Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
When I first got my Sweet 16 machine I was doing the same kind of quilting as I was on my Bernina only I had more space and it could sew faster. Then always striving to learn more and do better I bought tools, big fat thick tools with straight edges and curves.
I have made this quilt pattern 5 times and quilted each one different, I can see how my quilting improved with each. Planning, practice, patience, perseverance, and a really good pair of garden gloves with rubberized fingers and palms to help you grip the tools and the quilt. Happy quilting --Ann--
Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
If I were to sit down with someone and teach them how to fmq I would start with loops. I remember saying to myself as I worked on this "here we go loop de loop, here we go loop de li all on a.........." I don't know the rest of the words, it took so much stress out of the process. Go ahead and cross the line! Cross it this way, cross it that way. Make big loops, make little loops, make double loops, just make lots and lots of loops. The loops progressed to daisy chains and flowers but I cannot find a photo of the many loopy flower borders I have done.
make them all different.
Sometime along the way I learned the meandering feather and concentric teardrops. Practice drawing this on paper, a very large sheet of paper like the newspaper and a big marker, something that flows easily across the paper and use your arm to draw the teardrops and see where they go. Machine quilting uses your big arm muscles to move the quilt under the needle. So use your big arm muscles to draw not your little hand and finger muscles like writing. Its still my go to design for scrappy quilts.
Another natural step in fmq is to swing arcs from point to point especially if you want to enhance the piecing.
More arcs from point to point and loops just for fun and to fill in the space. Practice, practice, practice and patience. --Ann--
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
'Long about knee-deep in June,
'Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, James Whitcomb Riley
The berries are ready at the local you pick garden. I have missed them the years we have not lived here, 2 buckets in about a half an hour and it would have taken less time if I hadn't eaten so many. But a strawberry warm from the sun..............they dripped down my chin.
Yesterday I went to Sioux Falls and had lunch with a girlfriend. It was fun to catch up and tell each other how fabulous we look. I visited a couple quilt shops and the yarn shop. I did need batting but the rest well it was there what could I do but appease my fiber addiction. I even made a detour to the little town of Dell Rapids to their wonderful big quilt shop and found a few more pieces that I really do need for a project I have in mind. As I was driving down a county road a string of little ducks were crossing the road. I hit the breaks hard good thing there was no one behind me and where was mama duck? Everything in the car went flying glad I didn't have 2 buckets of berries, the ducklings all made it across, somersaults and all in the draft of my car. It must be tough to always walk with goulashes especially when a car is bearing down on you. --Ann--
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The big quilt is finished!!!! I left the very center for last because I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to quilt it. After sewing all the other feather rounds and borders and many sketches on paper and wax paper I had the confidence to stitch the center. Planning, practice, patience and more planning and practice. The only thing left to do is name the quilt and make a label. It goes to its new home in July. --Ann--