The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilting with Yarn? I'm in Love!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quilting with Yarn? I'm in Love!

Grace Company recently came out with a new foot set designed for couching yarn on your quilt. I finally got up the nerve to try this last night and I love it!

For the last few years I've leaned towards an intense travel stitched look on my goddess quilts that's very time consuming to create. Probably why I still haven't finished Dream Goddess.

If I instead couched yarn on the surface, would I get that desired look, but without the huge time stitching 40 weight thread over and over again? Only way to know is to try it out!

I love experimenting and playing. Sometimes I make a total mess. Sometimes it turns out pretty like this. It's always an adventure, but the key is not being afraid to try. This foot is a bit scary and when I threaded the yarn through I had all kinds of fears come up. What if it breaks? What if the yarn is too thick? What if I mess everything up?

Deep breath. Take one stitch at a time. Bad noise means stop. It's all just thread and fabric and yarn anyway. If I mess it up, there's always something else to play with!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I absolutely love the look too! Couching is great fun and really makes designs pop!

  2. Handiquilyer has couching feet too. These may be my birthday gift to me!

  3. Not sure if this is a duplication, but I'm wondering if this would be possible on a regular sewing machine FMQ. I would think so with a closed toe FMQ foot. And I would think a satin ribbon would be gorgeous!! Dangit! Now there's another thing to add to my bucket list!

  4. I like this. Great definition.

  5. I LOVE my couching foot. It was one of the first accessories I got for my bernina. Sadly, it isn't fool proof with yarn, as it does better with thicker more solid cording, but I still LOVE to use it to add dimension to projects.


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