Leah starts her class Free Motion Quilting a Sampler with the basics of FMQ and stippling. Oh, says Megan to herself, I see I need to slow down and concentrate on some basics. So I have set aside my unrealistic expectations and am spending some time doing drills. I'm practising stopping before I move my hands, and stopping and starting as evenly as I can. I'm a happy learner again - I can manage concentrating on just two things.
Leah also shows you how to create some other basic shapes so that you can move on to stippling with some confidence. I'm going to move onto these shapes this week and try and get them locked into my muscle memory (new concept for me but I'm liking it!). My revised DIY learn-to-FMQ programme now involves focusing on the goal of stippling a baby quilt. I looked in my stash for some bright fabric so that the quilting won't be in the spotlight. I think this will do the trick :-)
And finally, this week's happy mail. A letter from my nephew (8) and a bookmark he made for me using Nana's sewing machine. I love so many things about my bookmark - that it has different fabric on the front and back, that he has hand stitched the turned in ends, and most of all, that he has labelled it - you know - just in case :-)