I was so glad to see Leah blog this week. A big sigh of relief that I won't be getting myself into piecing more quilts. I can just focus all my energy into finishing up the two quilts which I started for Week 4 and Week 5.
This is really fun, I wish I had more time to piece more quilts. Sometimes I feel I get hung up on small details and may be trying to be a perfectionist. Which is sometimes hard on my self.
Okay, lets talk about more stippling now. I feel I don't have control over my stippling. Actually looks like it always takes a life of its own. So, I would like to go back and practice Week 1's Wiggle Along to get a hold of the basic shapes for stippling. I am using 1/2inch scale, so that I can quilt my butterfly quilt with this. Hoping this practice is going to help with my butterfly quilt.
Here is my new changing pad :-):
|Practicing on 1/2 inch scale stippling|
Wednesday Feb 15th
This was a very challenging and intense week for me trying to finish up the two quilts which I started in Week 4 and Week 5. I wish I was able to finish the binding too for both of them. But I'm just happy that I was able to finish quilting both of them.
Baby Changing Pad:
I'm glad to say that at least I finished the binding on this one.
This was a very tricky quilt. Had I planned it ahead of time how I was going to
- quilt around the butterfly
- quilt inside the butterfly
- Allover quilting
This one was very tough to finish and took lot of time this week to quilt. But I am happy that I was able to finish quilting it to show for this week.
I wanted to combine this to enter for SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge, so I did the feather plume all over the borders of this quilt.
Thank you Leah for your post yesterday. Before I read your post I was wondering what I should be using for a filler design around the feathers. After I read your post, decided to do micro stippling around the feathers. I think it came out nice. I'm so in love with stippling, especially dense/micro stippling. Stippling is overall so relaxing and smoothing. The flow just helps me to relax so much. Having done the feather I can compare how different stippling and quilting feather plume are. Feathers are very labor intensive but they do look beautiful.
Last week if you saw my pictures of the saw-tooth-start wall hanging there were lot of white space, but this was just perfect for quilting feather plumes. I just went with the flow finishing one feather at a time and then branching out from there. Finally micro stippled around the feather plumes.
Areas of Improvement - Speed:
I constantly feel that this is something I'm struggling with all the time. To get smooth curves I need to maintain certain speed with my pedal. But when I'm faster with my pedal I tend to move my hands around too fast too. I need to get this pedal and hand co-ordination when I can maintain the speed with the pedal to be medium and then my hand to move slowly enjoying the quilting I'm doing. As a beginner I can't complain but to practice more and more.....more.
This week I really don't have any questions. I'm just glad that I was able to finish quilting two of my quilts. I would have been extremely happy if I had finished the binding but that's okay I guess. I can't beat myself over that.
Thank you again Leah for the quilt alongs. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be able to find time to quilt or improve my FMQ :-). You're AWESOME!