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Thread: want to try FMQ for the first time...stencil suggestions

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    Senior Member pyffer3's Avatar
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    Question want to try FMQ for the first time...stencil suggestions

    I have almost finished a small lap size quilt/wall hanging (haven't decided its use yet) and I want to try free motion quilting for the first time. It is a Japanese type panel with borders. (Can't send picture because my home computer is in the shop) All I have done is stitch in the ditch and cross hatching. I am thinking about using a stencil. Would it be the best approach for the first time? Any suggestions?

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    I would not use a stencil for my first time with FMQ. Instead try doing some swirls or leaf patterns without marking your quilt. I think it's much better to get the hang of it before you start trying to follow a set pattern. And above all, relax and have fun.

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    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
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    continuous line stencil designs would work once you get the hang of FMQing. make up some squares with batting inside and practice some. you can always use those in a quilt later on if you like your work. here is one I did in the border with a stencil. I marked my vine and leaves. then went around doing FMQ on the leaves and vine, one side all around. then back again on the other side to finish the leaves.
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