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Thread: Get Your FMQ Practice on...........?

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    Doggy Bandanas! Olive here doesn't mind at all if it's not perfect. :D She just likes being told how pretty she looks!

    I've been trying to come up with ideas on my own so I don't have to throw out my Free Motion Quilting practice pieces, but be able to use them instead.
    I'm hoping you all will post ideas for small projects to practice FMQ on that don't have to turn out perfect.

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    ahhhhhhh, too sweet.

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    Oh what a handsome girl, doesn't she look great. :thumbup:

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    Olive is quite the beauty. Love her new look.

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    She is gorgeous! And loving her new bandana too :-)

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    great idea. looks good

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    Cute

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    I would like to see FMQ ideas as well I'd prefer to learn on my own how to do it rather than pay my LSQ people to do it.

    Is this something that there is already a thread on in the instruction/tutorial section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila_H
    I would like to see FMQ ideas as well I'd prefer to learn on my own how to do it rather than pay my LSQ people to do it.

    Is this something that there is already a thread on in the instruction/tutorial section?
    BuzzinBumble's idea is great, my very first FMQ was on a tote, about 5 years ago and I still use it as it isn't perfect but it's mine and useful. People stay "practise, practise, practise" for FMQ my opinion is to start on smaller items, like that cutest bandanna or a tote and go from there :idea: Also check out Leah Day's site, she has the most fab free videos and tips: http://www.daystyledesigns.com/articles.htm

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    I practice on sandwiches adding fabric to each side and continuing to practice. When I get the groove I FMQ a table runner and /or a charity lap quilt for the veterans hospital or other charity.

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    What a doll!

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    Cute idea.

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    Very cute

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    Hi Everyone!

    Sheila, if a topic like that already exists here on the QB, I could not find it. I often have trouble with the search function here turning up too many unrelated results unless I search one word at a time. If you find a topic with FMQ practice piece suggestions, please let me know!

    What I was looking for was ideas for things that it wouldn't matter if they weren't perfect. Like your tote idea Quilting Addict - that's exactly what I mean. You still like and use it, even though it was practice. By the way, thank you for the link to Leah Day's site. She really blows me away that she is so talented and skilled while so young. Gives many of us beginners something to aspire to!

    I was practicing on sandwiches too Teresa, but mine were made from junky old pillowcases and scrap batting. I got to the point where I wanted to do something and not throw it away afterward. Too interesting to throw out and not good enough for a bonafide project. Know what I mean? So I posted the question for this topic. I'm hoping you all could share what you do when you are at this stage of learning.

    Yes, Olive is a cutie. She is a rescue who has been through 3 homes. For the life of us we can't figure out why. She is my daughter's dog and is about as perfect a dog as you could wish for.

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    This is what I mean: A little something kriscraft99 did that would be great for practicing and learning FMQ: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-153864-9.htm#4256637
    Plus, it came out really cute!

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    Hot pads, place mats, mug rugs, cushions, pillows

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    Olive is a cutey. great idea about using your fmq practice pieces as neckwear.

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    She looks soooo elegant! How about placemats? One for the pup is a start!

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    Very classy!

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    Olive is a great model for your bandanas :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble
    Doggy Bandanas! Olive here doesn't mind at all if it's not perfect. :D She just likes being told how pretty she looks!

    I've been trying to come up with ideas on my own so I don't have to throw out my Free Motion Quilting practice pieces, but be able to use them instead.
    I'm hoping you all will post ideas for small projects to practice FMQ on that don't have to turn out perfect.
    I had a rescued Greyhound named Olive. She had bone cancer and I would have love to make her one of these!

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    I tell my students to make a hot pad, pot holder or place mat out of the pracetice piece and tell your guests it is modern art.

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    What a gorgeous girl.

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    Oooh how sweet.

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    My first FMQ was on potholders. When I want to try something new now, I make a potholder sandwich to practice on. The only problem is that working with such a small object isn't the same as working on a larger quilt.

    A dog bed quilt or sleeping pad would be another idea.

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