Saturday, September 4, 2010

A bit of free motion quilting!

Well, I tried free motion quilting on my old machine. I used my new darning foot. I love it. I had a lot of fun using it.

First, I made a 12.5 inch block using the tutorial for the Sun Rays Quilt Block tutorial by Twin Fibres. Once I had the border done on the block I drew up a little scene and made some appliques for the centre of the block.

My feed dogs were up (because they can't go down anyway), and I did some applique. Then a bit of stippling and then tried my hand at a feathered border. The border turned out okay. I do need practice with that.

Then I trimmed it all up, and put the binding on using my machine. And VOILA......I have a little art quilt that is 12.5 inches square. Isn't it cute? Well, the free motion quilting went really well, even with the feed dogs up. I actually didn't even really notice them being up. It didn't make it more difficult or pull on the fabric. The tension was great....didn't have any problems with that. Now, I just need to keep practicing. So there will be a lot of little quilts in the near future appearing on my blog.

Hugs

Ariane

8 comments:

Simone said...

It looks amazing Ariane! I'm glad that you were able to do it without any trouble even with the feed dogs up! Now the sky is the limit!
Simone

Poppyprint said...

That's just the cutest! Way to go trying the fm quilting! I love the fabric - great colours. If ever you want to try without the feed dogs, just use a hole punch to make a hole in the middle of an index card (for your needle to go through) and masking tape the card to the deck of your machine.

Amy said...

Was that your first time free motion quilting? If so, you are a natural! It's a very sweet quilt!

Michele said...

such a pretty design. and free-motion quilting, no sweat now. it gives a whole new meaning to "feeding the dogs" especially in your house!

Sara said...

I really need to get one of those darning foots soon!!

Barb said...

I leave my feed dogs up...most of the time....find it give me more control.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

So very cute - you did a great job! Kuddos to you for conquering the free-motion quilting! I've been putting it off for quite some time! Love the little quilt!

a good yarn said...

It's fabulous Ariane! Your feathers look great! I've been too chicken to try then myself. I like the fabrics used and the pieced border. Ann :-)