Freedom is Not for Me
I had some extra free time last week, so I got my Leftovers quilt all basted up and ready for me to start quilting. I planned to try free motion quilting for the first time, so before I began, I made some practice quilt sandwiches and practiced.
I don’t think they turned out too badly. I was pretty happy with them. The stitches weren’t too regular, but the general idea came across ok.
I thought I could use a little extra help, so I watched some really helpful Youtube videos on fmq and practiced some more.
And then, as usual for me, I got all impatient to “do the real thing” and I started quilting.
At first, I wanted to do a regular figure eight kind of thing, but I found it really hard to make it look regular. It was all those quilt seams getting in my way. I won’t get into the minute details, but I’ll just say that my machine has no special equipment for this kind of quilting so I was “winging” it.
Halfway through my first pass at the figure eight thing, I abandoned that plan and started doing random loops. That was so much better.
Until this happened.
Don’t ask me how I got my quilt all folded up and quilted together like that. All I know is now I have to take those stitches out or perhaps leave it and call it a 3-D quilted sculpture?
I think this might be the most hideous quilt job ever done. One thing that is really making it difficult is that I pieced together the backing, so I have to deal with seams on both the top and bottom of the quilt. This just might be my first and last fmq project. Now, I know why every article or video I read or watched about fmq paired the activity with alcohol. Although, it has to be said, if I can mess up this badly without alcohol in my system, what would it be like if I had a drink?