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Gramz Quilts Posted: Thu, Apr 14 2011 9:24 PM

When I first discovered QCA and joined, I explained that I am new to quilting. When I expressed my desire to learn to Free Motion quilt, Marie jumped all over it and started this group. I am so glad she did.

I am sorry that I did not communicate as often as I would have liked, but I was also embarrassed that I was not practicing my FMQ. But I was watching what you all were doing here and I was encouraged by what I saw.

I never did post a picture of my first attempts at FMQ. I had problems figuring out how (with minimal effort) to make my pics small enough that the website would like them. I finally found that tool on my camera.

I am posting today to tell you that I did my first FMQ quilt! I hated "wasting" the materials on practice, so I decided to go for it and work on my skills on a real quilt. So, here it is. I haven't even bound it yet, but I was so excited that I just had to post now.

These pics do not show how incredibly bold the colors are in these fabrics, but they do adequately show the quilting stitches.

THANK YOU for all your encouragement. It has meant so much to me!

Darla Z

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Marie replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 8:31 AM

Darla, I'm so happy for you!  You were the one who got me to jump on your statement about being afraid to try FMQing.  I felt the same and figured there must be others out there as will hence our own special thread.

Your FMQing is amazing and because of your enthusiasm I want to go and practice right now!  Keep up the good work and send me some of your energy.  You go girl!

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Joan L. replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 8:41 AM

Darla, Great job, keep up the good work. We're all proud of you.

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Joan L. replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 8:42 AM

P.S. I love your quilt.

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Thanks, Marie! I am sending energy your way as I type this. Thanks so much for pushing me to try FM quilting.

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Thanks, Joan L.! Wahooooo!

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Marie replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 2:32 PM

You are more than welcome Darla.  And thanks for the energy sent.

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Kris replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 7:28 PM

Nice work Darla. Beautiful quilt. WTG. I'm one for jumping in and seldom have practice pieces. Keep it up.

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Sharon replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 1:55 AM

Nice job Darla, love how you outlined the flowers.

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Christy G. replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:05 PM

Wow! It is so pretty! What a good idea to sew around the flowers!  I love the colors of the quilt too!

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Granny M replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 6:49 PM

Great job Darla, I am kind of the same on wasting fabric.  That is why I did the "Strings of my Heart quilt"   I wanted a vehicle for practice and to use up small pcs I had from the quilts I made in the last two years.  I do practice with pencil and paper.  My motto is if  I can draw it, decently, I can quilt it.  So far it works for me.

Keep up the good work, and jump in more often

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gini replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 7:38 PM

darla, you've done a great job, and that is one pretty quilt  gini

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Vivian replied on Wed, Apr 20 2011 4:58 PM

that is a lovely quilt.  I am the same with fabric.  I ended up practicing with calk on my cutting mats and it seems to wipe off well. 

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Vivian replied on Wed, Apr 20 2011 5:07 PM

Y'know, its the end of the day, my spelling is way, way off.  If course I don't write on my cutting mat with caulk, I do with chalk though. 

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Leslie replied on Wed, Apr 20 2011 6:47 PM

Darla, way to go. You did a fantastic job.

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