I’ve been doing some free motion quilting lately. Just a little bit. You see I wanted to do something kind of fun for my quilt for the Fab Little Quilt Swap…the one with the girl.
I’m not horrible at free motion quilting, but I’m certainly no expert. And I need inspiration for quilting ideas as much as I do for piecing ideas. So I scoured my favorites and searched online looking for free motion quilting ideas that I thought I could reasonably accomplish. (always the trick right?)
I knew I would need to practice before I attacked my precious little quilt (eek! scary!), so I made myself a little quilt sandwich and practiced some ideas I had floating around in my head.
It was about 1 AM when I finished with these and I made the very WISE choice NOT to start quilting my mini right at that point.
Practicing is huge for me. If I feel comfortable I know that I can make it work. And you always have to remind yourself with free motion quilting (or any quilting really) that it is about the overall effect and not about any one spot. No one will find that little place where you zigged instead of zagged.
Ironically, in the end, I quilted my mini with a completely different style free motion than all those practice types. But I needed to go with something that worked for me and for the spirit that I want the quilt to have. So I wanted more movement with the quilting than I was getting with my practice ideas.
A little peak….
The quilt is almost done now… I just need to put the binding on it and make a label. I’m making myself not overwork this. I personally think I tend to do that with minis and I like the less is more approach. I’ll show off the whole thing to you all next week when it’s my day in Jennifer’s Blog hop for minis! You’ll have to wait until then!