Thirteen isn't exactly my lucky number today!
Switched up the tension to 4 (up from 2 yesterday) 'cause today's there's high humidity, but I still wasn't happy with the back threads - and it being so late in the evening, even after snapping twenty some pictures, this is the best one I could get:
Threads aren't going 'in' all the way, just 'riding' above the fabric on the back there.
Since this is my fourth time, I didn't feel it was completely necessary to mark the entire design with blue wash away marker, so allowed myself some freedom this time.
I know I can do better!
I really to play with fabric and batting to set my tension before tomorrow's final Day 14 of the FMQ Challenge. www.fmqchallenge.blogspot.com
Link to my give-away and guest blogger:
In the meantime,
I did it! I ordered two instructional DVDs from http://www.kimmyquilt.com/
Machine Quilting for Beginners
Twirly Whirly Feathers
I can't wait to receive them and get started with short-arm quilting when my New Generation quilt frame arrives!
The FMQ Challenge has been a perfect way to begin and I want to keep challenging myself.
Here are two more gals who've made FMQ instructional DVD's. I've also found some that offer free youtube videos on FMQ, too...
Here's beautiful examples of what great quilting can look like:
This video directs you through the 'thought process' of FMQ designs:
and here's one on how to free form roses on your quilt:
I would like to thank fellow FMQ Challenger "The Cozy Quilter" from http://www.thecozyquilter.blogspot.com/ for her advice yesterday about tension control with using a very thin nylon top thread like I've been using. A tension of 2 should be tightened, so I have changed it to 4 for today. I will play with tension again tomorrow - perhaps 5 or six would be better?