Free Motion Quilting a Sampler »
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Romantic, Whimsical, Traditional, Classic
Cotton fabric, polyester wadding, polyester thread.
What was your inspiration?
I was so pleased to discover that there is a new course available to help us finish our BOM quilts and immediately subscribed to it. I was delighted to see just how clearly Leah Day demonstrates each new skill and also that she offers instructions not only for quilting the whole thing in one piece, but also the alternative of "quilt as you go" i.e. quilting each block separately and putting the quilt together at the end. I decided to go for the latter option as I felt that it would be easier for someone fairly new to FMQ like me to get to grips with smaller pieces. I've also never done a large "quilt as you go" project and am looking forward to finishing mine with differently patterned squares on the back (but there's a lot of work to be done first).
What are you most proud of?
The fact that I managed to negotiate the paisley quilting without too much difficulty. It doesn't stand close scrutiny, but the more I did the better it got and the easier I found it. I didn't quilt over the fairy in the middle, and it came out quite "puffy" - almost like trapunto, which was a pleasant surprise.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch Leah's demonstration carefully at least a couple of times before embarking on your precious quilt and don't be in too much of a hurry to get on with it. Play for a while with a practice quilt sandwich first - every stitch you do is another step in the right direction (or at least, I hope it is!).