If I were to sit down with someone and teach them how to fmq I would start with loops. I remember saying to myself as I worked on this "here we go loop de loop, here we go loop de li all on a.........." I don't know the rest of the words, it took so much stress out of the process. Go ahead and cross the line! Cross it this way, cross it that way. Make big loops, make little loops, make double loops, just make lots and lots of loops. The loops progressed to daisy chains and flowers but I cannot find a photo of the many loopy flower borders I have done.
make them all different.
Sometime along the way I learned the meandering feather and concentric teardrops. Practice drawing this on paper, a very large sheet of paper like the newspaper and a big marker, something that flows easily across the paper and use your arm to draw the teardrops and see where they go. Machine quilting uses your big arm muscles to move the quilt under the needle. So use your big arm muscles to draw not your little hand and finger muscles like writing. Its still my go to design for scrappy quilts.
Another natural step in fmq is to swing arcs from point to point especially if you want to enhance the piecing.
More arcs from point to point and loops just for fun and to fill in the space. Practice, practice, practice and patience. --Ann--