I'm afraid of free motion quilting... I want to learn how to do it, and I keep trying little practice pieces, but I'm not sure I'm getting the hang of it. I really should take a class on it, but before trying that, I decided to read up on it, and watch Leah Day's videos, and practice. It still scares me!
So... I decided the only way to get over my fear was to finally commit to FMQing a whole quilt. I've been working on a slab baby quilt completely out of my scraps, and it seemed like the perfect project to finally take the plunge. Yesterday, I did it. I FMQed the whole thing. I'm not ready for stippling yet, so I decided to try loops meandering all over the quilt. And I have to say, I got better at it as I went along. Once I figured out the right speed at which my machine and I would work well together, and how much space I could cover at one time, I felt pretty successful. That's not to say I don't have a LOT of practicing to do still, but I don't feel too bad about my attempt.
It mostly looks like this:
with a little of this:
I might need to rip that one out and redo it!
Unfortunately, I noticed some of this on the back. I know that has something to do with my tension, but I'm not sure how to fix it. Raise the tension? Lower it? Any suggestions?
Thanks for being a witness to my first attempt at FMQing a whole quilt. Honestly, I'm pretty proud of myself. But, I'm still a little afraid of it...