I’ve moved from the corner and put the dunce cap away for another day and as promised, here are my words of wisdom! :-)
I’ve crossed another project off of my summer to-do list!
This one was truly a learning experience. As you can probably tell by the fabrics, this one has been patiently
languishing waiting in the Later Tater pile for quite some time. It was a pattern that caught my eye but I quickly lost interest in it. I nearly tossed it recently but I thought it would be good fmq practice. Originally, I was going to do Leah’s “zippling” but I thought it better lended itself to curvy stippling. I’ve never known what to do with applique shapes. Do I quilt over them or quilt around them or just not do them. Usually I opt for Plan C.
I decided to use the quilting to enhance the appliques. First, let me tell you that these are fused onto the background. They will survive a nuclear blast. I have no idea which fusible I used back in my dark days of beginning applique but just know that quilting through that fusible was like quilting through armor. I’m older and wiser now (older for sure!). Now I would cut out the center of the fusible. Makes for a much softer quilt and I’m sure much easier quilting! But I plugged along willing the needle to not break in the hot mess that was my fusible!
I then decided that stippling would be the way to go on the background. After all, I had this beautiful hand-dyed Valdani thread that was perfect. It was perfect and it quilted beautifully. I just want to know whose big idea it was to stipple so small. I thought I would never finish.
Ah…the border. Finally the border! I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Borders always stymie me. I’m sure you’ve all been there. It’s the border…I want to be finished! And many times it’s a plain piece that cries out for fancy stitching! Well, borders can cry me a river because I typically just quilted a grid or straight lines. I thought since this was fmq practice, a leafy border might look nice. And I think it does. And it was easy! I’m glad I didn’t take the easy way out.
I’ve tried to fmq without the gloves. I don’t like the gloves. They’re bulky and they can get hot and I sew through them at least once a day. But I can’t get a good grip without them.
My sister took a fmq class and the instructor suggested using glycerine. You just rub a few drops onto your fingertips and it’s amazing how well you can grip the fabric. When I first tried it I was skeptical. It had an almost greasy texture and I was terrified that it would rub off on my quilt. It didn’t. In fact, it didn’t wear off of my fingers until I washed it off. If you have the same issues with the gloves that I do, give this a try.
And here’s the tease….
I’ll be in Florida visiting my son and my sister next week and these guys are going along for the ride. My sister and I will spend a day putting together a nine-patch for a charity quilt project that we have. I’ll post a photo of the finished project later!