Sorted out some leftover batting and made little quilt sandwiches for FMQ practice!
Then I took a deep breath and dove right into it. (Does FMQ intimidate anyone else or just me?)
I started out with the regular stipple as a warm up, then tried out some new designs:
This time I was very mindful of the stitches on the back of the quilt, because I've always had pockets of loose stitches. I had a tip from Mila to increase my tension (my machine's tension that is, hehee) when this happens, and I'm so pleased, because it does seem to help - thanks Mila!
But still not perfect, as you can see from the photo above.
I also made it a point to be aware of my stitching speed. I don't have a speed regulator so when I'm sewing on the machine there's only been two speeds : 'stationary' and 'full speed ahead'. But this time I think I detected another speed level in between, depending on the pressure of my foot on the pedal. It's still pretty fast, but not the usual 'runaway train' momentum.
I also thought I'd be clever and try out pebbling:
Ummm, maybe not just yet, hehehee.
Definitely much, much more practice required.
But I'll tell you what, I've had so much FUN practicing! I'm so tempted to go out and get a metre or two more of batting just to do this again :-)
Hope every one's having a fun weekend!