I decided to try free motion quilting! I have been very frustrated with the fact that many of my quilt tops remain folded in the closet. Hand quilting takes to long, I didn't know how to free motion, and I didn't have money to send it out for long arm.
So earlier this week I read all the instructions for free motion, made a practice "sandwich", and started doodling.
Today I decided to give it a shot on an actual project. I was SO nervous!!! It took a lot of focus but I finally finished!
The swirls were really simple, and a great pattern to start with. I wasn't particularly happy with my decision to try a heart...it turned out a little wonky. But nonetheless, I was happy with the result.
When it is finished, this will be a tote bag for my mother-in-law's birthday :)
I was also dying to get my Happy Accident quilt finished, so I tried another pattern. I had practiced some simple waves and they were pretty easy. The courthouse steps layout made it so easy to keep the waves evenly spaced.
I wanted the motion of the waves to look natural, so I didn't make them all the same. In some places, the waves are concentric, and in others they aren't.
I was pretty nervous to attack these projects since I don't have very much practice. But I think they turned out nicely! Hopefully there will be many more free motion projects to come!
I'd love comments on your free motion projects, tips, tricks, etc.