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    Default Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    This is the pattern Get Growing by Sandy Gervais which finishes at 54 x 60". This is the largest quilt I have FMQ quilted so far. I have included extra pictures of my FMQ.Click image for larger version. 

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    Your stitching looks fantastic. How long have you been doing FMQ?
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Default Re: Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    Your quilting is really nice. Was it hard to learn to do the squares?
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    Default Re: Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    This quilt was done at month 5 of FMQ. My Santa Claus table runner was done at month 6. I practice FMQ for at least one hour every day during the cool months of the year. For the first two months I made no progress, and almost quit three times. I was sure I was only practicing how to do it wrong. I kept going because I didn't want to disappointment my friend Barbara who was helping me conquer my fear of FMQ. At month three I began to show some progress. At month four I had finally developed the "muscle memory" and mind set everyone keeps talking about.

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    Default Re: Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    Very lovely! Did you take any classes? Your stitching is beautiful!

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    Default Re: Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    Quote Originally Posted by ravelim View Post
    Your quilting is really nice. Was it hard to learn to do the squares?
    I found the squared chain to be one of the easiest designs to execute on my domestic Brother PC420. I made the distance between each line the distance between the needle and the edge of my FMQ foot, so it was easy to see when I needed to stop and change directions. When I need a distance that is larger than the edge of my FMQ foot I just take a simple twist tie (like you use to close a garbage bag, or a loaf of bread) and twist it around the post of my FMQ foot so it sticks out in two directions. I can bend the twist tie to give me a visual guide of what width to space my lines. It is inexpensive and it works well.

    Here is a video of Angela Walters showing how to do the square design on a long arm quilter

    Geometric Quilting Designs - YouTube

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    Default Re: Sunny Summer Days, largest FMQ so far

    very nice - love your FMQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vickie1965 View Post
    Very lovely! Did you take any classes? Your stitching is beautiful!
    I live way out in the country and have taken all my FMQ classes on line, mainly at Craftsy.com. I give the credit to Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project (these are all free videos), my friend Barbara for her on line help and encouragement, and the following Craftsy classes Beyond Basic Machine Quilting with Ann Peterson, this is the best class to learn the actual mechanics of how to FMQ on a domestic sewing machine, Free Motion Quilting A Sampler with Leah Day, this a HD better organized version of her free on line videos and unless you have one of the newer Janome sewing machines with the good FMQ foot you need to see how Leah shows you how to modify your FMQ foot to get it to work properly, and Machine Quilting Negative Spaces with Angela Walters, this class is all about FMQ on a long arm but it help me free my mindset on the process of FMQ. Angela taught me that is not important what FMQ skills I have mastered, but what I do with the skills I have learned to enhance the quilt. I also got a lot of practical tips from Deign It Quilt It with Cindy Needham

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