Free Motion Quilting Video: On Fusible Appliqued Leaves

I did a video while I was quilting on the newest tree quilt I'm doing as a commission for a friend.

In the video, I stitched dangerously close to a basting pin and put a warning on the video. You don't want to end up breaking a needle! But I don't take my own advice apparently. I did not break my needle, but if you look closely at the picture below....

stitched a basting pin

You'll see I stitched right over the pin! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket. I had to break thread and tie off when I got the pin out, but otherwise the pin was easily removed. Note to self: Stop stitching further from pins!

I'm linking this post with Leah Day's Free Motion Fridays link up at The Free Motion Quilting Project


  1. ack! lol. I know I'm not supposed to, but I take the pins out when I get into their "section". They just give me anxiety and get in my way so I dump em! :)

  2. I've been known to "bury" pins in my applique pieces since I don't fuse! I remember the late, great Joan Colvin told me once to switch to glass head pins so that when you do bury a pin by mistake you can just hammer the glass head - and work the pin out. At least that was her plan! I love the idea of quilting on linen. Ohhh and can I please have a Tshirt that says - "Quilt the Jimmy Dickens Out of it" - LOL!!

  3. Hello Amy,

    Gosh that was scary! Free motion appliqué is daring stuff.

    It just so happens I have posted a little tree on today's link up!


  4. Ha ha, that has alomst happened to me too! I sewed over pins with a walking foot just last week. The needly completely bent the pin in half. I was lucky my machine was not damaged by it!
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