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Thread: Lessons learned by a newbie FMQer

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    Lessons learned by a newbie FMQer

    I recently completed a lap quilt for one of my students whose family lost their home in the Bastrop fires in Sept. It took me a long time to complete, although it was just a simple patchwork design. I wanted to FMQ it, but wasn't sure I could do a good job since I have very little experience with FMQ. But I went ahead, despite my fears, and did it anyway. The quilt featured cowboy fabrics, so I thought I would do a design that would loop a little bit like a lariat being thrown in the air. I did what I was told to: I drew practice sketches for a general design and to get my hands and eyes working in unison. I can definitely tell that my stitching became more confident as I moved across the quilt, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the results. I used flannel for the backing and borders. I definitely needed to do a spray basting instead of just pinning because I did get some pleats. So, fellow newbies at FMQ, take heart! There's only one way we're ever going to improve and that's practice, practice, and practice.
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    Beautiful! I know the family will treasure it.

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    It looks great. congrats.
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    Oh Susanne, I really like it! It's darling! Perfect for a young Texan. The 'lassos' go great with it.
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    Nice job! Those stitches look so even.

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    Nice job! It looks so cozy.

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    You did a wonderful job on this quilt. They are going to love and appreciate it
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    That is a GREAT quilt. Newbies seem to be intimidated by FMQ but it really is not difficult at all. I think the best advice is to get used to how your machine functions in FMQ - not all act alike!

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    How pretty. Good to know that you are pleased with it yourself. Sometimes I think that we don't value our selves enough. BrendaK
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    Great job!!

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