The week started ok, I made another 10 blocks for my city lights quilt so halfway there, I can live with that.
But it was always on my mind, the 100 Day Challenge, and there was no getting away from it, the quilting. You see I’m fine at the piecing bit, a bit self critical as many of us are, I like my seams to match and my points to, well, point! Appliqué is ok, my needle turn is acceptable and I can manage hand, and recently, machine appliqué, curves I'm rusty on though and need practice. BUT, I strenuously avoid the quilting bit.
So, what do I usually do? Well I have a half done hand quilted whole cloth cot quilt, well, quarter done anyway. Yes it is a UFO and I have had it a while - well ok, 5 years but I will get it finished, one day. I can do machine quilting with my walking foot (although I don’t always hit the ditch) and, since I took Jacquie Gering’s Craftsy classes I have so improved, AND, I can do a spiral too. Free motion quilting? What do you think of this…………..
No It’s not my work, at least I made the top but the FMQ has always been done by Aileen Bunker in Eyemouth, until now.
The second item on my 100 day challenge is quilting a laptop, Sugar and Spice, so it was time to practice
Second attempt………getting better?
Third attempt………….this was easier.
In case you are wondering yes I have purchased a FMQ Craftsy class, two in fact AND I watched them both, no I won’t say who the instructors are in case I embarrass them. Time to ‘just do it’, who cares if its not perfect, it's just for me.
Did the first block, hmmmmm, did I explain I’m working with the ‘blind man and galloping horse’ theory?
Second block, third block, getting tired now but just one more……….
That was when disaster struck. You see I have a lovely friend, Wendy, who kindly leant me her supreme slider, I wasn’t so keen at first but that was until I realised the pink side went down and that made a difference. There I was happily quilting away when it started slowing down, I tried to encourage it then it stopped. It’s easier to show you.
Did I tell you I have a lovely friend? Wendy won’t hear of me replacing it, she’s had it a while and doesn’t use it now. Don't think I'll be investing in one though.
Needless to say I had to take out the quilting on the last block and three days later I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to get back to it. I will though, I have given myself three weeks to finish it. Show you? No way, at least not yet.
Special thanks to Jen, Quilter in the Closet, Karin, The Quilt Yarn, and Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts for their help and encouragement with the linky up thing, I think I’ve done it all properly this time.
Smiling, and laughing my little cotton socks off,