Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Definitely harder than it looks...

I finished the horizontal sashing, and switched feet on my machine, grabbed my practice square and decided to see just how hard it is to echo quilt and free motion quilt.

 If one doesn't look too closely, not too bad.  There is definitely a learning curve to figuring out how to pace the speed of the machine and the speed of the hands, but overall, it is fun moving around under the needle.

After looping around my test dolphin four or five times, I moved to loops and curlicues to see how I might consider quilting the blocks as my batting calls for 4 inches apart.  Following this experiment, I think I'm not ready to meander so will be reinstalling the walking foot and adding some diagonals.


Finally, I moved on to echo the first set of dolphins on the signature quilt.  Yep, it is harder than it looks, but my dolphins do have character...

I am enjoying this project, but am also looking forward to getting back to my Quilter's Academy projects. Once I finish the tops, I'm going to spend the next few months working through Heirloom Machine quilting (which I've now read twice) to work on my free motion skills.

2 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

Echo quilting is much harder than it looks... this quilt is going to be stunning... I love all the dolphins swimming around!

Barb said...

Love this quilt....dolphins have a special place in my heart!!
I have tried the echo quilting on some practice pieces and yes....it is wayyyyyy harder than it looks.....but I think yours is coming along well....great job!!