There were a lot of questions about which presser foot to use for free-motion quilting.
What do you do with the safety pins as you are quilting?
For the most part, I am able to quilt around the safety pins without too much trouble. I've gotten pretty good at gauging how close I can get without sewing the pins. HOWEVER! That being said...
Obviously it is best to avoid sewing close to the pins. When you come up on a pin, remove it and continue quilting!
Is there a pattern you follow when you quilt? Rows? Columns? Sections?
I don't follow a particular pattern -- for me it is mostly random, working from one side to the other! If you do end up getting stuck (sewing yourself into a corner!) simply take a few stitches in one place where you want to stop (this is the "backstitch" for quilting), then start again where you need to.
If the idea of just jumping in and going random all over your quilt makes your brain scream "NO!", Brianne left a comment with a link to this excellent post about free-motion quilting using a more ordered, predictable method.
How do you deal with stopping and starting?
When you run out of bobbin thread, remove your quilt from the machine and reload your bobbin. Get your quilt back into your machine and locate the spot where you left off. Start on your same thread, a few stitches back from the end of the thread that stopped. Take a few stitches in place, then continue quilting on your way!
Why don't you cross over your own stitching line?
This is only for this particular quilting stitch -- meandering. Certainly there are other methods, but I recommend meandering as a GREAT place to start! :o)
GOOD LUCK, everyone! I can't wait to see how everyone's quilts turn out!
I'll be hosting a
1st Quilt Ever
with photos of everyone's quilts sometime later this month!