Machine Quilting: Free-Motion & More »
InstructionsI got some ideas for quilting designs to try from these 2 sites:
Type of item: Toy
Style: Cute, Whimsical, Casual
4.5" fabric squares x 25; 24" square piece for back; 22" square batting; white sewing thread; walking foot, darning foot, various leftover coloured bobbins, pink cotton bias binding
What was your inspiration?
Wendy's tips helped me feel ready to jump in and try machine quilting, and I'm quite proud of some of the samples. All the bits came out of the scrap bag, including the rather dodgy not-quite-the-same-width-all-along handmade bias strip from years before I discovered rotary cutters!
What are you most proud of?
I got the walking foot attached and working properly, and really like my results. The free-motion seems to work best for me if I do things that have both curves and point, and don't need to be symmetrical - the vine is the best, I think. Smooth curving stippling is going to take a lot more work!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Leap in and have a go - and only compare yourself to your first ever try - not to the experts who've been doing this for 30 years! And when it's done, give it a purpose - whether it's a wallhanging, a potholder, a toy, a table protector, a knee rug for an elderly person or a kneeling-in-the-muddy-garden mat, it has a value and deserves being used.