Thursday, March 18, 2010
a little free motion circling
This is my first attempt with free motion quilting. I used my new (cheap) darning foot and practiced on some scrap before starting on this blanket (I'm having trouble deciding if it should be called a blanket or quilt because I didn't piece any part of it but I am quilting the layers together). I admit that I don't have the patience for exhaustive testing. I believe that you learn best from doing and you learn more from doing wrong. So I just jumped right into quilting the blanket and fiddled my way through a couple of rows.
I have seen pebble designs before as well as stippling techniques where important features were emphasizes in circles. I thought it would be neat to try circling around each of the elephants in a continuous motion to tie all of the elephants together. I circled each elephant about three times because I think it hides the crooked and uneven parts. I think it also adds a modern and improvised look to a semi-structured technique. I will just need to quilt more than I had originally planned so the layers don't shift in the wash; I think my circles don't take up as much space as I meant for them to.