I’m happy to report that I have begun to learn the art of free motion quilting! Leaning FMQ so I could quilt my own quilts was the main reason I bought my Janome 8900. Compared to the Pfaff I was also considering, FMQ was a breeze both at the show, and now at home. I knew if there was much of a learning curve I probably wouldn’t want to do it. The Pfaff I tested at the show had major eye-lashing / tension problems – probably “normal” since I’m a beginner, but the Janome had no such issue. I had a bit of a bumpy start, but the stitch quality looks phenomenal even if the lines are somewhat wonky and some of the stitches are shorter or longer than others.
I’m calling this quilt “rainbow-esque”. It is destined to become a charity quilt for Project Night Night where you stuff a bag with a quilt, stuffed animal, and book for kids who come in to shelters for various reasons. I tried to pick fabrics that I thought would be fun for a kid – not too girly or masculine, but some of both so it would work for anyone; and then I arranged them in vaguely rainbow order.
I based the quilting pattern on the Dogwood Quilting that’s been going around blogland recently. My flowers are more rounded than the examples I’ve seen, but that’s ok for a first try. Some of my flowers are more or less wonky than others, but overall I think the FMQ turned out pretty well honestly. Not bad for a real first try, and I think it is something I will enjoy doing.
I have managed to sign myself up for yet another charity quilt – this time a Zelda-themed quilt to support a charity called Child’s Play. It will be auctioned at the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) in early January.
I’m thinking I want to do a pixel quilt but I don’t know how big and how complex I want to get. I guess it depends on how quickly I can finish the small plates quilt. I have a rather-complex image of Link that I’d like to do, but it might not be possible in time. A less-ambitious project is probably the smarter move, but we’ll have to see if my rational brain wins out.
Here’s the rest of my list:
Baste andquilt Amy’s Project Night Night quilt – 11/11 Baste and quilt my Project Night Night quilt – 11/11(done!)
- 121 block Small Plates – 11/31 (blocks half done)
Design January do. Good Stitches quilt – 12/31(we switched dates so I’m no longer on deck)
- Gamer / Zelda-themed charity quilt for MAGFest auction to support Child’s Play – 12/31
- Wedding quilt – 2/28 (This is very late, but no real deadline – I am anxious to cut into my nani iro though!)
- Wedding quilt – 6/14
- “Green quilt” for me – no deadline (began cutting – 60/512 print pairs cut, need to decide on a solid)
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!