Created by: desna
Project

Free Motion Quilting sample

What are you most proud of? My Walking Foot sample:) I am pleased with how I feel more confident using it and trying lots of different patterns. Okay.... on my second attempt it is a bit easier but still finding it very difficult! What advice would you give someone starting this project? What advice would I give??? It is me that needs the advice and help ;) This is my first attempt at using the Darning Foot and trying to fmq.... all I can say is.... you won't have to look too close to see how awful my control of the stitching is! When Wendy said to practice, practice, practice... I think for me it will take forever to master this! How have you all mastered this so quickly and so well?!?!

You Can Make This

desna made Free Motion Quilting sample with:

Machine Quilting

Online Class

Machine Quilting

with Wendy Butler Berns

  • Cotton
  • batting and quilting thread

Project Description

What are you most proud of? My Walking Foot sample:) I am pleased with how I feel more confident using it and trying lots of different patterns. Okay.... on my second attempt it is a bit easier but still finding it very difficult! What advice would you give someone starting this project? What advice would I give??? It is me that needs the advice and help ;) This is my first attempt at using the Darning Foot and trying to fmq.... all I can say is.... you won't have to look too close to see how awful my control of the stitching is! When Wendy said to practice, practice, practice... I think for me it will take forever to master this! How have you all mastered this so quickly and so well?!?!

Q&A with desna

Morag2504 asked:
Well done you!
desna answered:
Thanks Morag... I took a look at your fabulous fmq and look forward in anticipation to improving to your level. Thanks for the inspiration:)
QuiltDude asked:
Welcome to the world of FMQ! Desna this a great first attempt and don't be discouraged if you don't feel your fmq is where you want it to be right now. Mine was way, way worse when I started. I broke needles, thread issues galore, just a mess. The solution? Practice, practice, practice. I saw sooo many tutorials even before I got the nerve to sit at my machine. I practiced every day for weeks, even if for 10 minutes at a time. Before you know it, you'll be wanting to make a quilt just so you can quilt it free motion. Keep up the good work! Oh, and try not to break your needle, it's an awful sound and worse feeling. :-) :-) :-)
desna answered:
Thanks QuiltDude I have long admired your work:) Thanks for the encouragment too. I have been watching so many tutorials and joined some crafsty classes and felt I was ready to tackle it.... that is... until I actually did tackle it ha! I have a quilt all ready sandwiched waiting for me to fmq it but I think much more practice is needed. No needles broken as yet!!!
Darns asked:
Desna, my first attempts looked exactly like yours! Big stitches, little stitches, jerky lines, etc. Quilt Dude is so right - practice every day even if only for 10-15 minutes. Use either the Machinger gloves or rubberized shelf liner pad to keep a good grip on fabric (but not a death grip!). I have a stack of practice pieces about 12 in. high that I keep just to remind myself where I started. Try to find that sweet spot of motor speed-hand movement that feels right & aim for that. I reduced the motor speed to about 1/3 so that my foot wouldn't outrace my hands. Keep quilting, girl! It does get better!
desna answered:
Thanks Darns for the much needed advice. I can only aspire to quilt like you... I see you only started last February so that gives me some incentive to keep going:) Now that I have started I am determined to get better!
Pam NZ asked:
And she's off and FMQ'g... look at you go! Great start Desna! I'm petrified of leaves & feathers... haven't even attempted them yet but look at you! You sure got up a great rhythm with your loops... nothing shabby about them! No broken needles? Well you're just not trying hard enough then LOL coz, like QuiltDude, I've had a few ;-) Keep going & don't forget to breathe!
desna answered:
Haha Pam I got over excited when I got going and just had to try everything I had seen in Wendy's class. I now realise I need to practise each one separately to try to perfect them. And I did forget to breathe on occasions:) This is fun if not a little daunting and scary!
Lisa Gardner asked:
Wow, so impressed. I have to practice mine! Yours looks amazing.
desna answered:
Thanks Lisa and the word is practise and practise some more... it is fun and exciting but scary too!

Skill Level

Advanced