I have had all manner of problems with my quilting. I've had more puckers, excess fabric pleats, free motion 'eyelashes', snapped needles (and on one glorious occasion, an iron that spewed forth rusty water onto my just-finished quilt top) than I would otherwise care to mention. My basting has left me close to tears on numerous occasions and I have lain in bed at night going over and over what I can do to fix it.
Well, today I did.
|'Weeds' by Me & My Sister designs for Moda|
I must have watched nearly every you-tube video on how to do it and there are so many methods to choose from. The one that FINALLY worked for me is a combination of a spray baste and pinning. I was finding that either method was just not stable enough and so I thought I would try the 'overkill' approach and I'm pleased to say it worked.
|Deep breath - time to ditch|
I also chose to 'ditch' it quite differently as well. The two methods I have found were, to
start in the middle of the quilt and work outwards or stitch around the whole quilt and work your way in. Neither worked for me. So, armed with my newly purchased invisible thread, (it's like trying to sew with very fine hair .. ) I started at one end, ditched along each horizontal line for the entire width of the quilt. I then turned the quilt, started at one end and ditched all the vertical lines across. This seemed to ensure that if there was any excess fabric, it was pushed to the edge. Once that was done, I was able to do any last minute 'smoothing' and arranging before I ditched the borders.
|Ready for a quick iron and some |
Free Motion Quilting
|Free Motion Roses (Back)|
I'm a big fan of roses .. I have crocheted some, I have knitted some and now I am all set to fill the quilt with free motion roses.
However, I underestimated how long it would take .. and it seemed like forever. The effect when the main body of the quilt was finished was fantastic so it kept me coming back for more.
|Free Motion Rose (Front)|
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