I could not escape it if I tried.
Linda, my sister is biggest into it and she is the one responsible for twisting my arm into doing fabric design on Spoonflower.
So when I finally caught the bug most of them said,
Oh, boy, did I feel dumb when I had questions on every step I took. I was determined to complete it all myself including the free motion stippling.
I made it through the construction fairly simply because I was using a cheater panel I had created and had printed on fabric. How hard is that?
But then I wanted to start the real quilting part....the sandwiching of the layers with stitches....
The Magic.....Free Motion!
I twisted and turned all the dials on my old machine that I possibly could trying to make the magic that you would know to be free motion stitching.
I twisted it to the left and found the knots of thread waiting for me under the quilt.
Then I twisted to the right and thread hovered on top
... and still no magic happened.
I twisted my fabric from the right to the left,
from the left to the right.
Still no magic!
Well, it just couldn't be me because after all.....I CAN DRAW!!!!
How hard can this be?
It MUST be my old machine!
SO...I tried my mother's machine.
Still no magic!
Linda sat down and in about five seconds....magic!
I went back home and practiced!
Well, it may not be magic yet....but I am learning the tricks!
I have a renewed respect for you quilters out there. It really is an art.
And as a side note...I almost completed the quilt on my old machine but...not quite! As I was putting on the binding around the edges, my old machine ground to a stop and then it would sew only in reverse. So time for a new machine. I'm shopping around.
All the fabric designs in this quilt are my personal designs available through my shop on Spoonflower .
This quilt was made from Peppermint Candy Christmas Cheater Panel, Mints for All and Peppermint Candy Christmas. Other coordinating fabrics are available.
Find them here.
My friend Mary Ann from Rocknquilts has a Giveaway you may be interested in checking out. The winner will be announced on the Fourth of July (2012).
Check in here to see what she has available.
Thanks, Mary Ann for a great opportunity.