|First Attempt at Pantograph Quilting!|
|See the Red Laser Dot?|
This is the 14" Feather Waves pattern by Anne Bright Designs. I chose it because first of all, I like it, and secondly, I thought the extended teardrop shapes and swirly points were similar to the shapes that I had been enjoying quilting freehand from the front of my machine. My expectation was that I would easily quilt this pattern smoothly, standing at the back of the machine and "driving" with the rear handles, tracing smoothly along the lines as the machine executed the pattern beautifully on the quilt...
But when I walked around to the front of my machine to check out my handiwork, I saw that I had quilted THIS:
|Instead of Feathers, I Have Quilted Ogre Toes!!!|
Blech!! Okay, so this is after exactly 15 minutes of practice. They say "everything is difficult before it becomes easy," so I'm not about to throw in the towel or anything.
Driving the quilting machine from the handles at the back feels very different from driving it with the front handles. I'm not sure whether this is due to the way the weight of the machine is distributed, or whether I'm just really used to being able to SEE what I'm "drawing" as I quilt with a sewing machine. It is also possible that it's just easier (although definitely more time consuming!) to quilt on a small, dense scale than it is to do large scale designs that swoop all over the place. I feel like I need to accelerate into a curve to get it smooth, but when I do that with these big feather curves the machine gets too much momentum going and it wants to keep going when I'm ready to switch directions, if that makes sense. So I'm going to try slowing down.
I may also have just chosen a design that was not very beginner friendly. So after I attempt another row or two of this pattern, I'm going to try a different design and see if that goes better. Wish me luck!
|Most Recent Freehand Quilting Practice. See Why I Thought the Feather Waves Would Be Easy?|
Meanwhile, my freehand practice has been going pretty well and I played around with rulers a little bit; that went well, too.
|Experimenting with Arced and Straight Ruler Templates|
And I still (still!!) haven't gotten around to scheduling my training day with my APQS dealer. I'm compiling a list of questions and things I want help with troubleshooting, best practices for certain techniques, etc., and pantograph quilting was something I wanted to attempt on my own before I went for training.
At this point, I'm excited to get to the bottom of my monsternormous King sized practice quilt, rip if off the frame, and load up a REAL quilt.
Happy Sunday, and Happy Stitching! I am linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, MainCrush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag.