I joined this a few years back, then did not keep up with the forum.  So, here I am again... hoping to get new inspirations and answers to questions.  I am sort of teaching myself to use a long arm that I acquired about 18 months ago.  So far my skills are minimal, though I have learned to do pantographs pretty well.  Anyone with easy ideas for designs for free motion, no marking, with a long arm, please share!

Also, I am working on a quilt idea that some friends and I will put together to sell for funds for another quilting friend to raise money to publish her book.  Any ideas for marketing such a quilt would be happily accepted!!  

I am signed up for Judy Woodruff's long arm quilting for beginners workshop at the Des Moines AQS in October... anyone else?  I will be there on Friday Oct 7- Sat. Oct. 8.

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Here are some l start my beginners on in fmq class, Bonnie. They come to you easily, because the ones at top are like when you were in school learning to write.

One of the things you can try is to alter the pantographs that you've been using. Redraw them on a white board and practice the design over and over (you'll be exercising your muscle memory) then give it a go on something that won't mind some errors (or can be ripped out). You might also consider Leah Day's website for ideas. (She has some easy ones to start with.) leahday.com/pages/quilting-design-gallery  Don't forget about youtube!


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