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Well, I haven't posted in about a month so I thought it was time to put up some pictures and share what I am working on.

I am trying hard to improve my FMQ skills, and to that end, I purchased the Big 'n Bold kit from CT with the Twilight Frost fabrics when it went on clearance a few months ago. I can't believe how quickly it came together. I happened to show the quilt top to a good friend of mine, and now it will be her birthday present, once it is done.

Anyway, I have been following Leah Day's blog "365 Days of Free Motion Fillers".

http//freemotionquilting.blogspot.com

Part of the reason I decided on the Big 'n Bold pattern was that it had large uncomplicated chunks of fabric that would be perfect for honing quilting skills. I decided that each of the large blocks on the quilt would be a different filler pattern, scaled up to be a more "overall pattern" versus a dense filler. I picked out about 14 different designs that spoke to me, which I would use throughout the quilt. I then pin-basted the quilt, and was going to just jump in and realized I couldn't wreck these beautiful fabrics with half-baked quilting skills. Now that it was a quilt for someone I cared about, I could no longer use it as a pure practice piece, and again, I just LOVE the Twilight Frost fabrics. I needed to do this quilt justice!

Then I decided to do some practicing to improve my skills and confidence so I could start on the quilt without any reservations. When we were kids, we had to practice our musical instruments, our sports, and our academic skills; why not our quilting? Certainly I have not outgrown practicing, and with my skills deficit in the FMQ arena, a few practice sessions were in order! I got some inexpensive muslin and low-loft poly bat and made up some practice sandwiches and started going to town.

Some of these are Leah's designs and some are variations of my own brain, and some are from another book on FMQ by Nan Moore. I want to try each of the 14 patterns out. If one turns out too difficult, I will swap it out for a design I am more capable of executing in a fashion in which I am not ashamed.

These are the only six designs I have practiced so far. I have 8 more to go! I have my sandwiches prepped so if I get some time after work this week, I am ready to go!

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Comment by Linda Bodkin, ON on July 14, 2010 at 5:20pm
You are doing great already! Even after taking a short course on FMQ, I watched Leah's videos and got more inspired! I found just doodling the patterns on paper before starting works well too! Good luck!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 14, 2010 at 8:04am
She'll be so pleased and you'll be well on your way to mastering another quilting skill. I need to take a page out of your practice book because I'm a pathetic FMQ-er. :0)
Comment by Pam/NY on July 14, 2010 at 4:42am
Thanks for the website...looks great! She'll love it!!!
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 14, 2010 at 12:42am
Hey I have watched her on many occasions and I also like to follow Sheri Bains Driver who is a FMQ and writes for McCall's Quilting Magazine.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 13, 2010 at 10:05pm
Looking good. Leah's is a good site - for how to's as well as inspiration. You are on your way!

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