October 25, 2013 by Melissa
This week I finished another of my Christmas gifts – this one a quilt for my mother-in-law. She likes blues and purples, neither of which are my favorites. I struggled to find fabric that I thought she would like (and that I wouldn’t hate!). And I struggled to find a design that would showcase a variety of prints. And once I finally pieced it, I struggled to do anything else with it because I just wasn’t drawn to this project.
Finally, after it stared at me for weeks, I set a goal for myself to get the darn thing quilted and bound and done THIS WEEK.
Since I’ve been practicing my free motion quilting skills I took the leap and did this one myself. I agonized over how to quilt it. I didn’t want to pick something too difficult or too time consuming. I settled on simple loops and double loops on the print fabrics only. When I had done about 8 blocks I had a total change of heart about this quilt. I love the way the quilting looks on the back! Sure, it’s a bit wonky – my stitches are certainly not all the same length and a few times the bobbin thread pokes through on the front. But I did it!!!
Some of the details –
- Fabric: Poetica by Art Gallery Fabrics, with Kona white and an AGF turquoise on the back
- Pattern: inspired by a table runner in Camille Roskelley’s book Simplify
- Size: about 50 x 50″
I’m still struggling with FMQ but I can definitely see a difference from when I started. I even added a little secret something to this one – my MIL’s name, Shelby, stitched here. It’s subtle and shows up better on the back (but of course in reverse).
What I learned from this project:
If I’m not enjoying a project, just plow through it. I might like it when all is said and done or I might not. Regardless, done is better than perfect and a whole lot better than undone!