Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques »
Type of item: Functional
Style: Romantic, Whimsical, Classic
cotton fabric, polyester batting, trilobal polyester thread for quilting
What was your inspiration?
I practiced free motion quilting for months and wasn't making much progress. My breakthrough came when I took Cindy Needham's course. Somehow, her explanation of how to do feathers and her discussion of design elements and basic quilting shapes clicked with me. And since then I've been covering everything with feathers! Thank you, Cindy!
What are you most proud of?
This is the first FMQ quilt I've done that I've been able to relax as I quilted it. I'm finding my "hum-purr", in Cindy's term. And I did it on an ordinary sewing machine. I had to go on-line to find a darning foot for my machine, and the one I found isn't optimal -- but I learned that you don't need top-of-the-line equipment to do free motion quilting. I stuck with it, and now I'm getting really good at it!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't give up. Don't wait til you can get a fancy quilting machine before you try free motion quilting. Just use the one you have and make it work!