Here’s my improv patchwork from Sewing Summit. Half the scraps for this came from Amanda and the other half came from Lizzy, who let me & Katherine dip into her collection for some bits we wanted for our stash. I really like sewing with other people’s fabrics. It’s fun to sew with fabric that I might not normally use.
I’ve been a bit afraid of free motion quilting. Okay, ALOT afraid. So far all the machine quilting that I’ve done has been straight lines, using a walking foot. I mean, after all the time that I’ve spent putting together a quilt, the last thing I want to do is ruin it with some bad quilting. This is why I knew I had to sign up for the Free Motion Quilting class at the Sewing Summit.
Our teacher, Alison, showed us lots of examples of different styles of quilting and quilts that she had done. She gave us some tips and gave demos on her technique. Then we just had to go for it. We had quilt sandwiches to practice on. This is definitely the best way to learn. Practice on little fake mini quilt sandwiches! There was a lot of wonky stitching on my practice mini, but I really liked the look of the overlapping square pattern, so I kept practicing that pattern over and over. Finally, I just decided to just go for it. SCARY! If you look really closely, this quilting is hardly perfect. But it was really exciting to finally let go and stop worrying about how perfect my little squares are. From a distance, it looks pretty good. Of course, now I want to do all kinds of free motion. I’m going to stick to mini quilts for now, but I can’t wait til I am ready to tackle a larger quilt. Bring it on FREE MOTION!
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I’m scared to death to do free motion, but a mini quilt would be the perfect place to practice. I have to say, I think your quilting is really good and I love the squares!! With a pattern like that it’s almost impossible to tell if there is a mistake, right? Oh and I love the hedge hog fabric!
Good for you!
That’s some dense quilting there. My favourite kind.
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Oh I just love this-I think it looks groovy-for lack of a better word! I would love to give this a try.
Love the quilting! I’m also terrified of FMQ, I took a class this summer but I’m still scared of “ruining” a quilt. Las week realised I got a panel for an apron and placemats and perhaps I’ll use it for practise.
I love that mini-quilt! Maybe a free-motion quilting class at the Workroom one day?
That’s beautiful, Karyn! I hope you’re not scared of free motion anymore, you’ve done it beautifully!
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cute mini quilt and nice quilting : D
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