Go Ahead, Try It

Yes, it's done

Have you tried free-motion quilting yet?  Is fear holding you back?  Go ahead and try it!  You really can’t mess it up!  As I was moving the fabric to and fro, that is what occurred to me with this last quilt.  It is not prim and proper !  It’s all over the place.  Running here and there.  Twisting, turning, changing it’s direction.  And that is pretty much exactly me.  A perfect fit!

the leaves on back

Ah -but let’s say that you are a person who doesn’t like mess or chaos.  You want things just so.  Precise and perfect.  Yep, I know a handful of you too.  Well, I still believe you should try this technique as an exercise in character.   😉  

Free-Motion Quilting

 It’s not perfect. I know that. There are imperfections.  But I am not entering it into any huge quilting contests. It’s for my little boy. Who loves it a lot. And his Mama made it for him – which makes it even more special to him.  And besides, aren’t the imperfections one of the things that make handmade so much more meaningful than manufactured?



You’ll see this quilt again in Taylor’s room when I finish it. 
(It’s soooo close!  I have to find time this week to get it done!)
A quilt should be worth more than one blog anyway.   🙂  
And just to re-empahsize, dear husband, free-motion quilting is NOT cheating.

Fabric: Amy Schimler’s Animal Party and Forest Fun
Pattern: FREE download from Robert Kaufman


By the way, I also know some of you that are stuck at making your first quilt top.  Pick out a simple design for your first quilt. (Pre-cuts really simplify things.)  Then send it off to to be quilted.  My point is try to overcome the hurdle that is blocking your way.  Figure out a way to jump over it and take off running.  Even if that hurdle has nothing to do with sewing.   😉  

And now I must go hang shelves!  Until next time…..


9 Responses to “Go Ahead, Try It”

  1. 1 Tootsie Marie August 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see his room! It is going to be wonderful!

  2. 3 Sarah August 25, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    The free motion looks good!
    I’m up to about 25 quilts now (none sent out) and only the last one was done with free motion.

    Stich in the ditch works just fine, especially if you buy good batting (rather than the fluffy stuff).

    I love the fabrics you picked for your son (or he picked!)

    Good luck getting the room finished

    • 4 Melanie August 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      25 quilts! That is amazing. 🙂 I don’t actually consider myself a quilter – but I do an occasional one. And right now the free motion is my favorite way to finish them. Before that I was a stitch in the ditch girl. And right now my favorite batting is the kyoto bamboo from Moda. What do you like to use? Thank you for the compliment! I knew when I saw this line that my little guy would like them. 🙂 The day I opened the box he told me he wanted a blanket and a shirt and some shorts made from it! So far he has a quilt and a lunch box. 😉

      I really will need luck b/c after his room (which is relatively simple) comes my daughter’s – and there is nothing simple in her world. he he

      • 5 Sarah August 25, 2009 at 11:17 pm

        I haven’t tried bamboo batting before, though I’ve seen it in the quilt shop recently. Mostly I use warm&white or warm&natural, but before my budget permitted that I used the fluffy polyester stuffing.

        I also made baby quilts for newborn (premature) triplets in my extended family. I wanted them to be extra washable without needing a lot of quilting, so I actually used a double layer of flannelet instead of batting because I knew that it wouldn’t ever bunch up.

        I’m sure your daughter will love whatever you make. Especially if she gets to pick some of the fabrics.

  3. 6 Elena August 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

    do you have a stitch regulator?? or is that your awesomeness shining through on those even stitches?! that’s is what’s holding me back on free motion. i get some long ones and some short ones, and it looks pretty bad 😦

    • 7 Melanie August 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      wonderful question! yes, I ended up buying a stitch regulator. There are many people I know that don’t use them – but I wanted the process to be enjoyable and not having to constantly worry about even stitches was something that made it more enjoyable for me. It’s funny though because I still don’t get even stitches all the time – but I think it’s better than my prior attemps….maybe?!?!?

  4. 8 mary murrah August 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Quilts are such fun and family memories abound. Family Pride. Enjoyed article. Families need to do things together at home. Browse grammysquilts for traditional quilt patterns like Churn Dash, Log Cabin, Streaks of light, Birds in flight. and a unique one-Little House in the Woods. Mary

  5. 9 sturdee residences showflat January 1, 2017 at 4:04 am

    You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation however I in finding
    this topic to be really something that I think I would by no means understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking ahead on your subsequent post, I’ll attempt to
    get the cling of it!

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