Free Motion Quilting has always terrified me. I’ve always been scared of “wrecking” my perfect quilt top with my jerky and uneven free motion quilting. As a result I’ve shied away from it, instead turning towards simple stitch in the ditch, quilt as you go, or paying to have it quilted for me. I guess I have even jumped into other areas of sewing – other projects and machine embroidery – just to avoid the frustration involved. The huge anti-climatic feeling when my quilt top turns out perfect and I LOVE IT… and then I fold it up neatly, storing it away, knowing I will never finish this quilt.
This past weekend I cleaned up my sewing room (something I’ve been avoiding since the holidays). I’ve been really missing my sewing/quilting/embroidery time, feeling very unlike my normal self without a creative outlet. The funniest part about this cleaning event was when it was all said and done – I was ready to finally work on a project, but completely drew a blank. I could not think of one project I wanted to work on. What is wrong with me? Room Clean = Gone Stitching…. nada
So I decided to try something new to help motivate myself in to getting back in my creative zone. Determined to get “learned” in the art of “free motion quilting” I downloaded a book – “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and got started on the first design examples. I’ll admit that my first attempts were not pretty. I have included pictures below in order to humble myself.
I have to admit that it did get easier the more I practiced. Although this particular design may not be my forte, continuing to practice other free motion patterns (picture at top) and also inserting a bit of zen tangle/doodle elements I started to get more comfortable. Ready for a quilt now!
I have the perfect quilting project to practice free motion on. Years ago I started a “Turning Twenty”. The plan was to assemble and quilt using a quilt as you go technique. It’s the perfect canvas for free motion because the areas to quilt are the perfect size to practice different patterns in.
The quilted flower was actually done years ago with an embroidery machine. Now I’m busy filling up all the other spaces by trying out and practicing various free motion patterns. It’s also a great opportunity to experiment with different needle, threads and notions.
I actually enjoy free motion quilting a lot more than I thought I ever would. Looking forward to sharing my process and more projects in the future!