Week 1: FMQ practice + Winner

I started this week, with trying out FMQ on my new machine. My start was interesting – it took me almost an hour to work out how to change the foot and change the metal plate to the one I needed. I finally could start.

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I practiced some pebbling and some geometric squares. The pebbling did not go well, as I still had trouble knowing where to go. I did like the geometrics better.
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To improve my pebbling, I spend a lot of the week practicing on paper….practice! practice! practice!
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On Day 5, was much better but I still need to keep working on it.


More drawing on Day 6, this time playing with swirls and trying out a possible pattern for my stitch and flip quilt top.
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So, that is Work in progress, week 1 of 4. What are you trying at the moment with regards to FMQ?

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew fresh Quilts for “Let’s bee Social” and Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for “WiP Wednesday” (see buttons on the right).

Lastly, the winner of Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting Book and a pair of Machingers is:
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who is Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy. Jo, I will email you with the details.



10 thoughts on “Week 1: FMQ practice + Winner

  1. katechiconi

    Your FMQ is like my FMQ… I think we both feel there’s a little room for improvement! My biggest bugbear is loopy tension on the back. But your pebbles are definitely getting better.

  2. Diane

    I too am working on FMQ on my Pfaff. It does take practice. I am not so much of the modern bent on solid fabrics but I want to get better at echoing designs that coordinated and showcase the prints I love. I like pebbles a lot but am still trying to get good enough on them with pencil and paper (or rather dry erase marker and plastic sheet protecters) before venturing to fabric and thread. I keep getting lost on where to go next and may triple circle a pebble before deciding.

  3. Beth

    I love the look of peoples but they take so long to sew. Good luck on your FMQ. I wish what was in my mind showed up when I stitched!

  4. Joanna

    OMG THAT’S ME!! I totally almost read over it like ‘nah, won’t be me’ and then I nearly fell out my chair! Thanks so much Michelle (and Mr Random Generator)!!

    I might have to start doing this challenge your doing with FMQ. There’s a definite noticeable difference in your first attempts and most recent! When you’re drawing are you drawing normally or trying to hold the pen still and moving the paper, as you would on a machine with a quilt since the needle is the ‘pen’?

  5. Lorna McMahon

    Good for you, Michelle! Your practice pieces look great and so do those doodles! Lots of practice helps. But so does the right thread. I did not enjoy fmq until I tried the Fantastico from Superior Threads. Then I fell in LOVE!

  6. clumsykristel

    It’s really awesome seeing this — I definitely see improvement! I think later in the year, if I manage to get on top of some things, I really need to do something very similar to this, just sit down and spend some time every single day working on FMQ.


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