Yep, you read that right. My mom, along with telling me to moveon.com with straight-line quilting also told me to put on my big-girl panties, suck it up, and learn. She’s always been one to push me to try, and I’ve always liked safety nets. But, I have to say, she’s always right. Like mothers are. So anyway, I’ve taken two free-motion quilting lessons. With my instructor Kay I said, “But do I have to do it with the FMQ foot? Can’t I use the walking foot for that?” and she said, “Ashley, I want you to be a quilting goddess, let’s go.”
Kay also told me after I practiced with her for 3 hours that it takes about 60 hours to be mediocre at FMQ. Oh, alrighty then. So, this weekend I set out to practice. I bought a ton of sale fabric and batting at Wal-Mart for 1.50 a yard. Basically I searched a FMQ image, tried to replicate it, and then moved on to another one. This is great for my Quilting ADD, but I know I need to pick one and really practice it. I will. But this was all about fun and seeing what I could do.
Oh, and don’t forget to drop the feed dogs.
Because I did on the first one.
Um, you love the flower. I know.
Then my husband tried to act unimpressed and said I couldn’t write his name.
Say I won’t, I will.
Then I wanted to practice the design I want to try on this quilt:
I need a lot more practice before I do it on a full-sized quilt, but I love it!
Then I tried to channel my inner Renee.
Let’s just say, I’m no Renee.
Then I tried the Dogwood. I LOVE this.
Definitely check out this tutorial!
Which leads me to this: help a sister out. What tutorials do you use? How did you improve with FMQing? I would appreciate any advice! I had so much fun trying these designs, but I wouldn’t put any on a quilt yet. Well, except for that flower. I love that flower.