From the beginning of this quilt adventure (a little more than one year ago), I have been fascinated by the challenges of the quilting stage. From flowers on my first finished quilt
I participated in one FMQ'ing class last year that used this book and covered the basics of batting, thread, needles with a little time on the machine. Mostly, I have learned from all you quilters who so generously share tutorials and inspiration. For example:
- Straight line quilting thanks to Nicole from Mama Love Quilts
- Leah Day's blog Free Motion Quilting Project
- Elizabeth Hartman's Quilting Basics and Orange Peel pattern
- Video tutorials by Melissa at Happy Quilting
- And so many others!
Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting book is my go-to right now for ideas. My quilting experimentation continues with various combinations of sewing feet, thread, needles, patterns, etc.
To be honest, sometimes FMQ'ing can also be frustrating with thread breaks and poor tension. So, I decided to take a free motion quilting class at the shop where I bought Helga, my Viking Sapphire to ensure I was using the machine correctly.
Having said all this, I still have every intention of deferring quilting the queen size quilt until I get more practice on smaller projects! Wimp right out...yup I'll admit it. That's me.
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I'm trying to hone my FMQ skills too. They make it look so simple don't they?ReplyDelete
Hi Kathy--oooh--I have a Viking Sapphire, too. I am going to try to quilt my Ghastlies--a small piece to start on machining. Which foot do you use? Your quilt is soooo pretty; it is so hard to pull a big quilt through even just to bind it--never mind quilting the whole shebang!! Good luck JulieroseReplyDelete
Sounds like you are doing a lot of practice already! Your quilting is amazing if you've only been doing it a year - you inspire me to keep going and try things outside of my normal stipple!ReplyDelete
Don't think you have been wimping out at all, I know what you mean about the difficulty of co-ordinating feet and hands though!ReplyDelete
Someday I will be brave enough to do FMQ, but your work inspires me! And I can't wait to see your latest quilt finished!!!! I'm loving the colors and pattern...ReplyDelete
That queen quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love those colors, they remind me of sea glass (which I a *little* obsessed with). The second quilt I quilted was a (small) queen on a small throated machine. You have more experience than I did, so I'm sure you will do great! The center of the quilt is a little trickier on big quits, but you just take it a little at a time.ReplyDelete