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Thread: Need advice quilting leaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    Quote Originally Posted by dd
    How about an old fashioned quilting bee? Ask some friends over who quilt and ask them to help you finish this in time for the auction.
    Ahem. The only "friends" I have who quilt are... you all... I actually don't know one local person who quilts. (play sappy violin music here...)

    I'm going to try FMQ on a 12" test patch and see just how bad I am... (oops... my feed dog switch appears to be jammed... arrghhh)

    Let you know how it goes. In the meantime, some add'l photos of the quilt, along with inspectors. (Sorry for the photo quality.)
    No suggestions but love the quilt - not sure that this is what they meant about a quilting bee though. :lol:

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    Put your darning foot on, drop your feed dogs and then try a simple loop de loop. This is easier than a leaf or vine and almost always looks good. You can practice with a pencil and paper to get the feel for the design. I think you could probably learn to do this in just a couple of days. Remember when FMQ move your hands slowly and run the machine fast.

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    Love the inspectors! Quilt is beautiful, can't wait to see your FMQ!

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    (Can't get my feed dogs to drop; dogs are clearly annoyed that there is no canine inspector in the house.)

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    If you want to hand quilt the leaves, just do a few of the leaves that connect and are near the center of the border.
    Love the pattern and quilt.

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    Since you can't drop the feeddogs can you reduce the pressure on the pressure foot? If so, you can still free motion quilt.

    By the way, I forgot to tell you that is a really great quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    What about doing a lattice pattern, so it looks like the leaves are climbing on a trellis?
    Ooo great idea!

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    If I can't fix the machine (I *really* want to FMQ around the leaves), I'll try the lattice. Thanks!

    And hopefully, I'll get a decent photo to share of the whole quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    Since you can't drop the feeddogs can you reduce the pressure on the pressure foot? If so, you can still free motion quilt.

    By the way, I forgot to tell you that is a really great quilt!
    Thanks, Polly. I will try reducing the pressure on the pressure foot. Still learning about this "new" machine. (Had it for a month.) I swear I've learned more about quilting and machines in the almost three months I've been on this board than in my 40 years of (off-and-on) sewing.

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    I've found that I don't really have to lower the feed dogs to free motion. Well, actually they won't lower. My machine is pretty old and I just have a plate that covers them. Anyway, you could try free motioning without lowering the feed dogs. I just did a whole bunch of free motion feathers that way.

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