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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    All of the above suggestions are exactly who I love to learn from as well. If you ever decide you want to do some walking foot quilting that is very creative, I highly recommend Jackie Gehring. I’ve learned a great deal from her as well. As always, never pay full price for a class, join their mailing list for deals and if you do FB, join them there. I once got a free class from them!
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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Great ideas here, I have watched Leah Day on you tube and that leaves me more money for fabric and thread. I love the idea about plexiglass to audition the design. I try to doodle a little bit each day just to practice.

    Enjoy your journey with FMQ

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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Also Amy Johnson and Patsy Thompson on Youtube.

    Leah Day has great info and advice. Personally I don't like most of her FMQ designs -- they are quite different in style compared to others. But a great teacher with good basic info.
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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Craftsy class "Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine" was such a help for me when I started FMQ. One of my very first projects was a queen sized quilt for my son and DIL. I also took a 4 hour class at quilt shop. If you are close to one, I think that's a great way to get started because of the instant feedback and hands on help.

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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Leah Day's videos are very good. Amy Johnson has excellent YouTube videos (links are on her site) on beginning FMQw as well, and I think Patsy Thom!pson's free YouTube beginning FMQ classes are excellent - again links are on her website. I used all 3 sources to learn FMQ, and was doing very well. Keep in mind, you have to be patient with yourself. This is a foot-eye-hand-ear coordinated action, and it takes awhile to get it. So do not be discouraged with your learning curve. When it comes together, you will be very pleased. I really tell students that you need at least 8 weeks of practice every day, even if some days are just 15 minutes, to get the coordination and muscle memory. Think of it as a sport conditioning - your body has to learn this and it improves rapidly after the first month of daily practice. Make a lot of quilt sandwiches up and have fun. Remember that you didn't learn cursive writing in a day, and this won't be a one day thing either.

    I agree that starting doodling is very very important. Jamie Wallen told us in a class that research shows 1 hour of quilting with paper and pencil is worth more than 5 hours of practice with fabric and machine. It gives you the motion and teaches your eye and gross motor movement how to move together.

    I thought after the first month of practice that I would never get this. By the end of the 2nd month, I felt comfortable tackling a lap quilt that I was gifting, and within 3 months felt comfortable quilting every quilt. Then I started taking Craftsy and iQuilt (AQS) classes to take my quilting designs up a notch. They were well worth it at that point.
    Last edited by Julie A; November 15th, 2017 at 11:13 AM.

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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    I've watched the Crafty Gemini tutorials on YouTube. She's really good at explaining the whys and hows.

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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Julie A View Post
    This is a foot-eye-hand-ear coordinated action, and it takes awhile to get it.
    The ear coordinated part really jumped out at me. I had a teacher mention that in a FMQ class once and I am very aware of the sound of my machine when I'm in that sweet spot for FMQ.

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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    Once you watch a video, you may have to reference it and others many times. The best way to learn FMQ is practice, practice, practice!
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    Default Re: What's the best class (online or otherwise) to learn FMQ on my sewing machine

    A suggestion.......look up the Craftsy teachers on youtube. That will give you an idea of how they teach.....if you like their style....their voice....etc...

    All of the ladies mentioned are excellent teachers. I also 2nd the vote for Jacquie Gering's class if you want to learn more using the walking foot. Her classes are awesome.
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