For Christmas I got one of these slippery mats - I forget the name of it exactly but it's supposed to help the quilt slide around as you quilt... I put it on this week thinking I'd finally take the plunge into free motion quilting with my machine. I also got a few other notions which I should post about sometime soon...
OK, I used a 5" square over at the end to practice and warm up... I at least know that you are to bring up the bottom thread like you do for applique. I have a clear free-motion foot on the machine - not sure if I like it or not. Is there a better one to use???
Ugh, YUCK! I have not a clue as to how fast to push the foot pedal or how fast to move the fabric. At least my thread will match the blue in the quilt closely... here goes!
OK so stippling STINKS and I hate the result - I think I will just try to do wavy lines back and forth for the next few blocks. Sorta like waves in water? Maybe even just get to the bottom corner and sew into the next blue block without stopping and starting?
Just breathe - Breathe - I kept telling myself but still I don't think it helped one bit. The results look....well like a beginner! Which is not what I was going for even though I'm a beginner. :(
Daddy and Clara called saying they will be here Thursday night so this will have to wait until after their visit.
Here's a look at the back - it really will be quilted up once I get all the blues done and then start on the yellow... or do you think I even need to do the yellow if I'm putting so much into the blue areas?
In other news - Daddy and Clara called saying they will be here Thursday night so this will have to wait until after their visit.
This is their first time to come to our home since I had my reduction last year. In years past they've visited our home more often each year than we have theirs... at least 3 or 4 visits a year to Texas... but last year in April my Dad learned he had cancer. In July he had his tumor removed along with 3 feet of his colon and he had his last chemo treatment the week of Thanksgiving last fall.
We are so grateful that he is feeling well enough to travel to come see us. ;) So I guess that means I better tidy up the sewing/guest bedroom for their arrival tomorrow night! ;)
Love from Texas!