|Sorry for the blurry photo!!! Nighttime pictures never seem to work out for me!|
For my Supernova quilt, I'm going to be doing an all-over stipple, which is the first FMQ style I learned. It's the style of quilting I tend to use the most, and I get a lot of questions from my followers about it, so I figured there might be some of you who might like a few of my tips.
My Top 5 FMQ Tips:
1. Practice on paper first. It gets your muscles in the right mindset for quilting. Doodle - and doodle often! I recommend using a gel pen, not a ballpoint, because they move more smoothly. I often doodle during the extra half-hour it takes for my son to finish every meal after I've finished mine.
|My first FMQ on my first quilt|
3. Use gloves. There's special quilting gloves (I have a cheap pair from Jo-Ann's), but some are really over-priced. Gardening gloves with grippy fingers can work just as well (as long as you use them just for quilting!). The grippy fingers really help you move the quilt around better!
4. Wind up a boatload of bobbins first. That way you don't have to stop midstream to wind bobbins.
5. Tackle one row at a time. Fold up the rest of your quilt and use clothespins to keep your excess quilt out of your way so you can quilt down a row before moving to the next one.
What are you sewing this weekend? And what are you listening to while you sew?