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Thread: Practise quilting at home - new innovative idea

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    Practise quilting at home - new innovative idea

    If you would like to practise your own quilting, at home, without making quilting sandwichs, or using your sewing machine, or your quilting gloves, no paper, and no videos. All you will need is a table and chair to sit upon.

    I ordered this practising method, and was so impressed the first time I tried it out, and now I have enough confidence to do my own quilting. She will provide you with 12 designs, along with her innovative pkg, and also included will be all that you need, except for a couple of white board pens.
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    I highly recommend this method if you would like to improve your quilting skills, or just beginning to think about doing your own quilting.

    Please get more information from [email protected]
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    I saw this at Road2CA. I personally didn't think it would be any more helpful than drawing with a pen or pencil. For the DSM (without a stitch regulator), much of the practice that you need has to do with getting a smooth motion, timing that motion with the speed of the needle to get even stitches. This method doesn't help with that aspect. It might help if you need to practice moving the fabric (paper) instead of the pencil. For the longarm, this tool requires that you hold the "handles" up over the table at just the right height to get the pen to the paper, without wobbling the tool, which I think would be very tiring, whereas with the longarm the handles are already at the right height and you are just moving them around. I could be wrong though and others might find the setup helpful. Here's the web address - http://laliladesign.com/

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    I purchased it also and am very impressed. It is helping me alot!!!!!!!! I highly recommend it also!!!!!

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    Thanks for the info! Are y'all using them for the domestic machine, or the long arm? I would be getting it for a domestic..I just got my "dream" machine a Janome Horizon 7700...and I really want to get the hang of fmq down...
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    I may have completely missed the point and am being very unfair, but this thread sounds to me like an advertisement, not a discussion. Sorry.
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    I don't see it as an 'advertisement'. A lot of people put links to things they want to try or have tried in case others might be interested. I'm always open to suggestions for anything that might help make me a better quilter - and I need lots of help!

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    It looks kind of like one of those arcade machines we used to plop our quarters into I guess it's really more for long arm training? http://laliladesign.com/Quik-Trainer...ngarm-QT-L.htm

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    I have this system and it really worked for me, just taught my brain the rythm and movement of my arms in FMQ, having all the different patterns was also very helpful, and I have found that I am more confident in doing my own top
    stitching. I do not have a long arm, but works for me on my domestic machine. I am getting ready to do a king size
    quilt, and not having to send it out to a LA is a big step for me. So far have done lap sized quilts, and wall hangings.
    This was not an advertisement, but wanting to share my experience with others. I wasn't happy having to make sandwichs with my expensive fabric, batting, etc. When we pay $18 - 20/m, I didn't want to be cutting it up for practise pieces. Practising on paper I was only using one arm and hand, so didn't find that worked for me either.
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    Kinda looks like PVC pipe with a hole for a marker (though I'm sure it's not made of PVC). Could be helpful in practicing though. And this is something you could bring with you and practice while waiting at the Dr.'s office or dentist or something.

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    It's made of metal and trains your mind and hands to work the same as they will when quilting... The motion is the same as when you are doing FMQ on your DMS. You are moving the plastic as you will move the fabric under the needle. I did look at it for a while and thought there should be a way to make one, but didn't figure one out, so finally purchased this. It came promptly and is helping with what I thought was hopeless..

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    Just bought it at Road and am looking forward to using it. Nice to hear that others have found it helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    It looks kind of like one of those arcade machines we used to plop our quarters into I guess it's really more for long arm training? http://laliladesign.com/Quik-Trainer...ngarm-QT-L.htm
    I watched her video on youtube and you can get either for long arm or for domestic machine. I think it would be helpful for those of us who just can't seem to get the coordination for machine quilting. I think it is a fair price, but just my opinion.
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    Oops, I looked at the wrong link, you're right it's kind of cool for a domestic machine & not too pricey. http://laliladesign.com/Quik-Trainer...estic-QT-D.htm
    I wonder do the ends have suction cups on them, or how do you manage to not knock them over if you move your plastic too close to them?
    Last edited by thimblebug6000; 02-01-2013 at 11:34 AM.

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    I got one for Christmas and have found it very helpful. It is much more practical to practice with this than use up expensive fabric. It really helped me learn to retrain my brain . Its like being in kindergarden and learning how to write. I recommend it

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    This sounds like a good idea. FMQ does take a lot of practice but what you are really training is your muscles to maintain certain movements. The brain will follow. Once that is firmly in your brain, you will find that a little practice will bring the "memory" back again. I am glad that you found something helpful. I trained myself by tracing very simple coloring book pictures onto scrap fabric, using anything that would serve as a batting, and quilted away. It took at least 8 hours, over a period of several days to get the hang of it. Keep trying and don't use that expensive batting; there's more than one way to skin that cat!

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    I am still working at FMQ but I have found that cheap muslin and white polyester felt (72" wide) and 5.99 yd/with coupon even less makes a very cheap sandwich. After you have doodled on it a lot cover it with nice fabric and stipple making a very nice hot pad or pot holder.

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    Looks like it's worth a try...some days, I can't even draw a good crooked line. Also wondering if a DIY PVC handle might work as a substitute.

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    Thanks for putting this on the board d. Rickman. I just tried to order this but ended up having to send them an email as I too am from Canada but can't seem to get my province or country in the order form.
    I have tried the pen and paper routine but it just doesn't work for me. I can doodle just fine with one hand but sure can't do it with two hands and get everything else coordinated. I'm hope this will help me a little more with both the control and my comfort zone. The quilting part makes me nervous!

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    I am looking for the Quik-Trainer for domestic machines but the website, laliladesign.com, does not seem to exist. Does anyone have current information on where to purchase the Quik-Trainer? Thanks for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen3 View Post
    I am looking for the Quik-Trainer for domestic machines but the website, laliladesign.com, does not seem to exist. Does anyone have current information on where to purchase the Quik-Trainer? Thanks for any help!
    Try just Googling "quik-trainer". I did this and found the video. I wasn't able to get any of the links previously posted here to work either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen3 View Post
    I am looking for the Quik-Trainer for domestic machines but the website, laliladesign.com, does not seem to exist. Does anyone have current information on where to purchase the Quik-Trainer? Thanks for any help!
    Having the same problem!
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    It is better to post a website address than someone's personal e-mail. It takes a lot of practice but I found that if I drew a design and was able to move the quilt at the same speed of my Bernina, I was very successful with FMQ. I took a class from Harriet Hargrave and that really made a big difference with the improvement of my quilting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin-nannie View Post
    Having the same problem!
    Try here.

    https://www.agreatnotion.com/product...productId=3756

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    I found the video here and saved it. great idea for practicing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharonquilts View Post
    Try just Googling "quik-trainer". I did this and found the video. I wasn't able to get any of the links previously posted here to work either.

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