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...
Linking up this week with Needle and Thread Thursday and Really Random Thursday. Thanks for the fun linky parties!
That looks a lot like my first attempt at fmq! I went for loops instead of stippling too. You're right, the only way to get over the fear is to jump straight in.
Looking at the back I think that you probably need to raise your top tension, but I'm no expert x
That looks great for a first effort!
I can so identify, you are not alone!
Congratulations seems like you are definitely on the road to FMQ!. When you feed dogs are down you control the stitch size. I have had this happen to me and was advised that I was moving the fabric too fast. Thanks for sharing. have a great weekend. Marie (email@example.com)
I think your first attempts on a whole quilt look great. There is just no substitute for the weight of a quilt, even if you've practiced on smaller pieces beforehand. I agree with Marie. On the back where you have "eyelashes" it's because you're moving too fast. If you slow down a little bit, that should fix itself.
I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!
:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
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