Yesterday was dyeing day and that’s pretty much an all day affair so I don’t do much else. But all this week I’ve been trying to whittle at the pile of veteran’s quilts that I have to quilt. Thanks to Terry, another club member, I only have 16 here to quilt now but I know more are coming next week.
Related to this I also teach the new owner training at my local Innova dealer. One day of that training is called “Pathway to Proficiency” and is focused on getting started with free-motion quilting. I have a slide show of easy things that new quilters can do right out of the gate. I need more photos for my slide show and I’m going to get them from this group of veteran’s quilts.
I’ve quilted 5 of the 16 so far but have only photographed these 2. I’ll have the others to share over the next couple of weeks.
A simple charm square needed quilting that will create an interesting pattern across the quilt.
I think these free-motion arrows fit the bill and were really simple to quilt.
But the best part is the cool design that it creates on the back.
We had a 4-patch drive a few months ago so there are lots of 4-patch quilts in the stack. I really like the way this one was arranged.
I used all over squiggly lines just to add overall texture. The patterns of the fabrics weren’t really going to show off the quilting. This is a great way to quickly quilt a quilt with just some overall texture.
Looks good from the back too!
I think that next week I might start a series of posts just for new longarmers and share the tips and approaches that I wish someone had taught me when I was a beginner quilter.