FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month Three Curls and Swirls!

Free motion quilting (FMQ) and modern quilting go hand in hand; got to fill up that expansive negative space with beautiful quilting! Here is your chance to build up and hone your FMQ skills with our very own FMQ challenge! The goal is for each participating individual to dedicate as little or as much time as they want to practice a particular FMQ motif chosen for that month by one of our members. Each month, a member will volunteer to select a FMQ design and challenge participants to stitch it down on a practice sandwich (any size from 12 inches and up) and bring it to the meeting to show and share (no matter how bad you think it looks, we want to see!). We can discuss our experiences and help troubleshoot problems together; a true judgment-free zone! Below is a list of volunteers I have so far, if you wish to volunteer for a particular month, let us know at the next meeting. All that is required of the volunteer is to let us know what design they want to challenge us with for their chosen month at the prior month’s meeting.

  • May 2015: Candi
  • June 2015: Robin
  • July 2015: Christy
  • August 2015: Angie
  • September 2015: Bonnie
  • October 2015: Sara
  • November 2015: Ruth

We’ll keep this going until we all become proficient FM quilters or we get tired of trying 🙂 🙂

This month’s challenge was chosen by Christy! In her words:

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Disclaimer: this is an exercise to practice! I am selecting the exercise and am not a free motion teacher! My photo is attached as an example of what I did with the exercise not as an example for what you should do!

Now without further ado the free motion quilting exercise is Curls and Swirls! Spend at least 15 minutes making curls and swirls and echoing those curls and swirls using the time to practice eye, hand, and foot (machine, stitch speed) coordination!
~Quilt on!
~ Christy


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Thank you very much, Christy! This will be fun! Here is a video from the fabulous Leah Day to help you navigate your swirls.

Angie will be choosing our next month’s challenge.

In Christy’s words, quilt on all!

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2 thoughts on “FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month Three Curls and Swirls!

  1. All candi? This is the south you can say it… Y’all!

    1. Oh shoot..I already done did it! Quilt On Y’all! Better??

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