I prepared two quilt sandwiches and I was ready to go. The instructor provided a very helpful overview of the tools and set up then demonstrated some of the exercises to get the hang of FMQ...and then we were off to start practicing.
We started with up and down movements, followed by valleys and peaks, cursive e's and l's, loops and our name. From there I went on to try all kinds of designs: flowers, swirls, pebbles, and much more.
For inspiration of more motifs to try, I pulled out my Angela Walters books and gave it a whirl.
I was amazed at how quickly the evening flew by as I doodled away with thread on my fabric sandwich. I was actually having fun and felt relaxed...without need for wine to loosen up! Of course, I will need to continue practicing and work out tension issues...but I am looking forward to trying more designs and perfecting my FMQing!! I am especially curious to see what impact using the BSR and sunk in sewing machine might have. I still have one more 18"x18" sandwich prepped, so guess what I will be doing over the next few days?!?
|My 18"x18" FMQ sampler---not bad for one night's worth!|