Once you wrap your head around Free Motion Quilting (like we did in the Inner Circle Workshop) it is easy to transfer that skill to Free Motion Monogramming like I did on My Grand Nephew Liam’s stocking. I use Iron Off Marking Chalk in a Clover Marking Tool, then write the name in cursive on the project. The wheel on the tool is directional so it takes a bit of practice to get it to write cleanly.
Once the name is written, I put my free motion foot on my sewing machine, change the straight stitch to a Zig-Zag stitch and start the cursive writing. I used Rayon thread to add a little extra shine.
The side to side Zig-Zag stitch acts like a calligraphy pen. When you move up and down the Zig-Zag is wide, but when you move side to side, the lines are thin. This gives a very elegant look to my standard cursive handwriting. It takes a little practice to follow the written lines, just as it does to follow the marked lines in machine quilting.
You can monogram on cork to make a cork notebook cover, or monogram your next baby quilt with the baby’s name and birth date. This is an easy skill to learn if you already machine quilt and there is no special embroidery machine needed!
Give it a go!