Still pluggin’ along…
What happens when you don’t practice, practice, practice? You get rusty, rusty, rusty! I’ve been away from fmq for a few weeks. In the pursuit of my Summer List, I got out my Gettysburg Sun quit and began to quilt. I had forgotten that I have sooo much trouble quilting a straight line. You would think a straight line would be easy. You would be wrong. If I took my eye off of it for even a nano-second, the stitches were snaking all over the place! And I just couldn’t get the “feel” of the motion. The stitches were tiny and then they were big. I think I can attribute some of that to “lumpy seams”…. a product of small blocks with lots of pieces. Sometimes, I just don’t know how to press seams to eliminate the bulk in a small block. I was very unhappy with some of the stitches…so I ripped ’em out! I like the quilt too much to leave all of the mistakes in. So, I ripped out stitches…even the microscopic stitches we sometimes get. Please tell me that sometimes you have them also! Even if you have to lie to me. :-)
Another issue I’m having is I can’t see the designs I’ve marked on dark fabrics. I meticulously marked my dark fabrics with one of those white pencils. I believe I wasted my time. The marks rub off by the time I get to them. :-( Of course, I took my time to mark the border and of course, most of the markings are gone. Can you say frustrated? So, I’ll get out my little stub of a white pencil and try to mark it again. How in the world do you mark dark fabrics? Is there something out there that everyone else in the world is using except me?
Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to try a free motion feather. Stitching in the ditch wasn’t challenging enough…I had to try swirls! I had been drawing them for weeks with minimal success. But at some point, I knew I would have to put down the pen and put thread to fabric. Here’s the result. Not too shabby. But I suspect that birds all over the world are laughing their tail feathers off right about now!
My Summer List showed me that I am a prolific piecer but not much of a quilter. This feather shows me that I’m a curvy, swirly quilter and not so straight arrow. Somehow, I think that my just reflect my personality!