Successful Machine Quilting: Basic & Beyond

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Many of us complete the quilt top but hesitate when it comes to quilting on our home machines. Cindy’s easy manner takes you from marking and basting to straight-line stitching and then on to continuous free-motion quilting. Feathers are included as well as turning, placement, and stitching techniques. Learn to anchor your piece and determine the order in which things get quilted. Know which foot to use and what to do with feed dogs. Cindy Seitz-Krug also demonstrates how a large quilt can be successfully quilted on a domestic home machine. This beginner’s class takes the mystique out of quilting on your very own sewing machine and gives you the skills you need to sew your projects from start to finish.

Course Curriculum

Successful Machine Quilting: Basic & Beyond by Cindy Seitz-Krug- 2hr 10m
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05
Lesson 2. Marking & Basting 0 Hours 16 Minutes00:16
Lesson 3. Straight Line Stitching with a Walking Foot 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 4. Continuous Line Free Motion Quilting 0 Hours 46 Minutes00:46
Lesson 5. Turning, Placement & Stitching 0 Hours 25 Minutes00:25
Lesson 6. Large Quilts & Order of Quilting 0 Hours 14 Minutes00:14

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  • Muslin: (2)–15" squares
  • Muslin: (2)–18" squares
  • Batting: (2)–18" squares (avoid thick polyester)


  • Off-white 100% cotton (Aurifil, Mettler Silk Finish, Masterpiece, or Prescencia all work well)
  • 1 bobbin with off-white cotton
  • 1 bobbin with dark cotton (navy, black, dark brown, etc)

Sewing Foot:

  • Walking foot
  • Free-motion foot

Other Supplies:

  • Universal or quilting needle #80/12
  • Blue wash-away marking pen
  • Masking tape
  • 18" or 24" ruler
  • Safety pins (approximately 50) #1 or #2
  • Feather stencil(s)
  • The Grid Design Workbook
  • ebook- The Grid Design Workbook


  1. When stitching in the ditch, what do you do if your ditch (or low side of seam) switches at an intersection?
    When stitching in the ditch and you cross an intersection in which the "ditch" or low side of seam changes (due to pressing and nestling seams), your ditch quilting must also switch sides in order to stay in the ditch. If your intersection isn't quite as precise as it should be, you may have a slightly jagged stitch at the intersection because you had to cross that point at an angle to get to the ditch. Therefore, this will be a good lesson to you (and all of us) to be as precise as possible with our piecing!

    Also, using invisible thread for stitching in the ditch is always a good idea because even if you slip out of the ditch every once in a while, it doesn't show as badly as if you were using cotton thread.

  2. What kind of stitches will I learn?
    Cindy begins with straight-line quilting. She then she explains how to free-motion quilt. Finally, Cindy teaches how to make beautiful feathers. These three options will give you so many wonderful ways to complete your own quilt tops. And when you do, please post them so we can enjoy your good work!
  3. If I have never machine quilted before, will this class teach me how to finish quilting an entire quilt top?
    If you have a quilt top that needs to be quilted, this is the class for you! Cindy will show you how to move from marking your quilt to putting the finishing touches on every last quilting stitch.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with any downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Cindy will get back with you.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Marsha Regan


    Excellent class. Cindy has many great tips. I like how she explains the reasons behind the way she does things.
  2. Leslie Buck


    I learned a number of basic things in this course that will improve my machine quilting. This is an excellent introduction to machine quilting for those who have never done it before. But that is not all this course can do. I have been quilting for a number of years, though, and still I learned a few tips about things that always bothered me about my results.
  3. Marcia Armstrong


    This is the first class that I have taken with iquilt. I thought it was excellent. It met me just where I should be in the free motion process. I have been quilting for years and have done all sorts of fancy pieced tops, but my "quilting" skills were limited to large all over meanders using a sort of track affair for my machine. This class took me back to the fundamentals of stationary machine qui

    lting and has headed me in the direction of the type of the more intricate quilting that I want to do on my machine. Thank you!
  4. Ann Thomas


