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    Free Motion Quilting

    I was wondering who likes to do free motion quilting?

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    I just found this link for free pattern ideas for free motion quilting

    http://www.meliscellaneous.com/misc/...ng_Designs.pdf

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    I'm trying to learn. Does that count.

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    Have you bought any books on Free Motion Quilting and if so name of books and author. This way we can all learn together. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Have you bought any books on Free Motion Quilting and if so name of books and author. This way we can all learn together. Have fun!
    Yes I have it is Heirloom Machine Quilting By Harriet Hargrave

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    I have never tried it . At the moment happy with SID :thumbup:

    Crafty have you tried it yet ? Any luck with it ?

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    I want to learn just have gotten up the courage to try. It is very intimidating to me. I don't want to ruin a quilt if I can't do it correctly.

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    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/

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    Thanks for the links. I am trying to master my BSR but it's mastering me instead. I know I'll love it once I get the hang of it but wowsters, I can control my little hand quilting needle much better!

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    I am still learning. I tend to stress out while I'm machine quilting. The first 2 quilts I did on the machine kept puckering and folding on the back. Ugh, it made me nuts. Now, I stop every few stitches and feel the back to make sure. I like the control of hand quilting, but I like the stippling effect of machine quilting.

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    Hey Beachbound, you're right down the street from me...I'm in Snellville GA. Hi!!

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    I love to FMQ! I checked out Robbie Fanning's book, Diane Gaudyinski's first and second books and Harriet's. All so very helpful. I just practiced on the quilts I was doing. Finally I took a class from Diane Gaudyinski and learned so, so much. She is such a delightful lady and very helpful and encouraging. I have also taken trapunto by machine and a background pattern class from Elizabeth Spannring. She is a hoot, too. I am going to check out that link because I am always looking for hints.

    Oh, I almost forgot about the video by Barbara Barber on FMQ on your home machine. She had some great tips. Having a machine that makes it easy is the key. One of the selling points I used on DH to get him to buy me the Bernina was the Stitch Regulator. It looked like the panacea. NOT! He got so irritated at me for not using it! The stops and starts were just too uneven for me. I do better without it. I guess if I never had to start after stoppping it would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltin Grammy
    I want to learn just have gotten up the courage to try. It is very intimidating to me. I don't want to ruin a quilt if I can't do it correctly.
    Boy do I hear you on this. I have only done a few FMQ pieces. I ended up making practice sandwiches which measured about 18" x 12". Granted it is much easier to move around a practice piece then a bigger piece but it really does help to give you the confidence to put an actual quilt in. I have not tried to FMQ anything bigger then about 60" x 60" and never will because I have a long arm coming.

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    Meandering Magic by Suzanne Earley
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    I think I will make small samples and to practice on them first before going to a quilt

    I am making some placemats, coasters and potholders to practice on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmg
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Have you bought any books on Free Motion Quilting and if so name of books and author. This way we can all learn together. Have fun!
    Yes I have it is Heirloom Machine Quilting By Harriet Hargrave
    Ditto, great book! Even had an opportunity to take one of her classes which was really good!! And, yes, I like to FMQ. Sometimes I can't wait to finish a top so I can tackle the quilting part.

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    I just found this video to watch by Diane Gaudynski

    http://www.hgtv.com/videos/freemotio...sics/9605.html

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    I just made some placemats, coasters and will start to practice on them

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have never tried it . At the moment happy with SID :thumbup:

    Crafty have you tried it yet ? Any luck with it ?

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    cool video to watch and she makes it look so easy, I guess we need to practice, practice, practice

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...47981844930848

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    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.

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    I just got a used Bernina to do FMQ. I've done one wall hanging so far, just stippling and love it.

    I'm taking some lessons on this particular machine and will be doing lots more with it as time goes on. I would love to do some echo quilting on it, but don't know if I can do it evenly or not. I suppose that takes practice.

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    I love free motion quilting. I started 6 or 8 years ago. A friend who ran the Community Service group in my quilt guild told me that if I practiced on CS quilt tops and finished them, she's teach me how to do it. I very rarely SID anymore. I do a lot of meandering and am slowly branching out to other things. I find that if I spray with sizing and iron the backing...pull it taut when pin basting, I just don't have a problem with the puckering on the back.

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    You've got to try it, I did and I love it. Answer to it is to practice, practice, and practice some more.

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    Here are some of my practice squares, they were made with insulite so they will become potholders.
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