Free Motion Quilting Tools and Supplies

Do you want to improve your free motion quilting?
Then here is a list of essential tools and supplies which are helpful to practice free motion quilting (FMQ):

Essential Tools:

  1. Free motion quilting foot
  2. Schmetz Topstitch needles  - 80/12 for 50wt thread or 90/14 for 40wt thread
  3. Quilting thread. For example Sulky 40wt Rayon, Superior Threads So Fine #50 Polyester, Auriful 50wt thread, Isacord Polyester Threads, Coats and Clarks 30wt cotton machine quilting thread.
  4. Supreme slider or any other teflon mat which they already use for quilting
  5. Machingers quilting gloves
  6. Quilt Sandwich for practice. I generally use either solid color layer cake, fat quarter or half yard of fabric.
  7. Paper/Pen for practicing quilting designs.L
  8. Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washers (optional)
  9. Water soluble marking pen or disappearing marking pen of your choice
Fabric considerations:
Some of the fabrics I found very helpful for practicing FMQ:

  1. Darker Solid fabric with contrasting lighter quilting thread. For example Back Moda Bella or Kona solids or any other fabric of their choice with white thread.
  2. Stripes which are 1.5inches to 2 inches apart
  3. Large prints or Panels
If you don't have some of the essential FMQ tools, you can buy it here:

Happy Quilting!


  1. Malini
    Your blog background is so pretty, did you make it?


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