Put down the seam ripper and walk away.
This is what the sewing police would have told me if they had found me this morning free motion quilting.
I was getting FRUSTRATED!
My machine and I were having words.
My thread was breaking. My stippling was not smooth.
I was finding it difficult to FMQ a lap size quilt.
|My FMQ practice from the Sewing Summit. Not too shabby!|
I've taken a FMQ class and took another one at the SS. I've practiced on smaller doll size quilt sandwiches with great success- I was feeling so confident, so sure that I could do this and do it well that I jumped right in (after warming up on a practice piece first) and started to FMQ a quilt that is a Christmas gift.
That's right, not a random quilt for my family, a gift. AND I surely had lost my mind choosing a plain background- go with a busy print people- it will hide your crazy mistakes!
I choose a chocolate brown sheet because 1) I wanted to showcase the FMQ - go figure! 2) I love the variegated thread I chose and wanted to showcase that as well and 3) it is a nice balance to the very busy, very scrappy front.
|Keeping it real here people and it isn't pretty!|
Time to back away.
Take the gloves off, take deep breaths- and let's be real, leave the room in a huff, and put some distance between that quilt and me.
I know I need more practice.
I also know I am not about to take out all of those stitches. They really don't look that bad, do they?
I need to work in wider sections rather than rows.
I need something that will make my quilt level with the machine bed- so wish my machine was in a sunken table.
I need to use my Supreme Slider.
I need to remember to decrease my stitch length initially (instead of half way through quilting!)
Oh and yes, I need to remember to take a deep breath. That hopefully washing it will hide the imperfections (of which there are many) and that even though it is far from perfect, I think the recipients will still love it.
And if worse comes to worse, and I don't feel that it is good enough to give as a gift, there is still time to make another one and keep this one for us.
So, I'm going to practice, practice, practice and make it a priority. Because as much as I would love for my skills to improve overnight, you and I both know, that is not happening!
I am sure you are familiar with Leah Day and her Free Motion Quilting project. I came across this post today which was ever so timely.
Maybe I'll jump in and join Cindy's FMQ practice with Sarah, Hadley, and Annabella.
Maybe tomorrow free motion quilting and I will have had enough of a time-out that we can get along again. Because I really do want to get along. I
Wish me luck!
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