Free motion quilting has been a real challenge for me. I just have not been able to wrap my brain around it. I have managed to dodge it by coming up with all sorts of cheat ways to get around learning to do it. I have drawn designs on tissue paper and sewn on the lines and then pulled the paper off. I can get great quilting done that way, but all that paper pulling is a real chore. I have learned to meander by putting my sewing machine on a serpentine stitch and turning my quilts this way and that to accomplish a nice pattern. That works, but there has to be a easier way. So I finally gave up and took a four day class on free motion quilting.
And here I was for four days. I am told it just takes lot of practice. Well four days at 8 hours each sounds like a lot to me. I am exhausted!
Well practice we did, and I did get somewhat better at this. Sort of.
This is my final project practice piece. Not perfect, but I am doing better. I took my Bernina 125 with the free motion darning foot, but I have a Bernina 750 with a stitch regulator that probably will work a bit better for me. I am still not sure that I will ever become really accomplished at this, but I guess I am on my way a bit to being able to master it eventually. WITH PRACTICE, yes I know!
Your quilting looks very good. It seems the classes have helped you in your confidence level and technique. I have only just dipped my toes in the water of machine quilting. I hope to do more in the coming months. Happy sewing! AndreaReplyDelete
I find FMQing to be exhausting. My wrists hurt afterwards. I kept my very first attempt at FMQ just to remind myself I have improved. I just prefer the stability of the walking foot and straight line stitching.ReplyDelete
FMQ is not easy! I struggle with it every time. But you are right, practice helps, though it is terribly dull😜ReplyDelete
Great job. I think it's definitely worth it and becomes more enjoyable. I often try out a new pattern on a scrap quilt that I'm giving away. Hope you fine it pleasurable after all the classes.ReplyDelete
I do a lot of free motion quilting though I am not really very good at it. I think you make amazing progress in 4 days! I am quite impressed. I hope you keep it up and you will have some beautiful quilts.ReplyDelete
Of course, the practice was very beneficial. Your feather wreath looks WONDERFUL ! yOU should be delighted with your progress. I would be.ReplyDelete
Oh, good for you! I am the same way about FMQing, just can't wrap my brain around it, to the point where I am scared to try anymore. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Good for you! I'm struggling with FMQ also. Good to know that the advice to practice is right. (The first thing I need to practice is remembering to breathe while stitching...)ReplyDelete
~clap~clap~clap~ Good for you! Four days sounds like heaven to me - that's what I need to do. I've been dabbling all around it, too. I think you did a fabulous job. No one else is EVER going to be as critical as you are. I think you final project - the feather wreath - looks great. Look how far you came in just four days. Imagine how you'll be one year from today?! Good job. ~smile~ Roseanne
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