Thursday, March 31, 2016

I have a plan -

I spent some time the other day -

Setting up some more stuff on my new computer -

Just taking my time -

Doing a bit whenever the mood strikes me -

And when I think I may have the PATIENCE -

To mess with any potential problems -

That might arise - ;))

And all the while -

I was thinking about how I wanted to widen my FMQ "practice" top -

And looking ahead to some of my other classes -

When I came up with a PLAN - ;))

I downloaded and printed the class materials for the next class -

The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting with Christina Cameli -

And saw more "practice sandwiches" in solid colors were needed - ;))

Other FMQ classes gave patterns for quilts -

To be used to practice the teacher's techniques -

And one asked for a package of pre-cut felt rectangles -

Which I DON'T have in my stash - ;))

Considering ALL of the unquilted tops in that there pile -

I am NOT looking forward to making yet ANOTHER top -

Or more "practice sandwiches" -

Or buying MORE stuff -

So that I can practice my Free-Motion Quilting - ;))


The proverbial "light bulb" went ON - ;))
(not OFF - as I have heard some say - haha)

Why make more "practice sandwiches" -

When I could take those same solid colors -

In large "chunks" -

Add them to the sides of my practice quilt as borders -

And then practice my FMQ ON THE BORDERS - ?!?! - ;))


I re-installed EQ7 on my new computer -

Might as well -
I was re-installing some of my other favorite little programs -
And I was already in "installation" mode - ;))

Then I drafted a version of what I have so far -
Plus the top and bottom yellow borders -

And got this - ;))

Then I added the borders -

That I "saw" in my head - ;))

That should give me a dozen more "practice" areas -

In addition to the yellow sashing/borders - ;))

I think it will work -

What do you think? - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Gene Black said...

I like that idea. I may do some plain borders also....but I am going to use my "bonus" half square triangles as part of it.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Gene - I was thinking that I would put the "bonus" HST on the back - UNTIL I realized that the whole thing is made "quilt-as-you-go" and that the back/batting will be attached when I add the front borders - so I can add them to either the back OR the front. I might even add the borders BEFORE I quilt them - to get some practice on a big quilt. Decisions - decisions - ;))

Katie M. said...

If it's what works for you, then it's a plan! When I got my first long arm set up, there was the "do a practice piece" and I just put a quilt on it and went for it... I don't like 'wasting' my time or resources. But there have been a couple times when the quilter didn't play nice that I put some junk fabric on and the dog now has quilts :-)

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie - I don't like "wasting" my time either - and this is just a "practice" piece - so I won't feel that bad if the quilting is crappy. By the way - lucky dog - ;))


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