not a happy post today, I am afraid. I have finally set up Jane to get started on Free Motion Quilting a pile of quilts I had been working on. I decided to start with a small quilt thinking I need to get into the FMQ and after practicing a bit on scraps I started with a simple stippling pattern.
But 2 thirds of the way through the quilt it got stuck and I simply could not move it at all whatever I tried, so I had to cut the quilt out of the machine. I ruined the quilt and my supreme slider in the process and had to take Jane apart to get rid of the nest that got stuck under the needle area.
This was my first attempt and I was prepared for some trouble but I am still disappointed.
I have to say I also find the FMQ quite difficult, I know I said this before and the motion is diffucult as it is and I am still practicing a lot. But what I find most difficult is seeing where I am going. I have even sewn over my stippling stitches once because I simply could not see them. I am still undecided whether it's easier to see where I am going when I pull the quilt towards me of when I push it away from me.
Any thoughts or suggestions on how I can improve the visibility and therefore the evenness of the quilt pattern and avoiding stitiching over my quitl lines in the process?
No worries, I am not giving up, but I'd really not want to ruin more quilts.
I have just finished and listed a bunch of new die cuts sets, some in
lovely autumnal colors. And I am really in love with the photos, I just
love the way they look lined up like this, even though some of the pictures are
You know, I honestly think there is
nothing more meditative than punching away, I love quilting and painting
and drawing and all of these really relax me, but paper punching really
does the trick sometimes.
I hope you like them. They are all available in the craft shop.
and welcome to the next Link Party on Pamela's Mercantile Muse. Go check out all the amazing blogs.
And as I have no photos of new things just now I will show you some recent baby quilts instead.
one is made with some Happier Riley Blake fabrics, which I love, and I
used some olive green fleece on the back for snuggly cuddliness.
a baby quilt made with some Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury for Moda. A
gorgeous line, I have recently also finished the bookshelf quilt using this line on the back and that was a QAYG project, so go find it here on the blog if you're curious.
So what do you think of these? I have more quilts on the go, so keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook page.