Some days are diamonds, some days, not so much! Diamonds, this week, for sure. Or at least zirconias. A friend had made three comfort quilts to be donated by our guild, and asked if I wanted to practice my quilting. Sure! I learned from Mindy Casperson in her DVD, "Longarmed & Fabulous!" to stabilize by stitching in the ditch before quilting. Maybe I've heard that somewhere before. And chose to ignore it. But Mindy was adamant, so I did.
Ever hear of a "Line Tamer" ruler? (Here's info: http://www.fourpawsquilting.com/pages/template.html) I love this ruler!! It didn't take long for me to get the hang of using it, and since it holds your hopping foot on both sides, I felt like I had much more control on the stitching in the ditch! That was a good beginning!
Then I brought out my circles: http://www.creativegridsusa.com/products.cfm?item_num=BDQCIR&ref=c and I went to town making curves around the sides of squares. I've done this free-motion on my Janome, but using templates is so much more precise!!
That looked pretty good, if I say so myself. But then, as I was unloading the quilt, I decided to take it up a notch, and did some stippling in every other area where the circles make orange peels. I love, love the way it turned out!! Yay, me!!! I'm feeling more confident every day that I can make a quilt even better with quilting! And I'm learning so much every time: loading the quilt, deciding on threads, selecting the tools of the trade, stitching in the ditch, and doing something to make basic designs just a little better.
Go to Sarah's blog: ConfessionsofaFabricAddict.blogspot.com to see other projects!