I love machine quilting. I love looking at it. I love the idea of how much faster it is than hand quilting. Seeing all the different free motion designs is inspiring. But I have not really DONE machine quilting. When I put a lot of work into a quilt top, I am nervous of machine quilting, because I don’t want to ruin it. Picking out bad machine quilting would not be fun.
I know I need to get over this, so I signed up for a course on craftsy.com. The class is “Machine Quilting” done by Wendy Butler Burns. I am about half-way through. This is a great platform for classes. There are recorded videos, so you can watch the classes on your own time. You can take notes and bookmark places in the video, and you can post questions at your bookmarks – just like putting your hand up in class. Questions are in a forum, so the instructor and all other students can see them and answer or comment. You can also post pictures of finished projects of problems. It is not live, so there is no instant discussion, but when I posted a question, Wendy answered the next day. They had a sale for Black Friday, so I registered for another class, but I haven’t actually looked at it yet.
This is the push I needed. Saturday I had a marathon and basted G1’s quilt and began quilting it. I am doing straight-line quilting with a walking foot, so it is not too complicated or scary. I can almost guarantee that the girls’ quilts will be done by the end of the year. I haven’t even started the boys’ yet, so no hope there. Fifty percent is not bad when you consider that during my prime piecing months, I had no sewing machine. That will give me a goal for next year.