Crikey! That’s another week gone by! Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. I hope you’ll bring along the project you are working on and share in the conversations started by the links below or share the topics that have sparked your interest over the past week.
I will reveal my project in a moment but first I have to apologise for the less than perfect photos. We have been plagued with a solid blanket of grey cloud all week which makes the natural light very dull and flat – not great for photography. One plus point to the dull lighting is the effect it has on white flowers. Just look at this Magnolia Stellata – the white flowers glow in the gloom 🙂
Last week I was steeling myself to free motion stitch a design across a quilt top that had been a UFO for more than a year. Well! I’m happy to say I bit the bullet and stitched away like mad – my deadline was Wednesday as I needed to pack away my sewing machine, converting my sewing room into a guest room… By Thursday morning I had finished the quilting and machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt 🙂
This weekend I’ll be hand-stitching. There are a gazillion thread ends to bury in the quilt and the binding to stitch down.
I wasn’t at all sure how this would turn out but I’m pleased with the texture the curly swirls create. With the encouragement of Jo Westfoot aka @thecraftynomadfleet (Instagram) I managed to stitch fairly consistent ‘flowers’ in the centre squares (these measure 3½”). The shapes show up more on the back of the quilt.
It was a big deal for me to FMQ this project. I’m so glad I did. As well as practicing my skills I’ve learned a few things:
- Skill and confidence in FMQ grows when you do it!
- There’s no need to stitch at high speed. Find the stitching speed that feels most comfortable – where foot pedal pressure and hand movements coincide to produce consistent(ish) stitch length.
- Switching to a smaller scale pattern definitely helped me produce better curves and more consistent shapes as I was able to complete more of the pattern before having to stop and re-position my hands.
- When I began to feel the muscles of my upper arm tensing I knew it was time to move the bulk of the quilt as I was having to use my arm muscles to keep the quilt in place under the needle. It was at this stage that it became difficult to prevent the quilt section under the needle pulling in the wrong direction.
I’ve found plenty of tips, information and insights in the quilty blogs I’ve read and the searches I’ve made this week:
Shannon Brinkley has published another helpful post on the subject of colour – this time using warm and cool colours to create different effects in a quilt top. I will be referring back to this and her series of posts on colour as I work on a couple of quilt designs I have on the go.
Carole shares the traditions behind the contents of a housewarming gift basket.
I didn’t know this was a thing but Alyce is doing a happy dance having bought herself some pre-made quilt binding!
Learning and practicing a craft can lead to opportunities to share skills and experiences. Margie Kempster is running a series of ‘instructor interviews’ blog posts. The first question she asked was: What teachers enjoy most about teaching? I’m looking forward to picking up some tips and inspiration over the next few weeks from the instructors Margie has interviewed.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. You are welcome to link up a post – bring us a photo of your project and share some links 🙂