I’m trying to master a new skill – free motion quilting. Here are my first two attempts.
This is a Hundred Hugs Quilt from the Wedding Dress Blue Blog. I think it’s the 5th time I’ve made this pattern. It’s one of my favourites. I was careful to match the thread colour with the area being quilted so as not to highlight the quilting more than necessary.
This is a table runner made from a Tonga Treats charm square pack.
Consistant stitch length and flowing lines are the two big things I need to work on. And I’m considering purchasing some quilting gloves to help maneouver the quilt as I hear they give one a better grip. I’ll have to research to find the best ones to buy.
Here are some close ups of my first attempts which show that there is much opportunity to improve.
A few lessons learned
- A fast stitch on the machine is better than a too slow speed. My stitches were huge when I turned down the speed of the sewing machine.
- Go with the flow; don’t over think.
- Matching thread is a must when learning as it blends and doesn’t stand out.
- The hardest part was getting the courage up to start.
- Practise, practise, practise – and likely best not to leave it to long until I do this again.
Any and all tips on how to improve will be very appreciated!