Practice the proper way…..

This has been a tough season to find time to practice my FMQ, but I did find one morning where I could try out two more patterns from Leah Day’s “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs”.

The first design was the Basic Spiral….

I first tried it on paper and found that I could very easily work myself into a corner and have no where else to go…..

It helped to learn this lesson on paper and to think about it more when I was actually at the machine. As I quilted this design, I thought that it looked horrible, but when I looked at it as an overall pattern, it was okay.

Obviously, I still need to work on knowing where I am going after I come out of the spiral!!

Now, I decided to skip a few designs and move on to number 8….”Fern and Stem”….

When I was drawing this one out I immediately realized one problem….

…I struggled to keep the lines parallel!! The addition of a few guide lines made all the difference…..

So, when I started sewing, I added those same guidelines…..

….and it made the quilting much, much easier…..

There are still a few things that I need to watch for……

….namely, the places where I am traveling and also be sure that the points don’t flatten out!!

I honestly think that part of my problem is that I have in my head that “this is just practice” so I am not concentrating and being careful enough. So, maybe I have learned a small lesson…….

……. I need to be PRACTICING with the same dedication that I use when I am quilting!!! If I practice it poorly I will never get better!!

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