Free motion quilting : session TWO


Top half of the panel

This is from my second session of FMQ on this sheep quilt. I used a french curve for the top panel and made gentle swoops. I was trying to mark them consistently but when I sewed them I strayed from the path. I only did one single pass using 40 wt King Tut thread. I was trying to mimic background hills.

Bottom half of the quilt panel ...
Bottom half of the quilt panel …

I originally tried to use a vertical flame pattern similar the horizontal flame pattern in the section above. I ended up picking out all the FMQ stitches. Thank goodness, there was less than a quarter of the section quilted. I then marked new lines in a curved grid pattern. I was having trouble following the lines without back tracking. As again I was using the 40wt King Tut thread,the back tracking showed, I kept getting bobbles and funky miss-stitches when I moved my hands. This would not win any prizes in a quilt show; but works great on a baby quilt. I find over quilting covers up a lot of mistakes and it looks like it was intentional. I do not think it would have looked so funky in the first place if I had used a thin thread such as bottom line, a 60 to 100 weight thread.
Off I go for another FMQ session. I need to plan out what I am going to do in the multiple borders. One thing I know is I will only be using thin thread for the rest of the quilt. I am thinking of doing some of the motifs and patterns I learned through ANGELA WALTERS Craftsy classes and books. I will be posting them in the future.

Happy Quilting,


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6 thoughts on “Free motion quilting : session TWO

  1. I just found you thru pinterest. Your fmq may already be sailing along but here’s a hint anyway. After you stop in fmq, start the first stitch very slowly without moving your hands. Think of it like pausing with a long deep breath instead of a jump start. Hope this helps with the bobbles.

    1. Thank you … that is a really good tip and I can always use reminders and tips. I think my skill is improving and I find FMQ so much fun. I will check myself to see how I work cause I occasionally get the bobbles.

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