Ok, lets start at the beginning. I have been wanting to learn how to do meander quilting for so long but because I am a big chicken ive just stuck with in the ditch quilting because its 'safe' and that is what I am comfortable with.
Monday night my husband comes home with a pressie for me...
Its a darning foot for my sewing machine!!!
So, I got started right away and made a mini-sandwich to practice on. But because I was so excted and partly because I wanted to get right into it before I got all nervouse, I decided to make Chip (our beautiful Jack Russell X Maltese) a quilt for lazing on.
I picked out some fabric and cut out a heap of 3.5" squares and sewed away. I didnt lay them out first or anything, just completely random. Once I finished the top I decided that while I was trying new things I would try a pieced back - completely inspired by all of AmandaJeans quilts!
I made the top, back, and basted the whole thing that same night! (Chip supervised)
Then Tuesday night I did my stippling. (I watched AmandaJeans Free Motion Quilting Tutorial three times, took a deep breath and gave it a shot!) I still have a long way to go but I am SO happy with the result!!! While I was at it I decided to try making binding from all the scraps, and sewed it on.
Yesterday I hand stitched the binding, threw it in the washer and dryer and now I know what everyone is talking about when they say they love the crinkley old feeling of a freshly washed and dried quilt!
Here is the finised result..
I am so pleased with how it turned out! Now I am extra motivated to finish all my UFO's just so I can stipple them. And I think the key was just jumping in and doing it because now Im not nervous at all!!