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    Question on FMQ

    I am ready to try FMQ and have a practice piece put together. Now, where do I start??? Do I start in the center and quilt it in quarters or do I start at the top across the whole thing and down or do I go down one side and then flip it and do the other side? Thank you all for your input. Judy

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    It really depends on what quilting pattern you're doing. Although I was taught to start in the center, I've learned that if the quilt sandwich is basted smoothly with lots of pins, it really doesn't matter where you start. If you're meandering or stippling, it just makes sense to start at the top right or left corner. If you're quilting a motif in each block, then the center might be the best place to start. I often quilt in the ditch around blocks, then quilt inside each block.

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    It is suggested that it is best to start in the center, of the quilt. If your questions is where to start on your practice sandwich, it really does not matter. Don't forget to breath and try to relax. FMQ takes LOTS AND LOTS of practice, hands slow, machine faster. Each one of has our own "sweet spot" for quilting. That is the special area where you feel comfortable and your stitching looks nice (hopefully).

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    On larger quilts, I start in the middle..... baby sized quilts I start on an edge and go all the way to the other edge. I also stitch in the ditch to do the main sashing and borders then go do the inside of the blocks. It does take a little practice but just relax.... you can do this.

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    Thanks for asking this question. I'm enjoying the advice...

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    I always start in the center and do a cross, always starting from the center, dividing into quarter sections. Then I always quilt next to quilting. This works best for me.
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    I often quilt in the ditch around blocks, then quilt inside each block.[/QUOTE]

    I do this also. I think it really helps to help keep it smooth and with less puckers.
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    I don't have any set way to do it. It depends on the size of the quilt and what motif I am quilting. I generally quilt the same direction to avoid any fabric twisting, but this does not seem to matter as much on true FMQ as it does stitch in the ditch. You will have plenty of practice pieces, so try it different ways until you find what is comfortable for you.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    Have fun practicing. I love quilting with my machine.

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    I have just finished FMQing 3 crib quilts. When they say "relax", take it seriously! I found I was hunching my shoulders as I moved the fabric, which caused PAIN(!) from the death grip I had on the fabric between my hands as I moved it under the needle. So, when you catch yourself hunching, take a short break, roll your shoulders, stretch and maybe take a sip of good tea. Some FMQers take a sip of wine to relax, but I'm too chicken! I'll be the one quilting my fingers to the piece!!! Oh and remember the galloping horse rule: If you can't see the mistake as you gallop past on a horse, there IS NO mistake. Have fun!!

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