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Thread: I know nothing about free motion!

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    Senior Member leakus's Avatar
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    I see so many beautiful quilts here and wonder if I would ever learn to do an even stitch. I think I just have to practice but check out this website I came across thanks to somebody posting it in other thread.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm

    I didn't know how to create a hyperlink, so just copy and paste the address above into your browser.
    I think this is what I needed to get inspiration and try FMQ.

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    There are so many fun FMQ designs on this site :D:D:D
    Love her videos too!

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    That *is* a working hyperlink! It works whenever you type in (or cut and paste) the complete url.

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    I see- it didn't seem to work while I was copying it.
    thanks amma.

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    Leah Day has so much helpful information to get you started with FMQ. I doubt I would have continued trying to learn if I hadn't found her site (daystyledesigns.com). Her blog is good, also. Check out her videos showing how to set up your machine area, well, and everything else! Have fun!

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    Leah always has interesting stuff on her site. And don't worry - you'll get a nice stitch with practice. Until then, remember that when you wash your quilt, the quilting will be camoflaged and it will look perfect. :) I never pre-wash my quilt fabrics for this reason. I like the quilt to shrink up and wrinkle like an antique and hide all my mistakes.

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    I am so with you on this I like the look of my quilts when they are washed after it is quilted, so do not pre-wash my fabrics, I do test them for color fastness.



    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Leah always has interesting stuff on her site. And don't worry - you'll get a nice stitch with practice. Until then, remember that when you wash your quilt, the quilting will be camoflaged and it will look perfect. :) I never pre-wash my quilt fabrics for this reason. I like the quilt to shrink up and wrinkle like an antique and hide all my mistakes.

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    I have tried and tried and tried and tried to learn FMQ - all to no avail ... until someone asked me if I was trying in with cotton thread...??? No, not me, THUS MY PROBLEM. This weekend I did some FMQ with cotton thread and NO PROBLEM...Of course, I used my quilting gloves to move the material around. I'm ADDICTED !!!!!!!

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    Great site and FM ideas.....Love it Thanks

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    Thanks for the site. I could use some inspiration myself!

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    thanks for the info I certainly will be checking out that site. I have never done machine quilting and want to learn & need all the help I can get. :D

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    Anyone know of a site for med arm FM quilting? I've been looking.Illsa

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    Wow, thank you! Her quilting is AMAZING! Maybe I can figure out how to space out some of those designs.... I don't like quite that much concentration of thread. I want the quilt to retain some of it's loft, and also can you imagine how much $$ in thread you will go through doing an entire quilt that way? Hers are beautiful, tho. Works of art with thread...

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    I am with you sewbizgirl, it happened to me that I quilted a twin quilt for my son and because I mimic water I quilted it really close, well, it is not soft at all. On top of that, I there was a lecture at my guild and the teacher who does long arm quilting explained that in order for a quilt to "look" nice, the quilt has to be even throut the quilt so if you quilt it a lot in one section you might need to continue. But I guess we can always space out as you said.
    Just theory because "I know nothing about FMQ"

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    We learn as we go, huh? Too much quilting too close creates cardboard... that's what I've found. I still want them soft and cozy. I find I like the stitching about an inch apart, for polyester batting.

    Quote Originally Posted by leakus
    I am with you sewbizgirl, it happened to me that I quilted a twin quilt for my son and because I mimic water I quilted it really close, well, it is not soft at all. On top of that, I there was a lecture at my guild and the teacher who does long arm quilting explained that in order for a quilt to "look" nice, the quilt has to be even throut the quilt so if you quilt it a lot in one section you might need to continue. But I guess we can always space out as you said.
    Just theory because "I know nothing about FMQ"

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    For close quilting, it helps a lot to use a finer thread than normal -- doesn't come out so stiff.

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