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But now that I have printed out the templates for the pattern ("Celebrate"--free pattern from Riley Blake), they seem a little small to me.
So I'm thinking I might enlarge them, so the diamonds are bigger, and show off the umbrella print better. It's one of my favorites of all time.
In Swoony news, I picked out a backing..which looks amazingly like my ironing board cover.
and am still trying to decide whether to quilt it myself, or send it out to have it quilted? That is my Swoon question.
I haven't ever had a quilt machine quilted by someone else.. the idea is intriguing to me, but it is more expensive.. and I do like that sense of accomplishment when I do it all myself. And I do like a challenge..
So I started practicing a little with the machine quilting. With the feed dogs and the walking foot. It's the only way I can do it right now. I've tried with the feed dogs down, and just can't get the hang of it yet. Anyway, I was able to do this, without drawing it out or anything.. so maybe if I actually traced a design, I could do it... ? ... Decisions, decisions.
Don't be afraid to drop those feed dogs and free motion! It is so easy, once you get the hang of it. Does your machine have speed settings? Mine does half speed, so I use that. Have you read the Free Motion Project Blog? It has awesome videos. Give it a try!
It must feel so great to finally have a dedicated sewing table!
As for the free motion, my advice is just do it! It's not nearly as difficult as it seems, and I find it to be a lot of fun. (Using my walking foot, on the other hand, results in much cursing and yelling at the machine. But that's just me :)
Love the fabric too Kelli, and can hardly wait to see it in action!
Great table in your sewing room! Will you use the extra length as a cutting table?
I have never sent out a quilt for FMQ, so I am no help there! I slog along on my own, but hopefully getting better at it!
So exciting about your desk!!! :)
I too love that umbrella fabric. I made a dress for my daughter out of that last year.
As for FMQ...DO IT!!! You can totally do it. Drop those feed dogs and practice a bit. You'll be surprised at how quickly you catch on.
It's Becky from The Quilting Booklady. Just wanted to let you know that I mailed your package from my blog giveaway today. You should receive it on Saturday or Monday. I'm in Baton Rouge visiting my Dad. I'm having problems with my outgoing emails, but wanted to let you know your package is on the way. Take care!
Hi Kelli, it is nice to have your own space for sewing and I love that fabric bundle. I sent my Swoon out, there was no way I was attempting to quilt it at home. Shop around for price. I only had my white background quilted by a Lonrarm Quilter and I am hand quilting the rest for a different look. Mt hopscotch quilt though I am doing on my machine :) also, try grabbing out a small plate (or alike) and using that curve to draw your flower design. I did this on my Rainbow quilt and it worked a treat for me. Best of luck with your swoon, I look forward to seeing what you decide to do. Hugs, Sharon
I love seeing your new sewing machine "home". I would love to see your sewing room! I wish there was an Ikea near here. I see so many quilters use their stuff in their sewing rooms. And I certainly would like to re-do my sewing room without spending an arm and a leg (money that I could use on fabrics!!).