Do you ever want to work on something that isn’t a “project?” I have several quilts in various stages of completion but the other day I didn’t want to work on any of them.
I had a day this week where I just wanted to practice some free motion quilting designs. So, instead of doing what I should have been doing (I.e. cleaning my house), I made a little quilt sandwich. About 10″x16″ with some scrap fabric and a cut off piece of batting.
I knew I wanted to practice some grid-based designs so I marked out a 1″ grid with a sharpie.
I don’t worry about being super exact, I just want to be able to see them. I also switched my thread over to black. For practice, I want my stitching to stand out.
I started off with some continuous curves.
Then on to a basic clamshell.
And finally some filler grid designs. I use a contrasting thread so that I can easily spot mistakes and know which techniques or motions need additional practice.
I believe that as individual quilters, we are our own worst critics. I am focusing on building my confidence with free motion quilting so I can add texture to my quilts, other than a stipple/meander.
I think that the gentle curve would make a great all-over in my next basted quilt.
What are your go-to quilting designs?
After finishing “Birds in the Air” I downloaded Union Quilters to read. I didn’t realize that it is part of a whole series so I will have to go back and start at the beginning, but I still enjoyed the story.
My big goal for this week is to finish my quilt top for my next pattern release. I have the pattern written and ready to go, I just have to put the darn thing together! I love this pattern, but I have several things ahead of it on the to-do list. And yet here is sit, playing with a quilt sandwhich/procrastination device. I currently have the pattern sent out for testing, thanks to a follower on Instagram. Do you follow The Quilt Police Instagram feed? I try to post daily photos, and run contests from time to time. Check us out @copquilter or on the Facebook page, @The Quilt Police.
I am anticipating releasing this pattern later this month, so make sure to look for that!
Until next time,