Mother Patchwork; a place to share my quilting journey...
Monday, November 18, 2013
The good, the bad and the ugly of FMQ
I know Lego sewing machines don't have anything to do with FMQ, but I figured it was worth showing off!
The modern quilt demanded my attention on Saturday, after I had fluffed the best part of the day away. I promised myself that I would finish it before Christmas. That was unlikely to happen, but the newsagent sold me the new copy of an USA quilting magazine on Friday.
In the magazine they had a very similar looking "modern" quilt, with lots of blank canvas for FMQ. But the best bit was this magazine includes diagrams on HOW to achieve that quilting pattern. So I tried squiggles.
And then I experimented with squiggles that go both directions.
And I attempted waves. The tricky bit was getting around the corner.
And I tried to fill in the blank spaces with square FMQ. I must doddle in squares, cos all my previous attempts at FMQ fillers have ended in tears, but this pattern and I hit it off.
Now I am not saying that I mastered FMQ, or that any of this is even good, but I managed to quilt most of the quilt, without killing anyone, harming small furry animals, resorting to alcohol or having a hissy fit. There was unpicking involved, but I was fairly laid back about that as well...the Guild will not be recruiting me to teach or display my FMQ anytime soon, but I am one happy "nearly finished" modern quilter. Happy quilting, Sue SA.