What’s a Sew-In without some FMQ !!!

You know I feel that the best part of quilting is the sharing and the kinship that is formed. Ok, I do love the end results, too…. and the potlucks are very special too…. but the real thing about quilting is the way that I’ve found that everyone shares their knowledge and the sharing of ideas is what it’s all about.

Our Sew-In today was a spectacular display of FMQ on a domestic machine and the practice that it takes to do it. Dorothy Holdenmeyer did a 2 hour mini-workshop with us and we each learned a lot today!

We talked about fusible batting ( a wonderful way to fuse fabric to batting ), thread, needles, how to place your sewing machine, teflon mats to easily slide your project, negative space, shapes, books, tension and that it takes Practice, Practice and more Practice. Dorothy has been free motion quilting for more than 10 years and her work looks amazing. The one big point that we discussed was trying a different method. This method works wonders when you can’t seem to get the tension right on the back of the quilt. Instead of lowering the feed dogs, turn the stitch length to Zero “O” and your sewing will look more consistent!

I think everyone is a bit more confident in their own ability now and ready to really make some headway on  free motion quilting!  I wonder what the next few meetings and Show & Tell will have in FMQ?

* and it was quite interesting that when sewing later in the day there were 4 people working on Kaffe Fassett fabric for their quilts*


Dorothy  Dorothy  Rapt Audience  Pam & Cheryl  Heather S  Heather S  Jan  Pam  Susan


Karen  Sharlene  Heather C.  Effie & Cheryl  Charlene, Heather, Tara & Terry  Cheryl  Terry  Tara  Button



  1. Thanks to all who generously shared their toys today. Irons, rulers, Best Press, books, etc were appreciated by those of us who were borrowing.


  2. My Thanks to everyone for helping my machine quilting demo session a great experience. Quilters are wonderful sharing people. We all learn from each other and that lets us all grow.
    Thanks also for my gift coupon at The Quilted Cardinal. The card will be burning a hole in my pocket.


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