Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Quilting lesson

Yesterday I went on a machine quilting course at the Seattle Quilt Company.  Quilting's not really my thing, but I wanted to learn some new techniques.

I was really impressed with Lisa's tuition - everything was clearly explained and any questions were answered in detail.

We started off by tracing a pattern onto calico, then layering it up with wadding before stitching.  It was a really useful exercise and I picked up a few excellent tips that can be used in other stitching projects. 

If you look closely you'll see that I didn't do a very good job of following my pencil lines, but once it has been washed no-one will ever know! 

I'm trying to decide what to do with the finished piece - I may paint it and add beads etc.  Any suggestions gratefully received :)

After lunch we got on to the really fun, creative bit - free machine quilting.

Again, we layered up some calico and wadding and then 'drew' with the machine.  The aim was really to practice meandering and looping patterns which are commonly found in quilting, and I did do a bit of this, but I had much more fun doing these... 

It was great to have the time to just play about with the machine.  I've come to the conclusion that when I do this at home I'm way too precious about wasting fabric and threads, and I should just buy a load of cheap fabric for experimenting.


  1. Wow! Those little practice pieces are fantastic. I especially like the bird and the bees.
    I have wanted to do some machine quilting/embroidery for a while now, bought the appropriate sewing foot and everything. On my first attempt I just couldn't get the tension right and gave up after an hour. You obviously have much more staying power than I do :o)

  2. these are looking fabulous! I especially love the free machine embroidery...such fun!x

  3. I sooo admire anyone who can control a needle...by hand or machine!! Love your playful pieces of free embroidery, especially your springy sheep and bouncing bird! Look forward to seeing some more carefree stitching!!
    Ali x

  4. Hello from Ireland!just happy to have found your blog!


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