The guilty secret in many quilters' homes is the large number of quilt tops that have been produced and then put away instead of being layered with batting and backing and quilted. (I don't have to say how many I have stashed away.)
Quilting by machine is not a simple matter, and the learning curve is steep. Nonetheless, it is still faster than hand quilting, and finishing quilts is an important goal. To this end, several hundred quilters are participating in a year-long challenge organized by blogger SewCalGal. Monthly tutorials by well-known machine quilting experts are designed to advance our skills and encourage practice. Participants agree to post photographs or blog entries showing the completed challenge piece.
This month the teacher is modern-quilting advocate Angela Walters. Despite my vow to stop buying quilting books, this arrived in the mail yesterday:
In any case, I was sufficiently intrigued by this quilter's work that I caved and ordered the book. Some of my quilts are going to need her 'modern' approach as opposed to traditional quilting patterns.
Here is my July practice piece--visual 'tiles' filled with different textures.
Some designs were more successful than others.
I need to practice meandering (a 'filler' technique that I do not especially like, but a utility stitching design that I am likely to need in my repertoire.
I am encouraged that my work is improving and that I am able to be more relaxed when I sit down to work.