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    Keep practicing. I am just learning too. I'm making quilts for my staff, and they have been advised that I am practicing my FMQ. They will be coming over in a couple of weeks to trim the threads, as I HATE doing it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah in Brooklyn View Post
    .........I decided to make my first attempt at free motion quilting. It's terrible!!! And it's hard!.......
    I don't think it's terrible. It's your first attempt, trust me it will get easier with practice. ~

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    My free motion quilting was ugly when I first started and I had even taken a class, it's just like anything else...practice, and that's what I am still doing practicing. Believe me anyone would be happy to receive your pot holder.
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    It doesn't look bad and you started on what they tell me is a hard thing to do - following a circular pattern. Try FREE motion quilting. Let the fabric wander while thinking of large puzzle pieces. After you give yourself permission to sew in all directions and practice with the writing finger of your dominant hand on any surface before you start, it'll come.

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    Congrats on starting! I see nothing wrong with your first attempt. It's only bad if you never start!!!

    LuAnn Kessi says to get a sketch pad and practice your FMQ there first. Don't pick up the pencil point from the paper - make your designs with continuous motion. Using a sketch pad and pencil builds muscle memory. Once you practice it on a sketch pad, your brain will have a good idea of movement and where to twist and turn. I did stippling for about a year before really trying anything ornate. I did some thread painting and more stippling. Finally, I got the sketch pad and worked out the designs on paper first, then when I was happy with them, I went to the machine. Guess what? The machine quilting was better than my drawings!

    Watch Leah Day do her quilting: www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm She explains how to work a design and how to get out of corners if you get stuck. She's got lots of designs to choose from and they are in categories so you can pick easier ones to start with.

    LuAnn Kessi, as I've said, is a sketch book believer. http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/searc.../Sketch%20Book
    She has sketches of her sketches. You should sign up for her blog because she is always sketching. I printed out some of the sketches and traced over them, then tried to do them myself, sometimes with good results and sometimes with not so good results, but always worth the effort.

    Patsy Thompson has some excellent beginning FMQ videos. http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/
    She has lots of FMQ designs you can download for free. I downloaded them and traced out the patterns.

    You will definitely build your confidence if you look at the above websites. You've already got a good start on your FMQ and you will be so happy with your results when you master some basic designs. You won't want to stop! LuAnn says to FMQ or sketch a little everyday.

    Here is a video that will also help you build your confidence. Karen talks about "What to Quilt on Your Quilt." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emNxO...ature=youtu.be

    Good luck and keep posting!

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    this is awesome, thank you so much!

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    Your braver than me..I haven't even dare attempt anything...Maybe someday.

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    I think you are terribly brave. I'm not sure I will ever attempt free motion quilting...maybe years from now when I have a lot more experience and confidence. Congrats and keep it up, with all the incouragement you get here you will be sailing though before you know it!

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    Hey, whatever it is worth, I think it looks good.

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    Most importantly, you took the dive! I know how cold that water can be. I am a self-admitted horrible FMQ, I cross lines, my stitches are intermittently super tight and too long, and my aspirations never match my execution. I don't care, just keep at it. I don't make quilts to show, (thought God knows I wish I could), I make them for friends and family. They all know everything I do is askew and l;ove me anyway! Sarah, you GO girl! By the way, I love your kitty avatar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    It looks better than my free motion. Count me in the "gave up" group.
    me too ...........

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    Just love your white and black cats in your avatar....

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    Please, what constitutes "good" and "bad" free motion quilting?

    Thanks, P

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    I agree with you. FMQ is difficult. I have been practicing but I have to agree with whoever wrote that it takes LOTS of practice. I remember seeing someone in Paducah FMQ and they took a pencil and paper and drew the design over and over again on paper before trying it on the machine. A lady at my church told me to check out Leah Day, she does have very good ideas about FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah in Brooklyn View Post
    the fabrics are much nicer in person, I promise!
    You did a great job, Sarah!! My first FMQ experience was frustrating. It does get easier.

    I love those kitties in your avatar.

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    At least no one was peeking over your shoulder saying........."OMG!! What is that?"
    I have had this happen before......LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Practice writing your name in cursive as your FMQ pattern. That helps you learn to move the fabric in an up-down-left-right motion instead of turning it. You already have muscle memory for this motion of writing your name. Most of those who FMQ will tell you that muscle memory of whatever design you are trying to use is important. They often will take a couple minutes to 'practice' their FMQ before starting on the actual quilt, even if they quilt every day or so.


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    What a great idea, Jan. Have I been hiding under a rock (actually no rocks here in Cajun land -- but maybe big tree stumps); it's the first time I've heard this tip! Will have to try it.

    And Sarah, as far as I'm concerned, I think you did a great job. I like the way you went around the objects in the print. I've only tried FMQ once on pillow tops. And yes, it is hard!
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    Years ago I made my GD a quilt and I traced pictures from a simple coloring book onto the top. I FMQ those and she was so enthralled! Spent lots of time hunting for the horse, pig, etc. Just an idea.

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    I see nothing wrong with that, certainly pretty good for your first attempt. You will master it in not time

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    I am glad you jumped on the FMQ wagon and your potholder is great! My first attempt was a small baby size quilt. I just did random stitching all over and I think I used about 3 or more spools of thread. I got lots of practice moving the fabric; I learned to wear nubby garden gloves to save my upper arms from aching; and I just played with it. When I was done and it was finished, it was stiff as a board and another lesson I learned was...don't quilt the lines so close together. :-) But it was a learning experience and once I washed the quilt, it softened up some. I still consider myself an advanced beginner and nothing I do will ever win prizes. But I make quilts for warmth and because I enjoy doing it and that is what matters to me. Thanks for starting this post and keep us up on your next FMQ project. :-)
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    I don't see what is wrong..it looks fine to me.

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    The more you do, the easier it gets! Our choir director says it's like stealing. Keep doing it and it will get easier each time. LOL!

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    Looks good to me. BrendaK
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    Look at it again in a few days. It will look much better to you then.....really!

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    It looks great! At least you have the nerve to try it, I can't do it. I am SITD quilter or tying mine.
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    Can I send my address :-) I love it! Good job.
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