Anyone tired of seeing this quilt? Sorry! Still not finished but well on its way now...
As a quick refresher I have added a few shots from previous posts below. If you'd like to read more about Hummingbirds & Hexagon Quilt feel free to go back and visit!
|Hand drawn Flowers for Quilting Design|
I decided to draw in the background quilting lines 2" apart. I worked them in a diagonal angle to break up the linear top pattern.
Then, for the first time ever, I used basting spray. I could not believe how strong that stuff is. I was not expecting it to act so quickly. It was easy doing the first layer but the third layer was tricky...lining up the front to the back was frustrating but I think I did pretty well. Then I did some parallel basting lines in black just in case. I do not want the spray to all of a sudden change its mind in the midst of quilting!
I started quilting tonight and I was really happy. Initially until my brain started going that is... I love the sketchy hand drawn quality of the flowers and luckily, hahahahaa, I am so out of practice with free motion quilting (it has been 4 years) that my sewing emulated the sketchy quality. And, to be fair, I was using a 35wt thread because I was aiming for thick and an embroidery looking finish. But I paused at one point to admire my work when it dawned on me, hunh, shouldn't this be smoother? Can you see from this photo how there are a few start and stop and some edginess instead of smooth curves?
In this closeup shot below you can see where the threading is a bit erratic and bumpy. But I honestly dig it. It wasn't until I gave it some thought and realized - ooh someone more experienced at free motion quilting probably would've gotten this completely smooth and rounded. Therefore what I am doing is wrong?!? Is it totally horrible that I like the messy organic quality? It definitely reminds me of a sketch.
So, I took a break and thought it over. Examined some of my old quilts and looked up some free motion quilting online and yes, sure enough it *should be* much smoother. I started to regret my progress while part of me argued: No! You liked this artsy sketchy quilting before you became concerned with the so-called rules or standards! To break my internal debate I decided I would try to make it smoother on one section of the quilt and compare. I even changed my thread to a thinner weight (50wt) to make life easier...and I actually made some quick progress.
My curves got curvier and my lines are less edgy. I got closer to the groove of free motion quilting so to speak. It is definitely not perfect, I still have to practice more. But I did lose that sketchiness that I enjoyed in the above photos...it looks much cleaner now.
I've decided I will experiment with some smaller pieces (ooh, maybe a QAYG which I've been dying to try) in order to improve my FMQ for future pieces. But for this piece I am not sure whether I want to keep working at smooth or rock the sketch.
I am going to sleep on it and decide tomorrow. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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- rebecca lynne