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Thread: FMQ - wish me luck!

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    Junior Member pippa's Avatar
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    Today is the day I finally learn to do this. I have dropped the feed dogs. I have attached the darning foot. I have practiced on spare bits. I have had coffee. Getting up the courage to actually start so wish me luck.
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    Good Luck, I still hand quilt, havent tried the machine quilting yet.

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    You may want to pick up some gloves and silicone spray. I haven't yet but I have been told it really makes a difference! good luck...you will do great! Can't wait to see...

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    Hope you've been able to practice 1st? I use squares with batting/backing for practice.These sqs are another way of using up ugly fabric.Have also used fabric with a design,so to follow the lines.Have fun with FM.

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    http://www.thriftyideastoday.com/201...-quilting.html
    here are some great tips for machine quilting. they have helped me out a lot! Good luck, and remember have fun!!!

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    Thanks that video is a great help. I can see that this is going to take a great deal of practice to get the stitch length even and nice curves. Back to the machine...

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    Good luck! You can do it!

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    Thanks Carolaug for the page. Was a little afraid to try it.

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    Good luck! I am new to FMQ and started with projects that "didn't matter" and were smaller. Even then, the second half was much, much better than the first. And the gloves and silicone spray help so much, even with small pieces. Don't be too hard on yourself - because it won't look anything like the things you see here. But be proud of yourself for trying. You'll improve, no matter where you "started"

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    Sounds like you are ready to go! yeah you!

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    Noticed you were up be before 6a.m. Get some more sleep???.

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    Put on some music and the most important tip, RELAX and have fun!!

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    Good luck, and when do we get to see pictures?! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippa
    Today is the day I finally learn to do this. I have dropped the feed dogs. I have attached the darning foot. I have practiced on spare bits. I have had coffee. Getting up the courage to actually start so wish me luck.
    Pippa
    You forgot the chocolate!!!

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    Good luck! You will have fun. I love free motion quilting, even though I have really only "mastered" meanders. Challenges are good for you!

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    Good luck! The best way is to just DO IT! It takes practice, but is fun. Don't worry about minor mistakes. Once the quilt is washed, it will crinkle up and be hardly noticeable! I hardly ever rip out and do over!

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    Well, it is done. I have put a meandering design in the border. The centre is SID. I think I made it more difficult for myself as the backing is towelling and didn't slide very smoothly. I will have to see about the gloves - they might be a good idea.

    I will put the binding on this evening and take a photo tomorrow.

    Thanks everyone for the help and encouragement.

    P.S. Not an early bird. We are on GMT +1 here.

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