Last year I blogged about my Twigs puff quilt, which is so special to me because not only did I make it for my best friend’s baby, but it was the puff quilt that started it all.
This year I want to talk about the very first free-motion machine quilted blanket I ever did.
I made it for a customer, someone I’d never met. I said I’d do it, confidently. But nervous and excited because I’d never done it before! And I have to say, it turned out beautifully. I think the key is good basting. Taking the appropriate time to do a great job basting your quilt can make your quilting a breeze.
And I wouldn’t say the quilting was a breeze (I was super nervous to mess up so I was having small panic attacks every few minutes) but machine quilting is really not that difficult. I think the harder part of quilting is matching up the squares exactly…that’s where the years of practice come in (which I don’t have yet…only 35 more years right?)
We will probably make mistakes and may fail a few times.
But perserverance and endurance will eventually give you the result that you want!
I hate hearing ‘I have zero crafty ability.’ or ‘I can’t sew to save my life.’ If you have that attitude, stop! You are wrong! It’s not all about creative vision…most of it is just practice, practice, practice! Start with something simple and then work your way up to harder things.
You will amaze yourself with what you can do.
Okay I’m off my soap box now. 🙂