This quilter asked for birdhouse blocks with a white on cream background fabric. I didn't like most of what I was seeing, so I drafted this block myself. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
The quilter for December requested blocks done up in Mardi Gras colors. The yellow was brighter in person. Not really my cup of tea, but hopefully it goes with the rest of her blocks okay.
The person who is recieving blocks in January also asked for birdhouses, she will probably get the same design.
I decided to set a goal for myself this year to start machine quilting. The whole reason I hinted to Elliott to buy me my Janome for my birthday a couple of years ago is because my old machine couldn't free motion quilt. Now that Sophie is getting older and I have a little more time to devote to my craft of choice, I decided to get serious about learning to free motion.
I realized that my kitchen island is the perfect height and width for pin basting quilts!
Anyway, here is the "sacrifice" quilt I made for my first foray into free motion quilting. It wasn't too large, and was a great start. I did a simple medium sized meander.
It is definitely not perfect, but my goals were to not have puckering, and to get the tension right. I am happy to say there were no puckers! I think I am on the right track with the tension. It could probably be a little looser in the bobbin, but I am going to research that before I mess with the bobbin screw.
While quilting I ran out of the first thread I was using. I'm glad I did. I found a different type of thread in my bin that matched color wise, but was much thinner, and there for didn't show up as much, which I liked better.
This is an example of the first thread, a Mettler 50 weight cotton. See how it really shows on the white fabric?
This sample is the second thread, Masterpiece from Superior Threads. The thread hardly shows up in the white fabric. In fact, if you look at the white square in the bottom left corner, you can see the two threads next to each other.
Anyway, I am excited to be able to do more of my own quilting. I'm not scared anymore! I have a couple more quilts in the works that I will be able to practice on once I get them made.