Okay, so I'm a little late to the party here but I came across the fabulous idea Fluffy Sheep Quilting had here about practicing FMQ using various techniqes. This week was Shadow Waves from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project. I just did it before I posted this (primarily because, as I said, I'm late finding it) so I can't say it looks all that great, but the point is to practice, right? Right! I have only done FMQ on my machine twice. Once for loops on a donation quilt, and once for flowers on my Diamond Chains quilt. Both times the movements were rather big and broad, or more fluid in nature so I'm looking to make some improvements!
Here is the front of my Shadow Waves.
I know, I know. Not very 'wavy'. It's funny. You think you're making waves until you back up and look at it. But that's the whole point of practice, right? Right!
Here's the back.
Yes, I know one strand ends midstream. I didn't notice my thread got off track and I ended up with HUGE eyelashes which I just cut out since it was just a practice piece.
Things I'm learning.
It takes a lot of practice.
I desperately need an extension table off of my machine. Here is my current insane set up.
I pile my embroidery floss containers up all around the sewing machine so it's all raised.
I do not like that my machine does not have an automatic down position for the needle. Very aggravating.
But otherwise, I like the idea of getting in some practice on this. It's the only way to get it.
Gotta go check out how everyone else did over at Fluffy Sheep!