This week-end I was practicing Free Motion Quilting.
I'm new to quilting like this so I have to practice a whole lot. My machine is an entry level Janome and is 20 years old. I love my machine and it's a little work horse. As far as doing 'fancy' was concerned - Forget it! and buying a new machine - sorry not possible.
That was until - I saw a UTube video of Lea Day and she spoke about a generic foot for quilting. I ordered one from her and WHALA!!! it fits my machine and it actually works.
Now for the hard part. I have 2 idiot hands when it comes to FMQ. It feels as if I'm holding a piece of paper and someone else is holding the pen and now I need to draw on this paper. Needless to say the first few practice runs were horiffic. I also bought an e-book for beginners called "From Daisy to Paisley" from Lea Day so that I could just get going.
These 4 practice pieces I made were trying to get a swirling motion right without it looking too stupid. Then when I had finished, I just couldn't throw it out, so I started going over and over the motion with other colour cottons and now, I love that Artsy look of it - wonky and all.
Now I just can't decide if it should be sewn together as a "art work" or put edges on each and use them as placemats for the BBQ table.
When I look at them together, I think of van Gough's 'Starry Night'. LOL!
Anyway, I'll get the hang of this yet!!