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Thread: first attempt at free-hand quilting... how'd I do??

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    Senior Member LoupEsprit's Avatar
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    first attempt at free-hand quilting... how'd I do??

    OK, I attempted some free hand quilting on my new brother CE7070 tonight. I made a mug rug!

    It is far from perfect... I didn't use a pattern, just some basic squares from solid blue material (that I have tons of) and an old fleece blanket for batting.

    Both sides are different, as I wanted to play with a few designs. I know they're off-center, but I didn't use a stencil or pre-mark anything; I just free-handed it and eye-balled the distance.

    I did have fun playing with the machine and using a couple of the 'fancy' stitches, even though I ended up hiding a couple of them inside when I tucked the seams. (for good reason...)

    Critiqing is welcome and requested!
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    Wow! You're off to a great start. I took a free-motion class a few weeks ago and our instructor emphasized again and again the smooth curves, which yours are. I can see how they're off center, etc., but you're a natural for the most difficult part.
    Ruth

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    Very impressive.

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    it's great for a first attempt. you have an eye for designing the quilting
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    Really great first attempt. Your stitches look so perfectly spaced. Mine still are not all the same size.

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    not bad for a first try, just keep at it. I have the meander quilting down but that's about it. tried other things but they don't look as good as yours.

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    excellent first try... you are a natural...
    keep going

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    You are off to a wonderful start! Great job!
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    You do a whold lot better than I do.

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    It may be a tad off center, but I think it's wonderful. Your lines & curves are nice & smooth, and the stitches are pretty much even. I like your design, too.

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    We all started somewhere. You are off and running. Don't get discouraged and you will have a very enjoyable lifetime hobby - maybe even a career!
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    I think you did great.

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    You've done it brilliantly. Keep it up.

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    That is great for your first try. You'll be a pro in no time at all.

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    Wow it is hard to believe it is your first try!!
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    so I was wondering how you do that on a big quilt. I'm doing one now but just making boxs out of it.

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    Just lovely, great job and thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Good for you! Practice, practice, practice......it's the only way - but you have a good eye for smooth curves. One thing I was told is to keep looking at where you WANT to go, not where you are. Can't say it's made my free motion much better, but I'm still in the practice mode.
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    This is so inspiring for me! I am brand new to quilting and this gives me the spur I need to try this! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety2911 View Post
    You are off to a wonderful start! Great job!
    I think so too! You've got the 'eye' for quilting. You will go far with FMQ!

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    good job....you'll be a pro soon...

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    I'm still striving to get to your point! I'm impressed!

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    Thank you all for the encouragement! This is something totally new to me, so your words help!
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    Looks terrific!

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