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Thread: My first real attempt at free-motion quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniesews View Post
    Very pretty! I have real trouble doing fmq as my back of the quilt looks like I have skipped stitches. Any suggestions, please.
    From what I have read and experienced first hand, there is a real marriage between stitch length, tension, and the speed in which you move the fabric, especially with curves. I had a similar problem at first, but I kept making sample quilt sandwiches on which to practice. Eventually, it got more comfortable. Also, I made sure I sued the same thread in both top and in the bobbin. FMQ is like a dance; where practice is the only way to really learn the steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstock View Post
    Very nice!! Your quilting look great!! A lot bettter then my first time. Love the colors you used!
    Thanks bstock. I can't wait to try again. Aren't fabric colors just the greatest thing ever? That is half the fun of quilting--choosing the colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety2911 View Post
    You did a wonderful job on this quilt! If you could see my first attempt, it was aweful. Yours is great only to be even more so as you continue FMQing!
    Thanks Helen. I'm anxious to start another project. I really enjoyed doing this. I can see where as it gets more comfortable, the results improve. I really can't see myself doing an entire quilt this way, but I can easily imagine mixing hand-quilting with FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    Great job on your first FMQ, looks good!!!!
    Thanks Cris. Hey, I live in Arkansas now, but I used to live in Lisle, which would have made us practically neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniktasemaj View Post
    I wish I could do as well with the free motion.
    You can. Just jump right in with both feet. You might like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    It sure looks great to me!!
    Thanks for the kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy60545 View Post
    boy do I agree! I see some great quilting emerging here!
    Thanks Cindy, you are too kind. I do want to keep working at it--that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I love what you did. Great job and congratulations! I think the first time is the hardest. I was actually scared to try it the first time. ;0
    Thanks for justflyingin to comment. Thanks for the kind words. I agree that the first time is the hardest. I'm anxious to try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinkokr View Post
    looks wonderful, great job and thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Thanks Ellen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javin22 View Post
    Wow I wish mind looked that great.
    Thanks Vinae; I appreciate all this encouragement. I can't wait to do another project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine View Post
    Beautiful and so is your FMQ. I am still trying to learn.
    Thanks Sewfine. I won't say it is easy, but it is so worth it, especially when all these wonderful words of encouragement come your way. Learning is key; then comes practice. Can't wait to see what you make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heather1949 View Post
    I love it and your quilting is beautiful,great job done.
    Thanks Heather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs194068 View Post
    Very nice!! Your quilting look great!
    Thanks Babs. I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendapm View Post
    What a great job for your first FMQ quilt. I just decided to start machine quilting. Was the motivation to finally buy the new machine I had been wanting. I'm still practicing on practice sandwiches, not brave enough to start on a real quilt. I do have a top I think I will SID. You inspire me to keep going and get to the point where I'm brave enough to FM my first quilt.
    Thanks Brenda. Wow, a new machine--how can you hold yourself back? You go girl! I have a very adequate Jenome machine that was probably the cheapest they ever made, but she is a work horse. If I had a new machine, I doubt I would even stop for lunch or dinner. I can't wait to see how you make that machine sing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbE View Post
    What a great job you did!
    Thanks DebbE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunnyJo View Post
    beautiful topper and you certainly do much better then I ever could, very nice
    Thanks nunnyJo. Don't sell yourself short. After seeing the beautiful quilt as your avatar, I'd bet you could do anything you set your mind to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Peg View Post
    Very pretty.
    Thanks Grandma Peg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rj.neihart View Post
    Looks like you did a fantastic job on this.
    Thanks rj. I love everything about quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramacheri View Post
    Amazing! I am so scared to try FMQ but one day I will. You are an inspiration, thanks!
    Thanks gramacheri. Don't be scared. It is great fun to try. Make pot holders or something. See if you like it. You will be so happy you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    Fantastic endeavor! FMQ still scares me a little.
    Thanks ItsJustMe. It can be a little intimidating, and I'm not over my fear of it either, but everything is scary the first time. It does get easier (as I try to convince myself). I get anxiety just about every time I take my scissors to new fabric too, but it feels great to conquer the fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petpainter View Post
    Great job!- you can't go wrong trying and get better the more you do! I have a friend that just won't give it an honest try and I just know she could do it if she gave it a fair chance. Me, I'm a newbie at it, too, but am fearless at jumping in and just have a go at it! I do a lot of research and have a plan in my head. Cudos to you
    Sally
    Thanks Sally. That is exactly how I felt about it. I still consider myself a newbie at all things quilting and I've done seven already. There are so many techniques to master; I think I'll be a newbie forever. I too, do lots of research. There is no better way to learn something than to just jump in. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamsbuying View Post
    So, your first time! You did great, and are on your way. Enjoy and have fun.
    Thanks jamsbuying. I think I might be on my way. This quilting journey is so much more exciting than I ever dreamed. I love it. I will be a quilter forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjhaess View Post
    Good job.....Looks great.
    Thanks for the kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanabee Quiltin View Post
    You did great FMQ, sure wish I could do it that good ! I have this pattern myself, have not used it yet. You did a great job.
    Thanks Wanabee Quiltin. This pattern really gave me fits, but I like how it came together finally. Give it a try, and don't forget to post pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QandE2010 View Post
    An excellent first FMQ quilt. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks Alma. I can't wait to do another.

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