Thursday, February 9, 2012

Keeping it real here....



Machine quilting in process
A quick progress shot of my machine quilting. I haven't done a lot of free-motion quilting so I still feel as if I have 'learners plates' on my sewing machine this week. I decided on a squiggly lines diagonally across the actual coloured string blocks. I'm using coordinating machine embroidery threads some are just one colour and some are variegated. With all this practice I can actually see some progress and when my lines are nice and straight and my stitches are a more even size my confidence grows. It's hard work though man handling a large-ish quilt while trying to keep my lines straight and my curves nice and smooth. Free-motion quilting is definitely much easier on little pieces like cushion covers but I'm getting there :-)

A happy stack of Nicey Jane - my next project
And this pretty stack of Nicey Jane fabrics is keeping me motivated to finish quilting my string quilt sooner rather than later. I've had these fabrics quite a while now just waiting for that perfect project but when I bought a copy of  " The Farmers Wife" last September I decided they would be perfect for this quilt along. This is going to be one of my long term projects this year and I think it will be nice to have something that I can work on at my leisure with no deadlines.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Your quilting looks pretty darn good to me! Nice pile of fabrics...:O)

Deb Robertson said...

I'm super impressed you are doing the farmers wife! Can't wait to see your blocks!!

Leslie said...

oh my goodness that is genius....using those Nicey Janes for the farmers wife quilt will be amazing!!! the quilting looks really great!!. i am gearing myself up for a little FMQ in my Ruby quilt.

Michele Pacey said...

I've never tried free-motion on a large piece but I can imagine it must be more difficult. You seem to be managing famously though Catherine. Keep it up!

Katy Cameron said...

Looking good :o) And great motivation too.

I'm getting my first class to use Big Brother (finally!) in a few weeks, and FMQ is top of my list of things to learn!

Mel Brooks said...

your free motion quilting looks great! and that fabric stack has some awesome themes going on !

Karen said...

You can do it! You are showing such restraint not getting stuck into the Nicey Jane. Looking forward to seeing your Farmer's Wife blocks.

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