Welcome back to the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop! If you're new my friends Jen, Kristin, Vicki, 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.
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!
Be sure to check out what Vicki, Jen, 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.
I can't wait to see what you're working on!