Here is the first block .if you are using the blocks you made and you have them all together ,go ahead and stitch the whole block in the ditch,do everything but the triangles. I would advise everyone to make a sample block first to pratice the designs first , they really are not hard .Pratice your Paisley design .Draw a teardrop and echo it .do at least three for pratice. they will not all go the same direction and can be different sizes. I have some pictures here of what I have done . barbara
Make sure you have your block or quilt sandwiched.this is the block we will be doing the first two weeks
Pick a nice backing for your blocks or guilt .
Make sure you have your quilting foot on and your supreme Slider if you have one
Once you are ready ,pratice you designs on your pratice piece ,you will be doing stippling (meduin size)and big U shapes and paisley .Here is my pratice block. Leah Day recommends you work in rows ,I find that works much better.
Here is my block with my partice on it top row is U shapes ,Middle row is my stipplin and third row my paisley Once you are comfortable with you stitches place your main block or quilt on machine
first you are going to do your center if you have not stitched in the ditch around your center do it now.
when done with the SID pick your corner and start your stippling ,take your time there is no hurry .
Here is the finished center .
Next from where you stopped on the center start doing your paisley designs and take your time again there is no hurry ,You will see I have gone several directions with mine and add several echo rounds on the tear drop . You can also see mine are not perfect I still have problems with going back over lines I've already made ,but with this design you have to do this to move around the quilt.
Once you have finished your paisley ,go to your corner triangles do your STD and then start your U shapes filling up the whole space ,as you will see in the next picture.
this is how they should look when finished
this is the final step
this is the finished block .
this is the back of the finished block
I hope that you will all work on this and please post pictures when finished . You have two week to get this done and then I will start on the next blocks .If you have any questions ,please let me know .
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I can't say enough how impressed I am at your skill. I'm amazed every time you post something.
Thanks Kris . Barbara
beautiful work barbara. I didn't have the money to sign up for leahs as it was not there when i signed up for Cindy's originally I think. I wish I had enough to take whatever I wanted. I will probably sign up in a few months. Good luck guys :)
i joined this group because I want to learn how to do FMQ. Is this tutorial for a beginner?
I have a Brother SQ-9000 that has a small throat area but I hope it is enough for quilting.
I do have a quilting foot that came with it but what is a supreme slider?
Are you quilting the individual blocks before they are sewn together
Why does this scare me? It looks easy from your instructions.
What is paisley and is stippling kind of like meandering?
So many questions but thanks for answering them!
Happy New Year!
Bev :what is a supreme slider?
I'm obviously not Barb but it is a teflon sheet that makes it easier to move your quilt while doing FMQ
Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love
Bev, I just did a search and got a lot of hits. Here is one that came up
Bev, I'm happy you will be join us . and don't be scared. I'll help you thru this . First look thru the different threads here you will see some early tutorial that will help you out. but yes this will be for beginners as that is what we all are here .
2nd your machine should work ,I am doing a guilt as you go with mine so I can better show what we are doing . If you don't have the blocks just make up a FQ or scrap fabric and sandwich it .three layers, fabric ,batting and fabric. You can use this and just do your practice with it. I will also show how to put the quilt together when finished .
3.A supreme Slider how to explain this . I put a picture of this on here so you can see it . They are a little pricey but well worth the cost , It helps you to move your quilt around and has a slick surface. You also will want a good pair of quilting gloves These to help you grip your quilt when quilting.
4.Stippling is the same as meandering .just different name . Paisley is a type of design .it is really easy . you just make a small teardrop and the keep repeating around it with what we call echos.usually a 1/4 in to !12 inch depending on what you want.
5.The biggest thing to remember is this is suppose to be fun, You are not going to be good at it the first few times you try and that is okay no one is . if you practice a little everyday 15 mims even it will just hit you one day like a light bulb going off in your head ,that is is not hard. the biggest thing is to get your stitches and speed down .once you have mastered that the rest is easy. Also try drawing your design on paper first ,this helps your brain ,get the idea of the motion. here is a web site for zentangle that shows you how to draw a lot of designs and break it down so you can see how easy it is . www.tanglepatterns.com
hope this helps ,and If you have any more question just let me know . Now relax take a deep breath and go for it ..LOL
Thanks Spudgrandma and Barbara,
i will check this out next time I go shopping!
Bev I'm not sure of the size of your machine but the best ting on the slider is to get a big one.they do come in different sizes. I'd wait until one of the sops has a big sale or Joanna have one of 50% off coupons. then they won't be so expensive . barbara
Barbara, you are amazing! Your block is amazing! You took to free motion so quickly, you are a natural is all I can say. Can't wait to get my quilt, it is going to be awesome.
I do think she is a natural am having more trouble than she is lol with basic designs even. I do think in order to participate in the craftsy discussion here you would need to be enrolled in leahs class or at least get her permission to share more than your pictures.
Barbara:4.Stippling is the same as meandering .just different name .
Actually they're considered to be different. Stippling is very small and often used as a filler. Meandering is large scale and can be used in borders or across a whole quilt.
The size and spacing is what makes them different.
Ok thanks Kris . I honestly thought they were the same
As a beginner FMQ who has vastly overdrawn my quilting budget I am joining in as best I can on an actual quilt that doesn't use any of the Craftsy blocks. These blocks are 15" square.
Here is my meander block at approx .5" scale.
I am not comfortable with the paisley design yet. I can't even draw it on paper. My paisley keep shrinking. So here is my substituted made up giant paisley with c curl attachments. This is the back side of the quilt. I will keep practicing the paisley on paper., I'm just not there yet.