I’ve started quilting Summer Nights. I’m looking forward to experimenting with different quilting techniques. I find my sew along sampler quilts a great way not only to improve my piecing skills. But to stretch and build my FMQ skills.
With all the different blocks and backgrounds it gives me opportunities to try varying motifs. So I can try wavy lines, wood grain, and whirling swirls.
I can experiment with pebbles and feathers.
I like to peruse Christina Cameli books to get ideas for motifs. She also has some great ideas on her YouTube channel. So if you enjoy FMQ. Or are looking to dip your toe in. I recommend her as a resource. Remember there is a learning curve when it comes to building your FMQ skills. So give yourself some grace. It doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful. Unless you enter your quilt in a show no one will notice the imperfections.
Have fun creating and learning a new skill. Pat yourself on the back as your skills grow. I think it is fun to look at my first quilts as compared to my later quilts. It gives me a chance to look at the gains I’ve had rather than the lack of skill I’m trying to acquire.
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