I'm not calling this a tutorial. It's more of a visualization for reference. I don't really have anything new to say on the subject, but when I was learning, I liked the videos of someone actually quilting, so I made one! I love to free motion quilt--mostly because I suck at straight-line quilting! :) I learned almost everything I know about FMQ from Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial. I set up my machine (stitch length 0, tension 6.2, feed dogs down, size 90/14 needle) and my quilt just like her. The only thing I notice I do differently is how I hold the quilt. I like both hands on top. That's just my personal preference and where my hands are comfortable. I quilt from the bottom right corner to the middle, then back to the right side until half of the quilt is done (see diagram in Elizabeth's tutorial). Then, I turn the quilt around and finish the other side. I usually quilt about a 12" area at a time, but I try and base it on the blocks in my quilt. This way, I don't get lost and I don't cross over an area I've already sewn (don't cross the streams!). That last bit was just for Kaelin, ignore my sad attempt at humor. Also, ignore my scraggly hair, no makeup appearance--I swear I'm usually....well, sometimes, better groomed! Toward the end of the video, I didn't realize the quilt was obstructing the camera view, but I'm sure you all have gotten the point by then!
These are pictures of the area I quilted in the video, both front and back.
If any of you want another video/better video of this process, just let me know and I'll have hubby film something for me.