I have had so much fun quilting the baby quilt that I showed yesterday It was amazing to be able to quilt it quickly and to use so many of the designs that I have been learning this year, including a few rulers as well!!
The easiest way to show you is with a video, so…..enjoy……
As I was looking at photos to post, I found a before and after and realized just how much difference the quilting makes……
AND, yesterday I received a photo of sweet Emily Ann enjoying her quilt…..
Does it get any sweeter than this????
In the video I mentioned FMQ Boot Camp. If you are interested, check out this video…..
While I was on the plane heading to Mozambique…..all 17 hours…… I used some of the time to play with quilting designs using ProCreate on my iPad.
One of the things that I wanted to do was plan possible quilting designs for this top that I made last year…..
My plan was to divide the quilt into sections and use some of the new designs that I have been practicing. As I tried more and more designs, I decided that I needed to start with some straight lines to divide it into sections…..
I added a bunch more straight lines and then started adding the curvy bits……
I am sure that the curved designs will change before it is all over, but I am relatively happy with the placement of the linear designs so I will plan to start with those and then see where things head from there!!
As I mentioned inyesterday’s post, I had to do a LOT of FMQ practice before I felt comfortable quilting on the actual quilt!!
Now, my problem with FMQ practice is that I fight against the idea that I am wasting fabric and money!!! By the time I make the quilt sandwich using two pieces of fabric and one piece of batting, it ends up costing quite a bit. AND, because I have spent so much money on it, I am loathed to throw it away. Consequently, I have TONS of practice pieces lying around and taking up precious storage room in my studio!!
Somewhere, sometime in my life, I heard someone mention that they used paper towels to practice on and I took it one step further and bought a box of Shop Towels to use…..
I bought the brand name rather than the generic ones expecting that they would be a bit higher quality.
I pulled out three towels….
…being careful not to tear them.
I ironed them…..
……made the “sandwich” and headed to the machine. It worked GREAT!!!!
When I wanted to work on a wider piece, I pulled out several sheets and just folded them together rather than separating them. At the end of the practice time, I felt very comfortable with the pattern…..
And the best part was that when I was finished, I tossed them in the trash!!! Nothing else to store!!!
Plus the entire practice session cost about 40 cents!!!
Now….a couple more comments…..
I checked that the towels were lint free so I didn’t worry about lint accumulation.
I changed the needle after I was finished with the practice time and have now dedicated that needle entirely to the towels.