Last week I shared that I am working on finishing some Quilts in Progress, and while I am working on getting my Talia quilt top finished, I am alternating some time for free motion quilting on my Broken V quilt. I am so excited to get this in the Finished column! and I am really proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone a bit.
The pattern for this quilt comes from Christa Watson‘s brand new book, Machine Quilting with Style. The book was just released from Martingale, so I am happy to be among the first to create with it.
Now, I am definitely not a confident free motion quilter, but I really wanted to take advantage of this book and push myself a bit. I decided to alternate each chevron shape in the quilt design with a different quilting motif, but stuck mostly with variations on simple lines.
My old standby is basic straight lines (no need for scary free-motion) when it comes to quilting my own quilts. I did some (lots) straight line quilting here, but I also forced myself to try a lot of free motion quilting too. Guess what? I loved it. And, I discovered it’s not so scary, at least if you keep it simple: meandering lines using the edge of the presser foot as a guide to keep spacing even and geometric swirls when I felt really brave. The hardest thing for me is to free motion lines that look straight, but I found it easier if I did it either straight away from me or toward me, but not sideways.
I want to show the back of this quilt because I love the fabric….but had no idea how to use it in piecing for a quilt front (they are kind of like panels from an Alison Glass collection last year, they came with bundles I bought). I had these fat quarters and fat eights, so I just sewed them together and voila! perfect backing.
It will be my turn in Christa’s blog tour for the book soon…so I must get to finishing this quilt!