I started by setting my machine up and writing myself a short list of things to do when preparing. I guess at some point I won't have to think about this as much, but today it was all about figuring out what button makes what happen and an efficient start-up sequence. I was anticipating a decent glass of a nice Gisborne chardonnay would always be in the FMQ mix, but at 9.00am, I had to make do with cold water :-)
Things I learnt today:
1. Don't make your quilt sandwich too small, you barely get going before you run the risk of sewing through your fingers if you are determined to hold on to your fabric. I have made larger sandwiches for tomorrow's practice.
2. Loops seem easier than anything more rectangular.
3. Faster is better, but not too fast. I think finding the speed sweet spot will be part of any future success.
4. It is possible to FMQ without swearing (I'm pretty happy about this breakthrough).
I didn't have to fiddle around with the tension on my machine, it seemed to do a pretty even job without any interference from me.
(front and back)
That just leaves the tension in my shoulders to resolve. Apparently remembering to breathe helps :-)
Ok, your turn now fellow wimpy quilters - off you go!