Sunday, June 04, 2006

Free Practice



Well, there's my first attempt at free motion quilting. It's about 8 inches square, so I'll probably bind the edges for a potholder or - what do you call those things you put a hot pot on? Not a trivet if it's cloth, is it?

What I've learned:

It's easier
the faster the needle goes. Otherwise you get big stitches.
Don't make an 'uploop' at the end of a word, it'll look like a cursive e. Put more space between words.
It's hard to connect the last leg of a star, you're stitching the wrong way to see where you're going.
Try not to have two of the same word near each other, it invites comparison. On this one, I have 3 land stacked on top of one another, and another on the upper right corner.
Dotting i's and crossing t's are a pain!

17 comments:

Ann said...

Wow! Looks excellent! You know, though, the larger it is, the harder to maneuver, but still, if this is your first attempt, I don't think you'll have any problems!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

You are a natural at this! Wonderful 1st attempt - way better than my first attempt! I like to make little free-form stars for the dots over my I's. Also, I set my needle down button so if I do have to rotate to get my bearings and see where I am going, the machine needle is down when I stop.

Cheers!

Evelyn

JudyL said...

Your observations right on target. You did good though. You wouldn't want to see my first attempt at free motion quilting. You need to keep that piece in your sewing drawer so you can see how far you've come after a few practice sessions. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Judy L.

joyce said...

Looking good! I like the way you joined your words together.

Judy said...

I think you did a smashing job for your first attempt! Words are hard to do, and your's are looking really good. You are exactly right that the slower you go the jerkier it looks. I found that out really quickly. If I go faster, it's smooth and round, but the stitches get bigger...so the faster the needle goes the better. That's why I want a faster machine!!

Great job Jane!!

Finn said...

I think your first attempt looks great Jane. I'm sure the things you have observed will get easier the next time. Little stuff like this is such a great way to practice!!

You asked about my Country Roads being scrappy....scrappy is a pretty broad term. Even if some of the 4.6" squares are the same fabric as triangles, or each other, that doesn't keep it from being scrappy. It keeps it from being a "charm" quilt top, where every fabric is just used once. And along that same vein, ALL my lights are from one fabric. They could all be from differnt ones, bur I chose this particular Hoffman for it's texture. Kind of hard to see in my pictures tho.

Fiona said...

Wow - this looks great for a first try - you're a natural!

Patti said...

You are doing great for your first try. I think writing is one of the hardest things to quilt! They tell us to practice writing while learning to use a longarm also - and I'm still terrible at it!

Leah S said...

Wow, you're off to a great start, all things considering! My first attempt at my name... well, it didn't look like writing at all. :P (Unless scribble is a language?)

Lily said...

Oooh Jane you're so brave for doing it! Good tip on not putting the same word near each other for inviting comparisons!!

Come and use my Janome - it sews too fast!! LOL

YankeeQuilter said...

Congrats on getting started...machine quilting can be really intimidating! Looks like you're getting the hang of it though!
Siobhan

dot said...

Looking good!

Laura said...

It looks great!

Samantha said...

wow, great first attempt! I'm impressed!!

Bonnie said...

My goodness - your first attempt and every word is perfectly readable. Good job.
(And now I will be singing that song in my head all night.)

Dawn said...

You did great! I practice on small pieces like that and make preemie quilts for the hospital! Practice makes perfect!

Kay said...

Isn't it fun to do this? Absolutely addictive! I'd agree you're doing great.

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