Ok...So, it turns out it is taking much more bravery to share this experience than it was to actually do it. I don't want to say that my #BraveQuilter choice for June over at PinkDoxies was a complete failure, but it did make me realize that I have A LOT of practice ahead of me. And probably some more pricey supplies too.
I chose to focus my free motion quilting work instead of just making wobbly, meandering lines and loops. I have always quilted my own work and didn't think too much about it. I little out of the ditch here, a knot there. No big deal. But, now that I know more, I want my skills to match what I know is good work.
I made a few little quilt sandwiches and stitched around the outside so I would have a good little frame to work with. I decided to start with a simple feather. I love the look of them and they are so versatile. AND...turns out they are not as easy as they look. This is downright embarrassing showing these photos, but I am hoping it will shame me into practicing much, much more.
I am not sure if it is a setting on my machine or if I am just that shaky when I sew. My lines are SO wobbly. It might be the foot I am using. It is a foot with a circle, but no spring. I think you can see it here:
It bounces so much that it makes me dizzy. It is hard to stitch over lines with any accuracy as well. Maybe I just need to invest in the normal spring free motion foot. Advice?
I felt that I did better starting at the bottom of the stem and doing the top of the curve each time. And my right side was always better than my left.
Then I moved on. Trying a few different things. Still very shaky and wobbly. Even when I was doing a simple curved line.
Those pebbles are just horrible, how do they look so easy in the videos?
I think at this point I need to take a few steps backwards and make some stitches and label what tension, what speed, etc. that I use with each and then look at them to see what is working best.
I think these practice sandwiches have taught me a lot. I need to make about 100 of these and start practicing before I even think about picking up a full quilt.
Today I'll be linking up with:
Let's Bee Social at SewFreshQuilts
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
and at the end of June...
#BraveQuilter at Pink Doxies