Using what I had on hand, I wanted to try my hand at designing a simple idea that I have been thinking about for a while now. A test pattern of sorts.
Actually what I was thinking was….
My prize, for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, was a Beginner’s Combo Kit. Everything you need to know to learn free motion machine quilting. If you aren’t familiar what that is, it’s the all over quilting that is done by your home sewing machine; sometimes straight lines, sometimes, spirals, sometimes just random quilting. It’s not easy to manipulate your stitching in all directions. We aren’t talking just the usual forward and backwards, but side to side, too.
I don’t want to feel ungrateful. Really, I don’t. It’s just that I feel as if the universe is conspiring against me. I have held firm and hand quilted a hundred quilts while it seems the world around me is putting out 100 machine quilted quilts per year! I’ve been tempted. What with so many ideas for new quilts, quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted, and always more fabrics to use up…. I’ve machine quilting one, two, three quilts in recent years… there may be another random one, but that’s about it…
Now I’m questioning and wondering and a tad bit curious and thinking maybe I should give this free motion quilting thing a fair shake? I don’t know…. Obviously, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Long before this prize fell into my lap.
I do know if I want to give this a fair shake, I’m going to need some practice material and what better way than baby sized quilts using what I have on hand??? That’s my story, anyway.
Hmm, this is not exactly what I was thinking.
What if I used white to make it pop?
Still not what I envisioned. Too busy, too flag like….
Thinking, thinking…. thinking what a mess these bookshelves have become… I am so easily distracted…. I donated about 10% of the books, dusted and reorganized… Now that looks better….
The seam ripper wants to play along…. something is still not right. Closer to my *vision*, but still not enough pop, maybe?
What do you think???
For now, I think I’ll go do some yard work….