Monday, May 28, 2018

FO: Doodle Pig

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While on vacation, I took a day to hang out with Mom and get a lesson on free motion quilting. While she will have the big machine in a week or so, I thought it would still be good to learn on a smaller machine, for smaller projects I want to quilt at home.

Mom just happens to have a machine just like mine. So she set me up, gave me a quick demonstration, and let me at it. And let me just say... it's MUCH harder than it looks! I knew it would be tricky at first, but I didn't realize how tricky.

Mom sandwiched me up a few fat quarters to practice on and I covered them in a mess of free motion stitchery.

I got to a point where I was able to keep my stitch length fairly even, though I still struggle with direction and keeping in a pattern. Most of my quilting looks like it was done by a drunk three-year-old.

Still, after a while, I wanted to tackle a "real" project. I'd brought the piggy square and decided to turn it into a pot holder.
From the front it doesn't look too bad, because the stitching mostly disappears.The back is another story.
When I showed it to Dave (who is familiar with Mom's beautiful work) he said "Yep, definitely looks like you were sewing drunk."

I guess I better get some more practice in.

10 comments:

Dee said...

While I am certainly no pro --- I don't quilt --- but, I think it looks pretty!

Delighted Hands said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! After a good wash and dry, all quilting looks much better!
There's only one road to improvement....practice, practice and more practice!
I predict a LOT of quilts in your future!!! lol
(Isn't it irritating not to get any comments in your email so you can respond?!!!)

Mereknits said...

I think it looks great and Dave needs a kick in h=the pants. Have fun!

Araignee said...

Lol......we are in the same place. My free motion skills are pretty wonky. I have mastered the loop de loop-sort of but that's about it. It is sooooo much harder than it looks. It is true that once you throw it in the wash you really can't see the boo boos. Good thing. I am the master of boo boos.

Tired Teacher said...

I agree that is harder than it looks: the only quilting I do on my machine is stitch in the ditch or straight lines.

Let's hope Blogger gets the comment glitch fixed soon.

kathy b said...

OH!!!! Lovely potholder. Seems like one can really enjoy sewing in some basic items? Placemats, napkins, potholders, Maybe someday....

Wanderingcatstudio said...

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Judy S. said...

Looks to me like you are a quick study! Nice work.

Eastside Cats said...

A drunk three year old, huh? LOL!

chrisknits said...

The pig is as cute as can be, even with drunk quilting!