Good morning, everyone!
First of all, if you or your loved ones are in or around Houston and the rest of the path of Hurricane Harvey, my thoughts and prayers are with them. Hubster has a lot of family in Houston (all safe), and all of the flooding is shocking and horrifying. Please stay safe! If you would like to be part of providing quilts for folks affected by the hurricane, please check out @fromblankpages on Instagram! I'm hoping to long arm a few!
Next week, #MachineQuiltingMonday will also be the second stop on Dorie Hruska's Making Connections: A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook blog tour. Isn't that exciting?? As soon as I got my copy of the book, I realized I wanted to use this method to quilt my En Provence Mystery Quilt. I've been working on it for almost 9 months, and a huge part of why it isn't done is because I haven't known how to quilt it. This week, I read and mulled over the book, then started drawing my plan:
The ultimate goal of continuous curve quilting is to avoid breaking thread, so each pass on the longarm (or each row on the domestic) is completed with only one stop and start. To keep track of where she is, Dorie moves clockwise, and the meat of this book is in learning how to move in a clockwise manner while also tackling complicated blocks without getting stuck. It's brilliant. Of course, never one to miss an opportunity to add my own flavor to something, I mixed some other motifs into my quilting plan from the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop (like triangle spirals and continuous curve flowers). First, I decided which areas of the quilt top that I want to "pop" the most, and I planned the densest quilting around those areas. Then, I decided which areas I wanted to decorate with my stitches. Then I decided on filters for areas that felt neutral (like the borders, which, of course, happen to also be a neutral color).
Tonight, I planned my path through each pass of quilting. Since I'm new to this approach to quilting, I won't really know if I have the hang of things until I start quilting, but I'm feeling confident and excited. If you're looking for a chance to learn continuous quilting like this, order a copy of the book, and we can learn together! Be sure to follow and share your work with Dorie @foreverquilting and with me @stringandstory on Instagram, too!
Before you go, I have a FREE download for you called "3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." It's my gift to you for signing up for my newsletter, and I think you'll find it helpful and encouraging.