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Thread: Should I use this for my first attempt at all over FMQ?

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    "Two things" - Purchase a "personal table" at Office Max-they are a little larger than the TV tray tables. Ht. is adjustable and great for your sewing machine. (I have three of them for all three of my machines.) Next: Go to Home Depot and get an 18 x 24 piece of 1/4" clear acrylic. (Cost is about $20.00) Have a friend cut an opening in the acrylic and attach dowels for legs. Works perfect for giving you a great flush sewing table. Again, I made one for each of my own machines. (I'm 70 years old and did this by myself so if I can do it, anyone can do it.) Wouldn't sew without them and what's better yet, it all fits in my suitcase for travel to workshops and quilt groups. Good luck!! You'll wish you had done this ages ago. I've used mine to FMQ six large quilts, up to 115 x 115 so they do work well. I speak from experience!!

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    I would very strongly recommend you do a search on youtube and watch as many as you can. There are probably a hundred different pattern possibilities out there from simple stippling, loop d loops (my personal favorate) to hearts and leaves and feathers......for what it is worth, I will just throw this out there for you to consider....I have quilted a number of my 'very colorfull' quilts with clear thread (think it was poly).....that way the quilting does not really jump out and bite your nose (not that its not cute enough) but I think sometimes with such a stricking quilt pattern as yours you want it to take center stage...and that is just my opinion as humble as it is.....
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    Love your colors. Go for the free motion...you have a perfect piece to keep you focused....start in the middle....what is the pattern?
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    Holice,
    I did that too but put some stretchy purple flowered fabric that I won't use in a quilt between the foam and plastic.


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    I have FMQ several quilts and I do not have a special table. My table is a small plastic card table. I have to take frequent breaks because my shoulders are hunched up in order to quilt. After some practice you can do it. You don't have to have any thing special... Now it may make it easier :-) but its not necessary. Good luck. Your quilt is beautiful by the way.

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    I love your colors and design of your quilt. I have no answer to your question, but wanted to let you know I like your quilt.
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    I would suggest, what ever set up you use, start with a muslin quilt sandwich.. once you get the hang of it..you can switch over to your quilt top. I would have been very upset if I had started with a real quilt. The other piece, I saved for posterity..and the reason why I will ALWAYS remember to put the presser foot down! lol My other practice pieces have been made into dog beds..stuffed with my throw aways and taken to the local dog rescue. Those pooches never knew they were laying on thread art!
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    MathTeacher1980,

    Very pretty quilt!

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    There is a book, older book on Quilt as you go; Where you divide your quilt into sections and quilt it and then put the sections together. This is just and idea to try. If I remember who wrote it I will post it.

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    You say this might be your first FMQ quilt. Have you had any experience in FMQ. You don't say that you have.
    If not, then I suggest you practice and practice first on smaller pieces. Why be involved with learning a new technique while wrestling a large quilt under the machine. I would find that very difficult to do.

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    Looks like everyone is giving you the same suggestion as I was going to say. I've used stacked books for many things when I needed to add or enlarge a level area. BTW I think your quilt is gorgeous, love the stained glass look!
    Joyce

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