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Thread: Pot holder and Hot pad

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    ****WARNING --- COFFEE SNORT ALERT****

    I know some of you like to sip your coffee at the computer while reading the board and occaisionally things have caused laughing and coffee snorting onto keyboards. Consider yourself warned.

    I decided to try my hand at FMQ. Why you wonder since I can't even stitch in the ditch straight? Well, in my circular logic, if you can't drive straight, drive deliberately crooked.

    The results are far from perfect but will serve their purpose just fine and I got lots of practice.

    Thought I was fancy there for a minute and tried a "motif".
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    My FMQ stitches are not very uniform. I think a foot would help. The fabric kept wanting to climb up the needle.
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    I tried sewing the binding like Eddie does it. Let's just say I'll need to practice more or buy Fabri-tac by the quart if I want the back to lay correctly.
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    Here is the front of the pot holder with the apples on the back. Have you noticed I like Sue?
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    Your projects are truely
    wonderful!! :D I think you have
    done a great job with your
    quilting!! I have noticed that
    you love Sue's!! Good for you.
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    Well, good for you!
    I think you did really grand!
    Are you telling me that you are free motion quilting without an embroidery/darning foot????
    Not only are you avante garde, child, you are really BRAVE!
    Given the handicaps you listed, I would say you have done VERY WELL!
    As far as not mastering "stitch in the ditch" before doing free motion quilting ... I don't think you stepped out of line ... and I do like your circular thinking
    if you can't sew straight, sew crooked on purpose ...
    who can argue with that outlook?
    I repeat ... you did very well and have every right to keep doing what you are doing. I think your motif is very good, and you are correct - - you learned a lot, and that is the purpose of practice.
    I can't tell you how many times I have seen more experienced quilters than I tell beginners to make hot pads to practice on ... there is a world of enjoyment and skill to be learned on something that may only be nine inches square.
    How big is your potholder, by the way?

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    No snorting here! I think you did a wonderful job and gave me some new ideas too.

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    They turned out well - and you ended up with something useful.

    Does the needle one is using make a difference?

    Sometimes when I put a fresh needle in the machine it makes a big difference in how it behaves.


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    Lisa, I'm drinking a cup of hot tea; thanks to your warning I decided to be cautious and set it down before looking at your pics. However, it was completely unnecessary. I think you did a great job, especially considering you don't have a darning foot. I don't have a darning foot or walking foot yet so I've been afraid to try any quilting. You're much braver than me.

    I'm not aware of any quilting law that says you have to master stitch in the ditch before learning free motion quilting. Having said that, I'll add that I think I read in Diane Gaudynski's first book that she did nothing but straight and diagonal lines on her quilts for three years after she began quilting, before she tried free motion. My thought when I read that was that I'm getting into quilting late in life and I don't have three years to wait. I want to free motion now...well, soon.

    I like both potholders, but especially the Sunbonnet Sue with the apples on the back. I'm a Sunbonnet Sue fan, too, and I love the greens.

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    Great job with your FMQ. I use FMQ for the same reason! I love your projects!

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    Lisa! I think you have found your quilt calling, if these are your first attempts. Great job, Hon. Good thing my coffee wasn't hot. LOL!

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    They look great, you should have seen what my first attempt at FMQ looked like.

    It looked like I was a crack head looking for the next fix, and I broke a handful of needles doing it. :lol:

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy1951
    I don't have a darning foot or walking foot yet so I've been afraid to try any quilting. You're much braver than me.
    I dont have any quilting type of feet for my machines either. I use my 1/4" foot when I free motion but there is no pressure on the foot, drop my feed dogs and treadle away!!

    Billy

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    Oh - You Go Girl!!!! :thumbup: I think they look Great!!! Especially the Sue!!
    Another added to my list - never thought of using Sue for potholders!! I love it!! :D :D

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    Very nice Lisa.
    When did you start sewing? Wasn't it just a few months ago. Or am I thinking of someone else.

    I love your Sue as well. I haven't made her yet.

    I just purchased a book on potholders (for Christmas gifts) can't wait to get started.

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    Omak -- the Sue pot holder started out as a 9 inch square. I picked 9 because my store bought pot holders are 7 and seemed a bit skimpy.

    Bettia -- I've sewn clothes for years but just started quilting a couple of months ago. Clothes are MUCH easier.

    Billy -- I didn't post my actual first, first FMQ. This is my first publishable FMQ. I call the very first one "Spastic Drunk with Bloody Fingers". A foot of some type might be considered an OSHA safety device for me.

    Miss Mollie Sue -- I think of Sue for everything. I just love the old gal and her grown up friends the Bonnet Girls.


    Thanks for all the kind words!

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    Those are so cute. And there was no snorting here. I think you did a great job on your quilting.

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    Lisa, I didn't do any snorting at all until I read the "Spastic Drunk with Bloody Fingers" part. Then my spearmint tea came mighty close to leaving my mouth. You did a great job on the fmq. I have been sewing quilt tops for a long time and have never had the courage to try the fmq yet. I keep telling myself that I will when I have the time. The thing is, I never make the time. So good for you!

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    WOW :shock: :shock: :shock:
    You did a wonderful job on both potholders!!! I love the FMQ and the leaf motif is awesome!!! You Go Girl!!! :D :mrgreen: 8) :D :mrgreen: 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Billy -- I didn't post my actual first, first FMQ. This is my first publishable FMQ. I call the very first one "Spastic Drunk with Bloody Fingers". A foot of some type might be considered an OSHA safety device for me.
    :lol: Thats too funny :lol:

    Billy

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    You did an absolute great job - I have only practised on calico, and well, that's the reason I havent attempted it on a quilting project yet!

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    No snorting here. I personally think you did a fantastic job!

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    Nice practice projects and nice work!

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    I found this on my watched topics, and since I see that Miss Lisa has been a busy little quilter I thought she would like to see how far she has come since the middle of October 2009!
    {{{APPLAUSE}}}
    Job well done!

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    I think you did great! You know the old saying--"Feel the fear, and do it anyway!" Your results are fantastic!

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    Lisa,
    Your first quilts are very nice too. I think you do very nice work. You must have a lot of self-dicipline and practice alot.
    You get 5 stars. LOL!

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    Triple A+ for you!! Love them all; you did GREAT!!!! Keep up the good work! That SS is outstanding in color, size, design and really love the echo quilting around her!!! She's adorable - makes me wanna go make a couple dozen :thumbup: :thumbup:

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