October 1, 2013 by Melissa
I have a plan!
I’ve learned so much about quilting and sewing since I rediscovered this hobby earlier this year. Piecing, designs, modern vs traditional styles, fabric selections, batting choices, tools, and techniques. But one thing I haven’t had much success with is free motion quilting.
So far, I’ve done
most all of my quilts with straight-line quilting or sent them out for professional long-arm quilting. I’d really like to learn to do more with my home machine though.
Last month I bought Angela Walter’s book Free Motion Quilting and I love it! She does such a good job explaining how to make each of the beautiful designs in the book. The photos and drawings are great guides. I’ve tried some of the designs in the book with a teeny tiny bit of success. But I’ve heard over and over again that free motion quilting is something you have to practice regularly and that’s where I’ve had trouble.
So – I know how I work best – with a goal and a plan. My goal is to improve my FMQ skills over the next month to the point that I can start doing some of my own quilts. And my plan? I’ve selected 22 designs from Angela’s book. I’ll focus on one a day for five days at a time. In the off days, I’ll make quilt sandwiches for practicing on and repeat any designs that I struggle with.
Am I an over-the-top planner? Yes. Clearly. But this is how I work best!
Here’s this week’s schedule if you want to follow along 🙂
Oct 1: make sandwiches
Oct 2: swirls
Oct 3: swirled hook
Oct 4: paisley
Oct 5: loop & double loop
Oct 6: pebbles (even)
Oct 7: practice all!