loise98 wrote:rehak, Thanks for taking the time for the suggestions. I need suggestions and encouragement. Not that I want to take more of your time but how long have you been doing free motion quilting on your domestic machine, or perhaps how many quilts have you done. Did you start small? etc. etc. Thanks again. Lois B
Of course, my first quilt was a king size that I quilted probably around 2000. I was never smart enough to start small! That was a basket weave pattern that I pieced before understanding 1/4" seams and that you aren't supposed to just ease everything in like you can do with clothes. So my top ended up being a couple of inches wider on one end than the other. But at the right time I saw an episode of "Simply Quilts" talking about how to fix problems with quilting and was able to make this quilt square! This was before I learned about free motion SID, but this pattern works with doing all of that with the walking foot. Then I quilted free hand flowers in all of the squares and put leafy vines in the 3 borders. I still have and love this quilt.
I don't know how many quilts I've quilted on the domestic machine, but it's a good number (and I have MANY more tops waiting to be quilted). Just do your quilting a stitch at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed and remember to breathe and you'll do great!