Friday, October 7, 2011
Free Motion Friday Week 1: The Wave
I learned a few things this week:
First, I was trying to use scraps to practice, but this may not have been the best idea. They were 4 inches square and I was always too close to the edge or ran out of material to hang onto. That was nearly a bigger struggle than controlling the machine. I'll have to go larger this week.
Second, I could really use gloves of some sort to get a better grip. I was resisting the teflon stuff that Leah Day suggested just because it seems so silly to buy all the gear when I have no idea what I am doing. Gloves, however, may help. Part of my issue was the size of the fabric scraps, but even in the center my fingers were not able to direct the sandwich to go where I wanted it to go. I was too slippery.
Third, I am better pushing the fabric away from me than pulling it toward me. This goes back to the grip issue because pushing it away from me I could use my thumb on the edge of the sandwich while pulling toward me I could not get a hold on anything.
Fourth, my foot is too huge to see around. It has quite a large "mouth" (like myself, I guess) , so I could not direct my fabric along the already stitched neighboring line.
That sounds like a huge list of excuses. I did learn a whole lot about tension (read: it went drastically wrong, but I can now fix that) and adjusting the speed of the machine to the speed of my pushing/slipping. It's a start.
Want to see what I came up with? Here you go:
I like the back more than the front, so I may have to just quilt everything upside down.
And now for this week's challenge....Drop Art. This is also a beginner's pattern from the Free Motion Quilting Project.
And of course, the instructional video. It really helped me last week, so I am hoping for the same this week. Fingers crossed!
How did you do? Show us what you created and the tricks you learned!
Come join in the linky and see what others were up to this week. Spread the encouragement and tips, please! It's the only way we will learn. If you need a reminder on the spirit of Free Motion Friday, please read the original post again.
Posted by Cindy at 8:17 AM
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