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Thread: Hi Everybody! Happy September!

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    Wink Hi Everybody! Happy September!

    I live in upstate New York - in the mountains and not far from Lake Ontario. This area is in the "snow belt", so we get lots of snow because of the lake. It's time to start hunkering down and cocoon myself for the coming winter. I used to quilt years ago (before my husband died and I had two strokes 3 years later). I've totally hoed out my sewing room, since my younger son and his girlfriend decided to "help me out" by "reorganizing" it. Goodness!!! What a disaster! Took apart my EZ Quilt frame,unthreaded my sewing machine and serger, etc. etc. Yikes!!
    Anyway, I am thrilled to meet you all and start to get back to my love. I want to learn FMQ as that was just starting to get popular when I stopped quilting. I was tinkering with the idea of making a FMQ with the QAYG method. Something that I have never done. What do you think? Should I launch such a project??

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. There are a bunch of sites that give pointers on FMQing and you can always use your practice squares to do a QAYG quilt. Some FMQ experts have gone into using a ruler foot and rulers to quilt now also. Check out a few like Angela Walters, Leah Day, Lori Kennedy, Judi Marsden(sp)etc.

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    Welcome aboard! I'm about as far as you can go in a straight line and still stay in the US, Seattle area of Washington. I've never had a desire to go to NYC but I'd love to go to upstate sometime.

    I'd say launch any project you want, or at least do some tests on things you already have, wait for the "for real" projects until you've practiced for a bit. I am contending with vision issues and while my best quilts are probably behind me there are lots of techniques and styles for "simple but effective" that I can still do. Recently I made a project and there was a point I knew I should go back and look at the directions again -- but I didn't! Darn it, lost out on the big reason I chose that project but it still looks fine and nobody but me knows I didn't do it right

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    Welcome from Vermont!

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    Hi and welcome from North Carolina! Quilting is a little like riding a bike... they say once you learn, you can always do it. (Actually, that's not the case with me. I biked like crazy when I was a kid, about 100 years ago, but several years ago, I tested that theory and almost killed myself.)

    Right now, I'm waiting for that hurricane (tropical storm) to hit us here in the piedmont. Snow storms sound a whole lot better!! We have those here, too, and we complain about those, too. I expect some flooding and no power for a couple of days. It wouldn't be so bad if I had a working treadle,or a battery operated sewing machine... but I don't.

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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Hello and welcome to the board. I'm so glad you found us!
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    Welcome from Kansas! I love FMQ. I'm not good at it, but I love it. Practice does make perfect!
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Thanks for the tips! Eventually, definitely would like to learn quilting with rulers....Full steam ahead!

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    Howdy! Are you from the UP? I had a colleague/good friend from there. Beautiful!

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    Welcome, I say go for it. You can easily mix FMQ with Quilt-As-You go. I know some people even turn their practice FMQ pieces into small things like mug rugs/coasters. So, it's not really a stretch to add in QAYG. It would be a nice winter activity for you.

    The only thing is, you have to do a smidge of preplanning for QAYG. But, where there's a will......
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    Welcome from MD. You can keep whatever snow you get after the first 10". We got so much last winter, I thought we'd never see green grass or feel the sunshine again. I like a light snow on Christmas Eve, one hunker-down for three days snow in January, and I'm content.

    But yes, it makes for great quilting progress. Enjoy getting back into it. I love FMQ but I've not given QAYG a very good try, so can't speak to your question.

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    Welcome from Oklahoma.
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    I am from the South....39 miles south of Boston.

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    Hi Molly, welcome to the board!
    Doing a QAYG is a great way to start FMQ. The pieces are smaller so you can get some experience.
    I grew up in Utica and lived in Syracuse for many years. Talk about snow!!!!!!
    To be totally honest though, I do miss some of it. We hardly get any here.

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