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Thread: FMQ'ing around

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    Senior Member lisalisa's Avatar
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    FMQ'ing around

    Three things have been dancing around in my head.

    1: Zen Tangle. So cool.

    2: This ribbon thing I saw in a magazine. SUPER cool.

    3: This tile thing I saw on some site (?). Tres cool!

    This is just a practice piece. I have this huge cone of green thread so I just went for it. I attempted to do some shading with a darker color on the ribbons and the tiles and it kind of fell apart. This will work much better with contrasting threads. I probably won't finish it because I'm just testing, but I think it came out pretty cool. Especially considering where I started about 2 years ago. (see photo 3)
    Keep on practicing!

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    Yikes!
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.
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    I'm working at your picture number 3 level. How long before you could do the first 2?

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    About 2 years. Mind you, I had a baby in between all of that and had some down time. I'm sure I'd be miles above that if I was practicing the entire time.

    Once the idea of echoing simple shapes sinks in, it gets easier. Of course half the battle is overcoming machine difficulties. Much of what was in picture number 3 was the machine misbehaving. Those toe catchers are a result of me moving my hands too fast and the needle too slow.

    Hang in there. You'll get it!
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    You've come a long way!!!!

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    nicely done, great improvement
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    Very encouraging! Your work is lovely, and that green is so pretty- surely you can use it for something- it's too nice to just leave aside as a practice piece.
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    Yeah, picture 3 looks familiar to me. I'm just a bit past that, but practicing all the time on a borrowed Sweet Sixteen. Have a nice quilt that needs doing, but I'm afraid to work on. So I'm doing practice pieces, including a cheater panel that works as a great "coloring book" with lines to follow as I get the feel of the motion. Yours is now a work of art! Is that a face in the upper left quadrant?

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    Wow that is beautiful!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Yeah, picture 3 looks familiar to me. I'm just a bit past that, but practicing all the time on a borrowed Sweet Sixteen. Have a nice quilt that needs doing, but I'm afraid to work on. So I'm doing practice pieces, including a cheater panel that works as a great "coloring book" with lines to follow as I get the feel of the motion. Yours is now a work of art! Is that a face in the upper left quadrant?
    That's great. I only recently thought about using a cheater cloth. It's a good way to legitimize it. I have some I'm thinking about busting out.

    I'm not anywhere near being able to do this on a big piece. But it's my goal and I'll get there.

    I did not put a face on there(I can see it! lol). It's just a bunch of tightly packed swirls. My camera didn't want to photograph it so well.

    Those of you that are stuck on 3. Keep going. Keep going. Keeeeep going!
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    Love it! I hope I get that good
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    I just bought a Brother Nouvelle on a Grace Frame this week! Have had a great time playing with it all week. Can't wait until I can match the beauty you created, love it! Today When I was practicing I thought I had done a great job...but when I looked at the back I realized that the top thread was looped (not bird-nested, just loopes about an eight on an inch) underneath and the bottom thread was just fine. Any ideas anyone?

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    Sounds like you're taking about eyelashing? Oh the horror. I found it was usually the presser foot not being down or the thread coming out of the tension discs. It can slip out but appear to be fine. This is why it's important to know your machine, what it sounds like when it's doing a proper job, vs what it sounds like when it's not. This way you know when to stop and check. The first quilt I practiced on had horrible eye lashing but was fine on the front. So I covered it up and called it a win. NEXT
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    You absolutly need to do something with that piece! There are so many neat trial stitches on it!
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    Oh, you made me laugh with #3 desc. of "toe catchers." I've heard others describe "eye lashes" but your's is the best desc. yet! I'm just progressing past the "toe catcher" stage (most of the time!). Love your current level of quilting. Hope I can get there too!
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    I can repeat that "keep going" mantra! I started about two years ago also. I work full time and now am back in the classroom, so there's little time for anything after grading essays for hours on end. Still, I spend every second possible quilting and practicing. I was looking at a quilt I made some time ago and could not believe that my quilting was so bad! I'd be ashamed but my kids saw the quilt and begged, begged! for it. Keep going, keep going, absolutely keep going. Also keep a sample of what you're doing now so you can go back in a couple of years and ask yourself was I really that bad???!!!

    Picture #2 has me green as your thread with envy!

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    Just curious what you're quilting with? Domestic, mid arm, long arm? Thanks. I'm kinda in between your 1 and 2. Not sure I'll ever be great at it, but it's fun trying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwiltr View Post
    Just curious what you're quilting with? Domestic, mid arm, long arm? Thanks. I'm kinda in between your 1 and 2. Not sure I'll ever be great at it, but it's fun trying!
    Lol. That's flattering. I just use a cheapo bottom of the line singer DM. "Singer simple". It's been through a lot, quite regularly loses timing and in general makes me want to throw a fit but it gets the job done.

    If you're in between, go check out zentangle drawings. This helped me tremendously to take it to another level.

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    As the saying goes, you've come a long way, Baby! I really like your FMQ!!
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    Looking great!
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    Very pretty!
    I've been playing with some of the zen quilting ideas too and just love the look, but still need some practice. It IS amazing how we evolve over time. Practice, practice and more practice, and don't forget to press that sandwich down firmly when moving it! It helps a LOT with control! I've even found I can make a straight line!
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    awesome job
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    Great job!!
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    Wonderful work!!!!

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    I'm so impressed! Very encouraging, I'll keep practicing

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    Nice work Lisa.
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