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    This is what happens when I wake up WAY too early! :)

    (I'm just learning, but having fun with FMQ)
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    Beautiful quilting!!!! Looks like you're a natural!

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    Hey they are gorgeous. How long have you been doing FMQ, i have yet to get into it, so scared though. frightened of going wrong. your pics are brilliant. I am quilting placemats at the moment and want to do FMQ on them, will have to havago soon. :)

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    NICE!

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    Looks good to me. Imagine what you could do if you had a good night's sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyj123
    Hey they are gorgeous. How long have you been doing FMQ, i have yet to get into it, so scared though. frightened of going wrong. your pics are brilliant. I am quilting placemats at the moment and want to do FMQ on them, will have to havago soon. :)
    Just go for it, Penny! I started dabbling with FMQ less than a year ago (and I work full-time and have other hobbies too), so I haven't spent all that much time on it. I started with placemats too! It got a lot easier for me when I took a 3 hour class and figured out that everything did NOT need to be symetrical and perfect to look good.

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    Ha ha, I wake up way to early all the time, but my FMQ don't look like this!! YOU did a wonderful job.. makes me wonder if I should try to sleep in, and see if that helps my attempts look even remotely like FMQ... awesome !

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    I also work full time and only have the w/ends to play. I direct all my attention to sewing these days, that is mainly quilting, patchwork, and some embroidery. I just love it. and my husband is sew supportive of it. I have stood beside him with all the hobbies he has had and now i have one of my own and he loves that. I just wish i didn't have to work so much as i really just want to play. LOL :)

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    Fabulous! You are doing awesome!

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    Very, very nice! For just learning, I can only imagine you will have some real prize winning quilts in the future.

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    That's really great work :)

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    I am so jealous. I haven't tried FMQ yet but I want to really bad.

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    Oh my gosh....are you serious...what do you mean when you say you are "new"?? If I could do that well with FMQ, I'd be happy forever!! I haven't even tried yet....me scared :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    This is what happens when I wake up WAY too early! :)

    (I'm just learning, but having fun with FMQ)
    Are using your regular sewing machine or is it a Long Arm?
    You are so talented!
    I started FMQ but I don't seem to have creativity. I might need to innovate, you have given me courage to try.

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    I want to be as good a you! Your work is so nice and even. I never think of sewing when I can't sleep. Thanks for the good suggestion. It's time to stop practicing and put this great work on your quilts.

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    Very nice!!

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    Very pretty quilting
    I haven't tried doing anything fancy, just want to get it done and go on to piecing the next quilt.

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    Looking good!

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    This is just amazing. I can't imagine what you will be doing for FMQ when you become an expert. Please share with us if you are using a long arm. My practice pieces look nothing like this on my home sewing machine. Wonder if you could do a tutorial?

    Thanks for sharing,
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    Great work!

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    WOW! I want to be like you when I grow up :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    This is just amazing. I can't imagine what you will be doing for FMQ when you become an expert. Please share with us if you are using a long arm. My practice pieces look nothing like this on my home sewing machine. Wonder if you could do a tutorial?

    Thanks for sharing,
    Quilter711
    Nancy, My first practice pieces did NOT look anything like this either! :lol: (The cat is sleeping on them now...) No longarm; I am quilting on a Juki 98tl and just love it--moving the quilt, not the machine. It's hard to get a big quilt in it, but not impossible if you are determined enough!

    I started with an afternoon class about a year ago and have been taking advantage of learning from a few books and videos since then. The first book/DVD I got was from Karen McTavish; she is fun to watch, and her Minnesota accent reminds me of home. Recently I got 2 of Sharon Schamber's beginning feathering DVDs and have learned a lot from her. Her sandwiching and basting technique is "the bomb". I've also watched a lot of quilting on youtube. And read everything I can find on the web. I just love Leah Day's 365 days of quilting on the web as a resource for ideas and new things to try.

    It seems that everyone has a slightly different technique that works for them. You have to take the parts that work for you and use them. And, practice, practice, practice! First I draw the designs with paper and pencil several times to get a feel for them; then I try them out on practice samples that are only 16 or 18" square so they are relatively easy to maneuver. Then, when I'm satisfied with what I have, I try it on the real thing. It's definitely "a process" for me. I've done a couple of baby quilts and an twin size so far, as well as some quilted bags for my granddaughters and some placemats for the table.

    I've got a couple of twin-sized throws pieced that I'm almost brave enough to start quilting on this fall. The biggest challenge I have right now is figuring out what motifs/designs to use to compliment the patchwork (and that I can actually sew successfully).

    There are tons of amazingly talented quilters on this site, and I feel l privileged to benefit from the knowledge and skills they share!

    And the best tip from a video? Karen McTavish said to "have a glass of wine!" I'm not sure if my FMQ is better for it, but it sure makes it more fun!!! :lol:

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    PennyJ,
    There's nothing to be scared of! Who says it has to be perfect? Quilting is supposed to be fun!!


    Quote Originally Posted by pennyj123
    Hey they are gorgeous. How long have you been doing FMQ, i have yet to get into it, so scared though. frightened of going wrong. your pics are brilliant. I am quilting placemats at the moment and want to do FMQ on them, will have to havago soon. :)
    :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    PennyJ,
    There's nothing to be scared of! Who says it has to be perfect? Quilting is supposed to be fun!!


    Quote Originally Posted by pennyj123
    Hey they are gorgeous. How long have you been doing FMQ, i have yet to get into it, so scared though. frightened of going wrong. your pics are brilliant. I am quilting placemats at the moment and want to do FMQ on them, will have to havago soon. :)
    :-D
    purplefiend is so right! It doesn't have to be perfect, just give it a shot!!! It was hard for me at first to realize that perfection was NOT the goal, but when I got over that, it got to be fun!

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    Wendy,

    I am taking your advise. I will purchase some of the DVD's, play and drink. I know it will work out well!

    Thanks again,
    Quilter711

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