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Thread: No polite way to say how bad this is!

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    As a new FMQ'er, I was carefully doing meandering by starting in the center of my quilt and intending to do one quarter at a time. Sometime during the process it must have clicked for me because before I knew it, I'd done the entire quilt without stopping once. Your potholder looks just fine! Do another project and it will click for you too.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Well I think it is good for your first try, I thought I would never get the hang of it but after a few quilts I have certainly inproved and so will you...

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    Jan, this is an excellent suggestion. Thank you!


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    i've started fmq on my dgd's 1st quilt. i have put it off, and put it off. i got going, and i won't win any prizes, but it is really fun! i was truly surprised! i turned on my today's country music channel and ran the machine faster than i moved the quilt and it just seemed to work! it was a lot easier than the stid quilt i just finished for my son. it's so much faster and so much more fun. i wrote my dgd's name in several places on the quilt. i plan to add other messages as i finish it up. it will be years before she finds them and can read them but it will be a reminder of how much, and how long her grammi has loved her.
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    My motto is " Progress Not Perfection". Is it allowed to draw on the fabric and follow a meandering line not exactly? Might give some security. Your pot holder is cheery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah in Brooklyn View Post
    Attachment 366036It's pouring here so I can't go running and my client just cancelled so I had some time to kill and I decided to make my first attempt at free motion quilting. It's terrible!!! And it's hard! But I sort of have the vaguest sense of how it's done now, and I'll keep trying. This is a potholder, by the way, that will be a gift for someone who really loves me a lot!
    You are too funny! LOL! It's adorable.

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    Hello:
    I just started FMQ last week. There is a blog called Free Motion Quilting Project with Leah Day who has great tutorials on just about every quilt design imaginable. And plenty of helpful hints. Her tutorials are also on Youtube if you care to go there. I notice an improvement in only a week because I really do want to become proficient at FMQ. Good luck and don't give up.

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    I agree, not bad for a first try. You should have seen my first try - stitches from miniscule to 1/2" long. One of the best tips I got was from Leah Day. Get a striped piece of fabric and FMQ straight down the lines. You're used to sewing in that direction. Concentrate on the sound of your machine to get your hands moving at the same speed as your machine, might have to change the speed of your machine several times to find a speed you can stay right on the lines and keep stitches even. Don't look at the stitches, just follow the line and feel your machine. My stitches started coming out very even. It is harder when you start going in other directions and start doing circles, but this exercise did help me quite a bit.

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    there is nothing wrong with that. try on a place mat size next time. you did a great job. I see you went around the pictures. don't be so hard on yourself. it is great and you will only get better. just go bigger next time. easier to control.
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    I think you did just fine. I'm still a novice but I learned from someone (?) to practice on folded papertowels (about 3). It works really well and doesn't use any of your stash. It helped me quite a bit. Also, I bought the FMQ gloves and they make all the difference in the world in moving your quilt around freely. Mine still isn't great but using this medium really helped. Best of luck!
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    Yup... I think you're being too hard on yourself. Looks just fine to me.
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    I would suggest not trying to outline the 'objects' in the fabric at least right now. Try something really simple, like cursive lower case L's, or lower case e's. They are graceful, and usually look pretty good for everyone. Your stitch length looks really small. You can sew slower--you don't have to put the petal to the metal. Every class I have every taken has you make a quilt sandwich--use some of your muslin, or ugly fabric, and practice. After you practice, try your potholder, or placemat. When you start making mistakes stop. Walk around. Take a break. When you come back, try your practice piece for a bit then go back to your project. It is going to be frustrating. You will feel like it isn't looking like you are making progress, but you are! By the way, look at your tension on the back and the front. I've found you need to check it fairly often, it loves to give me trouble!
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    Hang in there and keep after it before you know it you'll be doing full size quilts with no problems. but in the mean time be nice to yourself as many others have pointed out, it takes a lot of practice and time.
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    Into every life, a little rain must fall. Sorry, could not help myself with that one. So now that you had your laugh, enjoy the free motion stuff. It really helps when you are relaxed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    I see a vibrant colored potholder made by a first time FMQ'er who did a much better job than I can do, and I would be proud to have that potholder in my kitchen!! Keep going!
    I second that!

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    I think it looks really good. You should see my practice attempts-so sad.
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    keep going, we all have to practice,
    Find a point in horizon.... keep moving towards it....

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    Doesn't look too bad to me.

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    It looks good to me! You'll be a pro in no time!!

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    I think it looks great..

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