I have a confession to make: I’ve never quilted before. Sure, I’ve made a few quilt tops, but until now, I’ve never actually quilted any of them. Before, Mom lived a scant 40 minutes away, and after scoffing that I could do this myself, she would quilt the quilt for me. (Thanks, Mom). Now, she lives halfway across the country, and although I could probably box up the quilt and send it to her and she would quilt it for me, I think it’s about time I do it myself.
After Craftsy had their mega-sale on all their classes, I picked up Machine Quilt: Free-Motion and More, taught by Wendy Butler Berns. I like that she’s not a perfectionist: her points don’t always match up, like mine, and that makes me more content about being able to just go with the flow when quilting. She encourages practice, and even shows you how to make the same designs freehand drawing on a piece of paper. I’m not a doodler, but I might start doodling now to practice stipiling or feathers.
I found some scrap batting and fabric and practiced some free-motion quilting with the darning foot. I already had a quilting pattern in mind for the quilt, but I couldn’t quite follow the outline of it well with free-motion. I did pretty well with stars and a little stipiling, but following lines on a pattern wasn’t going to happen with the darning foot. When Wendy was stitching her straight lines, she used a walking foot. So I threw the walking foot on my machine and tried that out. As long as I went slow and shoved the quilt through the throat of the machine every once in a while, I was able to follow my pattern pretty well. There were a couple times where it wasn’t “perfect” and I ripped out the stitching. Then I thought that ripping it out because of a couple misplaced stitches was silly, and my newborn niece wasn’t going to scrutinize the quilting I’ve done (plus, that fabric pattern is very distracting, if not headache inducing), so I embraced my mistakes. I EMBRACED MY MISTAKES. That’s not something I do often (unless I’m really lazy, and maybe I was just being lazy, which makes sense since I’m still feeling pretty sick still).
I’m so excited with the progress I’ve made so far. The design was suggested in the book I got the pattern for the quilt from. There two nested circles inside the snowballs, and the bowties have two hearts (I made from a piece of cardboard) connected by a sinusoidal wave. I have to say, quilting is pretty time consuming, and maybe it’s just because I’m starting out… maybe I’ll get faster by the time I’m done with it.
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