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Thread: Lessons learned by a newbie FMQer

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    Lessons learned by a newbie FMQer

    I recently completed a lap quilt for one of my students whose family lost their home in the Bastrop fires in Sept. It took me a long time to complete, although it was just a simple patchwork design. I wanted to FMQ it, but wasn't sure I could do a good job since I have very little experience with FMQ. But I went ahead, despite my fears, and did it anyway. The quilt featured cowboy fabrics, so I thought I would do a design that would loop a little bit like a lariat being thrown in the air. I did what I was told to: I drew practice sketches for a general design and to get my hands and eyes working in unison. I can definitely tell that my stitching became more confident as I moved across the quilt, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the results. I used flannel for the backing and borders. I definitely needed to do a spray basting instead of just pinning because I did get some pleats. So, fellow newbies at FMQ, take heart! There's only one way we're ever going to improve and that's practice, practice, and practice.
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    Beautiful! I know the family will treasure it.

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    It looks great. congrats.
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    Oh Susanne, I really like it! It's darling! Perfect for a young Texan. The 'lassos' go great with it.
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    Nice job! Those stitches look so even.

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    Nice job! It looks so cozy.

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    You did a wonderful job on this quilt. They are going to love and appreciate it
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    That is a GREAT quilt. Newbies seem to be intimidated by FMQ but it really is not difficult at all. I think the best advice is to get used to how your machine functions in FMQ - not all act alike!

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    How pretty. Good to know that you are pleased with it yourself. Sometimes I think that we don't value our selves enough. BrendaK
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    Great job!!

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    Looks great.

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    Nice job and very thoughtful
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    Great job!! I know what you mean about practicing, one never knows until they at least try. Good for you for taking the plunge!
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    I love the quilt and your FMQing.

    Yes, I agree, practice, practice, practice. I noticed that my FMQing is getting better with each project I do.

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    Awwwwww.... how cute!!!! Someone is going to love that quilt - I would!

    And that's so nice of you to encourage newbies to practice and have confidence. We need both!

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    You did a great job and it's sure to be appreciated.

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    Happy quilt, you did good...
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    Cute quilt! You did a great job on your "lassos" . Thanks for the FMQ encouragement to those of us who are trying to learn.
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    Beautiful! And you are right, the more you practice, the better you get!
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    Wow, what a thoughtful teacher you are...and your quilt looks great too!!

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    It looks great.

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    Looking good!
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    I love it. And remember with FMQ, we all start somewhere--usually at the beginning with shakes and sweats.
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    You did a great job! I haven't gotten the courage to FMQ on anything larger than a wall hanging yet. You inspire me!!

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    I think you did a really nice job! And it was so thoughtful of you to do this for a student who lost their home.

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