But this week I decided that it's time to learn something a little more structured. So I'm quilting a simple flower in the middle of each colored square of the Quilt for a Big Girl Bed. I didn't trust myself to FMQ without a pattern (although that is a goal), so I drew a pattern on plain paper and then used it to needle punch through stacks of folded tracing paper. I chose this method because I'm not a fan of marking pens, and a soapstone pencil didn't show up on my fabrics.
|126 tracing paper patterns!!|
Of course, quilting two circles is more challenging, but oh well. It's taking me some time to learn to do this smoothly. I'm not enjoying quilting through paper that much. My biggest challenge is keeping my thread ends out of the way so I don't quilt over them. (I like to tie off and bury my thread ends as I go, but because of the paper, I have to wait until I get the block quilted.) The paper does tear off easily, though, so that's good. I asked an expert treadle quilter about my problem with the thread ends, and she said she only buries them on show quilts, so that's something I'm thinking about as I continue.
I was hoping to have a finish this Friday, but it's pretty clear that's not going to happen. This project is much slower than meandering. My stitches aren't great, but I hope that by the end, I'll be more comfortable with the technique. It's probably a good project to use for practice because I don't think my toddler granddaughter will be checking my work for accuracy. This is the biggest project I've ever quilted on my treadle, and I'm happy to find that it fits very easily under the arm of the machine. I'm looking forward to the reward of meandering once I get all those flower squares done!
I'm linking up today with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.