Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

FMQ Practice sans Fabric and Thread

For me, one of the hardest things about FMQ practice is thinking about how much fabric and thread that I am “wasting”. Now I know that learning something new isn’t a waste, but I still struggle with that idea.

When I was at the gym last week, doing what I always do….ie watch quilt videos, I ran across one by Angela Walters about quilting feather designs. It is a great video and I suggest that you watch it….

She spent most of the video drawing feather designs on a white board and suddenly I thought…..


I ended up purchasing a 14 x 14-inch whiteboard and have been using it to practice at nights when I am watching TV with my husband.

It isn’t a PERFECT solution but it means that I can try designs OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again and not waste anything….

…and looking at this design, it is going to take a LOT of practice!!!

I am working on the “Free-Motion-Flow” quilt-a-long challenge and hope to have the first steps out soon. Keep coming back for more!!

3 thoughts on “FMQ Practice sans Fabric and Thread

  1. I use a whiteboard too. It helps but when I get in front of the machine I forget what I learned. I think it is fear. I got to get over it. I dont do it enough. There is also a free software on my Ipad and you draw with your pencil. It works well too and you dont get ink on your hand. If you are interested I can send the name of software. Thank you for the video. When I get back to the gym, Im in PT now, I will use the idea of watching quilting videos. Great tip. Thank you.

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