I’ve tried several techniques in this path to mastering free motion quilting (FMQ).
I started my FMQ path with Leah Day and she quickly convinced me that gloves and a Supreme slider were great tools to have. (It also helped that my sister is a long arm quilter and somehow acquired each of these tools and didn’t need them so sent them on to me!)
One day I complained to a friend about how hot it was to FMQ with gloves and she suggested glycerine. Mr. W had a bottle in his wine laboratory so I started putting just a dab of glycerine on my hands prior to FMQing instead of gloves and that worked like a charm.
While in Canberra at the craft show, I came across a lady demonstrating Sharon Schamber’s quilt halo. Once I received my halo I went to town learning it. Studied the videos on youtube. Read the reviews (they were mixed). Tried it. FAIL. I wasn’t impressed. Put it away for a month then tried it again. hmmmmm…..not so bad! It actually makes FMQ easier on my body. My shoulders aren’t near as stressed and cramped. My hands don’t have near the tension in them. It truly does glide (because you use a slippery mat underneath). I’m actually rather impressed and will keep using it.
The mat that came in the hoop combo is called a sewslip (see images above). It’s OK but not near as nice as the Supreme Slider. After one usage, it started to curl. It’s not near the weight of the Supreme slider and I don’t think it’s as slippery. I will be buying the queen sized Supreme Slider in the future.