Machine Quilting Blog Hop

#MachineQuiltingBlogHop: Week 6 :: Cornered

Back of the Georgia quilt which I quilted during this hop. The names on this quilt are children who have fought for their lives against pediatric cancer here in Georgia. More names will be joining them as about 16,000 kids are diagnosed in the US each year. This quilt is part of the E Pluribus Unum Project with Quilts for Cure. 

Back of the Georgia quilt which I quilted during this hop. The names on this quilt are children who have fought for their lives against pediatric cancer here in Georgia. More names will be joining them as about 16,000 kids are diagnosed in the US each year. This quilt is part of the E Pluribus Unum Project with Quilts for Cure. 

Good morning!

Welcome back to the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop! If you're new my friends JenKristinVicki, and I are quilting and blogging our way through The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. I am trying my best to spend time quilting five days a week, and I've adopted Angela's words of wisdom as my mantra: "Practice makes progress." We are having a lot of fun, and we hope you'll join in! Practice along with us, and tag you photos on Instagram with #machinequiltingbloghop so we can cheer you on! 

Week 6, Day 1

I know today is Hop Day, and I don't usually do my FMQ practice on Monday, but I want to take my own advice before get too nervous! I revisited the swirl quilting clip from The Daytime Quilt Show (Angela posted just that clip on Instagram) and decided to change my approach to swirls a bit-- adding more of a plume shape and more echoing. I am still working on keeping my echoes an even distance apart, but I already like it better. 

Week 6, Day 2

I admit, I'm still rather enamored with last week's designs... My practice today consisted of two swatches demonstrating the graffiti quilting technique I stumbled on last week. I learned something new about contrasting thread-- there's a balance. I've always thought about thread rather simplistically-- either it matches, or it contrasts. With this exercise, however, I realized that I can have a "contrasting thread" that has just enough blend to hide the worst irregularities while still showing stitching rather than one that is such a stark contrast that every minute imperfection shows. A sweet balance. 

Week 6, Day 3

I started all excited to quilt hooked swirls... then I started trying to draw hooked swirls. ackkk. I stumbled along for awhile before watching Angela's tutorial. The tutorial helped a lot, and I finally did a successful drawing and practice sandwich! After all that hard work, I did some swirls and pebbles. Those still weren't super easy, but they were better. 

Front of the Georgia quilt which I quilted during this hop. The names on the back of this quilt are children who have fought for their lives against pediatric cancer here in Georgia. More names will be joining them as about 16,000 kids are diagnosed in the US each year. This quilt is part of the E Pluribus Unum Project with Quilts for Cure. 

Front of the Georgia quilt which I quilted during this hop. The names on the back of this quilt are children who have fought for their lives against pediatric cancer here in Georgia. More names will be joining them as about 16,000 kids are diagnosed in the US each year. This quilt is part of the E Pluribus Unum Project with Quilts for Cure. 

Week 6, Day 4

True confessions: no quilting today. But I did drop of "Georgia" and "Murmuration" for the East Cobb Quilter's Guild's Georgia Celebrates Quilts show! I quilted Georgia entirely as part of this blog hop, and I'm so excited to see it hang this week!

Week 6, Day 5

Hooked Swirls. Clearly, they are not in my muscle memory yet. I did another swatch, but it's wonkier than they one I did on Friday. Plus, my drawings have gotten funky again. I think I need to baste another #OperationSmiley quilt and get to work! 

I practiced a couple other designs, too-- Tight Waves, which reminds me of lovely little fish scales, and some spiral flowers. The spiral flowers messed with my head a little, too, but I suspect that's because I've been working hard on nice smooth swirls and these are the exact opposite! 

You know, last week was such a high, and I got so much quilting done. This week, comparatively, feels like a bit of a dud because I have so little to "show" for it. I have to remember, though, that it's weeks like these that add up together to create weeks like last week. This is the practice part; last week was the progress part. More progress is coming-- time to keep practicing! 

Evidence of practice and progress

Evidence of practice and progress

 Be sure to check out what VickiJen, and Kristin have been up to-- spoiler alert: Vicki interviewed Christa on her podcast this week! And, click the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop badge below to see the interviews I've done with each blog hopper as well as interviews with Angela and Christa. 

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I can't wait to see what you're working on!

HollyAnne

 

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