The first part of the task was to print a paper copy of the block, and create a free-motion design:
I'll bet you can guess what's coming, can't you? Yes, then I had to sandwich and quilt it! This proved intimidating as it was clear I'd designed a quilting motif that exceeded my FMQ abilities by a long shot. Sigh. I stewed over it for almost a week, and then, in a
fit of insanity burst of determination, took the proverbial bull by the horns and did it!
Notice that I modified the pattern somewhat. This is what I learned as I went along:
- Hitherto, my FMQ experience was done on larger pieces -- lap-sized quilts etc. -- not on single blocks less than 12" square. It's harder to quilt a 12" square block with FMQ than it is a larger surface, simply because there's less to hold onto, and less space in which to create one's desired motif.
- Smaller blocks call for simpler quilting patterns.
- I need more practice quilting in small spaces.
- Look carefully at your piece before you stop quilting. I left out a curlicue. Ah, well, "It's only a sample"!
- It's time for Lily's annual check-up, because despite all precautions (cleaned bobbin case, new quilting needle, fresh bobbin, fresh thread, adjusted tension), she kept breaking my top thread. Sigh.
Activity #21 involves combining techniques to make a small piece. This will be done on my older, non-computerized, trusty Husqvarna S225. Without a needle down feature, but otherwise quite capable, stalwart and dependable. Maybe after all these years, I'll name her too: Rover. ;-)