This quilt is perfect for attempting new free motion quilting designs. I have been wanting to try new designs besides stippling for a long time. Unfortunately, every time I’ve tried something new, it hasn’t turned out very good. (Disclaimer: By no means is this free motion quilting very good, either, it’s just not hideous!)
I think the saving grace is that the drawings have a “scribble” quality to them, so my quilting can be scribbly too. I quilted all over this butterfly and then did pointy stippling around it.
I also did some outlining and lines on this caterpillar. I had the crazy idea to try pebbling for the first time and outline all the little circles in the center of this quilt. I think it might have been a little harder to “stay in the lines” by outlining rather than try pebbling on my own, but it’s all pebbled and I love the texture it gives the frames around the center panel!
My favorite design is this flower. How easy it was to do and looks okay, too!
A couple things I did this time to make free motion quilting more of a pleasure than a pain:
- taped down the supreme slider
- wore my Machinger’s gloves
- remembered (after just a few minutes of quilting) to set the speed control on my machine to a much slower speed than I use to piece
- used Aurifil 50 wt. thread which runs so smoothly through my machine
- changed out my bobbin case and throat plate for a special model made specifically for fmq for my machine that I’ve had for years and forgot about
The basic premise of a Malcolm Gladwell book I read a few years ago was that people become “experts” in their field after putting in 10,000 hours of practice. So, I have about 9,997 more hours to go!
I also wanted to share this funny photo from this morning. Our squirrel-proof bird feeder needs to be replaced!
Have a great day!