Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 Free Motion Challenge-January

Here's how I practice my FMQ before I get to an actual fabric piece. I bought a dry erasable board and I sit and doodle several  a lot of  times, doing this over and over. It helps make a path for my brain to follow when I get to my practice piece, anyway I have myself convinced of that!!

Now you have my practice piece, ta da!!  I haven't done any FMQ for a long time so it was like starting from scratch again. I am okay with my leaves but I need to work on making them rounder at the base to look more "heart" like. Not many of mine are "heart" looking but they are recognizable as leaves and that's a plus for me. I didn't take a picture of the back but it looks good, only 1 little nest and otherwise, the stitches are fine. I used DMC in the bobbin and King Tut 40 weight in the top and a 14/90 Microtex needle.  I had trouble with my machine stopping now and then and the bobbin icon coming up on the screen. I took the bobbin out and put it back in several times and never did figure out what the problem was. At first, I tried using one of those bobbin mylar inserts and that just didn't work for me. If it happens again, I will need to do some further investigating maybe or call the Bernina store.  I plan to make the Sampler Quilt piece that Sew Cal Gal has on her blog, it will be a good reference in the future. I hope everyone is having as good experience with this challenge as I am and I hope to improve my FMQ a lot in 2012..Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.

5 comments:

kitty said...

your leaves are lovely, wish mine were as good!

Melody said...

I think you have done a fabulous job.

Josie said...

Oh boy... you obviously have an artistic streak. I only wish I could draw leaves as well as you never mind actually FMQ them. Fabulous job.

frantastic said...

Those leaves are quite impressive.Beautiful work.

Karen said...

Love your leaves! Those came out so amazing!