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    Super Member mimom's Avatar
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    I made 5 quilts for charity and practiced on them. The last one looks the best. You could also do a sampler type quilt and try different motifs (sp) on each block. I just finished a quilt with FM roses and took into my LQS where I bought the fabric and she told me that if I had paid a LA to do what I did, I would have paid over $200. So its worth quilting your own IMO.

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    Put on some nice music, and don't forget to breathe :)

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    It took me about 20 sewing hours to really get the feel of it and to get comfortable with it. And I only practiced a couple of hours each session and I took a break every 30 minutes. I find that if I FMQ longer than that, I start to tense up, so I still go by that guideline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriola
    Which book of Harriet's are you referring to?
    "Heirloom Machine Quilting" is the book by Harriet's that I have.

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    I started with stippling and meandering. Then with chalk I drew simple designs - stars, heats, butterflies, flowers. I use baby quilts to do practicing on. I've even used the preprogrammed embroidery stitches to FMQ with. Try them out on a practice piece first. I have some hot pads that look pretty wild.

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    When I first started FMQ, all I did was meander. Then I found that what helped me have more control was to practice by quilting stenciled designs- use a stencil to draw a design on fabric, and then quilt it. I still use stencils sometimes, but I am confident enough, and would rather, do my own designs.

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    When I first started FMQ, all I did was meander. Then I found that what helped me have more control was to practice by quilting stenciled designs- use a stencil to draw a design on fabric, and then quilt it. I still use stencils sometimes, but I am confident enough, and would rather, do my own designs.

    I copied this design from a potato chip package!
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    this one's called meandering bees
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    these are two designs I got from Leah Day- her website is called Day Style Designs- I recommend watching her videos on FMQ
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    The best advice I can give is don't try to move your hands and run the machine fast. Some advocate this.
    Practice first just by moving the fabric on a table top. up down, side ways etc to get the feel of motion.
    Then when you put the fabric under the machine. Start up but don't move the fabric until the speed is at what you believe is a comfortable pace - about medium speed I would say. then start moving your hands and work to find the balance between the speed of the motor and the speed of your hands in order to get even stitches.. Just doodle on the fabric working to get the balance. It might eventually be fast, medium or slow but should be your own comfort level.

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    How many of you use Golden Threads?

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    I have just started to really learn how to FMQ and bought 2 DVD's from Patsy Thompson Designs- they are really packed with information! she has short tutorials on you tube from some of the DVD's, so I looked at them first. My LQS laughingly told me to drink a glass of wine before I started :-)
    I am practicing with small 9x12 rectangles while I watch the DVD's and at this rate I should be really good at this sometime in 2065 (I'll be 99). Oh well, it is fun to practice

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    everyone is different, some people catch on, get a rhythm and do great within a few hours...some people struggle for months...but slowly but surely improve. it just depends on YOU. if you practice every day you will see improvement...every day- if you only give it a try once in awhile it may be years before you are comfortable.
    start small and work your way up to larger and larger projects; before you know it you will be quilting large quilts beautifully

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    Love what you do...gives me courage & some ideas!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney
    When I first started FMQ, all I did was meander. Then I found that what helped me have more control was to practice by quilting stenciled designs- use a stencil to draw a design on fabric, and then quilt it. I still use stencils sometimes, but I am confident enough, and would rather, do my own designs.

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    I made a muslin "quilt" and practiced on that at first, then I practiced on my Linus quilts, just meandering and making hearts and/or daisys on the girls and stars on the boys. Then I got brave and did one for my daughter. It has taken a couple of years, but have to admit that I'm proud of most of the quilts I do. Someone even asked me if I had sent one out the other night. :lol:

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    They always tell you to draw/doodle with a pen. A good suggestion was use a small white board. Try working on patterns that you find easiest to draw. I also do qaug. No matter what I do, I keep getting larger quilts caught on something. Everyone is different. I had no problems stippling and meadering, but I can't do simple loops to save my life. Still practicing that.

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