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!!