It’s finished! I’ve finally drawn breath after free motion machine quilting the Flower Fairy quilt, and what a challenge it was.
As part of Amanda Daly’s free motion quilting class earlier this year we were encouraged to buy a panel, stitch borders on it, and use this very quickly pieced together quilt as a practice piece. As someone who always wants to run before she can walk I think that was such a great idea, much more interesting than working on endless mini-quilt sandwiches. It hasn’t turned out quite the masterpiece I’d envisaged, but working on the Flower Fairy quilt has taught me a few lessons. Quilting needs to be of uniform density throughout the quilt - and using nasty thick poly batting, just because I had it on hand, was not a good idea. A thinner cotton/wool batting might have been much more forgiving.See those wavy edges? Hmmmmm. As the report card might say – Can do better! As I pick myself up and dust myself off I’m reminding myself that it was only a practice quilt and there’s a very strong chance that The Princess will adore it for her new ‘big girl’ bed.