So I decided to join in on Sew Cal Gal's FMQ Challenge 2012. With one exercise per month this should hopefully get me to practice FMQ. And maybe if I get good at it I won't hate it??
So the first tutorial was posted here and I got my scraps of batting and fabric together to make my quilt sandwich. I practiced my leaf shape.
It doesn't look too horrible from far away. Just a little wobbly, definitely in need of some repetitive practice. Shall we take a closer look though???
WTH people!? Tension issues? Of course the tutorial doesn't mention much about threads and tension. She uses King Tut and AMC. I have neither of those in my stock and wasn't planning to buy special threads for this. I guess I should google and see what weights those threads are? I used Gutterman and my usual 90/14 needle.
Here was the nightmare on the back... if you can see past the crazy fabric.
I stopped and put back on a regular foot and ran a basting stitch around the outside. That seemed to help shore up the tension a little better and I was able to finish up like this.
Still, you can see the loop from beneath is definitely more on top than it should be. Adjusting my tension didn't help. I'm remembering now that with my bobbin, I should be putting the thread through the "finger hole". I'll do that next time.
Anyone have suggestions? Those who are good with FMQ - what do supplies do you use? Do you change tension? Anyone else joining in on this challenge?