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Thread: FMQ - I now know why I failed Art Class in Kingergarten

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Despite all the encouraging comments here ( :thumbup: ), I have to admit that I, too, have no drawing skills either. I find FQM to be extremely challenging, even after 3 years of doing it on my shortarm machine on a frame, which should make it so much easier. I get all tied up in knots, my stitches are so uneven and the design looks like it was done by a 3 year old.

    I am best suited for SID, my own swirly loopy meandering, or edge-to-edge pantograph. Anything else is just beyond my abilities...I don't have that kind of artistic ability.

    I feel for you....we should start a club...The Unable to FMQ Quilters!! :-)
    I will be a charter member! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamkasperi
    6 hours later - and here is where I'm at......

    I am kind of proud of myself....
    YOU cannot be in the club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kappy
    Quote Originally Posted by pamkasperi
    6 hours later - and here is where I'm at......

    I am kind of proud of myself....
    YOU cannot be in the club!
    Now hang on...I can still be in the club - its not great just a vast improvement...and notice I didn't even dare try a real design...

    Please don't kick me out yet!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Despite all the encouraging comments here ( :thumbup: ), I have to admit that I, too, have no drawing skills either. I find FQM to be extremely challenging, even after 3 years of doing it on my shortarm machine on a frame, which should make it so much easier. I get all tied up in knots, my stitches are so uneven and the design looks like it was done by a 3 year old.

    I am best suited for SID, my own swirly loopy meandering, or edge-to-edge pantograph. Anything else is just beyond my abilities...I don't have that kind of artistic a

    I feel for you....we should start a club...The Unable to FMQ Quilters!! :-)
    I'm in!

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    I am chuckling at your post as I am the same way. Coming from a family of artistic talent somehow it all just skipped me!! But when I can I do practice and it looks like a mess alot of the time. But here and there I am getting a little better. I just feel I am rather FMQ CHALLENGED!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Despite all the encouraging comments here ( :thumbup: ), I have to admit that I, too, have no drawing skills either. I find FQM to be extremely challenging, even after 3 years of doing it on my shortarm machine on a frame, which should make it so much easier. I get all tied up in knots, my stitches are so uneven and the design looks like it was done by a 3 year old.

    I am best suited for SID, my own swirly loopy meandering, or edge-to-edge pantograph. Anything else is just beyond my abilities...I don't have that kind of artistic ability.

    I feel for you....we should start a club...The Unable to FMQ Quilters!! :-)
    I need to belong to this club. When does it start?? (LOL)

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    I once got a ticket for not parking between the line...When I paid the ticket I told them that they haven't seen me color yet. I would get a ticket for that also. Keep trying, have you neighbors child help. Just smile and enjoy!

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    You are so funny! I'm not going to tell you that practice makes perfect because I always think I can do things the first time without any effort then realize I'm like everyone else and need to learn the skill! Good luck! You can do it! Can't wait for a pic post!

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    I am practicing practicing practicing also. Getting a little better each time.

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    Well, lets face it. We can't all be Charisma, darn! She is so exceptional that it is daunting to even try, but we can keep trying. I have been trying for quite a few years now and know I will never be really good at it, but won't give up either. Save a spot on the UTFMQ club for me.

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    One reply said get really good at one thing then move on to the next, I am really good at stippling now. I am practicing with other patterns now trying to find my next one but I feel confident enough to do stippling on actual quilts and have done a few that look pretty good. I don't know how long all my quilts will have the stipple pattern but I will keep at it til I move on to the next one.

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    a larger work surface helped me quite a bit. I had a neighbor make me an extention table so my work surface was much bigger and it really helped.

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    I also tried free motion quilting, but my stitches looked tight. Is it because I didnt quilt fast enough or is it the tension. I know nothing about changing tension on my machine. It's a Janome 2160QDC.

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    Once I got the hang of the tension, pressure & speed the eyelashes went away and I became more concerned with design. I couldn't follow a line with FMQ so I practiced by stitching names of folks I love. We already know how to write and that involves shapes that are in quilt designs. Open up an "i" stitch an "o", a "t" that is not crossed. All these seemed to help me. When I got ready for designs I made what I call a wonky flower on a floral quilt top. 5 open i's in a wonky circle large as the space called for and then smaller i's inside those. Well, it suited me. I am not an artist either so decided to intentionally allow myself to make wonky designs and stitch folks names into the top if I know who it is going to.

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    Thanks for the encouragement I'm seeing here. I'm also wanting to teach myself fmq. No time like the present.

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    Try tracing your design a few times before you stitch it. Then you will have the motion and direction down before you start. If I start without tracing the design first its always a disaster!

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    don't feel bad I am having all kinds of trouble with it too.

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    Please don't give up. When I started FMQ I was horrible. I hated it. I was so stressed by the time I finished a piece my shoulders and back were killing me. But I kept trying. I just finished a Happy Daisy wall hanging for my office. I stippled around the Daisys and yes I was exhausted afterwards. But my husband, who never compliments me, said I did a fantastic job. He just loved the quilting. When I looked at it he was right it was pretty good.

    Moral of the story, keep trying! Practice and keep trying. I know I am going to do more.

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    One thing for sure--it is a whole lot easier to FMQ a 16" square than it is to FMQ a whole quilt!

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    But I want to be good RIGHT NOW, she said stamping her foot in frustration. Years??? seriously?????, I could be dead by then!!! And if even God put's me in stippling 101 I AM going to cry!

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    I am with you. IF you can't draw swirls and patterns with a pencil on paper how can you draw with a machine, But, one thing I had my husband put a screw on the foot pedal where I could not press it and go any faster then the speed I thought was right. I could not keep my foot on the pedal consistantly either. So I can do small things but skip feathers, curly cues, and stars. Meandering is at best what I can do and sometimes that is not a consistant stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kappy
    But I want to be good RIGHT NOW, she said stamping her foot in frustration. Years??? seriously?????, I could be dead by then!!! And if even God put's me in stippling 101 I AM going to cry!
    Kappy - I know the feeling - I want it to be good and perfect right now....so what am I doing? on the message boards instead of practicing!!

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    Boy, can I ever relate! I posted a similar message the other day and the wonderful people on this board came out in droves to try to help. There were SO many hints and tips I was amazed. I listed them on paper so I wouldn't forget, and there were a whole pageful! Try reading that thread and see if you don't feel a little better...

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-106932-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamkasperi
    Quote Originally Posted by Kappy
    But I want to be good RIGHT NOW, she said stamping her foot in frustration. Years??? seriously?????, I could be dead by then!!! And if even God put's me in stippling 101 I AM going to cry!
    Kappy - I know the feeling - I want it to be good and perfect right now....so what am I doing? on the message boards instead of practicing!!
    Good news, I've got meandering down pat. I meander out to the kitchen to get some coffee, I meander through my house that should get cleaned, I meander past my sewing machine and right back here to the good old computer! This meandering thing is easier than I thought!

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    Don't give up. Suddenly it will click for you

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