Here I am with another last-minute finish for the 2012 FMQ Challenge hosted by SewCalGal. I don’t mean to be squeaking under the wire every month, but life (and a queen-sized charity quilt) gets in the way. This challenge was difficult for me, but I think with more practice I would enjoy it. One of the things I like best about hand quilting is that you can mark a design and quilt it perfectly. It has a different look than spontaneous free-hand quilting. This technique by Don Linn uses marked designs for free-motion quilting. I like the idea and the process, but have to admit that I am not very good at tracing lines. Anyplace where I have to backtrack over my own stitches, it is a bit of a problem. I know the answer is more practice, so I will keep working on it.
I used dark thread on white fabric so that I could evaluate it easier. I am getting much better at keeping a consistent stitch length and moving the fabric is coming more naturally. As you can see, tracing lines was not easy, but there is potential there. I keep reminding myself that when my 4yo writes her name, I think it’s great even though it’s not perfect penmanship. Maybe by the time she can write her name perfectly, I will be able to do this better.