When I started quilting, I thought "quilting" meant sewing the pieces of fabric together. The intricacies of doing all that decorative stitching just didn't cross my mind! Then I started making my first quilt for my granddaughter. It was a wholecloth map of the United States. What a snap! Just make the quilt sandwich and stitch around the state boundaries -- voila! Well, Wyoming went pretty well, but as I worked my way out from the center, the rivers started to appear. Three broken needles on the Mississippi alone. And then there were the coasts. Ah, yes, another Lesson Learned.
|I thought if I could do Puget Sound, I could do anything. I failed to notice the Aleutian Islands. And never mind Chesapeake Bay!|
I took a class a few months ago and bought a few books. I've watched a ton of videos on the web and have become a devoted follower of Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project. Now I have to practice, practice, practice. Today I worked on stippling leftover strips from the sashing on one of my current projects. This gave me a chance to work within the constrained width of the sashing -- not as fluid as working in a larger space.
I found that I was making the wiggles rather small, resulting in a stiffer quilt that I wanted. It will take some more time to get the size right and feel comfortable. I also wanted to try different colors of thread. The stippling was more even when I used the darker thread -- it was easier to see where I'd been as I moved the test piece around (note the loops and crossed stitching lines with the lighter thread). But I think I'll use the lighter thread on the actual quilt, to keep the stitch quality as invisible as possible!