It’s been fun the past nine days getting to make so many new friends. Over 100 new people have joined me at my Catherine Redford: Quilter Facebook page, and the comments… so many comments. I have read them all. Some of you have made me smile, some made me laugh out loud.
I hope all of you have been inspired to just get to your machines and quilt! You do know that you won’t improve unless you actually sew don’t you?
My elementary school teacher used to say practice makes perfect. Well, I’m not actually sure that’s true but I do know that practice leads to improvement and that nothing has to be perfect to be wonderful…
I’ve tried to include some helpful hints along the way. However I’m afraid that seeing can be believing and it’s hard to explain in a few words what can be shown in video (or DVD!)
That being said, I’ve got a few practice ideas for you today.
This is a little piece I made as a sample for the free motion classes in my local store. It’s very simple piecing. I divided the big aqua square into sections and added a different motif in each space. Each border got its own treatment. There are ten designs in total to make a fun little wall hanging.
Here’s a close up view of some of those stitches. If you’ve been reading along you’ll recognize them!Sometimes when I’m finishing a top I’ll simply quilt around the motifs in the fabric. That’s what I did on this bright sunny flowered batik.
I often take squares of printed fabrics to my classes for the students to stitch on. With a line to follow you can concentrate on keeping your stitches consistent. Try and keep your machine humming away smoothly and move your quilt sandwich gently for the best results!
Here’s a panel by Stephanie Brandenburg of Frond Studios that I layered up and quilted one afternoon.
So much fun to just sit and stitch!
Small pieces are the easiest way to start.
There’s always someone who wants to quilt their queen size quilt on a regular domestic sewing machine. If you are determined enough, and willing to persevere, it won’t be quick, but it can absolutely be done. Like eating an elephant you just need to do it bit by bit!
On this blog hop comments mean prizes… You have until the end of today to post your final thoughts. I’ll be using a random number generator to pick the winners tomorrow. With DVDs and a grand prize that includes a Stella task light and a Hexie Love ruler don’t miss your chance.
Here’s the list of my friends who have posted reviews of my new DVD. They all have great blogs that are worth spending a few minutes investigating so go ahead check them out.
I’ll be e-mailing the winners on Sunday morning. If I don’t get a response back by Monday I’ll e-mail some alternatives… so remember to check your e-mails. You could be a winner.
And if not? and you wanted that DVD? It’s available at the Interweave store both as the DVD and as a digital download. Click on the widget up at the top right of my website. But remember, it doesn’t matter how many fun blog posts you read or video workshops you watch you’re not going to become a better quilter unless you PRACTICE!!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon…