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    I think I found a new addiction

    I have to first say I didn't do FMQ. But I am taking a class from Sharon Schamber in July so I figured I better conquer some basics or I will look like a fool. So I start watching YouTube per a discussion on this Board. Then I open my email and my LQS is having a class from a woman who is big into Schamber. Count me in.

    Got the book Friday, went to class and I have been practicing. I am committed to practicing an hour or two every day. Like I said, I do not want to be embarassed and this is one of my resolutions for the year. I have a lap quilt that is for my hubby so it will be my first real attempt.

    I find it relaxing except the part about getting my stitches all the same length but they are getting better. It is interesting how different it is than piecing.

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    have fun learning and be patient and relax-have fun with it.
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    Practice is the key and not just every once in awhile but doing some everyday to really get comfortable with it. I took a class from Sharon Schamber. She is an excellent teacher and makes it look so easy! You have to stay motivated or don't even start is my view of fmqing.
    Got fabric?

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    Good for you! Something you might enjoy is writing in cursive. Add words or phrases wih a special meaning for your DH.

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    I am so happy for you at being able to actually attend a class by Sharon Schamber! (And maybe just a bit envious too.) I do have 3 of her videos though, and have learned SO MUCH from her that way. I tell you, once you really get into FMQing, it IS an addiction for sure!

    You mentioned a book for your current class, may I ask what book that is? One can never have too many quilting books you know!



    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome View Post
    I have to first say I didn't do FMQ. But I am taking a class from Sharon Schamber in July so I figured I better conquer some basics or I will look like a fool. So I start watching YouTube per a discussion on this Board. Then I open my email and my LQS is having a class from a woman who is big into Schamber. Count me in.

    Got the book Friday, went to class and I have been practicing. I am committed to practicing an hour or two every day. Like I said, I do not want to be embarassed and this is one of my resolutions for the year. I have a lap quilt that is for my hubby so it will be my first real attempt.

    I find it relaxing except the part about getting my stitches all the same length but they are getting better. It is interesting how different it is than piecing.
    Wendy

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    It is a lot of fun, although it takes a lot of practice, but, keep up with it and you will enjoy it.

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    Awesome!!! Keep practicing!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    You mentioned a book for your current class, may I ask what book that is? One can never have too many quilting books you know!
    Ditto - would like to know also.

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    The book is not a Schamber book. It is 186 designs from 8 simple shapes. Cant remember the author right now. But you start with loops, triangles, tulips, hearts, etc. It is for quilting in squares but I thought just learning about tension and threads etc was worth the $45 class which is 3 two hour session. The teacher is going to teach about all over quilting. She is making us doodle and draw.

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    sounds like you are well on your way to successful FMQ. congrats
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    This could be a big help for myself! Thanks for posting this thread!
    Thank You Lord for answering my prayers, in this I am truely blessed!

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    Duh things that I learned. Use Quilting thread on top and bottom, or at least the same thread weight. Use a quilting needle....who knew! Iron and starch....knew that. She uses a Supreme Slider, I think the thing is a PITA. Pre wind a few bobbins so you just have to drop one in. Tighten your top tension a half a number at a time, use different color threads for practice, if bottom shows on top, lossen, if top thread shows on bottom tighten, if bottom is loose tighten even if if shows a little on the top. Pull your first thread up to avoid nests.

    Sit your machine to half speed no matter how hard you push down on the pedal. Then push the pedal to the max. Will keep speed consistent.

    Space your hands about 4-5 inches apart with gloves on.

    Do a bunch of spirals. Clockwise and counter clock wise.....after twenty or so, you will see that your tension changes as you go through the turns in certain areas.....this is YOU torquing. No amount of adjusting of your tension helps this. This "changing" of your tension happens as you FMQ because the fabric is not going in one direction. Check tension every 15 minutes or so.

    Make a bunch of "worms" about three inches long. You want 8 stitches to an inch-ish. Once you can produce 8-10 stitches to an inch, then you have the feel of speed.

    If you start to lose control, stop the machine, do not move your hands.

    Now you know what I learned in class
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    Great for you!!!! I took a Class from her a couple of years ago on doing feathers and it was wonderful. She is a great quilter. I wish she would come down my way again so I can taker another one of her classes.
    Have a great time!!!!

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    Good for you! I love to sit down and fmq on my machine. I love piecing too but there is something liberating about dropping those feed dogs and stitching in whatever direction you want. I also love to doodle on quilts.....putting in little personal messages, drawing (either freehand or premarking) and just making a quilt very personal. That is where I put "myself" into the quilt.

    Enjoy and don't forget to breathe and relax while fmq. That seemed to be the biggest obstacle for students when I used to teach. Enjoy the process!

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    Sounds like you are hand piecing. Here's a hint to help get your stitches even. Don't move the point of the needle into the fabric. Rather, move the fabric up and down onto the needle. It really helps to make your stitches even.
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    Well, the admin still hasn't changed the error in who is responding. I am SandyQuilter from Trophy Club, Texas. sandyquilts and I are getting somewhat frustrated.
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    Well keep posting on what you have learned .. someone surely can use the tips . .then when you feel good about finally quilting it ..keep us posted ! YAY!!!!! for you for taking the time, energy and doing it !!!!
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    I think my new addiction is following SparkleJane's blog at [email protected]. She is a 12 year old quilter and absolutely enchanting and so refreshing! Her mother, Deanna Treadway, aka weddingdressblue, designed the "Film at Five" quilt on Favequilts.com and I clicked on that to see it and started reading her blog and was hooked by remarks about 'daughter and her sewing, etc.!

    Good luck, seamstome, on your machine quilting class with Sharon Schamber!

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    Don't worry about being embarrassed with Sharon Schamber! I took several classes from her in the fall and she is delightful--never once makes you feel inadequate (and believe me, I'm quite sure I was the most inadequate FMQer in the group!). You will love her classes. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33 View Post
    have fun learning and be patient and relax-have fun with it.
    My friends love the pot holders I make when practicing fmq. They don't mind the wonky feathers at all. I use cotton batting cut smaller than top fabric and stitch it on 2 pieces. Put right sides together, stitch 3 sides, turn right side out and stitch the last side with a zig zag. Might as well make something while practicing!

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    Thanks for the FMQ tips. I'm learning now and they were helpful.

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