Monday 30 January 2012

FMQ class

A couple of week's ago, I mentioned that I was "off" and asked you to guess where.

I was at a free motion quilting class with Kim Bradley. I loved the class but found a whole day very tiring on the brain and body.

We were shown some lovely work but I forgot to take my camera.

Kim is an excellent teacher. I thought we'd be starting with stippling or meandering and heading into pebbles. I was wrong.

We started by working with our walking foot.

In this version we followed pre-drawn lines then quilted an equal distance from those lines.
Some people did this by pre-drawing, mine is done freehand.

And this is my freehand flower done by a technique called McTavishing.

Then we "graduated" to the darning/quilting foot. All I can say is that it's not as easy as it sounds or looks!

To many people's surprise, we worked with our feed dogs up (to give us more control).

Pattern 1: apple blossom.
Pattern 2: leaves (they were suppose to be rounded with points)

Pattern 2a: gum (eucalypt) leaves

Pattern 3: maple leaves
There were other patterns but I think you've seen enough of my squiggles!

My fall back pattern whenever I'm getting frustrated (this was practice at home):
At least I think this one is improving!

More practice needed here!


  1. We learn best by doing-time to get that frame in use! The class looks like it was perfect for you!

  2. Good job! I wish I could go to a class like that. Looks like fun!

  3. That looks like a fun class. Great job.

  4. Keep working at them all. You'll find your groove.

    I wonder if certain music would help specific a waltz for leaves.

  5. This was FMQ on a regular machine, where you moved the fabric, right? Because it's completely different on the frame - much easier since you're moving the "pencil" instead of the "paper."
    Even so, I like the maple leaf one just as it is.

  6. Looks like you did lots and learned lots. No wonder your brain was full.

  7. Great work - I would love to do one of Kims classes one day- Im really good at stippling and always fall back to doing that as to me its easy and comfy

  8. That would be so fun! You're doing great, keep it up!

  9. Looks like you had fun I think the 'Lynne' should become a signature piece hidden in each project

  10. Look at your FMQ. Fun! I like your maple leaves.

  11. Amazing! Love all your patterns, what a great variety. It will only get easier and better the more you do it. Best of luck!


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