Happy to be Scrappy

Happy to be Scrappy

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

I have several, okay more than several, seven or eight wonderful quilt tops just waiting for me to learn how to quilt some other way than meandering.  Not that meandering hasn't worked for me.  With some of my quilts like Roll Roll Cotton Bole meandering worked out great.  But for a quilt like Smith Mountain Morning it just isn't going to work.  So I have decided that I absolutely have to learn to free motion quilt in some additional patterns.  And that is where the blog Sew Cal Gal and their Free Motion Challenge got me somewhat motivated.  I have been following along since the beginning but I haven't put any of it into action, until today.

I have been up since 6:00 yes, even with the time change.  And since that time I have been watching instructional videos and reading lessons.  After several hours of that I thought it was time to waste some thread and fabric. So that's what I did.

The word pathetic comes to mind.  It's just a good thing that I have lots more cruddy fabric where that came from.  Because, as can be seen from the picture, I haven't even come close to making this feather pattern.  The feather design is a Diane Gaudynski design and can be found at the Sew Cal Gal site.

And these designs are  Patsy Thompson free downloads. I watched every video she had available this morning.  I think she is a good teacher with a lot of information to share.  I am just going to be a slow learner.

One day does not make a quilter.  Practice, practice, practice.  But right now at 12:45 pm all I can think of is rest, rest and a long nap.

Yes, it is a little humbling putting these horrible photos on here.  But this will let me see over time the improvements I make.  Or that meandering is what works for me.

Happy sewing,



Johanna said...

You are many steps ahead of me! I'd love mine to look like yours. FMQ looks and seems easy. Then I try it, ugh. I keep reading that I need to practice lots. I just want to fast foward so I can make something and not waste time and supplies practicing.

Jackie said...

I was practicing with highly contrasting thread like you are and have since decided to take the contrast down a bit and use a matching color bobbin thread. That way I can turn it over and see how it looks that way and it's generally much better. I think you're doing great!