No, that’s not my thighs we’re talking about… it’s FMQ again…. After masses of practice on Friday doing my free motion quilting thing (and feeling quite pleased that I was doing so well!), I decided it was time to have a bit of a trial run on a real piece of patchwork. I found some of the test leaves I made for the Brit mini-quilt swap and had a play. Sad to relate, it all went a bit wibbly:
Nothing seemed to go right – I couldn’t get the speed level to stay constant (I kept speeding up), and I suddenly failed to remember that when you are FMQ-ing, you don’t have to keep stopping and turning the fabric (come on Ali, the clue’s in the name!). Clearly the pressure of using real fabric was just too much for me… and in the end I totally lost patience with it, and finished it off willy-nilly (can you see all the bunching and the nasty binding??). I stuck a layer of Insul-Bright heat-resistant stuff in between the wadding and the backing fabric, and at least we have a fit-for-my-kitchen-only table mat.
But onward and upwards…. I cheered myself up and de-stressed this afternoon taking pics of a new ditzy-sweet bundle for my Liberty shop… I know, it’s super-big-headed to say this, but good grief I think this looks cute. I got something right today: