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TTMT #29 8-13-19

FMQ here we come! Thank ya’ll for letting me be part of your family!!

I did have ONE quilt I made at my house. I made one for my camping trips.

12 thoughts on “TTMT #29 8-13-19

  1. Hi Jeanie. In response to your video, I have been sewing since I was 8. I can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of items I have done by hand. My oldest UFO is a hand appliqued lighthouse. All I have is the tower left to go. As for FMQ, mine is not the best, but I am way better than 6 years ago. I have cut sample sandwiches to practice on. Have you watched Leah Day. I like this site because you can watch it over and over again. Practice is the key……but like you, I sew very fast. Machine gun Kelly. Ha HA.
    When I had to have my sewing machine serviced because zigzag was not working well. I tested it in the store. The owner asked if I always so that fast, I said I sew faster than that. His eyebrows went up! Ha ha!


  2. Speed is a problem for me, too. I love to go fast! My midarm beeps at me when I go too fast and I have made it beep more often than I like to admit!

    I’m so impressed that you have hand quilted so many quilts! I’ve done one big one and a couple of wall hangings. That’s it!

    Oh my goodness, good luck with your procedure. I’ll be thinking about you.


  3. I can’t imagine the amount of time you put into those hand-quilted projects and then to not keep any of them! Crazy!

    Does your machine let you set a top speed? Mine doesn’t, but it might help you slow down if you can just… set your machine and not make it go faster.

    My go to recommendation for FMQ is Christina Cameli, specifically her Craftsy class (I guess it’s Bluprint now) called Free Motion Quilting Essentials. I don’t know why she worked for me, but she did. Her class starts out with on skill and then builds on it so you kind of flow naturally from one shape to another… but more than that it might just be that I actually stitched along with the class, rather than just listening and trying to do it all afterward. I don’t know, it’s such a personal thing, learning FMQ, I think. (And I’m still only so so at it. Sometimes it looks pretty great and mostly it looks good, but like… it’s only okay compared to the really good quilters.)


    1. I love how everyone has had different experiences with FMQ. I agree it is a very personal thing.I will look up Christina. I like the idea of quilting along with the class instead of just watching the class and hoping it sticks.


  4. IK am really impressed with all the hand quilting you have done. I do not have that kind of patience. I did take a one-day FMQ class at a local quilt store, and Jennifer helped me tackle it on our first bff retreat. she had me start with potholders, which i think is a great idea, because even if it’s not great, they are still usable. I also have a larger one that is now a quilt for my cat. I have learned way more just by watching people’s videos and then just diving in and quilting. And I don’t think I am very good, but I know I am way better than I was that first year. I bought a Craftsy class from Ann Petersen called continuous line quilting that i found really helpful, and I bought another couple of her classes because I really liked her teaching style. one was “quilting big quilts on a small machine”. I think if I had to choose between the two I would recommend the continuous line quilting one.

    I also love Leah Day’s newer video tutorials. They aren’t all for long-arms.

    If you haven’t bought one before, i do definitely recommend a supreme slider or sewslip to cover your bed and extension table while doing FMQ. The slippery surface really does help your hands keep pace with your feet. I also put my sewing speed on the machine at about medium so that even if I get carried away and floor it the speed never goes above medium.

    You are amazing, keep it up!


    1. My husband had gotten me this spray, I don’t remember the name, but it did help. I will look into the slider. I’ll look to see if Ann’s classes have transferred over to Bluprint. I put Leah’s videos on my watch list,and planning on starting them this weekend. It’s all very exciting. Thank you..


  5. I would love to do more hand quilting. I had to teach myself free motion because my first machine couldn’t handle straight line quilting without making huge puckers on the front and back.

    I love to sew fast too. I have to lower the speed regulator on my machine when I FMQ otherwise I just get going too fast.

    I’ve always enjoyed Leah Day’s FMQ blog posts and videos. I liked when she make a bunch of quilt sandwiches basically the size of placemats. Then each session she taught us how to stitch a certain free motion design.


    1. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m going to check it out. I need all the help I can get. I have also been thinking about a regulator, but I would like to get a bit more control myself first. Me and my machine have a personal bond and we need to come to an agreed pace before I reward it 🙂 You know what I mean .lol


  6. I understand what you are saying. I consider piecing and quilting two entirely different skills. I am so happy that you are starting this journey. A slow journey. I’m VERY excited for you. I will tell you this…we have seen a lot of your quilts, starting with your first video…and your piecing is just beautiful! I’m going to enjoy following your new adventure to improve the FMQ and get you happier with your whole end result. I remember how proud you were when you finished your Hocus Pocus, as well you should have been. That’s just such a wonderful feeling to finish something you can be proud of. If you aren’t as proud of your FMQ as you want to be, and are willing to embrace that, then I will follow you gleefully one your education! Enjoy the learning process, and of course, we are here with any questions you have or help you need (I’m not very experienced in the FMQ department, but can help with basics). I’m proud of you!


  7. I am excited and nervous at the same time. But I am going to take it slow. I have been watching videos (again). Everyone has been sending me some wonderful links and I’m thinking about doing an online class. The quilt shop the next town over is starting a class that I’m thinking about taking. This LQS is the first I’ve been to that I like. I’ve had some bad experiences in the past and a bit hesitant, but this shop has been more welcoming to my style/needs.
    i love talking to everyone about what they have going on and what I am working on, but unfortunately I have never been around quilters. My mom always made clothes. Sometimes I get to talking about my crafts and I get a blank half smile stare. They want to have my back but don’t understand a word I’m .This group has been such a blessing to me.Thank you for introducing me to it.


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