Don't just take my word for it, FMQ teachers everywhere agree. Here's a great video of Longarm quilter and teacher Jamie Wallen saying the same thing. He says that you can't learn it by watching and looking, but by doing. (my paraphrase)
I really believe drawing the designs over and over while sitting with my hubby during his chemo is the main reason I've been able to learn to free motion so well so fast. That was a little less than 4 years ago!
Some of my drawings.
On the kids' magnadoodle and on my tablet too.
If you watch the second half of the video, he's making dragonflies. Guess what my daughter is dying for me to make for her? Yup. Dragonflies are in my future. I might have to use a dragonfly project as a "carrot" for her keeping her room clean. Earlier this week, the chaos came to a head and I (!) cleaned her room, decluttering all the while. She's a crafty, creative girl and the room was full of bits of yarn, snippets of paper, and bits of other creative debris. The trash can was very clean though, since it was empty!