Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finally Free Motion Quilting!!

Finally got to try my hand at the first installment of the Free Motion Quilting Challenge offered by SewCal Gal. This is my 2nd or 3rd attempt on fabric. Depending on the fabric, it can be hard to see.
I used Auriful black thread and I'm not really sure of the weight. I bought this huge spool of thread quite a while ago so I could use it to machine quilt my darker projects.

My first attempt was much more loopy. I have to really concentrate on making the leaf a bit longer and not so heart shaped. At the same time, I'm trying to figure out where my next leaf is going! It will take awhile before I can coordinate everything at once but I do feel as though it's getting better. Thought you might want to see my first attempt:

I think it looks much loopier and my leaves were further apart. I still need practice but I do feel as though I'm improving. Let me know what you think. Would love to hear from you.

I'm not new to free motion quilting but I'm used to meandering. I've never had to think about making any sort of shape. I just tried to keep my loops uniform and tried not to cross threads. (Although it did happen sometimes!) Here's an example of some of my meandering:

Back to practicing my leaves!!


  1. I think you did great! I love your meanderings too! Leah Day has a new video on that today at her blog. I think I do better if I know where I'm going in the pattern instead of just "winging" it. She talks about this in the video and it was so helpful!!! Let's keep on practicing!

  2. You are doing the greatest thing you can do when you machine quilt.....PRACTICE!!!!! You are doing a great job!!! keep it up. Hugs- Sandie

  3. FMQ is all about practice, practice and more practice. I see you are well on your way to quilting lovely leaf vines.


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