Sunday, February 8, 2015

Free Motion Practice...Again!

Free Motion.  Free Motion Quilting.  Love it?  Hate it?  I keep thinking if I keep trying FMQ I will get better and better.  I would love to have this technique under my belt, something to fall back on.  

So, yep.  I've been trying it more and more lately.  Mostly little, small projects.  They seem easier to manipulate and manage.  I have yet to get comfortable enough to do a big quilt.  It feels very awkward to me, and I'm not one who likes to get 'down and dirty'!

The end of January I posted about finally trying and making  'Circle Of Geese' ~ 

Circle Of Color ~ Basic Geometry

Since then, I have finished it from top to bottom!  Plus, small project...I get to practice some FMQ!  How's that for a win win?!


Because it was my first try with the geese, I really didn't plan it out.  Besides knowing that I wanted a basic color wheel for the geese, everything else was on the fly!  

And the same is true for the quilting.  I have heard that you should pick a design and practice that design over and over until you are comfortable enough to do it without much thought.  I totally agree and plan to try that. However, this wasn't even close to that philosophy!  



I am in love with pebbles, circles.  They really make me happy when I see them.  I knew they would make it on my 'everything but the kitchen sink' FMQ sampler!  


When I say 'Kitchen Sink'...I kid you not!  Pebbles, geometric, fingers, stippling and some I made up as I went!  This was so fun!  


You have to have fun, right?!  I could wring my hands with worry about how I'm not that great of a FMQ, I don't do it right or follow the rules...what's the point?!  I love what I did, I had fun and I encourage you to give it a go too!  

I wish I had this mini quilt washed and crinkled.  It's gonna be amazing...to me!!  
  
Sneak Peek ~ my latest WIP:

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  1. Jayne, I am going to have to get some tips from you on FMQ. Still scares me despite classes I have taken.

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    1. I wish I could give you tips, tips that worked! I just know that it was fun regardless of the outcome!

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  2. Jayne, your quilting looks fabulous!! Your circles are awesome! And your first time with geese? This mini is really wonderful! Congrats on a beautiful finish :)

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    1. I love my first attempt at these geese! Such a fun project! Thank you!

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  3. Great quilting! I love pebbles too

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    1. Pebbles are great! I think they are very effective!

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  4. I love everything about this little one!!! Are you keeping it?!...

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    1. Me too! I think I might keep it...

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  5. You just keep on practicing and having fun with your quilting! There are no real quilt police, so enjoy what you do and don't worry about the rest!! But I think your FMQ is coming along very nicely :-)

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    1. One thing I did have was fun with this one!

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  6. Great work on your fmq! You made great pebbles! FMQ is so fun and I'm happy that I can do my own quilt from start to finish... even if my FMQ isn't anywhere close to perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! I loved quilting this little piece…got a bit carried away with it! One day I will be comfortable doing an entire quilt, until then I will practice and practice some more!

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  7. This looks fabulous! I love all the quilting motifs!

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    1. Thank you Christa! I'm working at it!

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  8. I love your choices here with FMQ. It's great to see other people's honesty while learning technique! FMQ expertise doesn't happen overnight, but you're a natural! The hardest part is figuring out what to do where, and you nailed it

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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  9. Great FMQing! I love all of the different designs you used.

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