I'm proud of myself, I tried two need things in my quilting world this week...spray basting and free motion quilting in a loopy fashion. Neither quite went as planned, and I'm glad to be done with both of them. Let's start with the spray basting...
I bought a can of June Tailor's basting spray as a Christmas present to myself. I've been wanting to try spray basting for a while, because I positively despise pin basting. I decided it would be good to start with something small, so I chose to spray baste the patchwork quilt that I'm sending along with the doll I'm making for my niece's birthday. I sprayed the heck out of my batting, just like the instructions said, without thinking first. My piece of batting was larger than both my back and front pieces.
This was not my smartest moment here. I realized this after I smoothed the batting out on my back piece and found myself sticking to the batting that was sticking out. Did I stop there? Nope. Did I trim the excess batting? Nope. I flipped it over, sprayed the other side of my batting and smoothed on my front.
Did I then do some trimming? Nope. I started quilting.
The darn batting stuck to my machine several times and it dawned on me why I was having troubles, and so I hope my lesson is officially learned. I think I'll try spray basting again - maybe on a baby quilt? Another small-ish project, for sure, until I feel more confident in it. Other than my own silly error, it was definitely an enjoyable experience. Being able to quilt without stopping every five seconds to take out a pin was pretty darn awesome.
I felt truly inspired yesterday when I hopped onto Flickr and saw what Lynne's been up to. She's just starting to FMQ and is already trying stitches I haven't attempted, so I thought it was as good a time as any to try a new FMQ style. I opted for some loopy meandering stitches. I did some drawing first, to get a feel for it, and then did a small 5" practice square. It's quite possible that my practice was a full-on waste of time since the stitches totally disappeared into the over-busy fabric.
I had a rough time at first trying to get the hang of the loops - should they all go the same direction? Should they all be the same size? I knew I was overthinking it, so I just turned up the music on my iPod and let go. I really liked the look of the loops though, at the end of the project. I will definitely try this kind of FMQ again. It was actually a lot of fun. If only binding were as much fun...
Thursday, January 13, 2011