I have been wanting to improve my free motion skills ever since I got my quilting machine. It would be really nice to be able to quilt something besides pantographs, meandering, and straight lines! I spent most of an afternoon watching videos from The Free Motions Quilting Project. I chose 6 patterns I liked and followed the directions. First you practice on paper, then on your machine. BTW - you can do this on a sewing machine too. That is how she does it in the videos. I just used some cheap fabric and left over batting to practice.
Here is the whole quilting sample
This started as Shadow Waves, but I didn't like it so I added some pebbles.
The directions for all these squares can be found here. I tried the Bright Star too, but it was hard to hit the center. Marking the quilt would make that easier.
Since I was just practicing, I thought I'd try a feather or two. A class on setting up and using our Gammill was included with our purchase. In this class the teacher showed us how to make a feather. She made it look so easy. I thought it was intimidating so I was afraid to try one! Goes to show that we shouldn't be afraid to try new things! I am no artist and I can't draw at all, but the feather is like drawing hearts.
I did one with an echo and one without. Swirls were new for me too. They need some practice! My hand is a bit shaky still.