Free motion quilting can be challenging for quilters — whether they use longarms or domestic machines . I find that it’s best to learn one design at a time. See the design and figure out how to do it. Next, sketch! Sit in front of the TV with your sketch pad in hand and continue sketching until you have mastered it. Then, try it on a practice quilt. Once the motions become automatic, it is much easier to be successful with free motion designs.
I came across this tutorial of a great free motion design that looks complex — but it’s actually just echoes and swirls. As you will notice if you watch the video, the design can be used on a large or small scale. Also notice that she begins the teaching process by sketching the design. Enjoy!