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    Tried FMQ

    Decided I can not afford to pay to have my quilts done unless it is a really, really large special quilt. So........I am practicing FMQ. Still need a lot of practice but it is coming don't you think? Now I need to use a stencil and see if I can follow a line! I know, practice, practice and more practice but I am encouraged with these samples. Have you tried FMQ - please post pictures.Name:  012 (2).jpg
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    OMG! Sorry about the size of the pictures - don't know how to size them.
    Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings......... we simply continue to fly ........ on a broomstick.
    We are flexible like that. OKAY?

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    You did a fabulous job on the FMQ.
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    ​Your sample looks great!

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    WOW that is wonderful.

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    I'm no expert by any means, but I think you've got a good grip on FMQ so far. I started quilting a year ago last January and feel the same way re the cost of sending a quilt to the LAQ. I KNOW I can do this myself and am motivated to do so; LOVE doing it, in fact! Practice, Practice, Practice!

    Just a hint that has helped me tremendously...posted this in the March issue of TQPM...press down firmly while moving your quilt sandwich to gain best control of movement. It really helps a lot! Practicing speed of movement is also helpful. Here is a photo of some of the FMQ done on a floral log cabin I recently finished and sent to one of my sisters. I used chalk to mark each motif before quilting and didn't actually sew on the lines at all times, which looked fine once the chalk was washed out. I will say it took 3 washings...no drying between...to get all the chalk out, using spray and wash, but it did come out.
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    Looks like you're doing pretty well without a stencil. Wish I could say the same for myself. Your feather looks terrific.

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    You are doing a great job on your feathers - like you don't even need a stencil. Keep up the good work! I'd be happy if I could do that well!

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    Looks good to me....I have to start practicing FMQ. I am anxious to learn also. It is too expensive to have all quilts done professionaly, at least for me. Plus I think I would enjoy doing it.

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    Great FMQing...

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    Congratulations. You've overcome the biggest obsticle: the first step. The second is fear - you can FMQ, don't let any nagging voice say you can't.
    Try getting your body to practice the movements, ie. dance. Keep your body, shoulders and arms loose. Take breaks; set a timer say 30 minutes and actually stand up and move. Do the childhood exercise of head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. You're body will thank you and your quilting will flow.
    A couple of tools that help: gloves-there are many brands, even fingertip covers, this helps your hands stick to the fabric so you don't have to hold the fabric. Another is "Sew-Slip", there's also a different brand, it lays on the machine bed, under the quilt. Make sure it's large enough to cover the full area in which your hands will move. The fabric moves over the area so easily you won't need a lot of pressure.
    And a couple more: the machine bed needs to be as large as you can get. 1-2 sq ft just won't do. Recess that machine so it's a comfortable height, or raise the chair and machine foot. Don't let your shoulders touch your ears or your nose touch the machine. Sit up straight, shoulders down and back-proper posture now! Again, your body will thank you and your quilting will flow.
    And another: rest the quilt on a table so it's not pulling the quilt one direction while you're trying to wrestle it another. Again, your body will thank you and your quilting will flow.
    And: "practice, practice, practice" but mostly, enjoy.

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    wow. you did a great job. i don't know what FMQ is and I always tie my quilts (cheaper) but you did a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen S View Post
    I'm no expert by any means, but I think you've got a good grip on FMQ so far. I started quilting a year ago last January and feel the same way re the cost of sending a quilt to the LAQ. I KNOW I can do this myself and am motivated to do so; LOVE doing it, in fact! Practice, Practice, Practice!

    Just a hint that has helped me tremendously...posted this in the March issue of TQPM...press down firmly while moving your quilt sandwich to gain best control of movement. It really helps a lot! Practicing speed of movement is also helpful. Here is a photo of some of the FMQ done on a floral log cabin I recently finished and sent to one of my sisters. I used chalk to mark each motif before quilting and didn't actually sew on the lines at all times, which looked fine once the chalk was washed out. I will say it took 3 washings...no drying between...to get all the chalk out, using spray and wash, but it did come out.
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    Thanks for the hints/tips and the picture. Need all the help I can get. Still need lots of practice but getting there. Your quilting looks great. I think I will stay without stencils for the time being - have trouble with stitching in the ditch so don't imagine I can follow a stencil line any better. LOL

    Thanks everyone for your comments.
    Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings......... we simply continue to fly ........ on a broomstick.
    We are flexible like that. OKAY?

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    good job on your FMQ

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    You did great!

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    You did a great job of FMQ, mine is so horrible I would not dare send a picture. But this is the year I start learning how to do it. Maybe next year I will post my picture !

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    Anyone that attempts to FMQ is courageous. I am a professional at peicing any quilt top , but affraid to quilt any of them.
    I think that your attempts look wonderful, keep up the practicing.. All the comments on this board are always very reassuring and very helpful. The best comment I've ever read is the one from Petthefabric, thanks.

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    You do beautiful work on your FMQ!!!! You even did some pebbling, I am impressed!!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    You are doing well. Keep going. And yes practice, practice, practice. When I learned to do feathers, I felt I was finally a quilter. When I am being tacky, I say "after the first 1000, they are easy."
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    I think you did a fabulous job.

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    You did a wonderful job!

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    looks great !!!!
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    I need to learn

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    Wow, really nice work!!!!!

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Now, off to practice some more.
    Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings......... we simply continue to fly ........ on a broomstick.
    We are flexible like that. OKAY?

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    Great job! Keep at it and you will be amazed at how professional your FMQ will look!
    Helen T.

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