06 February 2013

Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)

For the Skill Builder BOM the first part is to make the blocks and the second part is to do Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) to quilt the blocks and at the end we will sew them all together.  I have not done much FMQ, my machine does not really like to play nice when it comes to this.  I have done some playing with my machine and have found how to keep it happy while letting me quilt.  It is not as nice as I would like it but it will do.  

I made myself 4 practice quilt sandwich to practice on.  I like to use my batting scrapes but they are all the wrong sizes.  So I lay the pieces next to each other and connect them together with a zig-zag stitch, making what I like to call my Frankenstein batting.  I don't like to pin so I spray basted my layers together and got to work practicing. 

Here are what my first practice squares, I did draw some lines with blue chalk to give me a bit of something to follow to get a flow started.  I think I will do a few more practice squares before I do my Skill Builders blocks.  

I have a few Free Motion Quilting books on my shelf that have been a great help with my practice squares.

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Modern Quilting Designs by Bethany Nicole Pease

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