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    This is what the practice enabled me to do on my last quilt
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    Kwiltkrazy,

    Thanks for posting your samples, awesome!

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    I just found this article on free motion quilting

    http://haendi.wordpress.com/free-motion-quilting/

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    FMQ is my favorite part of making a quilt.

    While I find the books interesting to glance through, I don't think there is anything to compare to just sitting down and doing it. I made a very simple Chinese coin quilt, and then set to it. My first quilt was not perfect, but it was decent, and each one gets better as I practice and try new things.

    To me, it's just like doodling, very relaxing and zen like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I love FMQ. Checked all the books out of the library before I started and then made some 24" sq block to practice, practice, practice on. I very seldom use the walking foot any more even for stitch in the ditch. I started with simple things, stipple, loop-de-loop, stars and hearts. Anything you can do easily on paper is good to begin with.
    Polly that's the place I am now too. And like you I don't use the walking foot either--sometimes think it obstructs my vision when sewing.

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    Pat Sloan's bubbles free motion video

    http://www.blip.tv/file/493254

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    kwiltkrazy--pics are still downloading but I've seen enough so far to say WOW! And we are Doll quilt swap partners--lucky me. Love the way you've used the insulbrite and can now use these for potholders. This will make a good hands on activity for our quilt guild. (I'm on the program committee so am always looking for ideas.) Gladie
    PS Your doll quilt is still a WIP--have most of the piecing done.
    PSS I hope you don't mind--I just saved your pics to share with the QG committee members. G

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    Exactly RST. Try daystyledesigns.com. I just love her stuff, she got me going.

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    Gladie, yours is also a WIP, still trying to get my nephew's grad quilt done. Just the binding now. YAHOO!

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    kwiltkrazy -- I get her RSS on my google reader for a daily fix/inspiration, though I must admit that I pretty much do my own thing. It's still fun to see what someone else comes up with and see how they do it.

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    I have "Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy" by Eva Larkin. So far, it still isn't easy but I keep practicing. Haven't been brave enough to try it on an actual quilt yet--still using practice squares. Maybe someday......
    BTW-several of you Ga. gals are waaaay up the road from me! jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    I have enjoyed watching Leah Day's video tutorials online. She is a very fluent free motion quilter. Check out her link.

    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
    Great videos...Thanks for sharing

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    I like to fmq but I am not very good yet. It takes practice, practice and more practice,

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    Free motion as with the dog feet down. I've had no luck, can't keep even stitches. Good luck to you

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    I have done some FMQ and am getting better every time I do it but it has been a frustratingly difficult journey. I learned on a different thread to turn my machine with the right side to the back and I really like it. I feel like I have more control and more room for the quilt.

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    I just finished a practice block. I've done a little meandering on a poster quilt I did a few months ago. But this is the first time I tried different shapes etc. Not great, need lots more practice, I use a darning foot, but I love doing it! I find it so soothing..........
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    Beautiful Job!

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    I think that they are great! I wouldn't even post mine! Just still practicing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    Hey Beachbound, you're right down the street from me...I'm in Snellville GA. Hi!!
    no way!!! pretty cool! My dentist is in Snellville :P

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    wow, those practice blocks are amazing. I am still trying to master FMQ and I am fascinated by it. I can do meandering pretty well, but when I mark a quilt with a design somehow I get flummoxed and can't follow the design very well. I am sure I need much more practice, but, am not giving up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    wow, those practice blocks are amazing. I am still trying to master FMQ and I am fascinated by it. I can do meandering pretty well, but when I mark a quilt with a design somehow I get flummoxed and can't follow the design very well. I am sure I need much more practice, but, am not giving up.
    My next step is to mark a quilt and follow it. I just wanted to get a feel for my machine and how to move stuff around.
    I also just bought a sewing table to put my machine on, and everything is level now. What a huge difference it makes!

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    I'm looking for a beginner pattern for FMQ...can anyone suggest one? Easier the better as this is my first time doing it LOL

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    Kwilt Krazy your doing some nice work! Wish mine looked that good. I've done some and even though they don't look so great I've enjoyed the process so I'll keep on with it & maybe someday I'll be proud of them!

    I've had some pretty good luck with tracing patterns on exam table paper I got from a drs office. Then I lay the paper down with spray adhesive and stitch on the lines. I quess it feels a little like cheating but till I can do FM that looks decent I can count on these. I use the books "Quilting Dot to Dot by Cheryl Barnes and Machine Freehand Patterns by Nan Moore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    I have enjoyed watching Leah Day's video tutorials online. She is a very fluent free motion quilter. Check out her link.

    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
    thank you for the link. Tommye

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