Are you getting more comfortable free motion quilting? This was the second week of our practice-a-long and I have to say, I learned a few things. Progress! I am not saying I have a talent for this craziness, but at least I am learning and moving forward.
To remind you, we were trying to stitch something like this Drop Art pattern from the Free Motion Quilting Project.
I learned a few things this week:
First, a few beers might help. That's all I am saying.
Second, I did find gloves and they are indeed helpful. I did not get proper FMQ gloves, or even the inexpensive gardening gloves many of you suggested, but instead used my leather motorcycle gloves and they worked pretty well. Since there's a hint of hope here, I may splash out and get some gardening gloves this week.
Third, a larger piece of fabric to stitch on was helpful. I had more control.
I still can't see what is behind my needle. Is anyone else having this issue? So, my first time trying this pattern, I did the top row of drops, then tried to keep the top row behind the needle and stitch in the bottom row. I couldn't see where I was going, so the bottom looks funny. Anyway, here's the top:
And the back
I tried it again and stitched the top row, then flipped the sandwich 180 degrees and quilted the bottom row so each row was in front and I could see it properly. I was more comfortable this way. The top of try two:
And the bottom:
What I am noticing is that my stitches are not well defined. I don't have "birds nests" or tension issues (I think, at least), but they look flat instead of the neat, pert, individual stitches I am used to with my normal foot/feed dogs/stitch length. Does anyone else notice this? Why does it look so flat? Or maybe my top tension is too loose...but then you'd see the bottom thread popping up, right? I'm lost.
And now for this week's challenge....Slate Tile. This is also a beginner's pattern from the Free Motion Quilting Project, but a little different. I am having an awful time trying to get curves (waves, drops... whatever), so why not go for something more angular? Here we go:
And of course, the instructional video:
I am open to suggestions for week 4's pattern, so just visit the FMQ project then come back here and leave a pattern name in the comments. We'll stitch what ever you would like to stitch!
Join in the linky and see what others were up to this week. Spread the encouragement and tips, please! It's the only way we will learn. If you need a reminder on the spirit of Free Motion Friday, please read the original post again.
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