The quilting is done on my Cardinal and Red Berries Quilt and this is my first “real” free motion quilting project. I am more a hand quilter but recently a few things incited me to learn this new method of embellishment.
First, let me repeat that this project started when I won a giveaway from Karen at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals. The giveaway was a starting kit to make her Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt. If you saw her quilt, you know that Karen quilted hers beautifully and I wanted to get a similar effect on my background.
Second, I visit Freemotion by the River every week and Connie makes beautiful projects that she free motion quilt. She and the many blogs I visit showed me that free motion quilting makes remarkable finishes and that pushed me to try it even thought it brings me out of my comfort zone. If I machine quilt, it is usually quite simple, done with the regular foot.
So, some weeks ago, I took my free motion quilting foot from its bag. I had once tried it, a few years ago, but did not know then that the grips below the foot must be lowered. You may guess how bad it went when I tried to stitch with it in those conditions.
With the grips down, I have practiced on scraps and decided to make my true first attempt with my Cardinal. I must say I enjoyed it.
There was some awkward moments for sure, like when I went from bottom to top or when the fabric seemed to make a jump to the side all of a sudden. Anyone looking closely would see how imperfect it is. But I do not mind the imperfections and I enjoyed seeing the patterns take form so quickly. I certainly learned a lot while doing this piece and as the saying goes, practice makes perfect!