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Free motion advice please
I can stipple but that is my entire skill set
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Date: 9/14/12 11:13 PM

I've been free motion stippling with my regular older Bernina machine. I like it fine but I'm ready to try something new. What would you recommend as the next level up or similar? I don't even know how to proceed...any advice would be appreciated.
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Date: 9/14/12 11:25 PM

I try to find new ideas by watching videos online - its free.

There are lots of patterns on the Leigh day site -- some people love them. I love the idea of them - but, I dont see how many of them could be streached into much more than a quilt block ..

Everyone has their own style - I also dont like how close she stitches her patterns - the quilting looks like a line of thread rather than quilting.

Im sorry I sound down about her -- Im not .. when I was starting she was a great help. Her patterns often have an element in them I like -- just not the entire piece.

Some tips from me --

Try to add a shape into the stipple -- doing something simple like a circle and then more stipple is one way to build a pattern "vocabulary"

Remember what your doodles look like ? -- if they are squiggles or angles -- use your doodles in your FMQ -- ! Its the most personal FMQ I think a person can do!

Lots of people think that in stipple the lines can NEVER cross -- thats a pile of rules that makes no sense -- try crossing your lines a bit and see what happens.




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Date: 9/15/12 3:14 AM

Experiment by using a pen and paper. Draw your pattern and get the feel of and the flow.

Craftsy has some good free motion courses which encourage you to ask the tutor if you are not sure.

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Date: 9/15/12 8:00 AM

If you want another easy allover/background design, try quilting loops and throw some other shapes in now and then. You can do a few loops and then a simple leaf or a corkscrew shape. You could quilt hearts or the stars that are continuous (think kindergarten). Loops look better when you do one counterclockwise and the next one clockwise. By learning a few simple shapes, you can come up with lots of seasonal designs. If you want to learn motifs, practice tracing some drawn shapes.

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Date: 9/15/12 8:01 AM

I second the Leah Day suggestion. She has a great book out and lots of help on her site. She has wonderful videos.

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Date: 9/15/12 8:07 AM

I would take a class if available at your local quilt shop. If not there's a host of books and videos on the subject. Sources include the American Quilters Society, Keepsake Quilting, Connecting Threads, and even Jo Anns. There are many others. . .

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Date: 9/15/12 8:13 AM

I bought a childrens MagnaDoodle so that I can practice designs and then erase them. This has allowed me to design for my FMQ. I also started practicing 15 minutes a day and after a couple of months have gotten pretty comfortable with it. One day it just clicked an I was able to do my own designs. Leah Day's videos helped me tremendously. Don't give up and just keep practicing.

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Date: 9/17/12 9:43 PM

Thanks for the suggestions...I will look into the videos. I used to have a spiral bound book in something like 14 by 18 inch paper that was Fmq designs, I don't know where it went...

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Date: 9/17/12 10:15 PM

I use my kids' MagnaDoodles all the time. They are very useful. :)

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