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I had the opportunity recently to take a free motion quilt class. It was a fun day. I still have a lot to learn but did pretty good for a beginner. I didn't know you had to lower your feed dogs and pull the bobbin thread up. A little knowledge makes things much easier.  I joined the Quilters Guild a couple of months ago. Now I belong to three sewing groups. 

Yesterday I decided to tear up my little garden spot so I can re-plant and add new plants. I'm so sore today I can hardly move. They say a little exercise never hurt anyone. Well I got news for whoever came up with that statement.  So today I will be out there replanting and adding a rose bush and some little flowers. Don't know what they are but they are pretty pink.  

Happy Mothers Day 

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Comment by Irene Gallway on May 15, 2018 at 7:55pm

I know what you mean Pam about FMQ. I'm hoping to master it, if I live long enough. lol

Comment by Pam/NY on May 14, 2018 at 5:49am

Finally, the weather is cooperating to be able to dig in the gardens. Will get my flowers in this week. Love FMQ but it's a love/hate between me and my machine! Enjoy your flowers...best part of summer!

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 13, 2018 at 5:56pm

Thanks Mary for the info on Lori Kennedy's inbox jaunt tutorials. I will follow up on it.

Barbara, I got the digging done and some flowers planted but need a few more. WM didn't have their perennials in yet when I picked up the few they had outside. But what I did get done looks a lot better then the mess that was there when I moved in.

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 13, 2018 at 12:29pm

Good for you--taking up free motion and garden digging. I love my digging time in the garden as long as I take it in stages.

Comment by Mary/Tewksbury MA on May 13, 2018 at 4:16am

Lori Kennedy's Inbox Jaunt has some nice tutorials online.

Comment by Mary/Tewksbury MA on May 13, 2018 at 4:13am

I'm trying to teach myself to do FMQ. Certainly hard to find time to just practice and I think that's the key.   Right now I'm a big fan of straight line quilting with my walking foot, easy enough and it's kinda in style now.

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 11, 2018 at 7:12pm

I agree with you Barb. I just wanted to learn how to do free motion embroidery on my sewing machine to do my own quilts. I still have a lot of practicing to do.  Hope to get the time to make some small projects like table runners etc. to practice on.

Comment by Barb/WI on May 11, 2018 at 6:50pm

Glad you enjoyed the class.  I took one several years ago, and I do believe it was money well spent.  I have spent many hours practicing, and studying free motion quilting, and love the process.  I do not own a longarm machine, and would not hire myself out to do someone else's quilt, but really enjoy knowing I can do my own.  

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 11, 2018 at 10:26am

Hi Janet, The other two groups I belong to we take our own projects but the guild gives classes each month. It's optional if you don't want to take the class. I enjoy all my sewing groups. 

I don't blame you Kathy for wanting to stand at your long arm after standing all day. It's hard on the legs and back. Today is sunny but a bit too cool. We are suppose to get a frost tonight. Suppose to warm up tomorrow.

Comment by Kathy/WA on May 11, 2018 at 7:14am

Wow sounds like you've been busy.  I like free motion quilting but found that standing at my longarm after standing at work wasn't much fun.  Now the longarm is sitting in another room waiting to be assembled yet again.  I've been trying to do some sit-down quilting at my sewing machine. It takes time and  practice which is something I seem to be running out of.   I'm glad you can get outside. Must be warmer for you there.  Still waiting for the northwest to warm up over here.

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