Whew! Finally caught up!
I’ve finally caught up on the Wednesday Quilt-Along. I’m apologizing in advance for the multitude of pictures….Week 1-Week 5. What a learning curve! What I learned is that I didn’t know what I thought I knew! You can always learn something new. The process is always evolving…
Moved on to Week 2. I was sure I wasn’t going to like quilting in rows. I’ve always thought that you just stipple randomly…merrily making little curves and dips and wandering right into a corner where you have to quilt a straight line to get out! I know….getting stuck is not good. I can see where quilting in rows can help with that. But I also saw where my rows made my curves look like little soldiers. Not exactly the smooth look I wanted. So i was absolutely sure that the quadrant quilting would not work. Guess what! It did. I actually liked it.
Now, we’re playing with scale in Week 3. That has to be one of the hardest things for me to do…keep a consistent scale. I start out beautifully. Then I see how much further I have to go and the scale slowly increase in size. Like my Grandma’s cookies! :-) So I know I need more practice with that.
Week 4. Straight line quilting. Should be a breeze, huh! More like a tornado! Straight lines are hard!!! It didn’t help that the only fabric I had with a stripe wasn’t a straight stripe. Didn’t think to draw straight lines…even though Leah suggested it.
My cheater cloth was octagons. That was pretty hard to quilt without travelling. So, like the Merry Wanderer, I travelled. And it wasn’t pretty. I think my lines themselves were good, but the travelling was not. And I certainly wouldn’t use that color thread with that fabric again! I wanted to see my stitches. And, boy, did I!
The motif was actually pretty good. I was pretty pleased with that.
And now to Week 5 where we put it all together. The straight lines on the star are pretty good. The stippling could be better. I just need to retrain my brain to quilt in rows. It will come.
So what have I learned? I’ve learned you need to relax and BREATHE! And a glass of wine can’t hurt! Just don’t spill it!