Wednesday I went to the local quilt shop Quilt Sampler and took a machine quilting class. It was a refresher class for me as before Katie was born in 1992 I owned an A-1 Longarm quilting machine with a 3'x10' table.
I sold that machine in 2004 (wishing I had been able to keep it) and I have such a pile of smaller quilts I decided I would see what new techniques are there- they are the same but the notions (gloves, wash away thread etc) are new! Just for information purposes, all my larger quilts are sent to a lady who lives here in Rogersville.
Here are photos of the class project- I need MORE PRACTICE but I am not ashamed to show them so that others know you have to start from someplace before you get any good- at least I am hoping that I improve! I think after baby quilt #40 I may show improvement! Our teacher Shannon mentioned many times that even the award winning professionals had to start somewhere! I never plan to enter any competitions. My quilting is for family and baby gifts for friends.
We were to bring quilting stencils- I took a dresden I echo quilted aorund the outside of the dresden- not great but I got the idea down- and I borrowed the meandering one (which I bought before I came home)
In that triangle background of the Sue, I just went back and forth in there to fill in the space- I like the look but it really needs some practice!
All the machine quilting minus the 2 center straight lines, are free motion quilting- in other words I hand guided it all myself either following a pattern I drew on the fabric, or in the case of the next one no pattern at all.
Now I admit that the unevenness of this square, I like! I will definitely be using that idea in the future.
Yesterday I decided to "practice practice practice" and machine quilted this baby panel that I have had for several years.,
So today I decided to make the other girl top into a quilt but I didn't feel as ambitious! All the lines are sewn with my walking foot attached! And again, I used my chalk to mark the center lines.
Not perfect but useable!
There are 2 boy tops that are very similar to these 2 that I still have to do. I am pretty sure they will be quilted more like #2 than #1 because I just want them done quickly so I can move along to other projects. When I have them stitched I will be sure to post photos- but they won't be quilted this weekend!
I share my quilting to show you that YES!!!!! YOU CAN DO IT~!
Stop trying for perfection and just get in and HAVE FUN!