It’s the little things

Some weeks, it’s the little things that make a difference. Here’s two little things that have brightened my world this week.

Thing the first: my first free motion quilting!

I knew those batting sample squares would come in handy for something. My first effort is top left, my last is bottom right. I saw a lot of improvement even over those 5 little squares! Mostly, my loops became a little smoother and I resolved a thread-breaking issue (tension and a new needle). On the first square, I set my stitch length to zero, used a darning foot and covered the feed dogs with a special needle plate that came with the machine. I wasn’t happy with the tension at all. I came across Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project and gave her method a shot – same set up as before, but with the feed dogs uncovered, just like normal stitching. The improvement in my tension was immediate! Here’s a close up of my final stitching (the red stitches, not the white).

My next step is to go for an actual quilt. I’ve got Colourful Lemonade all basted and ready to go, just as soon as my place mats are bound. I’m going to scribble all over it and I’ll bet I’ll learn a lot!

The second little thing that cheered me this week: I won a giveaway! Alyssa, over at Pile of Fabric, hosted a giveaway sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics. I won a half-yard bundle of Kona Modern Quilts in the Pacific colourway. Isn’t it lovely?

I think this will turn into a teen-ish boy quilt for my local Project Linus group. I’m inspired by this quilt from Red Pepper Quilts, and I’m thinking Kona Ash for the sashing…

Linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

4 thoughts on “It’s the little things

  1. I need to bite the bullet on FMQ and just give it a go! I am so scared of messing up my tension which is fine at the moment and I worry that I won’t be able to get it back. Your first efforts are very good! Well done x

  2. Fabulous FMQ, and it will only improve with practice! Remember to breathe, relax your hands, and blink…. And I am so jealous of your win – those are lovely fabrics! Whoop whoop!!

  3. I love learning new FMQ’ing patterns, though I haven’t tried anything new in a couple months. Great work and wow, congrats on the win, those are some yummy looking fabrics!

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