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    Help - FMQ Warm Wishes

    I am just finishing the piecing of a Warm Wishes Quilt. The main block is pale teal with snowmen. I am completely stumped on what to use as a motif for FMQ. It would have to be really simple as I really can't seem to get the hang of FMQ no matter how much I practice. I have many UFOs waiting to be quilted, but because I am so awful at FMQ, they remain undone. As this quilt is just for me, I would like to try yet again to FMQ.

    Any suggestions/tips would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    I am still a beginner at FMQ but I found a few things that help. If I am quilting on my domestic machine I often draw my pattern on freezer paper, iron it lightly to the area I want to quilt and then just sew on the lines. When done with each section I carefully ( so not to pull stitches) remove the paper then go on to the next section. Works great for me as my freehand is terrible still. If I am using my frame which has a mega quilter on it, I am so much better at just meandering or pantographs which I trace out on paper. To get patterns for quilting I often trace coloring pages. You could do a search for free snowman coloring pages and maybe find one to trace and use. Good luck.
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    Thank you so much - I never would have thought of using freezer paper ! I will definitely give this a try as nothing seems to register with me in FMQ - even classes haven't helped. Love the colouring book idea and am going to search right now.

    Again, my thanks.

    Kathie

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    Also, there is a yellow paper that is in a roll that is made just for quilting. I can't remember the name of it but many quilt shops carry it. It is about the weight of tissue paper. Good luck in your efforts.
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    The paper is by Golden Threads.... called Golden Threads quilting paper. You can get it from their website. Great stuff... use it all the time. Check out their website and I believe they have a video. I mark my pattern on my quilt before FMQ or use the paper... Helps a great deal
    Last edited by Janet My; 11-13-2011 at 07:16 AM.

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    I use freezer paper too. For removing, I use a paint brush with water to soften the paper then gently peel away. It helps not tear the threads. Check out Leah Day FMQ ideas too. She is amazing.
    Linda

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    I prefer to use the tissue paper you use for gift wrapping. It's much easier to see through to trace the design and much easier to tear away once you've sewn through it. You can get bundles of it for $1 at the dollar store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    I am still a beginner at FMQ but I found a few things that help. If I am quilting on my domestic machine I often draw my pattern on freezer paper, iron it lightly to the area I want to quilt and then just sew on the lines. When done with each section I carefully ( so not to pull stitches) remove the paper then go on to the next section. Works great for me as my freehand is terrible still. If I am using my frame which has a mega quilter on it, I am so much better at just meandering or pantographs which I trace out on paper. To get patterns for quilting I often trace coloring pages. You could do a search for free snowman coloring pages and maybe find one to trace and use. Good luck.
    I use tissue paper need to be gental with it , but it comes off easy.

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    Thank you.

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    Thank you for the info !

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