from the corners instead of in a straight line from star to star. Star blocks, even wonky stars, are usually all straight lines, so curved lines in the quilting will help soften all the straight lines.


RE: Free-Motion Stars

Well, the good thing is, I don't have to 'try' and make them wonky! HA! They're looking pretty primative as it is.

Teresa, I was wondering about how to get from one to another, too. And, from the corner it is! That's a tip I didn't remember.

Thank you, ladies.


RE: Free-Motion Stars

A tip I learned from an on line crafty class.... Lay some Glad Press n Seal over the top, draw the design using a sharpie on the glad wrap, and quilt. Once done, rip the glad wrap off. It's easy to see the design using a sharpie, the glad wraps sticks to the fabric, doesn't slide on the fabric and keeps the ink from the fabric. Using a smaller stitch and its not too bad to remove the wrap. I tried it a few times and it worked great, just needed to be patient when removing the wrap after quilting.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Quilting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here