I’ve been worried about my free-motion quilting skills and have been avoiding quilting this quilt for way too long. The baby is 7 months old and heck, I thought I’d get it to him before he was 6 months and now I have to worry about his 1st birthday!
I definitely didn’t want to start with the space quilt — I like it too much to ruin it. So, it was time to pull out a charity quilt and start quilting.
This quilt has problems, but it really isn’t wavy despite its appearances. It’s just the grass making it appear that way.
And my goodness, although I seem to have finally conquered my tension and thread-breaking issues, I definitely have a long way to go with my quilting. My stitch length is extremely erratic and I couldn’t seem to decide where I wanted to go and when. And then the thread I chose ended up being a bit too dark and shows up SO much instead of disappearing into the quilt as I wanted. SO. VERY. FRUSTRATING.
These blocks are vintage sheets I received from an exchange. As you can see here, some are pretty thread-bare.
I also need some work on my 100% machine binding. This one was tons better than my previous attempts. I’ll definitely be hand-stitching the binding on quilts I really care about, but I know some charities have asked for machine bindings and I thus wanted to practice.
And really, this quilt isn’t crap. It will be given to charity and I think it will be well-loved and won’t fall apart. I just need to get better.
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