Have you tried free-motion quilting yet? Is fear holding you back? Go ahead and try it! You really can’t mess it up! As I was moving the fabric to and fro, that is what occurred to me with this last quilt. It is not prim and proper ! It’s all over the place. Running here and there. Twisting, turning, changing it’s direction. And that is pretty much exactly me. A perfect fit!
Ah -but let’s say that you are a person who doesn’t like mess or chaos. You want things just so. Precise and perfect. Yep, I know a handful of you too. Well, I still believe you should try this technique as an exercise in character.
It’s not perfect. I know that. There are imperfections. But I am not entering it into any huge quilting contests. It’s for my little boy. Who loves it a lot. And his Mama made it for him – which makes it even more special to him. And besides, aren’t the imperfections one of the things that make handmade so much more meaningful than manufactured?
You’ll see this quilt again in Taylor’s room when I finish it.
(It’s soooo close! I have to find time this week to get it done!)
A quilt should be worth more than one blog anyway.
And just to re-empahsize, dear husband, free-motion quilting is NOT cheating.
Fabric: Amy Schimler’s Animal Party and Forest Fun
Pattern: FREE download from Robert Kaufman
By the way, I also know some of you that are stuck at making your first quilt top. Pick out a simple design for your first quilt. (Pre-cuts really simplify things.) Then send it off to to be quilted. My point is try to overcome the hurdle that is blocking your way. Figure out a way to jump over it and take off running. Even if that hurdle has nothing to do with sewing.
And now I must go hang shelves! Until next time…..