August Friday Night Sew In Results
Posted by supermom on August 20, 2011
I’m going to start off by saying I am ridiculously pleased with myself.
Last night during FNSI, I was having trouble figuring out how I wanted to quilt the hot pads I had prepped and ready (see previous post.)
I had toyed with the idea of free motion quilting them. For a while now I’ve been watching videos on youtube to learn how it’s done, but felt I hadn’t learned enough to give it a try.
First I tried sewing ¼” on either side of the blocks but didn’t like how that looked. So I unpicked those lines of quilting.
Then I tried stitching in the ditch. I liked how that looked especially when the stitches actually stayed in the ditch. I don’t know if it was the extra layer of batting or what but I ended up having to unpick those lines of quilting too.
As I sat there at the machine trying to decide how I was going to go about quilting those hot pads, I thought to myself… what did I have to lose by just dropping those feed dogs, installing the darning foot and giving FMQ a whirl. So that’s what I did. And I had a blast doing it!
I meandered. I made loops. I made points (some intentional and some not so intentional.)
I overheated the foot controller of my 15-91. Dave made some adjustments to the speed control screw and after a half hour break to let it cool down; I was back to meandering and loop-de-looping.
Now my FMQ certainly isn’t the prettiest. And there are places where the stitches are bigger than others. I’m still learning how to control how I move the quilt so that it moves smoothly so I don’t get those unintended points and wobbles. But I’m definitely on my way to learning how to free motion quilt.
The Jacob’s Ladder hot pad was the first one I FMQed:
For the second hot pad, I only FMQed the background fabric. That made the pinwheel really stand out and created a pretty “butterfly” on the back.
The third hot pad will be quilted today and then I’m going to get the binding on them so that I can start using them.
I’ll say it again, I am ridiculously pleased with how the quilting on these turned out for my first attempt at free motion quilting.
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