20 Mar WIP Wednesday
Wherein I try free motion quilting! Not too bad for my first try, but plenty of room for improvement. I’ve been wanting to learn to FMQ for ages, but just kept putting it off due to more urgent items on the to-do list and a bit of fear of the unknown. I spent some time on Sunday afternoon reading Angela Walter’s book, Free Motion Quilting, so I felt better prepared. I’ve also made up a few practice quilt sandwiches to work on. I did forget to change my needle and realized after I finished that I’d been using a 70 needle. I think most people recommend an 80 or 90, so I’ll try that next time.
Here’s my progress so far on the leaders and enders quilt: I’m focusing first on the dark-light-dark strips I need for the nine patches. I need 46 of these and have all 46 of the dark-light part done, so now I’m adding the second dark and am nearly halfway finished with those. Next I’ll work on the light-dark-light strips.
I’ve been piecing some plus blocks from my stash of Bella (and a little Echo) by Lotta Jansdotter.
More to come on this in a few weeks. I’m almost ready to pin and quilt.
I’m linking up with Lee’s WIP Wednesday. Click over and see what everyone is up to!
How are your WIPs coming?