I've said it before and other teachers of free motion quilting have said it too:
Drawing will improve your FMQ skills! I ignored this advice at first because I wanted to get to stitching. But then I had a bunch of down time while the hubby was sick and I took to drawing the designs.
|Did you know this is one of my most pinned images on Pinterest? Of all the things?! Funny.|
Before doing much drawing, dated March 12, 2011:
Not too horrible, I know, but below was just a few months after starting to doodle those designs:
Much better, I think you'll agree! Then I started drawing designs whenever and wherever I could! (Gee has it only been 30 months ago?)
Oooh! Touch screen tablet with a drawing app. Fun and with special effects too!
Big dry erase board for homeschooling and notes and such? Mine!
And you'll find that you actually stitch better than you can draw. Trust me.
Not only do you build up muscle memory for the motions of the designs, but you also learn how to work yourself into and out of different sized areas and corners and such.
Check out this video from Dusty and Stephanie Farrell. My hubby once asked (before seeing this tool) if I should draw using something like this and I thought it was a good idea, but never followed up on it.
You might find it handy. But no matter how you do it, just draw out those designs! I guarantee you'll see an improvement in your quilting.