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Thread: beginner FMQ question

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    I have played with FMQ but now I want to actually use it for a quilt.
    My question is, do you really just roam all over the entire quilt till done or do you confine your meandering to a long section, say 12" wide, from top to bottom, then move over and do it again and again in sort of columns?
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    I roll up half of my quilt and then start at the bottom (at the centre) and work my way up and down, un-rolling as I go until I get to the edge.

    I then flip it around, roll up the un quilted side and then begin the quilting from the bottom centre section and work my way up and down the quilt until it's complete.

    Did that make sense?

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    You start from the bottom center? Really? I thought I should start in the very center and work outwards. Interesting.

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    you really just have to experiment to find out what works best for you, i start in the middle and go a ways then turn and go some more, when i'm done i've usually missed a spot and have to back and fill in :oops:

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    I try to start in the middle of the quilt and work my way out to the edges. It will depend on what kind of fmq I am doing...if it's stippling, I work a small area and then go on to the next. A feathery pattern or something in a border will require me to work that pattern until done. There are just so many different ways to fmq, that to say "this is the only way" doesn't cut it. As you get more practice, you will find your most efficient method.

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    I start in the middle and work my way out to the sides and I do not roll my quilt I bunch it up, it makes it quickly available for the next section and I find it moves easier that way. I have done over 40 quilts this way including king sized quilts.

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    I start in the middle at one edge & work my way across the width (or length) of the quilt, making about 12-16 inches of meandering. Then move the quilt over & start meandering again, working edge to edge.

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    I found just starting out, to stick to smaller areas. I did some SID and then went back and filled those areas in. I didn't have to worry so much about bigger areas, I could concentrate on moving a smaller portion of the quilt at a time, and it is already stabilized too :D:D:D

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    Thanks for the info! Did one small quilt want to try more!!

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    I start in the middle and wrok my way to the ;eft and down,then turn. You will find what works best for you. I also use the 'fluff" method instead of rolling.

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