Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: First attempts @ FMQ

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    537

    First attempts @ FMQ

    Just putting up some pix of my first FMQ exercises & scribbles...
    This is where I started. Got an ok handle on this ~ 1/2" meandering, I think. I tried to make bigger ones, but couldn't...had to stay smallish:
    Name:  IMG_20130410_200336.jpg
Views: 1258
Size:  139.9 KB

    Then it all went to poop...started getting tired.
    Scribbles and proof that I can't turn left ↓

    Name:  IMG_20130410_200422.jpg
Views: 1255
Size:  181.3 KB

    Loop-de-loops were so-so:

    Name:  IMG_20130410_200400.jpg
Views: 1264
Size:  151.4 KB

    Different stuff
    Name:  IMG_20130410_200205.jpg
Views: 1261
Size:  167.6 KB

    Second round of loopies were better, but you can tell exactly where I started to get tired (top left). This was after about another 20 minutes or so

    Name:  IMG_20130410_200222.jpg
Views: 1259
Size:  123.8 KB

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rapid City, SD
    Posts
    4,885
    It takes a lot of practice to get good doesn't it? But this is the best way t go - I'm thinking they look pretty good. That is what I should be doing right now instead of playing on the computer. Keep up the good work.

  3. #3
    Super Member Homemother's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,038
    Blog Entries
    1
    Look at you go! It gets easier, believe me. You'll build up an incredible amount of endurance. You've tackled quite a lot of designs and I can see you are going to be an excellent FMQer! Relax those shoulders, dance with the fabric, lose yourself in the patterns, and you'll accomplish beautiful designs!

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    dallas tx.
    Posts
    4,566
    Blog Entries
    3
    I agree with Nammie. I wish I could do this good. Just keep going. It will come.

  5. #5
    Super Member 4EVERquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Lakewood, Co. Native-New Mexican
    Posts
    4,033
    it's all about practice, this is how we all start out.your doing great.
    will quilt 4EVER

  6. #6
    Super Member Monika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    1,754
    Looking good!!!!

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Carencro LA
    Posts
    291
    Blog Entries
    6
    Interesting looking at your work..some of the patterns look exactly like the ones I've been using on the quilt I've got going! Especially the loop-de-loops and the horizonal back-and-forth pattern. Keep up the good work!
    Pat H
    Carencro LA

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mandeville, Louisiana
    Posts
    1,093
    You are doing great. I should be practicing as you are. Great job!!
    Cookie

  9. #9
    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Upland CA
    Posts
    18,361
    You are doing great!!!

  10. #10
    Super Member Quiltngolfer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,252
    That is some great meander work! You are really doing well.

  11. #11
    Power Poster gabeway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    Posts
    10,488
    Coming along great!
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    45
    Perfect practice makes beautiful quilting. Always try to do your best that way you'll get better faster. I make potholders. It probably takes more time to sandwich and finish than it does to quilt, but I have a finished product that's functional and pretty. I use them for gifts at Xmas time and birthdays for friends and family. The potholders usually go on a wall for display rather than as potholders. These are small projects and can be used to try new and different quilting techniques. Keep practicing; you're doing great.

  13. #13
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,677
    Blog Entries
    2
    looking good! I can't seem to relax enough to do lovely large feathers myself. I'm too tense. someday!!

  14. #14
    Super Member Pat P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    1,219
    Blog Entries
    17
    A journey begins with the 1st stitch....we who FM have those samples too......You will have ball....

  15. #15
    Senior Member IzzysGrammie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Elsmere, KY
    Posts
    613
    Blog Entries
    1
    Heck! I have just recently discovered a walking foot! FMQ hasn't even entered my world yet! I think you have given me the incentive to learn FMQ... thank you!!

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    No. California. The foothills of the Sierras.
    Posts
    796
    You are doing a great job. I'm still practicing (and sometimes on a quilt ).
    Sue
    Face the sun and keep your shadow at your back.
    And it never hurts to keep an angel on your shoulder.

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    NE Missouri
    Posts
    6,137
    So much better than I could do. Thank you for sharing your progress.

  18. #18
    Senior Member sew4nin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    St. Charles, MO
    Posts
    306
    I recommend a glass of wine.
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    looking good! I can't seem to relax enough to do lovely large feathers myself. I'm too tense. someday!!

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    537
    Quote Originally Posted by sew4nin View Post
    I recommend a glass of wine.
    I think I'll try that this weekend If you find me curled up under the table in a UFO top, you'll know I did that part wrong

  20. #20
    Super Member IBQUILTIN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    North Fork Ca
    Posts
    8,258
    I think they look really good, and I fully agree that when you start getting tired, you start messing up. You need a lot more stretch breaks with FMQ, You are doing well, keep practicing. the bigger meander comes along all at once

  21. #21
    Super Member javin22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    4,592
    I am a novice at FMQ too, and your looks a lot better than mine.

  22. #22
    Power Poster RedGarnet222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    14,472
    Gee... You are doing just great! I know what you mean about getting off when you are tired. That is when I take a break and have a cup of coffee and a snack. When I go back, I am back to happy squiggles and fmq'g.
    RedGarnet222

    "Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern ... It will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that ...one stitch at a time, taken patiently."
    *Oliver Wendell Holms

  23. #23
    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Western Washington State
    Posts
    552
    Blog Entries
    6
    I found this post from a search for FMQ scribbles. Compared to my "yes, I really have been practicing" results, you truly have a great deal of potential. Mine look something like a three year old trying to draw. And no, I am not kidding.
    Annette

    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.