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How to Overcome Your FMQ Fears and Boost Your Confidence

Learn the top mindset hurdles that hold you back from mastering free motion quilting and how to overcome them.

How to Overcome Your FMQ Fears and Boost Your Confidence

Welcome to the December FMQ newsletter. In this edition, I want to share with you some tips and insights on how to overcome the most common mindset hurdles that prevent you from achieving your FMQ goals.

But first, let me tell you about the new FMQ tutorial videos I uploaded on my YouTube channel, JDreamQuilts. These videos are designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of free motion quilting. I explain everything in detail, from the materials, the machine, and the method I use.

However, there is one thing that I cannot teach you, and that is your own mindset. You are the quilter, and your physical and mental state is very important in succeeding in free motion quilting.

I learned this from my engineering career, where I applied the 4M principle of finding the root cause of a problem. 4M stands for Material, Method, Machine, and Man (the operator).

So, what are the mindset hurdles that stop you from enjoying and improving your FMQ skills?

Here are the top four:

  • Fear of ruining a beautiful quilt top with bad or ugly FMQ stitches.

  • Lack of confidence in your own ability to create.

  • Overwhelmed with the whole process of FMQ.

  • Dissatisfaction with your own work, comparison with others, and high expectations.

Do any of these sound familiar to you? If yes, then you are not alone. I struggled with all of these too before, and even now with the last one. But here is the thing: creativity is all about taking risks. FMQ lets you express your thoughts through lines, shapes, and patterns.

And what really helps me with my FMQ confidence is giving myself permission to use the seam ripper anytime I dislike my stitches, to cut thread and restart, to keep moving after a wobble, and so on. I managed to filter out the quilting police in my head, and just indulge in my own process.

It doesn’t matter if my stitches look bad today, I can always try again and improve. And I don’t believe the saying "practice makes perfect", instead I say "practice makes progress and improvement in FMQ".

So whenever you feel these mindset hurdles, remember that even the best quilters in the world started with bad FMQ stitches, and still get wobbly stitches from time to time. But it’s part of the process of learning FMQ. If you don’t start now, you won’t make progress. So keep quilting.

I hope you found this helpful and inspiring. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reply to this email by writing on the contact form below. I'll be happy too if you'll share your progress or even challenges with FMQ since the summit.

Don’t forget to check out my new FMQ tutorial videos here

And check the attachment file in your email for the FREE Worksheet just in case you missed it in the previous newsletter.

I don't want to overwhelm you with too much information, so I decided to talk more next week about how I use panels in improving my free motion skill as shown in the above image here, and how I practiced swirls as a beginner, the next video. Stay tuned. 

Let's stitch our dreams,

Judith Diaz Kudo


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