It is late Sunday night - work tomorrow - and it was a very busy weekend, I did manage to get a few hours in my sewing room today. I have been practicing my freemotion quilting and even though I laundered this practice piece (wanted to get the chalk out of it) I think you can see the design pretty clearly in these pics. I used just regular old school chalk to mark this stencil design. This probably is not technically freemotion since I used a stencil, but I wanted to try it.
This is the front and the pic on top shows the front with the back flipped over. I serged the edges.
The stitch length is looking much better, more consistent I think with several weeks of practice. I am using Superior thread in both needle and bobbin, So Fine which I believe is 60 wt. I have already made a new quilt sandwich in pink fabric and will be trying marking out squares with chalk and see if I can freemotion a consistent design across the quilt sandwich. The batting on this piece is 80/20 cotton poly. The next one I am going to use wool batting.
I also finished piecing five more blocks in my pink and brown. That makes 12 blocks completed, but I am still struggling with the 1/4 inch seam allowance, I have tried several different set-ups, but either come up too small or too large. I am going to try to figure out what I am doing wrong next session. I think too I will change my presser foot so that I can adjust the needle. Does anyone else struggle with that "scant 1/4 inch?" OH YES, the big news is a new JoAnn Fabrics has opened at the mall. I made a trip today to use my 40 percent off coupon and check it out. I hope it makes a go of it as we have not had a regular fabric store in town for many years. Well, better sign off for now, I want to go check out what everyone else has been doing :) Bernie