I have been exploring free motion quilting with Leah Day and her Free Motion Quilting Project and the Building Blocks Quilt Along videos. I have FMQ'd one small quilt using a meandering design back in 2011, but have not done any FMQ for quite a while. This is just a practice piece as I explored some designs.
I started out using FMQ to make straight(ish) lines to divide the piece into a grid of four quadrants. I used Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread on some quilt fabric that was languishing in my stash. I used Quilters Dream Select batting.
In the photo above the top section is is how Leah recommends you start out to get a feel for moving the quilt. The bottom section is a design shown on the packaging for the Supreme Slider.
After I stitched this practice piece I zigzagged the edges and sent it through the washer and dryer with some laundry. I was anxious to see how it would come out.
The more heavily quilted quadrant is more stiff and flat, of course, but not overly so. I think it would soften up over time on a quilt that was used.
I have some questions though. It's hard to see on the pics but on the more heavily quilted part the stitches seem to sit on top of the fabric rather than "sinking in" and giving that little indentation in the surface of the quilt. Is that how it is supposed to look or am I doing it incorrectly? Or maybe that just happens when more of the surface area is stitched? That makes sense to me. More of the surface is compressed so the indentations would not be as great.
Anyway, I have enjoyed practicing and am considering purchasing Leah's Building Blocks pattern or joining her upcoming quilt along the Machine Quilting Block Party. I just want to be sure I can do this without too terribly much frustration before purchasing! ;)
So . . . off for more practice!
If you have any suggestions for FMQ I'd love to hear them!
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