My first goal in quilting for 2014: overcome my fear of free-motion quilting.
I have only been quilting my own quilts for about a year. Before that, I always paid someone to long-arm quilt them because I was afraid of ruining my hard work. Last year, I started doing some basic quilting, straight lines and using the decorative stitches on my machine (essentially just quilting with my regular sewing foot) as well as my Sashiko machine.
I took a huge risk and decided to start my goal on my Midnight at the Oasis Quilt. I practiced a bit on a small quilt sandwich I made with a scrap block, and then went for it.
I have quilted the center star of my quilt and love it! I chickened out on free-motion quilting the white space because it would show up so much, and stuck with the straight lines I am confident with. I want something in that center green circle, but it scares the wits out of me.
I did free motion the little swirls in all the white triangles of the star, though. I almost lost my nerve after these, because they are really not great. But I don’t think they are terrible, either, and I figure I will only learn if I try.
Jumped in with both feet on the flower border, though! can you see my swirls? Yes, there are some toenail catchers, but overall, I am really excited. I can do this! Still working on regulating the speed so the stitches are even (mine aren’t yet even close), but I was just happy my circular swirls were mostly circular didn’t have too many corners.
Is anybody else quilting their Midnight at the Oasis? getting ready for the final post of the QAL on January 31st? I highly doubt mine will be finished, but I am pretty delighted that it has pushed me to overcome a limitation and start developing a skill I want to have.
What other crafty goals do we have for 2014?