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Thread: My first real attempt at free-motion quilting

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    My first real attempt at free-motion quilting

    I have been drooling over some of the pictures on this board for ages. Every day when I get my email I have to check out the latest pictures of what y'all are doing. I'm amazed, inspired, and in most cases very envious of the skill level here.

    So, I got the bug . I decided to attempt FMQ. I found this table topper pattern that I absolutely fell in love with, emailed the designer and asked for permission to make it. I had no idea how difficult it would be--I am allergic to triangles--, but I like how it turned out.

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    I did the SID and that didn't turn out too bad, so I did more lines. Then I tried a little squiggle in the middle strip to counter all the straight lines. I didn't like it so I turned it into a vine and added leaves. At Once I made the first leaf, I was on my way and simply couldn't stop. It was kinda fun. I didn't like it at first, but it has started to grow on me.

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    Very nice!! Your quilting look great!! A lot bettter then my first time. Love the colors you used!

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    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!
    Helen T.

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    Great job on your first FMQ, looks good!!!!
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    Of course it is growing on you, vines right? Your star spin is beautiful! I did one a while back and starch is your friend on the bias edges.

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    I wish I could do as well with the free motion.

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    It sure looks great to me!!
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    good feathers

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    I love your leafy vines and your selection to put it on the dark green strip makes it pop! You first attempts at FMQ are inspirational. I can just imagine what you will accomplish with more practice.

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    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

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    Great job - well done on your FMQ

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    looks wonderful, great job and thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Wow I wish mind looked that great.

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    Beautiful and so is your FMQ. I am still trying to learn.

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    Cool

    Those vines were the first details that I noticed, so they really do work well! Love your table topper. The colors are perfect for this time of year. So, would you say you're hooked?

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    What great results for your FMQ. Your results are admirable and you've certainly got a lot more talent and courage than this writer!!!

    I bought more bobbins for my Viking Mega Quilter so I can start practicing FMQ beginning at ground zero. I will be using some tightly woven fabric and cotton batting. I am so nervous about this learning process that I chose patterned fabric at the thrift store. I figured that I could "birth" a small quilt for a dog or cat and go to town with my
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    Keep up your wonderful work and please, please post your progress. You are an inspiration! :-)

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    I love it and your quilting is beautiful,great job done.
    God Bless you all.
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    Very nice!! Your quilting look great!

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    yeah for you. I love the leaf design where you put it, it just adds such a nice touch. I love FMQ and am so happy for you that you were brave enough to start doing it. For me, it is the most fun part of a quilt.
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    What a great job you did!

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    beautiful topper and you certainly do much better then I ever could, very nice

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    Thanks for all these lovely comments and all the great encouragement and inspiration. As I just wrote in a blog, this board is the greatest!

    Quilting is addictive-in whatever form. I will always love hand-quilting, but the idea of 'drawing' in thread is pretty exciting too. I just know there are countless feathers in my future...Thanks again!

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    Of course it is growing on you, vines right? Your star spin is beautiful! I did one a while back and starch is your friend on the bias edges.
    LOL and thanks Tartan! Now that its over, it wasn't so bad. I just love this pattern. I may even make another one some day. Truthfully, I didn't really have a problem with the bias edges. I knew ahead of time to be really careful. I think this is the most complex thing I've ever pieced though. I did several double-takes of the pattern to get it together correctly...Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    I love your leafy vines and your selection to put it on the dark green strip makes it pop! You first attempts at FMQ are inspirational. I can just imagine what you will accomplish with more practice.
    Thanks--I too can't wait to see what will happen with more practice...I don't know about inspirational, but I am certainly inspired. I love quilting--in all forms. BTW, I love cats too. Have five--a mother and her five kittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com View Post
    Those vines were the first details that I noticed, so they really do work well! Love your table topper. The colors are perfect for this time of year. So, would you say you're hooked?
    Thanks! I love everything about quilting. I will always prefer hand-quilting, but there is something pretty cool about commanding that machine and finishing a project in so much less time. I just finished hand-quilting a quilt that I started in January--that is 8 months--long time. To answer your question, I am definitely hooked.

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