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Date: 3/25/13 8:38 PM

Hey Everybody, I'm working on a quilt for a baby and I am free styling a circle pattern with wavy lines in the middle of the circles. I'm not really happy with the results so far. It looks "alright" but my question to you all is,"How do you start your FMQ projects? Do you all quilt from the middle out, or do you start from one side or the other? Do you all pull the threads to the top when you start? What are some of the ways you all determine the patterns to use? Please share....

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Date: 3/25/13 9:13 PM

I start with a plan. But basically I divide the quilt into quadrants and start in each quadrant in the center corner working out to the right so the quilt is moving from my lap towards the machine and away from the machine pillar of the the left. I always pull my threads to the top and start with tiny stitches so it secures the beginning FMQ. After I've stitches a few stitches away from the beginning, I trip those long threads so they do not get caught up in the quilting. I am still learning and trying to develop enough skill so I can move freely from one type of pattern to the next. I started with stipples and swirles. I still am trying to learn feathers. I also practice motifs on paper. It helps to build muscle memory and allows for improv when you get into tight territory. I hope this helps. There are some fantastic books on the subject... Maybe your library has some books.

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Date: 3/26/13 11:20 AM

I've been practicing as well. I finally got a machine that I can fmq on somewhat decently. But I've found in my practices is that you really need to develop you speed to that of the machine speed which on most newer machines you can adjust. One of my big issues is stitch length as mine get uneven and that happens if you keep changing you speed. You can keep the machine at a constant speed. To do that I put it on med low speed and pedal to the metal so to speak so will be the same speed. Also I think the teflon slider will make a great difference. I meander the best so far free hand but following patterns I can't see the stitch length so so a lot of practice to be done there.

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Date: 3/26/13 1:44 PM

Yes, I bought a machine without the speed control, I might buy a speed regulator to work on stitch size. Thank You for Your input. I was looking at some of the quilting patterns Leah Day has on her website for beginners, REALLY? You have to be a pro to do them and I have tried. Practice,practice,practice..... Do you sections your quit into quarters?

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Date: 3/26/13 2:15 PM

I haven't done a whole quilt FM. I'm not that talented lol. At least not yet this so some hope. I most shadow quilt and stitch in the ditch. I also do more wall hangings now so alittle easier quilting. Have never tried fm on a regular sized quilt....yet.

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Date: 3/26/13 5:56 PM

Leah Day's site has a ton of great information on free motion machine quilting. She explains from the basics. Included in her info is the information to your question on where to start. Just copy and paste her web address site to your address bar. (I don't know how to set it up for you to just click on to access her site.) Here is her address: httphttp://www.daystyledesigns.com/index.htm

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Date: 3/26/13 6:49 PM

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Leah Day's site has a ton of great information on free motion machine quilting. She explains from the basics. Included in her info is the information to your question on where to start. Just copy and paste her web address site to your address bar.

Leah Day resources

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Date: 3/26/13 9:26 PM

When I started I found that I do some designs better than others. So the pebbles or the bubbles are my best effort and stippling not so good. So I tend to try patterns that work to curves or motion similar to what I do best and stay away from what I just can't get the hang of. I do bring threads to the top. If its novelty fabric or something with a distinctive focus i use the fabric design as a guide and work with the shapes.

I always do a warm up sample before I start.

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Date: 3/27/13 9:16 AM

Leah Day is great. I really admire her and her courage etc and think she does great work. And she is so generous with her knowledge. However she is an artist first. She has a art backround. Stippling free hand (what she does) I believe requires some drawing talent. I have none and will rely on stencils, paper patterns etc. I can meander fairly well. When someone can draw they can draw no matter the medium. I don't get into Leah's designs too much and concentrate on things I can do. I can follow a line, now it's just getting the stitches even. Also a lot of her designs require stitching back over previous lines and a lot of quilter's myself included think the continuous lines and designs look better.
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Date: 3/27/13 8:22 PM

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This is a close up of the quilt...
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