Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
I cannot FMQ very good! >

I cannot FMQ very good!

I cannot FMQ very good!

Old 03-20-2021, 08:29 AM
  #21  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Eastern Madera County, Ca
Posts: 2,415
Default

Just finished FMQ. It's been years since I've done it. Wasn't very good. When the standard is "get 'er done" it's pretty easy to make OK. I've done beautiful things in the past.
So my advise is practice. And if that doesn't work, straight lines or check.
petthefabric is online now  
Old 03-20-2021, 10:08 AM
  #22  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
sewingsuz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 7,550
Default

I have quilted by check, and have resorted to walking foot and straight line quilting. I am not even good at the meander and loops and that is all I want to do for now. I will start back with doodling while watching TV.
Thanks everyone for pick me up , I have not practiced enough.
sewingsuz is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 10:29 AM
  #23  
Power Poster
 
sewbizgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 22,804
Default

Hand controlled FMQ just takes practice. Find some ugly fabric you have no use for, and make some 12" x 18" (or so) sandwiches and practice. I improved a lot by watching tutorials by Angela Walters. She's the best teacher!
sewbizgirl is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 11:02 AM
  #24  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southern USA
Posts: 13,294
Default

I learned the most from this book: One LIne at a Time by Charlotte Warr Andersen
Onebyone is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 11:21 AM
  #25  
Super Member
 
thepolyparrot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Mars
Posts: 2,543
Default

Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
I will start back with doodling while watching TV.
Attagirl! Get back in there and fight!

I was stuck on feathers, so I traced feathers, then doodled those feathers on paper for days. I drew feathers in squares, circles, diamonds, triangles, narrow rectangles - all kinds of feathers. I got a Dry Erase board and some fine point Dry Erase Markers. I drew feathers until I was sick of them.

Then I made a "Wickedly Easy" king size quilt for the purpose of practicing feathers. I used the block and patch boundaries for putting in feather motifs. It wasn't easy, because it was a huge mass of quilt, but at least I wasn't hesitating after every inch, wondering which way to go next. It was already in my memory where to go.

That was the fanciest and most heavily quilted scrap quilt you've ever seen when it was done. But it gave me a lot of confidence.

So you doodle loops and meanders until you're sick of them and can do them with your eyes closed. Then go do them on a "sandwich" - if you use fusible batting or thread baste it together, it'll keep pins out of your way and give you one less thing to worry about.

You can totally do this!
thepolyparrot is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 03:50 PM
  #26  
Power Poster
 
Jingle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 37,234
Default

I love all of the process of making a quilt. I mostly do FMQ, just a large stipple or free motion. I am not interested in making any designs.

Most of my quilts are donated to foster kids in my county.
Jingle is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 05:11 PM
  #27  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Virginia
Posts: 76
Default

I have struggled with FMQ, mostly because it's so difficult to find a way to handle the weight and bulk of the quilt. I support it with an extension table, but then the quilt gets hung up on the corner of the extension. Having said that, today I finished quilting a baby quilt by making wavy lines with the walking foot. And it looks GREAT! I am really pleased with my new "discovery" and will quilt this way again.
Synnove is offline  
Old 03-20-2021, 06:01 PM
  #28  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 1,605
Default

The thing that finally got me doing feathers well, was using a great stencil. Stencils are inexpensive, and get you more comfortable with free-motion. One of my favorites is called "Dejavu." It works great for an all-over design or as a border.

Keep trying. Find what works best for you.
quiltedsunshine is offline  
Old 03-21-2021, 06:30 AM
  #29  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 304
Default

Originally Posted by Synnove View Post
I have struggled with FMQ, mostly because it's so difficult to find a way to handle the weight and bulk of the quilt. I support it with an extension table, but then the quilt gets hung up on the corner of the extension. Having said that, today I finished quilting a baby quilt by making wavy lines with the walking foot. And it looks GREAT! I am really pleased with my new "discovery" and will quilt this way again.
I recently discovered I'm pretty good at straight line quilting so I feel like I can stop stressing about FMQ. I guess I just never thought about it before now but I realize I don't want to send all my tops out to a longarmer. I also have purchased 2 books on straight line quilting and I'm amazed at what you can do with a walking foot!
beckyboo1 is offline  
Old 03-21-2021, 10:39 AM
  #30  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 2,141
Default

It takes alot of practice to get good fmq and you should enjoy it. If you don't try to use some of the fancy stitches on your machine you can make the adjust the stitches just enjoy
newbee3 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.