Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quilt Doodling...

I have the feeling I've over shared this quilt-in-progress.  I thought I would have it finished long before now, but I'm only finding bits of time here and there to work on it over the last 6 months.


Slowly progress is being made on it and I'm now to the point where I get to play with some free-motion quilting designs.  Rather than just use ones I'm familiar with, I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice some new (to me) designs.  I've been trying out several from Angela Walter's book Free-Motion Quilting.  I've already used the Basic Swirl, which I really like and will definitely use again.


I've also been practicing Paisley and Concentric Circles, but haven't added them to the quilt yet.  When I see a design I might like to use, first I draw it again and again and again.



And then I practice stitching them on sample fabric sandwiches until I feel comfortable enough to use it on a quilt.  Sometimes, I never reach that point and then I just move on to another design.


This is another quilt I'm sure I'll feel was worth all the extra time once it's finished, but it certainly does seem to be taking quite a while to reach that point!

While I'm busy quilting, my sewing buddy is content to break in the new chair.  It's getting a lot of use and rave reviews from the four-legged crew.



By the way, I've recently joined Instagram as deetackett.  I'm honestly still trying to figure some of it out, but having fun with it so far.


Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” 
Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)


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