I have decided to journal my free motion quilting practice sessions so I can see my progress and share what I am learning with anyone who wants to follow along.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Glide Thread
Speed 25%

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Glide Thread
Speed 25%

A few days later...

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Speed 25%
Free Motion and Ruler Work
Thread - Glide

Lesson learned - quilt some more old projects!
It's fun and it's okay to make mistakes!
Day 4:  a quiet day for quilting.
April 15, 2015
Thread - Glide
Speed - 30%
Still need to practice for spacing.

Day 3:  some meandering and some leaves (sort of).

This first shot is of some quick meandering, just to relax and really playing around.
The lesson learned here is to practice a consistent distance when
doing echoing and keeping the sizes of the spirals consistent.
Note to self; you need to practice consistency.

This one was the practice for Day 3.
I am not fond of this at all.
Thread, speed, tension, etc was good.
Lesson learned here is that my stitching is very heavy in some areas, 
perhaps I used those areas to travel too many times.  

Day 2: Feathers (sort of) and some straight line ruler work

Monday, April 13, 2015
Speed 27%
Thread - Glide (top and bobbin)

I think the puckers around the outside is because the sample sandwich is a little small.  The Glide thread works much better with the same thread in the bobbin.
  • Marked an 8" square and diagonal and square lines and stitched in the ditch
  • Used a small (6") arc ruler to stitch the melon shapes
  • Free motion the feather in each of those shapes
  • used a straight ruler to stitch the straight lines 1/4" apart

Day 1:  Paisley

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Speed 30%
Top Thread - Glide
Bobbin Thread - Bottom Line

Going slow is better for this design and I know that I need more practice back tracking over stitches and deciding which direction to go in to keep it flowing.
Like the Glide thread but not with the bottom line.

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