Free motion quilting is the process of sewing the layers of the quilt together following a free-handed design or pattern. Rather than sewing the quilt together using the feed dogs and to advance the fabric, free motion quilting is done with the feed dogs lowered and the darning foot attached. The quilter thus has control of the length and direction of the stitches, allowing for intricate designs to be sew onto the quilt top. See also: meandering, stippling,