|Getting Better, But Not There Yet|
|Stitching In the Ditch, Without the Ditch|
|HandiQuilter Mini Ruler, 2 x 6|
Once I had the "ditches" stitched down, I practiced some freehand fills, feathers, pebbles, and straight line fills using the ruler. When I started this piece, I thought I was going to want a matte, all-white thread, and I did like the white on white for the stippling around the Dresden plate. However, I was surprised to discover that I really preferred the light blue Glide thread over most of the fabrics, just a shade or two lighter than the solid blue patches.
Feathers are still really challenging. I'm getting better at backtracking, but still working on controlling the machine on diagonal curves. That's why my quilted feathers aren't shaped as nicely as the ones I doodle on my iPad with my Apple Pencil. But I think they're looking less and less like ogre toes every day.
|Behold, Sub Par Feathers|
|More Feather Practice on a Dresden Plate|
|Wretched Attempts at Pebbles|
Ah, well -- that's the whole point of practice, isn't it? The only reason I'm posting these pictures is so I can look back on them at some point in the (hopefully not too far off) future and say:
I can tell you that I now understand why professional longarm quilters charge so much more for custom quilting. All this fiddling around with outlining blocks and SID and special fills in each little patch is taking me forever! But I'm very much looking forward to taking it off the frame and comparing the quilting at the top of the practice quilt to the quilting at the bottom. Happy Stitching.