Last night I had my first lesson in free motion quilting.....and I loved it! I had not expected it to be so much fun. i don't know how everyone else learns to do it but Amanda, the teacher had me draw something on paper and then repeat it on the machine. I started with my name which I can't show you as it doesn't show up. I did so much practice on my first practice piece that it is just a mess! After that I did these sort of side to side thingys.
Then these thingys
Then these swirls snail thingy's - loved these
And finally the most fun - the snail thingy with flower petals around the edge.
I can see that with practice, probably a lot of practice, I will get the hang of these, but the hardest part seems to be what happens when you finish a flower and want to move on to the next area without going over what you have already done - practice practice practice.
Today I spent the morning tidying up my linen cupboards - they are so nice and tidy now and lots of space too after throwing out a heap of junk and old stuff. After that i started sorting thru my scraps of batting and ugly fabrics and made up a heap of practice quilt sandwiches to practice with. My goal is to do one a day, before I sew anything else each day. That way I should gradually grow in accuracy and confidence. I am so excited coz I am really over doing straight line quilting - that certainly has its place but it can get awfully boring!
That is it for me. I am really tired and have a sore throat so it is guitar practice, quilting practice and then bed! Till next time