Gosh, is it week 7 already? I am quite proud of myself that I’m still practicing! (It’s not like me to commit to something and then actually follow through on it.)
This week, Leah taught us how to sew our quilt sandwiches together. Since I have another use for my quilt sandwiches (thanks to an idea from Frantastic Stitch Witchery Fran Moore , I didn’t have a specific assignment other than practice, practice, practice.
I decided to tackle a quilt top that I had made with scraps last year. The problem with this particular quilt is that I made it using foundation piecing and even without batting and backing – the sucker is heavy. I used an old sheet for the foundation fabric. (Note to self…..don’t do that again……a sheet is too heavy.)
Because of this, I choose to practice my large stipple. I’m so glad I didn’t decide to do leaves or feathers. In spite of its relatively small size – it was very cumbersome. I think it’s probably harder to do a large stipple than a small stipple on a home machine – because you have to move your hands so often. I managed though.
I choose red thread – so I could examine my work easier. I’m relatively pleased with my stitch length. Oh sure, there are variations – but they aren’t that noticeable. I found that it helped to ‘listen’ to my machine to find the best rhythm between my hands and my machine speed. Rev the motor and my stitches were too small….slow it down and the stitches ended up too big. Guess it’s the Ying/Yang of FMQ? OMMMMMMMMMMMMM
And, to use up the thread in a bobbin, I did some more funky feathers to practice the SewCalGal challenge for February. I’m still laughing……
Unfortunately, Ms. J (Janome) is starting to complain that I’ve been working her too hard and not giving her time off so she’s off for a spa treatment. Apparently many of her friends are in for spa treatments so it looks like it will be several weeks without her (they say three). Guess that gives me several weeks to do prep work and hand work.