Sunday, July 7, 2013

Foray into Free Motion

It is always so nice when needle, thread, and quilting come together without skips, breakage of thread, or breakage of needle while free motion quilting.  Makes all the repositioning I have to do with my small-harped sewing machine the only bothersome bit.  But first there was some marking.  Now, I am mostly a "no-mark" type of quilter, however, when necessary I get it done with simple tools I have around the house :)

An oval baking dish and a spool in this case--the spokes in the spool helped me line up the positioning with the point of the triangle while I traced around it.  I changed the design by making the circle on top of the arc instead of within, to fill up the tip of the triangle sections, and I think it looks better than my original sketch.

I'd say I'm consistently inconsistent in the way I do my quilting.  This time I'm switching back and forth between marking the caramel triangles and stitching them with caramel thread, and the stippling in the cream sections with matching thread. 

Pretty busy from the back side!  Since these photos I've gotten another bunch of the caramel blocks done and additional stippling, with probably a little over a third of the quilting complete, and so far am liking the effect.  I think the arcs will show up a lot better once the quilt is washed.  It was a good session!

7 comments:

Vivian said...

Smart lady, using what's handy for your quilting lines, just like in the olden days. I usually make it up as I go along, and your pre-planning is impressive. You're making great progress.

Janet O. said...

I like your methods. Yes, the spool design on top was a good call. Love looking at the back to see the overall effect of the quilting. Looks great, Annie!

Lorraine said...

Looking good! I think getting started on FMQ is the hardest thing...once you decide what to do and get going it is great....I find it really hard to decide how to quilt a top.....I have a small quilt sitting on my table at the moment ...just waiting for inspiration....waiting.....waiting.....

Stephanie said...

I often raid the kitchen or elsewhere for help with my sewing. I really like the quilting design.

Pokey said...

Your quilt lines are so good, Annie!

I work with the same kind of "tools" myself, dd asked me where I was taking those 2 plates, and I said, "I'm checking which size is the best fit for my quilt." "O-Kay!" was her reply, lol

If you had seen me, you wouldn't have asked I bet!
:-}pokey

Shay said...

Im a fly by the seat of my pants marker when quilting too Annie. Sometimes I mark and sometimes I dont and I use whatever suits my purpose (bowls , plates, books! )

Love how this is coming out .

Kate said...

The quilting looks great! You made a lot of progress this weekend.