I wanted to take a moment to say that this is exactly why I started blogging...to be able to find a community of Creatives who would give me honest feedback and help when I need it most. I just as easily could have gone along my merry way without posting about what some might consider flaws. In fact, as I wrote the H&H quilting post I wasn't sure I should expose my ignorance about FMQ but that just isn't me...I had to put it out there. Brutal honesty, that is what my friends say they can expect from me, so there it is.
|Echo Rainbow FMQ Design from the Free Motion Quilting Flickr Group|
Here is what I've learned:
- I located a darning/fmq foot for my machine (Which was hilarious because I had no idea how outdated my Nina was until I started searching for accessories...shhh...let's not tell her I don't want to depress my sewing machine.)
- I found the very obvious button on Nina to put my feed dogs down, no, I never mentioned that in my post did I? I had completely forgotten this very important step. D-U-H. Thank you to my mother in law for asking the obvious...I needed it.
- I revisited my daughter's quilt with the script quilting...and yes...I know I have done this correctly before so I know I can do it again with some practice and a little help from my friends (that is you, reader).
- Practice is completely doable...and I am just going to start new projects to do just that!
What am I going to do with the H&H quilting?
I still love the sketchy quality. I think now that I know I am making a conscious choice to make the quilting sketchy I am good with it. Even if I waited, perfected my FMQing skills and could do it all smooth...I'd still want it sketchy. I just really love the organic look to it. But I needed time to reflect on it and make sure it was a conscious decision and not just an excuse for "well I couldn't do better." So, I am going to keep at it with my thicker 35wt thread and do all the other things (using a different foot, and laying my feed dogs down - I just thought of an ottoman right then, random) and see how that goes!
Thanks for accepting me flaws and all. I really needed it and now I am ready to conquer FMQ on my own terms. More importantly, I learned some awesome stuff from you guys and I am really excited to put your wisdom to good use!
- rebecca lynne