I've been spending some time looking at YouTube videos, blogs and DVDs about quilting. I have also been doing some practicing with a pen on my white board. I am envious of all of the wonderful quilting out there and hope to one day be able to do some quilting that I can be really proud of.
In the past I have only done meander quilting. I keep thinking that I'm ready to try something else and then I get a quilt loaded. I have all kinds of good ambitions and then I can't decide on what to do. I start thinking about how many tops I have waiting and I figure it would be faster to just do it with a meander. Or I worry about trying something new and therefore less perfect on a quilt that belongs to somebody else and I decide that I should just do a meander.
Today, I loaded my Squedge Table Runner. It is relatively small, as quilts go, and it is mine and I can afford to practice on it. I learned lots of things. 1) I can't draw a straight line with the quilt machine to save my life 2) I don't retrace my stitches well at all 3) some simple designs are actually simple and 4) I need lots and lots and LOTS of practice. Either way, my Squedge Table Runner is now quilted and bound. One less UFO now. Hallelujah!
I keep telling myself that I need to load some fabric and just practice, but I can't seem to bring myself to "waste" fabric that way. Maybe I need to volunteer to do some more charity quilts so I can get more practice. It won't be terrible quilting, just not as nice as I'd like it to be. And then one day, it'll be good. One quilt at a time.
Oh yes. And Mom and I finished up our lotto blocks for the next quilt guild meeting. Aren't they cute?