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Thread: A FMQ Sampler

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    A FMQ Sampler

    I made this Free Motion Quilting Sampler to show at my quilter's guild. I am trying to encourage my friends to try more decorative patterns. I must say, this turned out better than I thought it would. I started out with a piece of left over batting from another project. I took that batting and sandwiched it between this green blender fabric.

    When FMQ on a blank piece of fabric (whole cloth), the quilting becomes easier when the fabric is divided into sections. So, I decided to make zigzag paths and fill them in and around them. A double line of sewing helps set off each section.

    From here, I picked designs I thought would be appealing and not too hard to master. I knew someone would want to know how to make a feather, so I practiced and practiced one on paper and then stitched it in. I don't like thread build up, so I picked a style where the feathers don't touch. The other motif I knew someone would want to see were pebbles. Arg. Mine are usually ovals or pavers. Once again, I pulled out the paper and pen and built the muscle memory for a rounded pebble and it worked.

    Lastly, check out the empty space on the main zigzags. Originally, I intended to put a minimal motif in there, but decided it looked much better without any quilting. It gives the eye somewhere peaceful to land and the curves are gentle to look at.

    Enjoy the sampler and I hope those of you who need to take the next step in your FMQ adventure find the courage to try designs you aren't familiar with. If you can draw it, you can quilt it. My quilting is always better than my drawing!!!

    Thanks for looking and happy quilting!
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    FYI, all the pictures were taken at the same time in the same lighting on the same table. It's amazing that the fabric looks so different in each picture! Sorry, I got FMQ out of order.

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    That is some really spectacular FMQ - love what you did with the different sections and motifs!
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    your quilting is amazing
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    ​Nicely done!

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    Your quilting is beautiful. I really like the large meander or large stipple for my quilts.

    Maybe one day I will change and try fancier stitches.
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    Like you quilting. Great Job!!

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    Your quilting is absolutely beautiful!

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    I love, love, love this!!
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    Very nice!

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    You did a fabulous job...was this done on a DSM or LA?
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    Lovely, I enjoyed just looking at it. Sigh...
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    All Done On My DSM

    It's quilted on my DSM!

    That was an important piece of information I left out. There is so much you can do with a DSM. If not on the quilt face itself, then in the borders. Borders are a perfect place to add decorative quilting because they are part of the frame. Decorative quilting sometimes interferes with the quilt design not enhancing it. However, the empty spaces are fair game!


    Quote Originally Posted by jmoore View Post
    You did a fabulous job...was this done on a DSM or LA?

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    Thank you! I will enjoy referring to your sampler to help me with learning free-motion quilting. Your photos are great!

    What weight thread did you use? Also what type needle do you find works well? (quilting, microtex, universal?)

    I like your reasoning that quilting becomes easier when divided into sections making zig zag paths. I am trying to picture the paths before the quilting is added. Can you show a paper drawing of your zig zag paths please?

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    That's some beautiful quilting there!

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    Your post is very encouraging to those who want to improve (or even start) FMQ. Your pictures are great. Thank you.

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    You did that on a DSM? Wow!!!!!!!!! So beautiful!!

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    Wow, wow, wow
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    Wow, very nice! You inspire us!

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    Yes, It's done on my DSM. Should have said this in the title.

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    You are an amazing quilter. Your guild members must lean on you frequently for advice.

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    Love it... 'divide and conquer'! Beautiful quilting. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    I love this idea. Thank you for sharing it.
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    Simply Beautiful. Such a talent. I've barely been doing FMQ and I love it. I want to try more patterns as I get used to each one. Yours is so pretty.
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    I'm seconding and tripling the WOW! Seriously wow! I'm scared of FMQing but your work is so inspiring.

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