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Rita replied on Mon, Jan 27 2014 12:26 PM

Mary--you don't have to create your own FMQ designs to practice.  You can even buy patterns to practice on at some of the quilt stores.  Sometimes you can find a design you really like in a book or magazine to photocopy or print from the internet, you can even sit and trace it over and over with a pencil while watching TV, then trace onto a muslin sandwich and just practice that design until it is acceptable to you.  Something else you can do is find fabric with patterns of flowers, fruits/vegetables, etc. that you can just try FMQ the outlines.  I wasn't very good at stippling, but the more I tried it (on potholders, placemats, table runners,etc.) the easier it got.  It's all about building muscle memory.  A quilting teacher told us that it takes 40-60 times before your muscles learn to do something new, so practice is the only way to get there.

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Tami Paul replied on Mon, Jan 27 2014 1:30 PM

Mary- what Rita said

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Back a year or so, maybe more, Chocake's husband invented a tool to help get the hang of free motion quilting. It held a pencil and you moved the paper to create a design. It helped with muscle memory. When you practice drawing a design the regular way it helps but this contraption gives you practice using the same motions you would use if you were really quilting. I don't know where the directions are on the site or if they can even be found again. I am going to post on the "What are you up to" board and ask CC if she could repost those directions.

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Good Morning Everyone, Brenda Jarrett found the link to the handy device and posted it over in "What are you up to today". Check it out.

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ls2116 replied on Tue, Jan 28 2014 9:06 AM

Beautiful job.  I need alot more practise sessions.

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Brenda replied on Tue, Jan 28 2014 11:20 AM

Not that I know how to FEAR NO MORE FM Quilts yet but I am going to learn, LOL

 

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chocake2 replied on Fri, Jan 31 2014 6:10 PM

Pat Lancaster:

Back a year or so, maybe more, Chocake's husband invented a tool to help get the hang of free motion quilting. It held a pencil and you moved the paper to create a design. It helped with muscle memory. When you practice drawing a design the regular way it helps but this contraption gives you practice using the same motions you would use if you were really quilting. I don't know where the directions are on the site or if they can even be found again. I am going to post on the "What are you up to" board and ask CC if she could repost those directions.

It's here in the pages. Hope it's useful to you. I sure enjoyed mine and learned a lot just fiddling with it. 

 

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chocake2 replied on Fri, Jan 31 2014 6:10 PM

Pat Lancaster:

Back a year or so, maybe more, Chocake's husband invented a tool to help get the hang of free motion quilting. It held a pencil and you moved the paper to create a design. It helped with muscle memory. When you practice drawing a design the regular way it helps but this contraption gives you practice using the same motions you would use if you were really quilting. I don't know where the directions are on the site or if they can even be found again. I am going to post on the "What are you up to" board and ask CC if she could repost those directions.

It's here in the pages. Hope it's useful to you. I sure enjoyed mine and learned a lot just fiddling with it. 

 

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chocake2:

t's here in the pages. Hope it's useful to you. I sure enjoyed mine and learned a lot just fiddling with it. 

Shame on me, I never thought to look in pages. I'm glad it is still around!

 

 

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Tami Paul replied on Tue, Feb 4 2014 11:51 AM

well got the leah day project caught up for Jan. I even tried FMQ with the dog feeds up. Wasnt to bad. I am having a problem with the opening the seams and then getting them lined up. On the four patch I was "close enough" but now we need to make the 9 patch to FMQ on. That is a lot of seems to try to match up. Anyone got a secret for lining up seams with it open? I do a good job with them ironed to one side, almost tempted to just do it that way. But am really trying to do things as she directs. I am really like the thread she recommended so far. Was able to find it her in town, after several stores, and in tons of colors.

so any help?

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