After about an hour of free motion quilting for the very first time, I realized how important being relaxed was in order to maintain stitch consistency and overall quality.
As I sat down to work on the block, I was tense, anxious, and obsessing over every little screw-up or stitch irregularity. My posture was also very stiff and I couldn't relax my shoulders.
I needed something to help take the edge off and get me into the FMQ zone.
|Thanks to being relaxed and comfortable at the machine,|
this stippling is some of my best FMQ stitching yet.
Another option would be putting on a CD of relaxing music, an audiobook, or even a white noise generator.
So that's how I've been getting into the relaxed flow of free motion quilting. While alcohol obviously is not required to free motion quilt, it did make it easier to lose my tension and anxiety and just go with the flow. This was especially true for the first two or three sessions of free motion quilting.
Here's a hot, seasonal drink recipe which is perfect to sit next to your machine.
- Calming tea like chamomile or mint
- A cheap scotch blend or Canadian whiskey
Fill a mug 3/4 way full with hot water and add your tea bag. Steep for a minute, then pour in a little cool water so the alcohol doesn't evaporate out, then add 1/2 shot of scotch (obviously not good stuff!) or whiskey.
Not only is this recipe great for relaxing, it's also a nice remedy for a sore throat.
So what are some of your favorite things to do to get in the relaxed zone for free motion quilting?