My goal for April was to practise and improve my FMQ with Lori Kennedy's QAL. This has now been going for 6 weeks, and I've been quilting every day, well, almost every day for the last four. Some days I spent so much time doodling motifs that I didn't get to doing the real thing! According to Lori, doodling is an important prelude to quilting, and I agree! (Who am I to disagree?)
I didn't set a landmark date for this goal as the course is due to continue for another couple of months and I plan on continuing the course right to the end, even if it takes all year! For this month I have achieved what I set out to do: improve my FMQ
I'll spare you the doodles, but here are my quilting attempts so far, in chronological order:
|1. starting point: no lessons yet, just quilting and tension check (31/03).|
|2. 1st assignments: loops and scallops. Also general practice for following assignments.|
|3. Assignment: Sailing boat sampler. This took several days; 2 rows per day|
|4. A posey, in a frame with text (W.H.Davies)|
I see some progression between 1. and 4. What the photos don't show is that I no longer finish a row with my shoulders hunched up by my ears; that's progress too.
Anyone who is not satisfied with their attempts at FMQ should definitely try following this course, for free on Lori's blog. She also explains a lot about related topics, like choice of needle, adjusting tension, choice of thread, and, most importantly, she explains why they contribute to a good result.
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