|Fabrics and threads for Dot to Dot Quilt|
|Quilt top with ESS SID|
Piecing the quilt top went super fast--I think it was less than a day from start to finish. And I also went to work stitching in the ditch "every stinking seam" as recommended in Cindy Needham's Craftsy class. Again--this went rather quickly and whereas in the past I might have considered this sufficiently quilted and sending it off to a loved one. But it was time to start applying the various dot to dot and negative space quilting motifs. Angela provided 3 different designs for the quilting, but I printed out a blank template and sketched out some of my own ideas to highlight the motifs I most enjoyed.
|Masking tape in lieu of marker pens|
I was so excited about my final design and eager to start FMQ. Instead of marking the fabric with various dots or lines, I opted instead to use various widths of masking tape to guide my lines of FMQing. I didn't have to worry about whether the markings would completely wash out or ironed out--and as a bonus, the tape removed any stray threads or lint off the quilt top!
While starting out on the center two yellow squares, my Bernina kept skipping stitches creating much frustration as I would have to go back to catch up those missing stitches. So it was sent off to the LQS for a week and it turned out the timing was off, which was causing all the skipped stitches. So once it was back in the studio, the remainder of FMQ was a breeze and relatively frustration-free! I would set out to do a few blocks each day before work or during my lunch lunch breaks, to set a reasonable pace. The next thing I knew, I was finishing up the border quilting and it was ready for binding!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the texture the FMQ created. After I finished each block, I would simply caress my hand over the newly formed stitches!
|One quadrant worth of quilting highlighting the various techniques/motifs used|
|The center quilted|
|Fun backing-surprisingly it is from Joann's and I love the print and quality!|
|The complete top quilted|
|Back in the studio where you can really see all the texture created from the FMQ--Love it!|
I have a few more class sample projects ready for more FMQ practice...can't wait!