    Cindy is one of the best teachers I have encountered on both I-Quilt and Craftsy. She goes step by step and doesn't leave anything important out. I read Harriet Hargrave's well known book on machine quilting but at times it is hard to visualize. Cindy is a great follow-up to what I actually wanted to see. She also adds a lot more details about pulling up the bobbin, locking off, and showing you ho

    w to hop from one area to another (shortcuts). I like to review her class a few times year just to make sure I am following all of her directions, after all, she is a pro and has proven it by winner some big shows. As an ex-teacher, I give her A+ for technique and attitude. Ann Marie
  5. Anna Rutledge


    This is the first class where I actually feel motivated to try. Cindy makes a point to explain things and does not assume we already know what she's talking about or reason for doing it. Makes a huge difference. Another thing, I love that she shows us how to actually tackle a very large quilt and not a small make believe quilt. Her tips are equally informative and practical. Just loved this c

  6. Iris Moon


    I noticed there were no student images. I want to amend my review to 5 stars, after completing all the exercises. I'm far from perfect, but can see the changes already. I, now, believe I can do this. Thank you, Cindy.
  7. Iris Moon


    This was a great introduction I wish I had had years ago. Cindy is very clear and kind. I agree that this is the best demonstration and description of stippling ever.
  8. Rhonda Brewer


    Cindy, Thank you! I learned a lot from all of your course, but I had been trying to learn stippling, and had looked at it like trying to draw jigsaw pieces without anything touching, but now I'm really ready to practice your instructions - what a Great way to envision completing stippling. I had not even thought about having enough nerve to try feathers, but I'm going to after your lessons, and

    when I left my feed dogs up, I thought, why bother with a walking foot? Now I know why.
  9. Janeall Kirkland


    Cindy clearly defines all the terms she uses for better understanding. She carefully explains each technique and how alternatives can be used also. I really like the way she shows how to be in control of your stitching by using slow, careful motions. From beginning to end she encourages active participation and lets you know how you can check for accuracy. She is precise and easy to follow. I

    will be recommending this class to all my guild members and beginning students.
  10. Sharon Riddle


    Good general basics. Cindy gives detailed instructions.
  11. Linda Rasmussen


    Cindy gives clear and concise instruction on learning to successfully machine quilt. Every aspect of the process is completely covered and clearly explained to give a beginner confidence to do all the different processes that make a quilt successfully quilted. The photography makes this a very instructive process. You can see every stitch and every manipulation of thread and fabric. I have been

    machine quilting for years and picked up many tips to improve. The stippling has been a challenge for me, but now I feel confident that I can do it successfully. I will come back to this again and again to refresh my skills.
  12. Deborah Seitz


    Cindy's comfortable approach to machine quilting will put you at ease. She explains the process of successful machine quilting with excellent samples and numerous valuable tips. Lesson #5 will help me conquer my fear of feathers! Thank you!
  13. Mary Jordan


    I am a beginning quilter and I highly recommend this class for the ease of learning. Cindy demonstrates so many valuable techniques, equipment and quilting vocabulary. She an amazing instructor who explains in very understandable language throughout her demonstrations. For me, being able to start and stop a lesson is invaluable. As well, the ability to take notes and ask questions is very import

    ant. I would sign up for any quilting lesson that Cindy teaches. I have really benefitted from the course. Thank you for offering it.
  14. Ardath Pearson


    Cindy is an excellent teacher. She explains, demonstrates and then lets you practice. The class is very informative with her ideas and experiences. She adds her little tips along the way. She has made it very exciting for me to get started on a new venture in my quilting. I love the class and love listening to her.

    Ardath Pearson, November 7, 2015

  15. Juliet H Granger


    Excellent class! I've watched the whole course. It is geared to the beginning machine quilter but even those who have had a previous class or two will find it a good review. Cindy takes you step by step to successfully mastering quilting on a home machine. It's like having a private lesson - lots of tips and tricks along the way - all in a friendly and fun atmosphere. I love the fact that I can

    go back and look at the lessons over again. I hope she'll do another course in the future as I'd like to learn more background stitches.

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