No. Not curved piecing! Mastering-a-new-technique learning curves.
My latest quilt is called "Morse Code". You may have noticed I like to play with words as well as fabric. I was trying hard to think of a name connecting the spots and the stripes and then I realised they were really dots and dashes.
You can see a bit of quilting happening. I am NOT a machine quilter, but since joining blogland I have seen ordinary mortals managing this amazing feat. After dipping my feet in a couple of times with two recent baby quilts, I thought all the straight seams in "Morse Code" lend themselves to walking foot quilting. A larger quilt presents a greater degree of difficulty than baby quilts, particularly in fitting its bulkiness under the arm of the machine.
I am only up to straight lines, but as the saying goes, "baby steps first". Having watched from a distance I know a few things, such as get the chair up high, stop for regular breaks (this post comes to you courtesy of a break), have a large area to rest the bulk of the quilt on etc.
So I took over the dining room.
It has been a real journey of discovery. Now I understand a little more of things other quilters discuss. For instance, this is a cotton batting with a scrim. Boy does it pill. I have hardly quilted much on it and already there is evidence of pilling.
I am using the same cotton thread that I use for applique and for machine sewing, but I don't think it's the best one for machine quilting. It seems to shred on removal. Yes, there has been some removal, but not as much as I expected, so I still have a smile on my face.
My husband, who could be described as quilt non-sympathetic, got involved and helped me to design a pattern that doesn't require much of the dreaded starting and stopping.
I would appreciate comments and tips from any experienced machine quilters. To my long arm quilters, Adri, Kate and Verna I don't think you'll be losing too much business from me. Altogether it has been a positive experience, but now my break is over and I have some serious work to do!