Saturday, 28 January 2012

Getting ahead of the schedule

When Leah said to try quilting in a straight line while free motion quilting I freaked out. I could see myself wobbling all over the place, and it was going to be All Too Hard. This year one of the things I want to do is learn to listen to my internal voice, and then either change it, act on it, or confront it in some way. When I heard all this Too Hard crap, I thought I better actually have a go before I talked myself into being too freaked out. Besides, its  quilting, and a practice sandwich to boot. What matters if it is really terrible?

Quilting on the fabric line:

You can just see a couple of the lines on here

This is the underside where I tried going in different directions

This was quilting in the ditch
This is the underside of quilting in the ditch

This was going round a pattern - I've outlined trees.

You know, for all the fuss before I started I loved doing this. I knew where to go, which is part of the trick with stippling. And I can see I will definitely use this. I don't have any stencils, so I couldn't try the stencil part, but I've always had a wish to make an amish style quilt with the elaborate feathers etc and I will need to do the stencil thing then.

What I learned: shut up and quilt!


  1. You did an awesome job! This QAL is so much fun!

  2. I was the opposite - "this sounds easy". Oh no it wasn't....But I'm with you on the power of the inner voices: they did a good job for years of persuading me that FMQ was beyond me..

  3. Lol! Shut up and quilt indeed - I think you've done a WONDERFUL job and you've proven to yourself that it's not as hard as it sounds. That's really the key. You CAN make that Amish dream quilt, you just have to shut up and make it already!

    Great job!


    1. Hmm - maybe not the dream quilt already! After I learn a bit more, and feel like I would enjoy doing it then definitely the Amish dream quilt!

  4. Well done and I'm pleased to see you gave your inner voice some good advice! My problem is concentrating so hard I forget to breathe and my OH tells me I stick my tongue out while concentrating too - I bet that's attractive! Ah well it keeps him amused :-)