I'm fairly new to the quilting world, just into it about 3 years now. I prefer to do my FMQ freehand. I love the wild look my quilts get from it. The only times I draw a pattern is when I do big circles like those for feather wreaths. I'm always struggling to try to find new designs because I get tired of feathers and flowers. Um... what else? My biggest problem with FMQ? It's speed control. I sew like I drive: Off and GOOOO! Gotta get some foot control there.